New York-based director, actor, and teacher Daniel Pettrow is the Director of the Heifetz Institute’s Performance and Communication Training program. He has taught Drama and Speaking in Public at the Institute since 2012, and has counseled, coached, and mentored scores of Heifetz students in 1:1 sessions.
Mr. Pettrow frequently focuses on new and experimental creations while fostering collaborations with artists from different disciples. He is currently creating an original production with Mikhail Baryshnikov, which will premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in January 2019. This fall he will collaborate with Heifetz faculty pianist Miki Sawada and composer Brendon Randall-Myers on the Gather Hear Tour throughout West Virginia, unveiling a new work titled A Kind of Mirror that boldly reimagines the piano concert experience.
Mr. Pettrow is also a teacher and lecturer at The Banff Centre for their ‘Concert in the 21st Century’ program (2015 – present), and is the drama director for YoungArts Miami and YoungArts LA (2015 – 2017). He is a frequent collaborator with choreographer John Heginbotham, having created and performed in several productions. Recently, he was the assistant director and performer of The Principles of Uncertainty, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow, The Guggenheim, and BAM. Mr. Pettrow works closely with renowned French director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed in Julius Caesar, Splendid’s, Black Battles with Dogs, and Roberto Zucco at Theatre National de la Colline in Paris; Avignon Festival; and 30 National theaters throughout France and Europe. He is an associate actor with The Wooster Group and teaching artist at The Wooster Group’s Summer Institute (2006 – present). He is an associate artist with multi-disciplinary theater company Bluemouth Inc. Mr. Pettrow also dances the role of ‘The Wolf’ in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of Peter and the Wolf at The Guggenheim for their ‘Works and Process’ series (2012 – present), and is a frequent collaborator with choreographer and fellow Heifetz Institute faculty member Anabella Lenzu.