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    June 11, 2021
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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The Regional Perspective, 5: A Tale of Two Theaters (and the Return to Live Performance)
Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 4:30 eastern time

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In the room: Joe Grandy, consulting producer of the Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod, and Daniel C. Levine, Artistic Director of ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut. Two very different theater companies: one just a few years old, the other a part of theater history since 1927. The shutdown impacted them each in very different ways. How did they maintain their audience bases, and perhaps even increase their visibility during COVID, and how is each approaching the return to live performance? 


    is a Drama Desk Award Winning and Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award nominated producer most recently represented on Broadway with the new musical, The Prom. He is also the Producer of the historic Non-Profit professional regional theatre, The Cape Playhouse, in Cape Cod. He has worked beside such prominent Broadway and film producers as two-time Tony Award winner Jack Lane, former Chief Creative Officer of Dreamworks, Bill Damaschke, and four-time Tony Award winner and Emmy Award winning documentarian, Dori Berinstein. As a producer, Joe strives to create stories that inspire human connection and understanding. Joe is also passionate about new voices, audience diversity, youth programming, and theatre education.  With attention to brand longevity and social impact, Joe utilizes creative thinking to identify and forge new partnerships between businesses and organizations on both the small/local and large/international scales. Joe started dancing at the age of three and has performed alongside the likes of Tommy Tune, Debra Monk, Victor Garber, Beth Leavel, and Emily Skinner.  He is a graduate of Syracuse University and member of Actors Equity Association.

    is thrilled to serve as Artistic Director of ACT of CT. Daniel has appeared on Broadway and in the Broadway National Tours of:  Mamma Mia!, Little Shop Of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar (Tony nomination for Best Revival), Chicago, Les Miserables, and Tommy. Daniel was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical by The League of American Theaters and Producers, for his role as Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy. He also originated the role of Mary Sunshine in the Broadway National tour of Chicago. Daniel has worked extensively across the country and has been seen in: Oklahoma! (5th Avenue, Seattle), Net to Normal (Seven Angels Theater), Guys & Dolls (The Ordway Theater, Minneapolis), Company (5th Avenue, Seattle), Man Of La Mancha (Cleveland Playhouse), Sweet Charity (West Virginia Public), Jesus Christ Superstar (North Carolina Theater and Kansas City Starlight), Joseph…..Dreamcoat (North Shore Music Theater, Boston), and Evita (Music Theater of CT).  Daniel is the creator, producer, and director of Broadway Backstage!, Dancin’ Broadway, and American Dance Spectacular! – all which have toured throughout the U.S.  He is the creator and director of Born To Dance, a multi-media production performed throughout the fleet of ships on Princess Cruise Lines, in collaboration with Stephen Schwartz. Daniel serves as Artistic Advisor for The Ridgefield Playhouse Broadway & Cabaret Series in Ridgefield, CT and has directed Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and An Evening With Joel Grey at The Playhouse. He graduated Brandeis University and attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. At ACT of CT, Daniel has directed Mamma Mia!, Evita (for which he won the 2018 Broadway World CT Best Director of a Musical),  Working (which he re-conceived with Stephen Schwartz), and Godspell. Daniel returned to his performing roots and played “The Dentist” in ACT’s production of Little Shop Of Horrors, and was also thrilled to star alongside Katie Diamond and Bryan Perri in ACT’s first production of their third season, The Last Five Years.