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DannyLee Hodnett is a theater practitioner who enjoys teaching. He learned show business on the mean streets of Los Angeles, working his way up from a production assistant to a producer and director. DannyLee received his big break when he produced and directed a workshop of Rocket City, Alabam’ with 7 time Emmy Award winner Mark Saltzman. The workshop was a success, Rocket City received its professional debut, and the play was published by Samuel French. DannyLee has spent the last several years building on this success and is now a sought after developer of new musicals and stage plays. This development work allows DannyLee to bring top entertainment professionals from major theater cities, such as Los Angeles and New York, to Sheridan College to work with students on real industry projects. He is currently working on two new plays and a new movie.In addition to his development projects, DannyLee is also involved with Shakespeare. He spent four seasons with Los Angeles’s award winning Independent Shakespeare Company and played the role of Horatio in a work-shopped production of Hamlet at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. During a stint in Argentina, DannyLee became fluent in Spanish, allowing him to spend a summer in residence with Los Angeles’s Cornerstone Theater Company’s production of a modern bi-lingual adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding. He also directed the bi-lingual Nuestra Voz Theater Company in Santa Barbara, CA, for two years.
DannyLee has studied theater at Los Angeles Valley College, California State University-Northridge, and the University of California-Santa Barbara. He has benefited from contact with top theater professionals from around the world, including Master Oh Tae-Sok of the National Theater of Korea, Laurie Metcalf of Steppenwolf Theater, Bill Rauch of Cornerstone Theater, Luis Valdez of Teatro Campesino, Mark Valdez, Rob Meurer, Berton Averre, PJ Griffith, Kelly Karbacz, and many others. DannyLee has taught theater at California State University-Northridge, University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and Utah Valley University. He is thrilled to be teaching in Sheridan College’s Theater Department.