Forum Speakers - John Pietrowski & Daniel Renner

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John Pietrowski
Artistic Director,
Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey
John Pietrowski is currently the Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey (PTNJ), where he has overseen the nationwide New Play Development Program, the New Jersey Writers Project (in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts), PTNJ Creative Arts Academy, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights Program, and the Literary Artists Fellowship (both in partnership with NJSCA) for the past twenty-six years. He has directed numerous world premier productions at Playwright Theatre, as well as NJRep, Oldcastle Theatre, Premiere Stages, Shadowland Theatre, The Growing Stage (a TYA Theatre), and What Exit? Theatre, to name a few.  . His direction of the TYA play A Midnight Cry at The Growing Stage (TGS) was chosen by Bank of America as their representative NJ production for Black History Month in 2008, and he recently directed a production of Mother Hicks with a deaf and mute actor in the role of Tuck at TGS. As an actor, he played the role of Andrew Schrag in David Wiltse’s Sedition at both Playwrights and Shadowland, and Zeblyan in Two Jews Walk into a War, at PTNJ, NJRep, Shadowland, and InterAct Theatres. He designed the original curriculum for PTNJ’s Juvenile Justice program, was the Program Director for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Theatre Program for Teachers and Playwrights, and currently teaches at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Kean University.  His plays have been performed at Foundation Theatre, Loaves and Fish Theatre Company and Playwrights Theatre, and his most recent play, Dura Mater, was the basis of his being awarded a Playwriting Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He holds a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University,an MPA  from Seton Hall University in nonprofit management, and is currently working towards a Master Certificate in Creative Placemaking in the first ever offering of this program at Rutgers University. He is married to stage manager and properties designer Danielle Constance Pietrowski.

Daniel Renner
Dean of the National Theater Conservatory &
Director of Education for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Daniel Renner is the Dean of the National Theatre Conservatory and Director of Education for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and will be the Director of Education for Theatre Development Fund in NYC beginning in early May of 2012. He is a founder of the national Spring Hill Conference for education directors, was cited by the Kennedy Center and US Congress for his contributions to the field, received a TCG Grant for work in diversity programming and new theatre education models, and honored by PBS for innovation in arts education. Mr. Renner has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and US regional theatres including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and was an actor, director, dramaturge and Associate Director with Intiman Theatre in Seattle for ten years. He was part of the artistic team for the world premiere of The Kentucky Cycle and a producer of the Moscow Sovramennick Theatre’s production of Into the Whirlwind and The Three Sisters for the Goodwill Arts Festival in the United States.

Mr. Renner has been on numerous arts panels and advisory boards, was appointed by the Governor to the Washington State Commission on Student Learning, and a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and Shannon Institute. As a consultant he has worked with a variety of organizations including Huntington Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, ChildsPlay, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Tacoma Art Museum, Children’s Theatre Company and Woodruff Art Center. He has guest lectured at Stanford, Harvard, Lahore University, University of Cairo, Cornish College of the Arts, and University of Washington. He has been an onsite reporter and panelist for the NEA since 1992 and was Vice President of TYA/USA. Mr. Renner, a past board member of TCG, continues to moderate their national education teleconferences, develop and facilitate national TEAM trainings and curate Education Centerpieces. He serves on the Executive Board of American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA), and the editorial boards of The Teaching Artist Journal and TYA Today.