J. Daniel Herring (Professor, Director & Department Chair) joined the Fresno State Department of Theatre Arts in the fall of 2007 after completing twenty years with Stage One in Louisville, Kentucky where he served as the Artistic Director from 2002 until 2007. J. Daniel directed the world premiere of The Great Gilly Hopkins in New York at the New Victory Theatre receiving critical acclaim from both the New York Times and New York Post. He directed six other world premiere productions for Stage One including SOMC. Since joining the faculty at Fresno State, J. Daniel has directed Cabaret, Our Town, The Elephant Man, T.I.C. Trenchcoat in Common, Eastern Standard and Time Again in Oz for University Theatre as well as And Then Came Tango, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Bully Plays, Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, According to Coyote, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and Devon’s Hurt and for the Theatre for Young Audiences program. He was the recipient of the 2011 Provost’s Promising New Faculty Award. J. Daniel recently directed Venus in Fur for Alive Theatre Company, The Glass Menagerie for Good Company Players and The Music Lesson for StageWorks Fresno where this summer he will direct Casa Valentina. J. Daniel was an ASSITEJ/USA Observership/Ann Shaw Fellowship Recipient in the Fall of 2000. He visited both the Seattle Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis interviewing artistic directors Linda Hartzell and Peter C. Brosius.