Image: Dan Mitchell, Due West Arts Festival Executive Producer.

Image: Dan Mitchell, Due West Arts Festival Executive Producer.

Dan Mitchell

Dan’s artistic practice over the last 25 years traverses a diverse creative field including circus, physical and street theatre, performance, festivals and public art.

Dan has worked as a director, producer, performer and creator across companies based nationally and internationally, including Circus Oz, Ihos Opera Tasmania, Bizircus, Melbourne Fringe Festival, QuarterAcreBlock Productions, Theatre De La Unity (France), Antic Disposition (U.K.), Dislocate Physical Theatre, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Ran Dan Club, Kununurra Arts and Christmas Island Arts Festivals.

Key high profile positions Dan has held previously include the position of Guest Director with the Melbourne Fringe Festival,
Co-Director of the Moomba Festival Tram Parades (2000-2002) and Artistic Director of the Moonee Valley Festival River Spectacular (2003).

Since 2006, Dan has established a series of specialised bespoke events, including the MoreArt Public Art Show for Moreland City Council and The Quiet Music Festival for City of Moonee Valley. He has continued to provide artistic direction on a freelance basis on various works, including Memoirs of Human Cannonball (Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival), Dislocate Physical Theatre The Key (Arts Centre Melbourne) and VCAA TOP ACTS Performing Arts Showcase (Melbourne Recital Centre, 2015-2018).

In 2006, Dan initiated the first stage development of the adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Baron in the Trees as a site-specific, tree-based arboreal theatre project. In 2013, the project won the George Fairfax New Theatre Award which allowed it to be developed for the Castlemaine State Festival, where it was a popular and critical success.

Dan’s work is essentially informed by sensitive site engagement, research, resource adaptation, sustainability, collaboration and meaningfully embedding a work into place. This conceptual approach is further informed by his Whadjuk Nyoongar and Anglo-European cultural heritage.