Performing Artist, Workshop Facilitator
Dan creates unusual arts experiences that provoke wonder and conversation about humanity and the world. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and collaborator drawing on interactive installation, puppetry, design and physical theatre. With Sharyn Brand she renovated The Grand Caravan, the purpose-built portable arts venue.
Dan’s children’s works have a particular focus on flipping child/adult relationships, as seen in hugely popular festival activity Face Paint By Children, which is what it sounds like (2013 – 2017); The Launching Board – inspiring public debate via chalkboard responses to questions from children (MoreArt – Fawkner, Coburg, Darebin); Gutzy! – placing children as doctors in the child-only giant digestive tract (Castlemaine Winter Festival, Darebin Kite Festival); and Bedsheet Ghost Party – transgressing the norm of adult dominated space (Abbotsford Convent).
Her collaborations include: Maybe__Together’s place activator Future Postal Service (Fed Square, Arts Centre Melbourne, Perth International Festival, WOMAD, Regional Arts Victoria), and Roundangle’s Food Security Training (Alice Desert Festival).
Dan is a company member of Polyglot Theatre and has toured extensively nationally and internationally with the company for 10 years, as an artist and community facilitator. She is currently a Masters candidate Art in Public Space at RMIT, investigating permissions and authenticity of participants in interactive installation.