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Daniel Henning

Artistic Director, The Blank Theatre

DANIEL HENNING founded The Blank Theatre and currently serves as its Founding Artistic Director. He has produced over 70 Mainstage Productions, 27 seasons of the Living Room Series and 26 Young Playwrights Festivals. He serves on the Western Regional Council for the Actor’s Fund and is the former Vice-President of the Hollywood Arts Council. His initiative Stayin’ Live! to support the Intimate Theatre movement in LA attained the official city declaration of Hollywood Theatre Row.

Henning’s productions have been nominated for 208 LA theatre awards, winning 63 including “Best Production” from LA Drama Critic Circle Awards, LA Weekly Awards, Ovation Awards, NAACP Theatre Awards, BackStage Garland Awards etc.

Henning won the NAACP Theatre Award for “Best Director of a Musical” for Michael John LaChiusa’s THE WILD PARTY (“Best Production” -LA Drama Critics Circle, NAACP Theatre, BackStage Garland and 17 other awards). His musical Cast Albums include THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, LaChiusa’s FIRST LADY SUITE and LITTLE FISH.

He made his Lincoln Center directorial debut with THE GIRLY SHOW and directed the world premiere of MR. SHAW GOES TO HOLLYWOOD at Laguna Playhouse. As director and writer, his television and film work include MTV’s ROB DYRDEK’S FANTASY FACTORY and the short film CRITIC’S CHOICE. His plays include DICKIE & BABE: THE TRUTH ABOUT LEOPOLD & LOEB (available on Amazon) and THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (AS TOLD BY WM. SHAKESPEARE).

Henning was recently honored by the CA State Legislature for his work towards LGBTQ Equality and for his lifetime of supporting emerging artists.

He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and American Conservatory Theatre.