Dane A. Campbell is the founder and CEO of Fearless Fiction Productions. He is a published author, educator, award-winning choreographer, actor, and director. In 2005, he founded the Full Effect Entertainment Theatrical Dance Company (FEETDCo) whose work has been featured on international television and seen on stages around the world. In that same year he finished his first novel Here Before, a psychological thriller confronting the bigotry present in small-town America. In 2009, he was awarded the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Choreographer of the Year Award for FEETDCo’s “Jook Joint,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” theatrical dance productions, performed in the 15th Annual Dance Chicago Festival.
Two years later, Dane would place his focus back to his academic roots. As a student at Northeastern Illinois University, he studied Communication, Media, and Theatre and graduated cum laude in 2013. He entered graduate school that summer, and in the following June received his MA in Teaching, with a concentration in Secondary English Education. Also in 2014, his short story “Throw Rugs” was published and earned him a full-ride scholarship to study Creative Writing at Columbia as an MFA candidate, ultimately graduating in 2016.
He enjoyed a productive two years while at Columbia. An excerpt from his second novel And When Nobody Cared, “What Becomes of the Trained,” was anthologized in four literary journals. The novel itself was praised by several of his professors including Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife). Also during this time he completed Low-Hanging Fruit, a stage play, lauded by professors at both NEIU and Columbia College, namely Joe Meno who worked closely with Campbell for its development. He also penned the screenplay Genesis, ultimately graduating having written a full-length novel, play, and screenplay—an unprecedented accomplishment for any MFA graduate from that department.
Dane began teaching college–level English courses for Chicago Public Schools in 2013. He then accepted a position with the school district as a theatre director and full-time English teacher later that year. He has since wrote and directed a total of ten one-act plays at over three schools and has received Blue Ribbon distinction for his instruction. As of 2016 he also teaches composition courses at Elgin Community College.
Now as a new member of the Black Ensemble Theater, the world renown theater company is producing Campbell’s hilarious Grounds for Divorce during their 2017 spring Black Playwrights Festival.