DAN SWERN is the founder and owner of Smugbug Productions, with professional credits as a stage director, producer, public art and creative engagement artist, teaching artist, and activist. Based out of New Brunswick, NJ, Swern is the co-founder and producing director of nonprofit arts organization coLAB Arts, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work.
With coLAB Arts co-producer John Keller, Swern is pioneering Creative Engagement, a method of art making that produces new works through trans-disciplinary collaboration, integrated education, and high quality artistic production. Swern has developed new platforms for artist/advocate/community collaboration in dance, theater, and public art and annually creates massive community-based immersive performances.
Swern created, directs, and designs Shake & Bake Projects, most well-known for the Drama Desk nominated off-Broadway production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Swern teaches Creative Engagement at Rutgers University for the School of Communications and Information and Mason Gross School of the Arts - Department of Dance.
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