Dana Iris Harrel
Executive Creative Director, Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Ms. Harrel joined Disney Imagineering as Creative Entertainment Executive to develop new and exciting entertainment offerings at the parks. She is currently working on a full entertainment scope for the three new Disney Cruise Ships, numerous shows in Tokyo and a fun project in Shanghai. She feels fortunate to be able to make so many people smile.
Previously, she worked at La Jolla Playhouse for seven years, most recently as Producing Director. At LJP she helped steer numerous plays and musicals, including: Side Show, Hands on a Hardbody, Tallest Tree, Memphis, 33 Variations, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Bonnie and Clyde, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Ruined. Artistic Associate and then Musical Theatre Lab Producer (Stage II) at Barrington Stage Company, where she helped develop The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ears on A Beatles and Burnt Part Boys. For three years, she was the Co-Artistic Director of GTG in NYC and produced work by up and coming writers.
Directing credits include References to Salvador Dali .., Medallion, Urinetown, Hush, Night Train to Bolina, Yerma, Hide and Seek, Fiddler on the Roof, Blood Wedding, as well as numerous readings and workshops in NYC and around the country. Associate and Assisting credits include Xanadu (Broadway and National Tour), The 25th Annual ..Spelling Bee (Broadway), Modern Orthodox, and Fran’s Bed, Two Sisters and A Piano, Sound of Music, Joseph and Lackawanna Blues. A native of Lima, Peru, Ms. Harrel has also translated plays, including House of Bernarda Alba for Emily Mann. Graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Board Member: NAMT and Museum of Man, Host Committee chair for San Diego TCG Conference, NEA/TCG finalist and Drama League alum. One of her proudest productions is her marriage to Daniel Roemer and being Mom to Isabella, Elysia and Jacob.