Mar 18, 2013

PlayhouseSquare Hires Daniel Hahn as Vice President of Community Engagement & Education

Cleveland, OH – PlayhouseSquare has announced that Daniel Hahn will join the organization as vice president of community engagement & education in late April. A native of northeast Ohio, Hahn joins PlayhouseSquare after 16 years with Great Lakes Theater (GLT). In his 12 years as director of education with GLT, Hahn created and maintained a variety of programs to engage nearly 50,000 students and adults each year. Hahn also teaches Theatre Management and Creative Dramatics as an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace University.

“After conducting a competitive, nation-wide search, we found that the best candidate was just one floor above us and already a part of the PlayhouseSquare family,” said Gina Vernaci, senior vice president of theater operations for PlayhouseSquare. “He brings a wealth of experience in education, arts management and performance to this role.”

The position was left vacant with the untimely passing of Colleen T. Porter in March 2012. “We believe that our choice honors the past and everyone who has brought us to this point in our efforts to advance arts education, and are confident that we are on way to incredible new heights,” stated Vernaci.

PlayhouseSquare understands its vital role as an educator in our community, and is committed to providing arts learning opportunities of the highest quality to enrich the lives of students, families, teachers and adults. PlayhouseSquare’s Community Engagement & Education Department is unique in the performing arts industry for the variety of programs it offers, the partnerships it initiates and the access it provides students, educators and aspiring artists to performing arts professionals.

Daniel Hahn Biography
As director of education for Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Daniel was responsible for creating and maintaining education programs for both students and adults throughout Northeast Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude from both Baldwin Wallace University (B.A., Theatre, '91) and the University of Akron (M.A., Theatre '02). He served as supervisor of GLT’s School Residency Program for four years where he worked as an actor-teacher during the 1995-96 season. Daniel is also a graduate of New York City’s American Music and Dramatic Academy ('93), as well as the National Shakespeare Conservatory’s summer acting institute ('89). As an actor he has appeared in numerous productions, including off-Broadway's Hudson Guild Theatre as the title role in New York Deaf Theatre's The Swan, as Adam in The Diary of Adam and Eve in Volgograd, Russia, and as Tesman opposite Laura Perrotta in Hedda Gabler at Dobama Theatre. As a playwright he has written three educational touring plays for GLT: Before the Storm, which he also directed; Seeing Red; and Twice Told Tales of the Decameron. His ten-minute play Naked Arizona was produced in Arizona State University's 2012 MainStage Season as part of their Centennial Celebration. Directing credits include the 1999 All-Ohio Show in Columbus and 2008's Macbeth at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches Theater Management as well as Creative Dramatics.