DAN KNECHTGES is a Tony Nominated choreographer and director working in theater, opera, concert dance, television, film and music videos. Dan has directed and choreographed for numerous theatres across the country and internationally on shows ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Rodgers and Hammerstein to Brecht. Dan’s Broadway credits include Lysistrata Jones (Direction & Choreography), Xanadu(directed by Chris Ashley, Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination),Sondheim on Sondheim (directed by James Lapine), 110 in The Shade(starring Audra McDonald) and The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (directed by James Lapine.) Dan had the blessedly rare occurrence to have three shows running simultaneously on the Great White Way in 2007. Dan also choreographed the Off-Broadway incarnation of The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at Second Stage, which earned him a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. Off-Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along for Encores! at City Center (directed by James Lapine), Vanities at Second Stage and directing and choreographing Lysistrata Jones for the Transport Group.
Other credits include Der Schuh Das Manitu (Berlin, Germany), Vanities(Theatreworks Palo Alto), Give It Up! (Dallas Theatre Center), Girl In The Frame (Goodspeed), Boys From Syracuse (Centerstage Baltimore),Godspell (Papermill Playhouse), Oklahoma!, The Wiz, Cats, My Fair Lady, Chalk Circle, Sound of Music, Joseph (Hangar Theatre), Mame, Angel Street, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(Surflight Theatre), Don Giovanni (Indianapolis Opera), Carousel, The Merry Widow, West Side Story (Opera Illinois). He also has had the pleasure of working on almost every Gilbert & Sullivan operetta including The Grand Duke, Iolanthe, Ruddigore, The Mikado, Patience, The Gondoliers, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Sorcerer all with the Blue Hill Troupe in NYC.
Dan not only has worked in the theatre world but also has worked on several operas and concerts. He had the unique experience of choreographing Leonard Bernstein’s MASS for the Dallas Symphony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. He also set the piece on Ballet Met dancers in Columbus, OH for ProMusica. Dan’s concert dance premiere was for BalletMet’s JazzMoves choreographing the finale, Mowtown Moves with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
Dan’s choreography can be seen in the Todd Solondz’s movie Palindromes, Dark Horse , White Collar on USA Network, The 2011 TV Land Awards with Liza Minnelli, and in Fatboy Slim’s music video “It’s a Wonderful Night,” which reached #1 in the U.K. He has also taught dance at numerous institutions and often does master classes all over the country.
Dan holds a BFA in musical theatre from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH and hails from Cleveland, OH. He is also a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.