Dan Rodden has called Chicago his home since 1995.
Born in Lima, Ohio, Dan attended high school in the central Illinois town of Monticello. Growing up, he was fortunate to have home and school environments that fostered a love for the arts. After high school, he went to university in Anderson, Indiana. Although always active in theatre, he spent seven years using his degree in Broadcast Communications doing radio work as on-air talent and Production Manager before turning his energies full-time to a career in theatre. His profession has since taken him to New York, Rhode Island, Nebraska, Texas, all the way up to Anchorage, Alaska, and all around the Chicago area.
This past winter he was honored to be the professional guest artist playing Don Quixote in Man of la Mancha at Normandale College in Bloomington, Minnesota. Other recent productions include playing Felix in The Odd Couple at Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre, as well as Dr. Terry Adams in The Nightingale Group's Marrying Terry at The Victory Gardens Greenhouse. He has also done numerous classical staged readings with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, including Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. Elsewhere on Chicago area stages, Dan was seen as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at the Oak Park Festival Theatre, Charles in Blithe Spirit, Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace, Doctor Watson in Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Sign of Four and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at the New American Theater, Perfect Wedding and Funny Money at Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Dad in the Chicago premiere of Steve Martin's Wasp and Excerpts from Cruel Shoes at The Aardvark, Assassins a Jeff Award Best Musical at the Apple Tree Theatre, Passion at Pegasus Players, and improvisational fun at the IO Chicago.
Regional credits include: Texas Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Cidermill Playhouse and Beechwood Theatre Company. You may have also seen him recently in television commercials for Legal Helpers & Luna Carpet or heard his voice-over work invarious television, radio, or industrial films. A proud member of Actors' Equity Association, he currently resides in Chicago with his wife, actress Gail Rastorfer. Check out his website www.DanRodden.com.