Dale Franzen has over 30 years of experience in the creative arts industry as an Opera Singer, Artistic Director, Producer, Public Speaker, Mentor, and Consultant.
Dale started her career as a classically trained soprano in both musical theater, operetta, and opera working with icons like Placido Domingo, Frederica Von Stade, Jonathan Miller, Sir Peter Hall to name a few. After over twenty years as a singer, Dale's career took a surprising and wonderful turn as she was asked to create a performing arts center in Santa Monica, California to serve the community. Fast forward a few years, Dale raised over $123-million dollars to build and run The Broad Stage and served as its Founding Director for 17 years and Founding Artistic Director for 7 seasons.
After stepping down as the Founding Artistic Director, Dale found her career embarking on another new path and is now developing and producing a new musical called Hadestown. Currently, as a lead producer for Hadestown, a musical inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Hadestown had an off-Broadway run at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016, which had reviews saying “Inventive. Beguiling. Luminous. Spellbinding.” by the New York Times and “Hadestown Will Be Your Next Musical Theater Obsession” by Vogue. Hadestown had its Canadian debut at Edmonton’s Citadel Theater in Fall 2017 and just announced that it was play at London's National Theater from November 2018 thru January 2019.
As a public speaking lecturer and strategic mentor to non-profits and artists, Dale has worked with hundreds of performers, non-performers, non-profits, and artists. Her work includes classes, retreats, consulting, and one-on-ones. Dale enjoys working with artists, emerging arts leaders, and interns to help launch their careers. Dale has expanded her lectures into the academic setting at schools and universities like Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, UCLA, USC, and CalArts to name a few.
Dale is honored to have been appointed to the Board of Library Commissioners for the city of Los Angeles, term ending on June 30, 2022, by Mayor Garcetti.
In her free time, Dale loves to travel, enjoy a good cup of tea, hula dancing, gardening, singing with her ukulele, and throwing a fun dinner party. Dale has been married for over 35 years to the love of her life, Don, and the mother of three original and talented children. One of her greatest joys in life is working with her daughter, Alexandra, attending a concert of her son, Ben, and getting a Thai massage from her daughter, Olivia.