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Dan Toot




Teaching - 


Back To One Studios and Productions, Raleigh, NC— Lead Instructor

On Camera Acting - Teens, On Camera Acting I, Acting II

April 2021 - Present

Teaching introductory skills to acting on camera including cold reading, memorization, improv, monologues, text analysis, and breath work. Moving on in Acting II to focus on partner work, emotional agility, dialogue for the camera, audition technique and impulse/listening and response.

UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC— Instructor

Introduction to Acting for Non-Majors

January 2018 - May 2020

Teaching introductory acting course focusing on effective storytelling, truthful behavior, gaining breath/body integration, and allowing free flow of impulse.

Acting the Song

Applying the above acting philosophies and principles to the performance of musical theatre. Incorporating music theory and melodic analysis to help craft performance and truthful storytelling.


Private Guitar Teaching

2009 - PRESENT

Working with individual clients to develop personal goals of learning/perfecting guitar skills. Skills can include (but are not limited to): Introduction to the instrument, basic finger/picking patterns, chords, music theory, solo skills, electric vs. acoustic styles. 


Teaching Artist/Performance - 

PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC—

Summer Youth Conservatory

Music Director

Summer 2019

Responsible for rehearsal and music performance for SYC production of BRIGHT STAR. Responsibilities include: Teaching vocal parts, coordinating actor/musicians, hiring/rehearsing band, playing run of the show. 


PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC— PATP (Professional Actor Training Program) Company Member

8/2017 - 5/2020

Member of the Graduate Acting Company at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Performing in mainstage season programming, as well as the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and PRC2 Blackbox productions


Christian Youth Theatre, Kansas City, MO —

Master Class Instructor

Monologue Workshop

Sept-Nov. 2020

Instructor and Advisor for Monologue Workshop. Leading weekly master classes for student performers to brush up and tighten their monologues for auditions, shows, or personal study. 

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, South Bend, IN— Teaching Artist

2/2014 - 2/2016

Led workshops for Highschool Students focused on introduction to Shakespeare’s text, and thematic elements of a specific play. Exercises include, word and sound physicalization, Shakespearean insults, and The Run Through - a class-led retelling of the entire play in as little time as possible. 


Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Bozeman, MT—

Company Member/Fight Captain

5/2013 - 9/2013

In addition to performing Henry V and The Recruiting Officer in rep, also led introductory Stage Combat workshops to local summer programs and schools, and operated as fight captain for both shows. 


Management/Development - 


The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, IL— Development Associate

3/2015 - 1/2016

Responsible for processing small individual gifts/donations to the ballet. Also managing company transition into Tessitura software system. Transferring data, learning software to help educate staff on navigating new systems. 

Awards & Fellowships

David A. Hammond Medal for Excellence in Dramatic Art

-The highest honor the UNC Dept. of Dramatic Art gives to a Graduating Student.


Laura Jewell Dobbins Graduate Fellowship

-Given by UNC Dept. of Dramatic Art in recognition of Academic Achievment


Training And Certification


Stage Combat:

- Basic Pass in Rapier & Dagger by the SAFD 2018

- Recommended Pass in Unarmed by the SAFD 2018

Experience in: Broadsword, Shield, Quarterstaff, Knife, Smallsword


Memberships & Organizations

Senator in Graduate and Professional Student Federation for UNC Chapel Hill


Student Representative to the faculty of UNC Dept. of Dramatic Art.



Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Sharepoint


Sound Engineering: Audacity, Qlab, Pro Tools


Development/Marketing: DonorPerfect, Tessitura




UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC— MFA

August 2017- May 2020

Instructors: Julia Gibson, Ray Dooley - Acting, Tracy Bersley - Movement, John Patrick, Tia James, Gwendolyn Schwinke - Voice


The Hartt School, Hartford, CT— BFA

August 2005 - May 2009


Acting- Alan Rust, David Watson, Diana Moller-Marino, Henry Fonte Movement - Anne Marie Davis; Voice - Robert H.  Davis, Joanna Morrison