Photo: Kylie Westerbeck

Dane Eissler is a cis-male bisexual maker of theatre and art.

As an image-driven artist, Dane creates new and compelling theatrical works (I Love You, Jane Doe and Forever Fetal), as well as bold adaptations of classic plays and literature (Gogol's The Nose and Beckett's The Lost Ones). Often exploring such themes as isolation, privilege, and self discovery, his work celebrates the inner child-like curiosity, wonder, terror, and joy in us all. He continuously challenges himself and his collaborators to surprise themselves, finding the pleasure in the pursuit of the unknown.

After living in Chicago for four years while regularly working in Philadelphia, he recently relocated to the City of Brotherly Love. He considers himself "bi-coastal," choosing to accept the Chicago beaches of Lake Michigan as the "Mid-West coast."

He cannot ride a bike. Do not ask him to ride a bike.

In Philadelphia, he serves as Associate Producer for EgoPo Classic Theater, where he just directed Sam Shepard's Buried Child. Previous credits with EgoPo include: production designer, Williams' And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens... (co-produced with Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival); associate director, Williams' Stairs to the Roof (later earning "co-director" credit for his contributions); adapter/director, Gogol's THE NOSE; "Medvedenko" in Chekhov's The Seagull; associate director & "Jude," Guare’s The Lydie Breeze Trilogy; and production assistant, Beckett’s Company. He has also worked with Azuka Theatre, B.R.A.T. Productions, and The Arrabalitos, as well as Rowan University's Department of Theatre & Dance - where he received his BA in Theatre - just over the bridge in South Jersey.

Opening night for EgoPo's The Lydie Breeze Trilogy. (l-r) Assistant director Katie Kiessling, director Lane Savadove, playwright John Guare, and (front) composer & musical director Jay Ansill.Photo: Claudia Balant
Behind-the-scenes during Dollface with director and Women of the Now founder, Layne Marie Williams.Photo: Hannah Dobratz

In Chicago, he co-founded the multidisciplinary pop-up theatre collective, A Dead Whale Productions, which he also proudly serves as Artistic Director. Previous credits with A Dead Whale include: playwright & performer, Apocalypse Twins; director & designer, Hog'sBelly: A Fable Noir; creator/performer & designer, I Love You, Jane Doe; and puppet design, Where We Go Together, or the Flashlight Play. The Slather & Gibbs Show (formerly Bouff'honestly Though!, which Dane directed and performed in) toured to Mount Carmel, Illinois and was presented by Obie-winner John Clancy and Little Pharaoh Enterprises before returning to Chicago for a prime-time run at The Annoyance Theatre. He also worked with Living Room Vauntgardia, Rough House Theater, Women of the Now, The Whiskey Rebellion Theatre, and Windy City Performs. He has exhibited original artwork with MaiTri Chicago, Logan Bar & Grill, and Evanston Photographic Studios.