Daniel DP Sheridan, Performing Arts Supervisor & Artistic Director (Instructor, Designer, Director)
Daniel is proud to have grown up in Davenport. He comes from a family of two parents, four younger sisters, two brothers and a couple cats. He is not afraid to say that he is used to constant negotiation and patience. A graduate of West High School, he was a longtime member of Davenport Junior Theatre (1994-2001). At DJT, he was a mainstage performer, teacher and on the Junior Staff. He would continue to come back and teach at DJT during his college years.
Daniel received his B.A. in Theatre from Saint Ambrose University. While at Ambrose, Daniel had the chance to practice in theatre as an actor, designer and director. During his tenure, he spent a semester abroad at the University of London Queen Mary studying performance art. He also spent a couple summers directing and acting at Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria, Minnesota. Daniel was fortunate enough to win the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship through the American College Theatre Festival and move on to the final round at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC, where he competed against 13 of the nation's finest student actors for various scholarships. He was also a professional performer at ComedySportz (Rock Island) for over five years.
Daniel focused on performance at the University of Connecticut, where he earned his MFA in Acting. While there for three years, he studied Vocal Technique (Linklater, Fitzmaurice, Houseman, Stern), LeCoq Movement, Suzuki, Comedia, Clown, Shakespeare, and a variety of acting styles / approaches.
As an MFA student, Daniel was a company member of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and was seen in many productions. He also worked in the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's management office for three years.
Daniel spent a summer season at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studying alongside 13 other students who were selected out of the nation's top 12 MFA acting universities, he had the chance to work with national and international theatre artists. One of those artists, Andrew Wade (former head of voice for the Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years), has come to Junior Theatre as a guest instructor.
At DJT, Daniel has directed Bunnicula, The Adventures of Aesop, Alice in Wonderland, the 30-hour Play Project: All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play, and most recently The Velveteen Rabbit. He has designed (lights, sound, scenic, tech director, etc.) on over 20 shows at DJT and other shows in the community. He has collaborated with local authors to bring all new, original plays to the DJT Mainstage.
Daniel directed Hamlet at the Antioch Classical Theatre Company, just outside San Francisco. He has directed multiple productions for the Curtainbox Theatre Company (Davenport, Iowa) including Three Viewings and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. He also was seen onstage in Glengarry Glen Ross. Daniel directed Jack Frost Saves Christmas at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse. He also directed the world-premiere of the children's musical Dakota Jones and the Search for Atlantis for the St. Ambrose University Theatre Department. Daniel has designed and directed for the QC Theatre Workshop in Davenport, where his most recent directing credits include Private Eyes and the world premiere of Aaron Randolph III's A Green River. He has also been involved with collaborating with a wide array of local organizations to help bring arts to kids.
In 2014, Daniel received the Innovation Award from the Young Professional's Network through the QC Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Daniel was awarded the Showtime Pal Award for his work securing the funding an laying the vision for the renovation of DJT's home theatre, The Mary Fluhrer-Nighswander Theatre.
Daniel is currently the Artistic Director of Davenport Junior Theatre and the Performing Arts Supervisor for Davenport Parks and Recreation. Daniel also loves finding time as an instructor whenever he can. However, with a growing Junior Theatre program those opportunities have been few and far between, which is a good thing! He lives in Davenport with his amazingly talented wife and two beautiful boys.