Dan Froot, Professor
Office: Kaufman 140G
Dan Froot is a producer, composer, choreographer, writer, saxophonist, dancer, actor and director. He has performed his dance, music and theater work throughout the U.S. and overseas since 1983, and has worked with artists as diverse as Yoshiko Chuma, Ping Chong, Mabou Mines, Dan Hurlin, Ralph Lemon, Guy Klucevsek and Victoria Marks. Dan and long-time collaborator David Dorfman have co-created a popular and ongoing series of interdisciplinary duets collectively entitled "Live Sax Acts." He received a Bessie (New York Dance & Performance Award) for his music/theater piece, "Seventeen Kilos of Garlic," and a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship and a playwriting commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for his gangster-vaudeville, "Shlammer." He recently completed a national tour of "Who's Hungry," a collaboration with celebrated New York puppet artist Dan Hurlin and Seattle-based composer Amy Denio. "Who's Hungry" tells life-stories of individuals living with hunger and/or homelessness in Los Angeles. Dan's current project, "Pang!", is a triptych of live radio plays based on the life stories of three families living with hunger in Miami, Cedar Rapids, and South Central Los Angeles. It will premiere in all three cities in 2017-2018.
Dan's work has received major support from Network of Ensemble Theaters, MAP Fund, US Artists, Doris Duke Charitable Trust, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Meet The Composer, The Durfee Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Vermont Community Arts Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Reader's Digest, the City of West Hollywood, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, AEPOCH Foundation, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, UCLA Council on Research, and the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships.