Dan Hurlin

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Dan Hurlin
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Nationality American
Known for Theatre and puppetry

Alpert Award in the Arts (2004)
MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2003)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2002)
New York Dance and Performance award (2001)

Village Voice OBIE Award (1990)

Dan Hurlin is an American puppeteer and performance artist.[1][2][3]

Life and work[edit]

Performance works include: No(thing so powerful as) Truth (1995); Constance and Ferdinand (1991) with Victoria Marks; Quintland (The Musical)[4] (1992); The Jazz Section (1989) with Dan Froot; and two toy theater pieces, The Day the Ketchup Turned Blue (1997) from the short story by John C. Russell, and Who's Hungry?/West Hollywood (2008) with Dan Froot.[5] His large puppet piece Hiroshima Maiden (2004),[6][7][8] with an Obie Award winning score by Robert Een, premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse and was awarded a UNIMA citation of excellence. Disfarmer (2009), a puppet piece about American photographer Mike Disfarmer, premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse and is the subject of the 2011 documentary Puppet, by David Soll.[9]

As a performer he has worked with Ping Chong, Janie Geiser, Annie B. Parson & Paul Lazar, and Jeffrey M. Jones, and directed premieres of works by Lisa Kron, Holly Hughes, Dan Froot, John C. Russell and Erik Ehn.[10][11][12] Dan Hurlin is a professor of dance composition and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College and serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.

Dan Hurlin is the recipient of several awards including the 2004 Alpert Award for theater,[13] a 1990 Obie Award for his solo adaptation of Nathanael West's A Cool Million,[14][15] and a 2001 Bessie Award for his suite of puppet pieces Everyday Uses for Sight Nos. 3 & 7, a collaboration with composer Guy Klucevsek.[16]


  1. ^ Horwitz, Andy (18 February 2004). "Talking with Dan Hurlin, part 2". Culturebot. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Rutherford, Kourtney (1 November 2012). "Currents: Experimental Theatre Education Programs". American Theatre. Retrieved 26 November 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Cummings, Scott T. (24 June 2015). "Puppets: Still Very Much a Thing: As today’s cutting-edge puppeteers peer into the souls of animated objects, they’re seeing the future—or rather, the eternal present—of the theatre.". American Theatre. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Gussow, Mel (19 December 1992). "Review/Theater; 5 Famous Little Babies And a One-Man Musical". New York Times. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Rakoff, David (11 January 2004). "THEATER; Hiroshima Bomber and Victims: This Is Your (Puppet's) Life". New York Times. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Zimmer, Elizabeth (6 January 2004). "Post-War Puppets". Village Voice. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Jowitt, Deborah (13 January 2004). "Tale of a Ruined Face". Village Voice. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (16 November 2010). "Film Review of Puppet". Variety. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Gussow, Mel (17 February 1985). "THE STAGE: 'NOSFERATU,' EERIE DRAMA BY CHONG". New York Times. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Dolan, Jill (8 August 2010). "Holly Hughes' The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony)". The Feminist Spectator. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ CalArts Alpert Award Profile for Dan Hurlin
  14. ^ Solomon, Alisa (17 April 1990). "Review: A Cool Million" (PDF). Village Voice. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Steele, Mike (5 January 1991). "Hurlin's 'Cool Million' miniatures turn capitalism on its big head" (PDF). Star Tribune. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Anderson, Jack (25 September 2001). "Awards Given for Dance And Performance Art". New York Times. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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