Dale did a McDonald's commercial when he was ten and has been hooked on SHOW BUSINESS ever since. He thinks he was paid in hamburgers & free coupons.
As an ACTOR he appeared in over 200 Film/Tv/Stage PRODUCTIONS.
TV/FILM Highlights: Enrico Caruso in THE UNTOUCHABLES & Leo Persini in JOSHUA with Tony Goldwyn & F. Murray Abraham.
Stage Highlights: EDNA in "HAIRSPRAY" (1st Nat'l Broadway Tour), CHARLIE in “THE WHALE” Jeff Award Best Actor Nom (Victory Gardens Theater), Puck in "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" (Festival Theatre), Squeaky Clean in the world premiere of Stephan Daly's "Lifeidreamedof" (Center Theater), Otto in "The Food Chain (Organic Theatre), Allen Ginsberg in "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial" (Remains Theater) and several seasons as Mr. Fezziwig in Goodman Theater's annual "A Christmas Carol".
COMMERCIAL Highlights: Kraft Cheese, Burger King, McDonalds, Hungry Howie’s
Dale has Directed over 100 productions. As a Founder/Interim Artistic Director of CENTER THEATER ENSEMBLE in Chicago, he directed, produced, acted and was CREATIVE DIRECTOR for The Training Center for the Working Actor, Chicago's Top Acting School for 20 years. Center Productions include "The Scarecrow", a wireless version of "Peter Pan", "Kingdom Of Earth”, and the cult classic "Lysistrata 2411, A.D." published by Doubleday (1995) with productions across the country annually. For 12 years, was ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of Festival Theatre, Illinois' oldest outdoor Shakespeare Company. Productions include: a rock-n-rock "Taming of the Shrew", "The Tempest". “Hamlet” & his award-winning adaptation of Cervantes' "The Adventures of Don Quixote". He Directed the HIT production of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH at The Artistic Home. And he has Directed over 30 CONCERT & CABARET SHOWS.
In 2008 he created a character: AUNT LOLA CABANA: "America's Favorite Aunt!" Aunt Lola is a HOST for Corporate Events, Special Appearances, Benefits, & "ROASTS". AUNT LOLA has 4 COMEDY CABARET SHOWS for HIRE.
Dale is a MASTER ACTING COACH and his “CREATIVE LIFE” continues to help Actors Start, Develop and Sustain their Careers across the country.
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