J. Daniel Herring

Associate Professor
Department of Theatre Arts
California State University, Fresno


J. Daniel Herring joined the Fresno State Department of Theatre Arts in the fall of 2007 after completing his twentieth season with Stage One in Louisville, Kentucky where he assumed the role of Artistic Director in
June 2002.  He began his tenure with Stage One, the professional theatre for young audiences, at the beginning of the 1987-88 season and for seven years held the position of Education Director. 

For the next four seasons, J. Daniel served as the Associate Director of Education and Programming.  Beginning with the 1998-99 season, he assumed the position of Associate Producing Director overseeing all areas of production. He was honored to direct The Great Gilly Hopkins in New York at the New Victory Theatre where the production garnered critical support from both the New York Times and New York Post. 

J. Daniel directed numerous other Stage One productions including the World Premieres of Spirit Shall Fly, Come Sing Jimmy Jo, Trials: The Life of Joan of Arc and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck as well as the highly acclaimed and innovative production of The Music Lesson featured in AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.  Of his more than sixty other Stage One directing credits some favorites included A Midsummer Night's Dream, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes,  And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Most Valuable Player: The Jackie Robinson Story, Dream: Young Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, The Diary Of Anne Frank, Island Of The Blue Dolphins, You’re A Goodman Charlie Brown, Lyle The Crocodile, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Globalstage Productions video of Frankenstein. 

J. Daniel has also directed for Music Theatre Louisville, Pandora Productions, Bunbury Theatre, Pleiades Theatre, and Shelby County Community Theatre.  He has severed as a guest director on the national level for the Dallas Children’s Theatre, New York University New Plays for Young Audiences and three times for the Bonderman IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwriting Symposium. 

In the fall of 2000, J. Daniel served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  He has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Young People.  J. Daniel holds a B.A. degree from Virginia Tech and an M.F.A. degree from Arizona State University and is the co-author of the book DRAMATIC LITERACY published by Heinemann.