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 as a lead producer on a new musical called Hadestown. Dale has been a supporter and producing Hadestown since its development stages. Hadestown has an off-Broadway run at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016, which had reviews saying “Inventive. Beguiling. Luminous. Spellbinding.” by theNew York Times and “Hadestown Will Be Your Next Musical Theater Obsession” by Vogue. After NYTW, Hadestownhad crossed the border and has its Canadian debut at Edmonton’s Citadel Theater in Fall 2017. Hadestownthen jumped the pond to première at London's National Theater in November 2018, which has reviews saying “Timeless and Enduringly Relevant” and “SUPERB. SUPERCOOL. STUNNING”. The next stop for Hadestown is on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre!
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.