Guest Actor Blog: DAN O’CONNOR

I have never listened to an actor as much as I listened to Tim Crouch during An Oak Tree. How can you not when you have no idea what comes next? When every moment is unknown? When your guide is such a warm and engaging artist? The show just flows from one moment to the next in a way that is exhilarating to performer and audience alike. Tim has manged to distill what every acting teacher has tried to convey to every student…be in the moment. I am an improviser and an actor and this play was a great harmonic convergence of both disciplines. Mind you, one need not be an improviser to enjoy the singular experience that is An Oak Tree. Every guest performer is going to bring something different to the show and that is an integral part of the evening. You could see it night after night and never see it twice. Thanks Tim for creating such unique and inspiring theatre!

DAN O’CONNOR was in An Oak Tree on Thursday, January 14th at The Odyssey Theatre.

DAN O’CONNOR is an actor, writer, director and improviser. He is the co-founder of Impro Theatre, just named in the top ten Best Theatre of 2009 by the LA Weekly. Theatre credits include the Improbable Theatre’s production of Lifegame (Off-Broadway), A Christmas Carol, Horatio, and Peer Gynt at the ACT in San Francisco, the world premiere of Making Noise Quietly at the Taper Too, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at A Noise Within (Dramalogue Award for Best Actor), Ferdinand in The Tempest at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Joey in The Homecoming at The New Conservatory in San Francisco and many UnScripted shows with Impro Theatre. Television acting credits include Seinfeld, Campus Ladies, Malcolm In the Middle, The Newz and the upcoming Disney Channel movie Starstruck. He co-created the NBC/ION television improv comedy show World Cup Comedy. Television directing credits include Sons and Daughters and Campus Ladies. For Impro Theatre he is the co-director for Jane Austen UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted and Sondheim UnScripted. He is a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

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