Dale Franzen has over 40 years of experience in the creative arts industry as an Opera Singer, Artistic Director, Tony Award winning Producer, Educator, Public Speaker, Mentor, and Consultant.
She is a lead producer on the 8-time Tony Award winning new musical, Hadestown. Hadestown is currently playing on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater. 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. After NYTW, Hadestown crossed the border and has its Canadian debut at Edmonton’s Citadel Theater in Fall 2017 to sold out audiences. After its Canadian run, Hadestown announced that it was jumping over the pond to première at London's National Theatre in November 2018, which had reviews saying “Timeless and Enduringly Relevant” and “SUPERB. SUPERCOOL. STUNNING”. Hadestown started previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22 and opened on Broadway on April 17, 2019. Buy your tickets here! A National Tour of Hadestown is in the works for the 2020-2021 season.
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.
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. She 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. Dale was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Count Basie Center for the Arts in May 2019.
In her free time, Dale loves to travel, enjoy a good cup of tea, gardening, singing with her ukulele, and being involved with causes dear to her heart like Electoral College reform, Women’s Empowerment and gender equity issues. 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 discussing comparative global religions and spirituality with her Masters candidate student, Olivia.