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Meet the Cast and Creatives of August: Osage County – “Little” Charles Aiken – Dane Peterson

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Having resided in New York City, Mr. Peterson served as the Founding Vice President of the Birmingham Area Theatre Alliance (2003), the Theatre Director for John Carroll Catholic High School (1997 to 2007), Founding Artistic Director at the Dane Peterson Theatre Series (1999 to present) and Director of Production and Education at Birmingham Children’s Theatre (2008-2013.) He currently serves as Program Director for the Southern AIDS Coalition.

Mr. Peterson is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and an Equity Membership Candidate with Actors Equity Association.

Off-Off Broadway Acting Credits Include: Minerva’s Muscles (NYC Binge Festival); Thirty-Seven Stones or the Man who was a Quarry (Working Man’s Clothes); Bar Scene (New York is Dead).

Regional Acting Credits Include: I Am My Own Wife (Birmingham Festival Theatre); Cabaret (“Emcee”), Evita, 110 In the Shade, Gypsy (UAB Town and Gown); The Composer is Dead (Alabama Symphony Orchestra); The Normal Heart (“Ned”), Amadeus (“Mozart”) (DPTS); Little Shop of Horrors (“Seymour”) (Magic City Actors Theatre); Scrooge, The Musical (BCT); Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen, The Big Bang (Terrific New Theatre); Once in a Lifetime (Hoover Library Theatre); The Wizard of Oz, Joseph… Dreamcoat, “Amos” in Chicago (Red Mountain Theatre Co); and as a guest artist in the Nationally Ranked production of Urinetown, the Musical (Birmingham-Southern College).

As an educator, Mr. Peterson has been recognized numerous times in the “Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers” as well as being given the “US Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award” by the US Department of Education in 2001.

[From the wings: Dane has been a pleasure to watch in this role since the first audition. It’s hard to believe that when we first met he was playing Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at Birmingham Children’s Theatre; today he’s a multi-hyphenate theatre practitioner and a consummate professional, bringing a wealth of experience and commitment to our production. Thank you, Mr. Peterson, for contributing your time and talents…and be careful with that casserole! —PJ]


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