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    Daniel Pettrow

    Daniel Pettrow

    Dance Theater


    Daniel Pettrow is a Brooklyn-based actor, director, and teacher.  He is the Director of Performance and Communication Training for Heifetz International Music Institute (since 2012.) He is also the Drama teacher and Speaking in Public teacher for Heifetz Institute. Mr. Pettrow is a teacher and lecturer at The Banff Centre for their ‘Concert in the 21st Century program. He is also a guest teacher at Juilliard, NYU, Cleveland Institute of Music, National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Paris, and various institutions throughout the world. Mr. Pettrow has been the drama director for YoungArts Miami (2015), YoungArts LA (2016 - 2017) and YoungArts DC (2019). Mr. Pettrow frequently focuses on new and experimental creations while fostering collaborations with artists from different disciplines. He is close collaborator with choreographer John Heginbotham, having worked on several projects together. Recently, he created an original dance-theater production with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and choreographer John Heginbotham, which had its world premiere at Baryshnikov Arts Center in October 2019. Daniel was the assistant director and performer of Dance Heginbotham’s The Principles of Uncertainty, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow, The Guggenheim, and BAM. Mr. Pettrow also performs the role of “The Wolf” in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of Peter & The Wolf for Guggenheim Works & Process (2012 - present), choreographed by John Heginbotham.  For the last twenty years, Daniel has worked closely with renowned French director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed at National Theaters and festivals all over the world.  In 2016, Daniel worked with legendary Italian director Romeo Castellucci, performing in Julius Caesar: Spared Parts for FIAF’S “Crossing the Line Festival” in New York.  Daniel is an associate actor with New York City- based experimental theater company The Wooster Group, and teaching artist at The Wooster Group’s Summer Institute. As a director, Daniel recently created A Kind of Mirror with fellow Heifetz Institute pianist Miki Sawada. In 2018, he directed Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep with performer/writer Tanya Marquart.  Daniel has directed several dance- theater productions with choreographer and fellow Heifetz Institute faculty member Anabella Lenzu.

    Class Description:

    "Presence and the Performer” - Practical techniques for defining and deepening presence and increasing expressiveness for artists.  This class will additionally explore warm-up exercises that deal with stage nerves and ensemble building.

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