Assistant Professor, Director of the MA in Theatre Arts
Creative Drama, Theatre for Young Audiences
Office: DA 210
Dani Bedau is a playwright, director, and educator. She has worked professionally with such companies as Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Cornerstone Theatre Company, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. As Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University, Dani heads the Youth Theatre area where she specializes in theatre for and by adolescents and is the Director of the MA Program in Theatre Arts. She created the Coming Up Taller Award-winning Will Power to Youth program for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. Dani co-directs the Center for the Study of Media and Performance along with D.J. Hopkins. The Center is an interdisciplinary forum for critical inquiry into the many expressions of live art and screen culture with the objective of making a significant intervention into research practices in the arts. Dani is currently focused on using theatre to forge alliances in the Arab-speaking world. Her new work, Broad Canvas, recently premiered at the 24th Annual International Theatre Festival in Casablanca, Morocco in July of 2012. Dani has over twenty years experience facilitating meaningful conversations between people across areas of difference and creating programs that merge art-making and community-building.