Presenter Profile

Danial Hiester

Guest Artist, Teaching Artist

Dan Hiester is a professional theatre artist and educator who has been working in Colorado theatre for the past four decades. He worked as a director and casting director at the Denver Center Theatre Company, founded and was the Artistic Director of CityStage Ensemble, is the chief resident director for Shakespeare-in-the-Sangres and L'Alliance & Co, and has worked as a director, actor, writer, producer, and designer at venues all over Colorado and on the East Coast. He has presented and directed over 300 theatre workshops in over 50 venues, is a working teaching artist, and regularly teaches at UCD. 

Danial's Workshops

    Character Study for Actors

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    The workshop will start with a detailed presentation giving insight to a thorough and profound process in developing a character for performance in a production. Students will have the chance to discover and explore a wide range of the theatrical approaches and choices available to them for bringing a character to life and to performance level. This will be followed by an inter-active discussion allowing students to share their experience and ask questions and seek advice for their own work.

    Moliere in Movement

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    Moliere is perhaps the most produced classical author besides Shakespeare. His plays require a very unique style of movement and posture. This workshop will teach the basics of that style and inoperative approach to performing Moliere.
    This workshop is good for movement skills in general and also for English, classical and Restoration plays. Great fun... Its almost like learning a whole new dance style.

    Romeo And Juliet — Fate and Feud

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    This play is one of the best known and most loved in the world and one of the most frequently produced, especially in high schools and colleges. This workshop gives an exciting and entertaining insight to this important work. We will explore the background and context of its writing, the important issues, images, and themes, the amazing story, and the rich and fascinating characters. A must for all who want to know how to read and understand Shakespeare's plays.

    Scene Study for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , , /

    Working from a short scene from the beginning of a complex modern drama (“Biederman and the Firebugs” by Max Frisch), we will explore how to interpret that scene as a basis for the development of an interpretation for the play. We'll further make connections to how this process works for understanding and working with any scene from any play. This workshop is highly inter-active.