Dana Tarantino is a professional stage director. She was awarded the Madolin Cervantes Grant from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation at Lincoln Center. New York directing credits include: The Swede, Hamlet, Entrepreneurs, Cabaret, Finishing Stroke, Penguins & Peacocks, The House of Bernarda Alba, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Vanities, The Father, In the Gravy, and the off Broadway comedy, Lady L. For the APACHE Project, she directed The Arabian Nights, the 50th anniversary of West Side Story, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Sweeney Todd. Her musical staging has been featured for the Coca-Cola Concert Series at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, Town Hall, Westbury Music Fair, Trump Taj Mahal, and other venues. In 2014, she wrote and directed Gravy, which was chosen as a finalist play at the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival at the HERE Theater. Tarantino was a student of the late Lehman Engel and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, the Dramatists Guild, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and Actors’ Equity (AEA). She has published articles on Istitutional Arts Partnerships in peer-reviewed journals such as Theatre Topics. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from New York University.
At the NY Arts Program, she teaches a seminar in Professional Practice. The seminar is designed to orient students to professional creative practices within the performing arts and to focus on developing perspectives from which students examine what they are learning and how their experiences in New York City are reflected in the broader context of their education and creative work.