Dani recently moved to Chicago from her hometown, Columbia, MO. She currently works as a Title 1 Manager and Teacher for St. Nicholas Cathedral school, working through Sylvan Learning Center. She also tutors math online, all the while auditioning and performing for local theaters in Chicago.
Dani received her BA in Mathematics and a Minor in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2016.
As an actress, she most recently appeared as the Rose Seller in the Saint Sebastian Player's production of Oliver!She also appeared as Archangel in the Sebastian Studio Project, Remembrance. Before moving to Chicago, she appeared as Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing at the University of Missouri. Other credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), directed by Kevin Brown; A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), directed by Cheryl Black; Is He Dead (Cecile), directed by Cheryl Black; and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Irene Adler), directed by Cheryl Black.
Dani had the privilege of performing in the world premiere of Caridad Svich's The Orphan Sea at the University of Missouri. For this production, she also wrote and performed an original score to Caridad Svich's lyrics. (Click below to hear both a live cast recording and a piano cover of this piece, performed by Dani.)
She also has appeared in many of the university's musical productions which include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale), directed by Jim Miller; Anything Goes (Chastity), directed by Jim Miller; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), directed by Jim Miller; No, No, Nanette! (Nanette), directed by Jim Miller; Road Show (Mama), directed by Jim Miller; and Into the Woods (Rapunzel), directed by Jim Miller.
Dani is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
While at the university, Dani had the opportunity to discover a wide range of interests. She studied mathematics, dedicated most of her evenings to theater productions, became involved in the university's film organization, volunteered as a music leader at the Newman Center on campus, taught beginning dance classes for the local youth theater company, Performing Arts in Children's Education, and tutored subjects including math, German, and theater to student athletes on campus.
Dani also had the opportunity to be a cast member of Mizzou's Interactive Theatre Troup for over 3 years.
Now in Chicago, Dani couldn't be more excited to soak in everything this new chapter of her life has in store.