MEET THE THEATER TEAM

DannyLee Hodnett

Theater Faculty
dhodnett@sheridan.edu

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.

DannyLee Hodnett

Gene Sager

Instructor of Voice and Director of Choral Music
gsager@sheridan.edu

Gene worked under his first Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) contract in 1978 and has 17 years of vested membership in this professional acting union.  In addition to being a member of the original company of Singin’ in the Rain on Broadway’s Gershwin Theater, Gene has also performed Off Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the nation.  Although he has worked in all theater genres, having spent six years with the Sacramento Music Circus and earned a Masters in Music Performance, Gene is especially well-versed in Musical Theater.  In 1999, Gene co-founded the No Frills Theater Company in Sheridan, WY.  Under the auspices of No Frills, Gene has directed more than fifteen plays, garnering several Meritorious Achievement Awards from KC/ACTF for Directing, Scenic Design, and Sound Design.  Gene is also experienced in acting for the camera and has been a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) since 1979.

In addition to his professional theater savvy, Gene is a gifted teacher and, in 2012, was awarded a special KC/ACTF award for Leadership and Instruction in Theater at the Community and College Levels.  Coupled with his long professional acting career, Gene’s love of teaching makes him a sought out acting teacher who students enjoy working with.

Gene Sager

Lillian Sager

Co-Director of the No Frills Theater Company
lsager@sheridan.edu

As a professional actress, Lillian Graff-Sager’s acting credits fill several pages.  After completing a degree in Theater Arts from the prestigious San Francisco State University, this California native moved to New York and received her Actors Equity Association (AEA) card while playing the role of the Queen in Alice and Wonderland.  Since then, Lillian has made a living on the stage and the screen for over 25 years.  Her stage credits are to numerable to mention, but they include Godspell, The Music Man, The Desert Song, Pajama Game, Zorro the Musical,  and Grease.  Lillian’s has shared the big screen with George Burns, Lee Strasberg, Art Carney, Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, and many others in films such as King Kong, and Going in Style.  She has filmed many television commercials and radio voices.  In addition to AEA, Lillian has worked professionally under the auspices of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Guild Musical Artists, the American Federation Theatre Radio Artists, and the American Forensics Association.

Lillian has studied performance with some of the most influential names in entertainment, including stints at the Herbert Bergof-Uta Hagan Actors’ Studio and the legendary dancer/entertainer Bob Fitch in New York.  Since 1997, Lillian has been sharing her vast entertaining experience and theatrical knowledge with college students in Oregon and Wyoming.  She has received five Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival awards for her work at the community college level.

Lillian Sager