Dan Pelletier is excited to be joining Granite State Arts Academy as the new Theatre Teacher. A 2013 graduate of UNH’s Department of Theatre and Dance, he has directed with such organizations as the Actorsingers, the Majestic Theatre, and the Windham Actors Guild. He has also worked in various roles at the Palace Theatre and the Ogunquit Playhouse. Dan is proud to be a three-time NHTA Best Director nominee, and a member of the Union Leader’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. Dan also is the founder and artistic director of Cue Zero Theatre Company: New Hampshire’s premier semi-professional theatre organization built on “New,” “Challenging,” and “Growth.”
Cue Zero Theatre Company is dedicated to cultivating and showcasing new works, young directors/designers, and rising actors. Every Cue Zero show has an element of “new” or “first time” to it, whether it’s an original script, a rookie director, a different lighting technique/style than we’ve done before, or just something as simple as an actor in a lead role for the first time. The mission of Cue Zero Theatre Company is to support young talented artists on a professional level that need a venue to showcase their work. CZT was founded on the belief that all young, aspiring directors, designers, playwrights, and actors need support to achieve their professional goals through. They are driven to revolutionize the performing arts scene across NH by focusing on artists and audiences outside of the typical demographics. They perform Shakespeare in unconventional locations, such as bars, bookstores, and minor league baseball stadiums, produce a podcast dedicated to theatre in the Granite State, and embrace pushing themselves to their creative limits on every production.
For the last five years, Dan has run the drama club at Central High School in Manchester, where he grew the organization from a tiny blip on the radar to one of the most respected organizations on campus. He also re-introduced musical theatre after a ten year absence.
In his free time, Dan enjoys reading comic books (Superman, The Flash, and Harley Quinn being his favorite characters), playing retro video games, watching professional wrestling, and writing plays. He is a big believer in giving back to the community, having accumulated over five hundred volunteer hours with organizations such as FIRST Robotics, Group Workcamps Foundation, and The Elliot Hospital. He is very proud of where he is today, and knows he couldn’t have accomplished everything without the continued love and support for his friends and family. He is very thankful for everything they have done.