Dan Rothenberg is a Philadelphia-based director and creator of experimental performance. A founding member and co-artistic director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company, Dan has directed almost all of Pig Iron’s original performance works, including Poet In New York, Gentleman Volunteers, Love Unpunished, Isabella, The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, and the OBIE Award-winning productions Chekhov Lizardbrainand Hell Meets Henry Halfway. Pig Iron has been nominated for over 40 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater in Philadelphia and received 4 Barrymore Awards in Original Music, Music Direction, Costume Design, and Outstanding Choreography for their 2011 production of Twelfth Night. The company has toured to theaters and festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States. The company has participated in creative residencies at the Public Theater, Dance Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Playmakers Rep, Swarthmore College, and at the Atelier Program at Princeton University.
In 2010, Dan directed the critically acclaimed English-language premiere of Toshiki Okada’s Enjoy for Play Company in New York (“…pitch-perfect direction…”). Pig Iron then commissioned Okada’s Zero Cost House, which toured to the Under the Radar Festival and TPAM (Yokohama), among others. In 2014, Dan premiered Okada’s Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise at JACK, again with the Play Company.
With Pig Iron, Dan co-directed Shut Eye with legendary theater director Joseph Chaikin and in 2005, he directed Pay Up, a 30-person site-specific installation about buying and selling for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; it was later presented at Montclair State University. Recently works include 2015’s I Promised Myself to Live Faster (Humana Festival/FringeArts) and Swamp is On, a spectacle based on a concept album by alt-rock outfit Dr. Dog, which sold-out its run at Union Transfer. In 2017, along with designer Mimi Lien and composer Troy Herion, he became artist-in-residence at the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, to create A Period of Animate Existence, a symphonic-theater hybrid for two generations of choirs.
Dan teaches physical theater at the Pig Iron/UArts MFA Program in Devised Theater. Other projects include creation of audio works to accompany the paintings of Alexandra Grant at MOCA in Los Angeles and ongoing collaborations with Headlong Dance Theatre, the alt-comedy group The Berzerker Residence, and Stockholm’s music-performance group Teater Slava. Dan is the recipient of a Barrymore Award for Choreography (1997); a Pew Fellowship in Performance Art (2002); a United States Artists Knight Fellowship (2010); and an Independence Fellowship (2005).