Dan O’Connor


Dan's second book Ensemble!: Using the Power of Improv and Play to Forge Connections in a Lonely World that he co-authored with Jeff Katzman is OUT NOW!

During the pandemic Dan has been teaching and directing across the globe from the comfort of his home. He currently writing two pilots and looks forward to shooting the first one in September. He has stepped down as Executive Director/Producing Artistic Director at Impro Theatre to make way for new leadership as the organization continues to grow and become more diverse and inclusive.

Both Life UnScripted and Ensemble! are available online from Penguin Random House.


If you haven't checked out his TEDx Talk the link is on the right.


Theatrical                O'Neill Talent 818.566.7717

Commercial                   AKA 323.965.5600

Voice Over               RSA Vanessa@rsatalent.net



Improvisation/Coaching                          Impro Theatre 323.401.6162

Corporate: Keynote/Training:       Live Arts Productions 415.382.7979

Dan O’Connor is a multi-faceted actor, improviser, writer and director.  Dan is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Impro Theatre.  He is a co-founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco and LA Theatresports.

His work with Impro Theatre includes theShakespeare UnScripted at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre @The Pasadena Playhouse, North Coast Rep, the Odyssey Theatre, the green show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Tennessee Williams UnScripted at South Coast Rep and the Odyessy Theatre, The Western UnScripted at the Falcon Theatre and Laguna Playhouse, Sondheim UnScripted at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and this fall at the Falcon Theatre, Jane Austen UnScripted and the 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza at the BROAD STAGE.

He performed in the Improbable Theatre’s production of Lifegame (Off-Broadway) and the SPIKE television series of the same name.  

Other Improv Credits include: The long running Wrought Irony at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, Pulp Playhouse at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and as a guest star with the Second City at the Murphy’s Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny Ireland, The Groundlings Cookin’ with Gas and Crazy Uncle Joe Show, OFF THE WALL at the Improv and the Danny O’Connor Christmas Show at the Comedy Central Stage.

Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, Horatio, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Peer Gynt at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the world premiere of Making Noise Quietly (Directed by Dennis Erdman) at the Taper Too in Los Angeles, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at A Noise Within (for which he won the Dramalogue Award for Best Actor), Ferdinand in The Tempest at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Joey in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming at The New Conservatory in San Francisco.

He co-directed and starred in the smash hit Jane Austen UnScripted at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica

He has been a guest director and teacher for the TORN Festival in Hamburg,  MOMENT in Vienna, Austin Comedy Festivals BS3 and 4 as well as Out of Bounds, The Yes And Festival in New York, The Lighten Up Theatre Fest  in Kansas City, the Calgary and Vancouver International Improvisation Festivals as well as the Global Improv Initative conferences in Irvine and London.

He has taught for the Writers Program at the UCLA extension. DUKE and Pepperdine Universities.  He was an adjunct professor for USC ‘s BFA program and has also taught in the MBA Program for the University of Texas McCoombs School of Business.

He has coached the Cirque du Soleil casts of Salitimbanco and Corteo, Zumanity, and LOVE.

His training includes the American Conservatory Theater and extensive work with Keith Johnstone (Author of Impro) since 1986. He is a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.


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Dan directing ABC's Sons and Daughters

Dan at TEDxNapaValley

"Improvising A Better World"

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