Dane A. Campbell is a published writer, educator, award-winning choreographer, actor, songwriter, and director. He is the founder and CEO of Fearless Fiction Productions. In 2005, he founded the Full Effect Entertainment Theatrical Dance Company (FEETDCo) whose work has been seen on stages around the world and featured on national television. In 2009, he was awarded the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation's Choreographer of the Year Award for FEETDCo’s “Jook Joint,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” theatrical dance productions, showcased in the 15th Annual Dance Chicago Festival. His debut novel Low-Hanging Fruit is about an interracial friendship of five that is tested when one of them, a white cop, shoots and kills an unarmed Black teenager. He is currently working on two other novels that explore the way the bonds of friendship are challenged by bigotry and other social ills.
Dane graduated cum laude from Northeastern Illinois University, where he studied Communication, Media, and Theater. He went on to an MA in Teaching, with a concentration in Secondary English Education. His short story “Throw Rugs” earned him a full-ride scholarship to study Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago as an MFA candidate.
During his two years at Columbia, his story “What Becomes of the Trained” was anthologized in four literary journals. He also completed his play Low-Hanging Fruit and penned the screenplay Genesis.
In 2013, Dane began teaching college-level English for Chicago Public Schools. He then accepted a position with the school district as a theater director and full-time English teacher. He has since written and directed a total of ten one-act plays at three schools and has received Blue Ribbon distinction for his instruction. He also teaches composition and literature courses at Malcolm X College.
As a member of the Black Ensemble Theater, Dane produced Grounds for Divorce during the company’s 2017 Black Playwrights Festival.
Dane and his wife Keesha live in Chicago with their dog, Cookie.