Jan Dalton

Dalton has been passionately active as a theatre actor and director throughout most of his life. Born in Alberta, Canada, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area (raised by immigrants!). After achieving a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from UC Berkeley, he acted in several shows in the SF Bay Area and then lived for a year in Vienna, Austria where he appeared in several productions at Vienna’s International Theatre as well as work in film, radio and tv commercials. After stints in San Francisco and Traverse City, he retired from a career working with various law firms. He continues to live in Leelanau County with his beautiful, and always supportive wife. They raised two wonderful sons who both attended Suttons Bay HS and the University of Michigan with honors.

2021 marks his 27th year associated with Northern Michigan theatre. During his years with the Old Town Playhouse, he directed several plays, acted in dozens more, and sat on both the Artistic Board and Artistic Committee. Favorite acting roles will always include Dracula, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lonely Planet, Camelot, Dial M for Murder, Lion in Winter, Anatomy of a Murder, Art, The Woman in Black, Noises Off, Doubt (won the 2011 State of Michigan AACTFest Competition), The Drawer Boy, Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike, and most recently Indecent. He also directed several shows including The Philadelphia Story, Tartuffe, An Ideal Husband and The Mousetrap. He has also acted in and directed several productions with the Riverside Shakespeare Company performing in various parks throughout the Grand Traverse Area. When he is not working on his next theatre project, cooking, gardening, or enjoying sports (Go Blue!), he is planning his next trip to Europe, with his wife and best friend, Julie. Je t’aime! Allons-y!

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