Dan Horrigan is a director and writer working in theatre and film. He holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and an MA in Theatre (directing) from Royal Holloway.
His play Once Was Home was selected by Critical Stage from over 400 entries and performed at The Royal Free and The Landor. During this time he was working at The Kings Head as a trainee assistant director under Dan Crawford (assisting on Time Out Critics Choice Sun Is Shining and directing The Possibilities).
Dan then went to the London Centre For Theatre Studies (The Actors Company), graduating with Privates On Parade at The Jermyn Street, which Peter Nicholls called superb. After this wonderful experience he continued to write and direct.
His adaptation of Orestes was described as ‘bold’ and ‘strident’ by Time Out. He followed this with The Broken Heart, pursuing an interest in tragedy that shaped much of his following work. Dan ran Secret Centre Theatre for a number of years, producing two festivals of new mixed media work, alongside several productions across the fringe. He also pursued freelance work, collaborating with numerous companies with an interest in new writing, the variety and quality of which allowed him to hone his craft and technique.
Dan then returned to LCTS where he worked as a dramaturg and director on work by Ibsen and Miller. Shortly after Dan decided to take up study at The Institute of Education, where he attained a PGCE in English and Drama, he now lectures as a performing arts tutor alongside his work in theatre. Dan is committed to teaching and learning, and maintains his own learning through regular classes and workshops with leading practitioners.
His production of ‘Unrelated’ was produced by Scenepool at The CPT, The New Diorama, The Drayton, and Jermyn Street, described as ‘clever and unpredictable’ by The Stage and ‘excoriating’ by The Public Reviews.His play Face The Camera And Smile was produced by Writers Avenue at The Rosemary Branch, The Pleasance, and Soho Theatre. It was shortlisted for The Kings Cross Award for New Writing.
Dan also directed a theatre/circus hybrid production of The Duchess of Malfi at The New Players, noted for its visual impact and power, and its releasing of the metaphors of the play in performance.
Dan then trained for two years in Meisner Technique, under Scott Williams at Impulse. His interest in Meisner is ongoing, and continues to influence his work across all forms.
His episodic work Still I See My Baby is being translated for production in Paris. It was also adapted for film and produced by The Frame Store, with Dan writing the screenplay.
He is currently working on Paradise Now and Blood Leaves for his MA in Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre. During his studies Dan’s appreciation of storytelling has deepened, and his understanding of dramatic structure has blossomed.
In November 2014 Dan directed Moonfleece by Philip Ridley with third year acting BA students at Bath Spa. In December 2014 Dan directed his first short film Devotion, in post production with Foliage films.
In 2015 Dan hopes to continue to build relationships, generate work, and tell new stories. It has never been more important to create work that is impossible to forget.