"...cleverly visceral, vulgar, and delicious... like 70s vintage porn, it's big, hairy, and always gets you off."

--Paule "Duchess" Turner

Dane getting tacos with Paule "Duchess" Turner in NYC.Photo: David Cimetta

Dane Eissler is a cis-male bisexual director, performer, writer, producer, and visual artist.

Regularly working in both Philadelphia and Chicago, Dane creates new and compelling multidisciplinary works - as well as bold adaptations of classic plays and literature - that explore life's inevitable blunders and how we can either embrace or resist them.

Throughout all of his work, notable characteristics include physically dynamic performances, striking visuals, and, most importantly, unbridled joy.

In Philadelphia, he serves as Associate Producer for EgoPo Classic Theater, where he has frequently collaborated for a number of years: he co-directed the Philadelphia premier of the 2015 "season's surprise hit," Tennessee Williams' Stairs to the Roof; adapted and directed Nikolai Gogol's THE NOSE; played Medvedenko in their Barrymore-winning production of Chekhov's The Seagull; associate directed John Guare’s The Lydie Breeze Trilogy, additionally performing in Part Three: Home; and helped remount their immersive sensory adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Company at Philly's FringeArts Festival and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. He has also worked with Azuka Theatre, B.R.A.T. Productions, FringeArts, 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, Part One: Cold Harbor with (l-r) assistant director Katie Kiessling, director Lane Savadove, playwright John Guare, and (front) composer & musical director Jay "Jay Ansill" 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 collective, A Dead Whale Productions, which he also proudly serves as Artistic Director. With A Dead Whale, Dane has produced multiple new works, including Tyler Garamella's Hog'sBelly: A Fable Noir and Bouff'honestly Though!, both of which he also directed. The Slather & Gibbs Show (formerly Bouff'honestly Though!) toured to Mount Carmel, Illinois with Obie-winner John Clancy and Little Pharaoh Enterprises, and then enjoyed a prime-time run at The Annoyance Theatre. He has also worked with Living Room Vauntgardia, Rough House Theater, Women of the Now Productions, The Whiskey Rebellion Theatre, and Windy City Performs. He has also exhibited his original artwork with MaiTri Chicago, Logan Bar & Grill, and Evanston Photographic Studios.

"One of those next generation performers/creators who is taking the art form forward into beautifully fun and freaky territory."

--Obie-winner John Clancy