Dan Coleman

Dan Coleman

Director and Producer, Dawn State Theatre Company

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available

Dan is the founder of Dawn State Theatre Company and has directed and produced all the company's work to date. Dawn State's debut production The Man Who Would Be King ('Flawless' ★★★★ The Stage) received widespread critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014 before transferring to the Oxford Playhouse Studio and VAULT Festival, London. In 2015 the company was chosen to be part of English Touring Theatre’s Forge development programme, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice award with its production of The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster ('Spellbinding' ★★★★ Exeunt) which played to sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival before transfering to the New Diorama and Greenwich Theatre. In autumn 2016 The Man Who Would Be King returns for an eight-week nationwide tour. 

Dan's recent freelance work as a director includes Paradoxy (Pegasus Theatre; Trafalgar Studios); The Merchant of Venice (workshop production for the Royal Shakespeare Company); Skittles (BAC; Edinburgh Festival); The Biting Point (Theatre503); Three Days in the Country (Oxford School of Drama); Hedda Gabler (Drama Centre London); Comedy of Errors (Arts Ed) and God of Carnage (Guildford School of Acting). As a freelance producer he has worked for Tamasha Theatre Company (where he was the recipient of the TDA emerging producer bursary in 2015) and Theatre503 (where he was the Joint Programming Director in 2009) amongst others. He trained at Birkbeck College.

Work History

Freelance Theatre Director and Producer - Various

Sep 2008 - Dec 2016


Theatre Directing - MFA - Birkbeck College

Sep 2006 - Aug 2008

Drama and Theatre Studies - BA(Hons) - Middlesex University

Sep 2000 - Jul 2003


  • actor training
  • adaptation
  • drama theory
  • dramaturg
  • theatre director
  • theatre producer