Muncie, Indiana

Michael Daehn has served in many theatrical roles but is most proud of his role as an educator. He started his high school theatre teaching career at Stevens Point (WI) Pacelli. Sixteen years ago, he joined the faculty at Ball State University where he created the nationally recognized theatre education program. Daehn most recently served as troupe director for Burris Laboratory School, home to Thespian Troupe 712, from 2005-2020, and previously Appleton West High School, home to Thespian Troupe 3402 in Wisconsin from 1995-2004. Daehn has directed more than 180 productions on the high school, college, and professional levels and co-created the Prism Project, which provides an annual performance opportunity for students on the autism spectrum. He was recently awarded the EdTA’s Founders Award for his overall contributions to the field and is a past winner of the EdTA Volunteer of the Year Award. He is a regular contributor to EdTA’s Dramatics magazine and Teaching Theatre journal. He has served as a Democracyworks essay contest judge, Thespian Playworks reader and director, ITF Showcase production, and national adjudicator. Daehn is the Indiana representative and an original member of the Advocacy Leadership Network.