Dorothy Danner has directed nearly 200 productions of operettas, musicals and plays throughout the U.S., Canada and Belgium, including staging operas for the companies of Glimmerglass, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Cleveland, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Virginia, and San Franciso Merola. She has also staged premieres of composers Barab, Botti, Garwood, Hamlisch, Hamick, Musgrave, Sirotta, and Wargo. She garnered wide critical acclaim for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Julliard, the PBS television showing of Ballymore, and the Boston Pops’ Tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan.
Before turning to directing, Ms. Danner performed in Broadway shows spanning from Once Upon a Mattress to Michael Bennett’s Ballroom and in films including Mel Brooks’s The Producers. Ms. Danner co-founded the Glimmerglass Young Artist Program, has served on the faculties of the Julliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and Chautaqua Institution, and is a frequent guest director at AVA, NYU, Boston University, and Carnegie-Mellon.
Dorothy Danner is a member of a theatrical family that includes actors Blythe, Harry and Hillary Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow, writer-filmmaker Jake Paltrow, and actress Katherine Moennig.