Aasne Daniels' Bio

Aasne Daniels (Assistant Professor of Theatre) earned her BA in Theatre from Moorhead State University (now Minnesota State University Moorhead) and her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University.  After graduate school, she moved temporarily to New York City where she worked as an actor at Ellis Island.  Circumstances soon brought her back to the Midwest, and in Chicago she was fortunate to be able to act in such theatres as Drury Lane, Oakbrook, and the Apple Tree Theatre.  During her time in Chicago she also worked as a Grammy-nominated audiobook narrator for Brilliance Corporation.  Since moving to Springfield, IL, Aasne has found professional employment as an actor at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Vachel Lindsay House, and at the Old State Capitol as part of their History Comes Alive program.  She is also the proud co-owner of Ahh Yoga in Springfield, where she teaches several classes each week.  Aasne views theatre as Community Service, something that not only entertains but also enlightens and draws diverse communities into conversation.  She made her IC directing debut with 2013-14’s Terminal Café.  As an actor, favorite roles include the Narrator in her one-woman show The Yellow Wallpaper (available on as The Yellow Wallpaper, a Film by David Cain); Mme. Thenardier in Les Misérables; Margaret in The Holly and the Ivy; Rosalind in As You Like It; Hedda in Hedda Gabler; Nora in A Doll’s House; and Peter in Peter Pan.  Most recently she gender-bent the role of Hamlet in Hamlet at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.  

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