Dan Froot

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Dan Froot is an American performance artist, writer, dancer, composer and saxophonist.[1]

In 1991, Froot received a Bessie Award for his music theater work, Seventeen Kilos of Garlic.[2][3][4] In 2001, he received a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship (a.k.a. C.O.L.A.) for the creation of his gangster-vaudeville, Shlammer. Froot's music concerts, theater pieces, and performance events have been presented by leading art centers across the U.S., and in Europe, Africa and South America. He has composed numerous scores for dance and theater companies, has taught performance workshops around the country, has created an ongoing series of collaborative interdisciplinary duets with choreographer David Dorfman,[5] and has danced, acted and played music nationally and internationally with Victoria Marks, Ralph Lemon, Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks, Mabou Mines, David Cale, Ping Chong & Co., and Jeff Weiss. From 1992 to 1996, he was the director of the Bennington College July Program, an intensive academic and cultural enrichment experience for teens at Bennington College, and was a member of the program's drama faculty from 1984 to 1992. Froot teaches at UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

From 2008 to 2012, Froot and puppet artist Dan Hurlin collaborated on a series of short puppet plays under the collective title of Who's Hungry.[6]

Froot's work has received major support from MAP Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Trust, The Jim Henson Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, UCLA Center for Community Partnerships, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of West Hollywood, AEPOCH Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Meet The Composer, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, The Durfee Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Vermont Community Arts Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and Reader's Digest.


  1. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (5 April 2008). "Dance in Review: David Dorfman and Dan Froot". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (1 February 2012). "Hollywood Fringe Fest Applications Open Today; Dreams of the Washer King, and More New Reviews". LA Weekly. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Lincoln, Marga (11 March 2012). "Puppets, toys tell powerful stories". Independent Record. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Jowitt, Deborah (29 March 2005). "Laugh Your Heart Out: Everyday life as vaudeville and vaudeville as coming-of-age in Jewish heritage (ha-ha)". Village Voice. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Thom, Rose Anne (1 April 2008). "David Dorfman & Dan Froot". Dance Magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Blankenship, Mark (1 April 2010). "Repast, Present, Future: How 4 theatre projects are using food (or its absence) to make lasting community connections". American Theatre. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 

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