One of the founding members of The Peccadillo Theater Company, Dan Wackerman has served as the company’s artistic director since its beginning in 1994. In that time, Dan has directed over 25 full productions of classic American plays, from the brooding melodramas of Eugene O’Neill to the rarefied nonsense of S.J. Perlman. In 2005, Dan was awarded Off Broadway’s highest honor, the OBIE Award, for direction of Elmer Rice’s great legal drama, Counsellor-at-Law. Under Dan's artistic leadership, Peccadillo productions have earned several Lucille Lortel Awards and nominations, a Drama Desk Award and collected numerous nominations from the pretigious Outer Critics Circle.
Originally, from Rochester, New York, Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Catholic University of America. For many years, Dan has taught Stagecraft I & II at Saint John’s University in Queens, introducing students to many aspects of producing live theater.
Dan has managed (and/or helped develop) several theater spaces over the years, including Tribeca Lab on Leonard Street, the Red Room Theatre @ KGB, the Kraine Theatre on East Fourth Street, Bank Street Theatre in the West Village and, most recently, the legendary Theatre at Saint Clement’s. His position as theatre manager has allowed Dan to create an oasis of professionalism and stability in which to grow Peccadillo, both financially and artistically.