Dana likes that the plays her company produces are "intelligent, thought provoking, entertaining, and professionally done," and also that they aren't dumbed down for audience consumption like a forgettable feature movie.
Although Dana admits on her podcast that she is a bit of a control freak in her directing personality, she believes that actors should "bring of themselves" to make the play work.
When asked on her Stage West podcast on what careers she would pursue besides acting, Dana mentioned becoming a lawyer and a psychologist. She believes those three things, including acting, all go hand in hand, especially when it comes to being wise with people and their body language, and learning by observing people.
According to her podcast, Dana's first acting role at Stage West was in 1997 for Sam Shepherd's play, Sympatico, where she played a bodyguard. She was on stage for five minutes and then since it was a three hour show, she stayed around and helped move furniture.
Dana's actor profile:
Weight: 120 lbs.
For television and commercial appearances, Dana is represented by the Kim Dawson Talent Agency in Dallas, Texas.
In Spring 2007, Dana coordinated and was the spokesperson for Stage West's first annual Texas Playwriting Competition, which garnered 53 entries from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The winner surprisingly turned out to be a former local newspaper theatre critic.
Dana's directorial debut for Stage West was at age 30, in June 2007, where she directed Lee Blessing's Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music.
According to her school's alumni magazine dated Spring 2004, Dana received an Outstanding Performance by an Actress award by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, for her performance in "Comic Potential".
Dana attended Martin High School in Arlington, Texas.
Dana's acting roles at Stage West include an array of classics such as Our Town, A Streetcar named Desire, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She has also done some more modern plays such as The Misanthrope, The Shape of Things, and Comic Potential.
Dana has been with Stage West since 1997 and is a Director of Development. She became a full-time development director in 2005, and has also served on the board of directors for the company.
Earliest TV co-star role: In August 2006, Dana will also be voicing student bodyguard Setsuna on the Negima anime.
Dana has been involved with Texas Bound in Fort Worth, an annual event put out by the Fort Worth Public Library in which Texas actors and celebrities read stories written by local Texas authors.
In 2006, Dana Schultes read Eleven by Sandra Cisneros, and in 2005, Dana read USS Fortitude by Ron Carlson.
Dana is a member of Story Time Theater, a troupe of professional actors who give theater performances for children.
In 1998, Dana graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Texas Wesleyan University, located in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors.
Dana was selected as the Reader's Choice for Best Actress in Fort Worth Weekly, a local news magazine, for 2004 and 2005.
Theater Groups and Companies Dana has worked for: Circle Theatre, Stage West, Theatre Three, Pocket Theatre, Storytime Theatre.
Dana has two sisters.
Dana: (on directing) Having an opportunity to sculpt it and guide it is very exciting for me. I always felt I had a knack for it, and now is my opportunity to prove it.
(On why Dana ended up sticking with Stage West for her career)
Dana: I felt like this is where I can get the best education and working around professionals who do a nice job and really care about what they do, and have creativity just, you know, oozing from every pore of their body.