Artistic Director

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company and current Artistic Director, Danielle Dwyer, CJ, has either directed or performed in nearly eighty of the Company’s productions since its inception in 1993. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Dwyer earned her Master of Arts Degree with distinction from England’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir Ouston at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); with David Male at Cambridge University (Cambridge, England) and Shakespeare at Shakespeare & Company, (Lenox, MA) and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. She is the author of video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.

In collaboration with Spirit of America Band, Dwyer was involved with directing the Wind Opera performances in South Korea, and the band’s theatre shows in South Africa. As opera co-director of the 2005 New England premier, and in 2017 the opera director of Vaughan William’s opera The Pilgrim’s Progress, she received rave reviews. She has devised and directed several shows for performances at home and on tours in Tuscany, Italy, the Eastern U.S., New York and Chicago. Dwyer’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (King Lear, Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar), Ibsen (Pillars of the Community), and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard), to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage), to the razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity of Alan Bennett (Talking Heads).

“The preparation was meticulous; one seldom sees an operatic production as powerful in conception and polished in execution as this Pilgrim’s Progress.” —The Pilgrim’s Progress, Boston Globe

“Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar soars with sight and sound. Dwyer is able to combine the intimacy of the columned setting, the sound of the slap of the sandals on the stone floor, the dance of burning torches, the rich acting and the beautifully composed music…into not just a play for the audience to view but more like the transport of actually being there.”
Julius Cæsar, Barnstable Patriot

“Awe-inspiring…spectacular pageantry…exhilarating production… she reliably illuminates hidden ironies in the text…”
King Lear, Cape Codder

As an actress, Sr. Danielle Dwyer is equally highly acclaimed. Her recent roles include Blithe Spirit, Madam Arcati, All My Sons, Kate Keller, Merchant of Venice, Shylock; Talking Heads, Irene; Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet.

“Madame Arcati, played to the hilt by Sr. Danielle Dwyer, is a show-stealer. The character, in contrast to the socialites who hire her, feels contemporary and real. She tells it like it is, expresses herself freely and is fun to watch. Dwyer brings Madame Arcati hilariously to life…”—Blithe Spirit, Cape Cod Times

“Sr. Danielle Dwyer reaches unbelievable depths in her portrayal of Kate Keller… She makes us feel the pain and strength of this matriarch ….compelling performance.” —All My Sons, Broadway World

“…her portrayal (of Irene Ruddock) in Alan Bennett’s monologue was so believable, so realistic, that at play’s end it felt a bit like waking up in another place. …British accent was flawless, but it was her understanding of her character’ humanity that really delivered.”
Talking Heads, Cape Cod Times

“What a difference an actress can make….the crowning scene is given its emotional heft by Dwyer… from the tiniest twitch of her eye to her stiff gait, Dwyer plays this part with such painful humanity, and delivers a punch to the gut with her simple yet mournful delivery.”
The Dining Room, Cape Cod Times