Dan Granke began his career in Fight Direction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in 2000 studying under world renowned master teacher and Broadway fight director Erik Fredricksen. He continued his studies in New York City under fight master J. David Brimmer. His own work in New York appeared in such venues as The Public, Write/Act Rep, Egress Theatre Co, Cena/Cenari, and the NYU Steinhardt School. His teaching work took him across the Midwest and east coast.
He left New York to pursue his Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied a diversity of movement disciplines. While there he continued his studies under Fight Master David Leong, and became a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.
After graduate school, he took a position teaching at the University of South Florida, where he currently teaches Acting, Mask, Combat, and Physical Comedy. He continues to teach at venues across the country. Regionally he has worked with Asolo Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, Stageworks, Tampa Repertory Theatre, Hat Trick Theatre, and is the Resident Fight Director at Tampa Shakespeare Festival, where he also serves as Artistic Director.
In addition to his stage training, he has studied extensively in grappling based martial arts and historical fencing, with a specialty in Medieval German Forms. He also studied the Cello in his youth. He loves the opportunity to marry his love of theatre, fighting, and concert music that St. Petersburg Opera company affords, and is excited to return this season.