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GUYS AND DOLLS

DAN KNECHTGES

BIOGRAPHY

DAN KNECHTGES (Director) is a Tony-nominated director and choreographer who is the Artistic Director at Theatre Under The Stars since 2017.  TUTS is where most recently directed the 2023 production of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, Sweeney Todd and wrote and directed the world premiere of The Ugly Xmas Sweater Musical. Over the course of 6 years, Dan has won several Houston Press Awards for Best Season, Best Musical and Best Choreography.

Dan’s many credits include Broadway: Lysistrata Jones (Direction & Choreography), Xanadu (directed by Chris Ashley, Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim (directed by James Lapine), 110 in The Shade (starring Audra McDonald) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(directed by James Lapine). Dan also choreographed the Off-Broadway incarnation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Second Stage, which earned him a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. Off Broadway: Tail! Spin! (starring Rachel Dratch), Clinton the musical (starring Kerry Butler & Judy Gold), Merrily We Roll Along for Encores! at City Center (directed by James Lapine), Vanities at Second Stage and Directing and Choreographing Lysistrata Jones for the Transport Group. He has many regional credits, and you can also see his Disney Jr. Dance Party show at both Disney’s California Adventure and Disney World.

Dan holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH and hails from Cleveland, OH. Dan Serves as the Treasurer of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is a member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.