Dana Edell

Dana Edell
Music

Dana Edell (she/her) is an activist-scholar-artist-educator. She has produced and co-directed 70+ original plays and 7 albums of music written and performed by teenage girls addressing social justice issues and has worked as a theater teaching artist in public and private elementary, middle and high schools, adult prisons and youth correctional institutions in Rhode Island, California and New York. She’s the co-director of SPARK Movement, an intergenerational, antiracist, arts-driven girls’ activist organization where she trains and supports girls to design and run arts-based activist campaigns and take action in their communities. She consults with organizations and schools throughout the US and abroad about gender justice, civic engagement, youth activism, feminist Jewish education and arts integration. Dana was co-chair of the Girls’ Participation Task Force at the United Nations where she directed annual theater productions written by girls from 20+ countries. She teaches Theatre & Activism and Social Issues in Drama at New York University and in the City University of New York’s graduate program in Applied Theatre. Through her writing, presentations and media appearances, she advocates for the need for collaborative and activist performing arts experiences for girl-identified and gender expansive young people. Her first book, Girls, Performance and Activism: Demanding to Be Heard will be published by Routledge in 2021. She has an MFA in theatre directing from Columbia University and a PhD in theatre and education from NYU. She grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and after almost thirty years away, is thrilled to be back home with her family.