Dana Rowe grew up in a home surrounded by art and music, the latter of which, as he puts it, "became my first language" and "safe place."In this first part of our conversation, Dana shares the story of how the wisdom of an early teacher - Mrs. Martin - pointed him toward a lifetime of writing music "for the dramatic moment. We also touch on what art is, why it matters and so much more...
Dana is a New York-based American composer and musical director whose works have been performed in NYC, the West End, and around the world. His off-Broadway musical, Zombie Prom, has reached cult status and was filmed starring RuPaul and Katy Mixon. There have been more than 3,000 different productions around the world.
Dana’s next two musicals – The Fix and The Witches of Eastwick - were produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. The Fix premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, starring John Barrowman and directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes. The Witches of Eastwick premiered at the Drury Lane Theatre on the West End starring Ian McShane and Lucie Arnaz. It subsequently has had major productions in Australia, Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United States. Both The Fix and The Witches of Eastwick were nominated for four Olivier awards (including Best New Musical) and, subsequently, Washington’s Helen Hayes Award.
There are over 300,000 performing artists in the US and the majority make $25,000 a year or less. As a certified coach, Dana helps performers and creative artists worldwide increase their income and creative opportunities by utilizing his 30-plus years of professional theatre experience working with the world's foremost producers and musical theatre artists.