Dana Morgan

Dana Morgan

Actor, Puppeteer, Stunt Performer, Voice Artist and Filmmaker

New York City, New York

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About Dana

Born and raised in New York City, Dana Morgan has been a director and producer since 2009. Her work can be seen all over the tri state area in theaters, schools and on the internet. She was inspired after working as crew on The Muppets in 2008 and pursued an internship with Basil Twist. During that time, she had the amazing opportunity to build for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and establish her puppetry skills. In 2011, she directed and created a piece for Sinking Ships; Puppet Playlist "The Beach Boys"; 'I'm Waiting for the Day', a parody of the song. The vignette was an instant hit. Dana Morgan and her team were asked back to the next Puppet Playlist, “Motown" where they developed an elaborate 2 minute segment with a well known Motown song 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me.' They used various forms of rod puppetry, trigger puppets and marionettes to express their vision of the music. During the summer of 2011, Dana taught puppetry classes to children of all ages in many schools including Notre Dame Academy.

At the end of 2011, Dana developed 'Going Up?',TV Pilot about funny things that happen in elevators. After pitching the idea to several people, she knew she was onto something and put together an extraordinary team to make it a reality. Dana received an award for Best Director of a Short at the St. Tropez International Film Festival in France, Best TV Pilot at The Indie Gathering and Best TV Pilot at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival. 'Going Up?' received the Award of Merit for TV Pilot at The Indie Fest, the Award of Merit at Best Shorts Competition for TV Pilot, and the Platinum Award at Nevada International Film Festival. It was also an official selection at the Coney Island Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival and Hyart Film Festival. Upon completion of the film festival circuit, Going Up? has been in talks with a new network and have other offers for distribution. For more information about 'Going Up?' you can visit the website at www.GoingUpTheSeries.com.

Dana’s most recent work can be seen on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where she designed and performed the ‘King Puppet’ in episode 4. In addition to puppetry, she is also pursuing stunt work positions and honing her stage combat and MMA skill at Radicall MMA in NYC. She has worked on over 50 network television shows and large budget movies performing children stunts, puppetry and miscellaneous crew, where she had noticed the over use of computer generated imagery (CGI). She wanted to find a way to combine puppetry, VFX/SFX and CGI to establish a more seamless, tangible look. Dana has partnered with masterminds of the business to establish Going Up? Productions LLC, a NYC based company, which will allow the opportunity to develop new concepts and ideas.

Unique traits: Very Petite, child stunts, Self defense, MMA

Credits

  • Robot & Frank

    Robot & Frank (2014)
    Film by Sony Pictures World Wide Robot Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

  • The Puppet Apocalypse

    The Puppet Apocalypse
    Internet by TPA Productions News Reporter (Principal) When Alien space puppets invade Earth, best friends (Jimmy and Mike) look to the news, loved ones, and the military to find answers.

  • Olde Town Commercial

    Olde Town Commercial
    Internet by Devin Sanchez Good Temp Commercial

  • Back Stage Editorial

    Back Stage Editorial
    by Published by Heather Langone Author 'Dana Morgan on Imperfections'

  • Firefly Wishes

    Firefly Wishes
    Film (short) by Going Up? Productions LLC Producer, Director Firefly Wishes is about a little girl, Hannah, who is coping with the sudden loss of her father. She befriends a firefly who takes her on a magical adventure. She then questions if her father has really left her at all.

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Television by Universal Television LLC Puppeteer A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

  • Believe

    Believe
    Television by NBC Universal Stunt Woman A relationship forms between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.

  • Going Up? The Series

    Going Up? The Series
    Series by Going Up? Productions LLC Director, Producer Funny things that happen in elevators. Are you Going Up?

Awards

  • St. Tropez International Film Festival-Best Director, Best Producer
    (2014)

  • Indie Gathering-Best TV Pilot
    (2014)

  • Best Shorts Competition-Best TV Pilot
    (2014)

  • Nevada Film Festival-Best TV Pilot
    (2014)

Education

  • Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference
    (2014-2014)

  • Drivers East Stunt/Precision Driving
    (2014-2014)

  • David Cady Commercial Class
    (2012-2013)

  • Danny Madden Private Vocal Coach
    (1997-2010)

  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY)
    (2001-2003)

  • HB Studios
    (1999-2000)

  • Radical MMA NYC
    (2015)

  • The PIT
    (2013)

  • Geoffrey Cantor Private Acting Coach
    (2010)

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