Dan Pavacic is an actor, singer and model living in NYC, who loves participating in and supporting all forms of storytelling. Born and raised on Long Island, Dan has always called New York home. He attended The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in pursuit of his MFA, graduating in 2020.
Since his youth, Dan has always been a singer, but he knew he wanted to pursue acting as a career after viewing the film Silver Linings Playbook for the first time in his Junior year of High School. He was inspired by the story of Pat Solitano, played by Bradley Cooper. It is the story of a man struggling with bipolar disorder and the effect it has had on his life and relationships, but against all doubt, overcomes the “negativity” that life has presented him by focusing on the positive silver lining in all things. Dan loved the message of the film. The plot and Cooper’s performance, in addition to the rest of the cast, moved Dan so much that he was immediately enthralled with the craft of acting. Momentarily after viewing the film, he did his research and discovered the work of the late acting teacher Elizabeth Kemp, who also happened to be Bradley Cooper’s acting coach. And so, Dan reached out to her to get started in classes. She eventually invited Dan to take part in her famous Dream Work Intensive in Woodstock, NY.
Meanwhile, Dan also enrolled at the famous Gateway Playhouse Acting School in Bellport, Long Island under the tutelage of the late Robin Joy Allan. There, Dan appeared in numerous plays and musicals including Klondike in Eclipse, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Jesus in Godspell, as well as in Gateway’s main stage productions where Dan played The Grand Duke in Cinderella and Shere Khan in The Jungle Book at The Patchogue Theater. Dan credits those musicals at The Gateway for instilling his passion for musical theater.
Later, Dan studied under Steven Lantz-Gefroh (Yale School of Drama) who later directed Dan in the Long Island Shakespeare Festival and in plays such as Ken De La Maize in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Champ in Mill Fire, Duke Frederick in As You Like It and d’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers. Dan is a proud company member of The Long Island Shakespeare Festival.
Dan is also an accomplished fight choreographer, having won three national awards from The Kennedy Center for productions he has choreographed.
When Dan is not performing on stage or working on set, he focuses primarily on giving back to his local community, writing and running a blog on his website to support fellow actors, and enjoying the outdoors and fresh air.
Dan applied to Graduate School MFA acting programs and was called back to some of the best schools in the country, ultimately wanting to attend The Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. He was accepted on scholarship upon auditioning and attended the school from 2017-2020. Graduating with his MFA, Dan had been trained in Meisner technique, The Stanislavski System, Strasberg’s Method, Stella Adler technique, Linklater voice work, and explored movement through dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where Dan studied West African and Ballroom dance, as well as various movement techniques for three straight years of advanced movement classes.
At ASDS, Dan played Polo in A Hatful of Rain, Henry in Mud, Slim in Cowboy Mouth, Phillip Gellburg in Broken Glass, Silvio in Pvt. Wars, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, John in Tape, Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Michael in God of Carnage, Eddie in Hurlyburly, and Richard in The Lover.
At the ASDS Repertory Theater, Dan took on three roles simultaneously, playing CB in Dog Sees God, Jerry Clark in Election Day, and Hal in Hope and Gravity.
He is currently a finalist at The Actors Studio and is excited to be one step closer to LifeTime Studio Membership by the end of 2023.
Internationally, Dan has performed at The Sibiu International Theater Festival as Henry in an original production, The Fighting Light in Sibiu, Romania. It was directed by Steven Lantz-Gefroh.
Dan has worked with some other incredible acting teachers and directors: Susan Aston, Susan Batson, Andreas Manolikakis, Beth Manspeizer, Ken Urso, Jacqueline Knapp, Brian McManamon, Andrea Syglowski, Scott Freeman and Jim Elliot.
He is trained in voice by none other than three amazing designated Linklater voice teachers in Corinna May, Craig Bacon, as well as Executive Director of The Barrow Group, Robert Yu Serrell. Dan studied the art of movement with Kate and Michael Billingsley. He was taught the art of Ballroom dance at the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by none other than Danielle Quisenberry.
To Dan, acting is acting, whether on the stage or on set.