founder and director daniel Witzke
Born and raised in industrial Duisburg (north Rhine Westphalia) Daniel started his theatrical career in the early 90s, studying performing arts at the music conservatory in Vienna, the Stage School in Hamburg as well as voice with Prof. Noelle Turner in Essen. As a director, producer and stage manager he has worked internationally with some of the largest and most important opera houses, summer festivals and entertainment companies and was appointed resident director for the Wiener Staatsoper in 2001.
In 2003, he joined Stage Entertainment/Disney Theatricals as Resident Director for Elton John's AIDA. Since 2005 Daniel has produced a number of widely praised German premieres of new American musicals and also built a reputation as a producer for all-star charity productions. He was appointed resident director for Seattle Opera in 2012 and has successfully directed over a dozen new productions of operas and musicals throughout the US.
As a Manager Creative Development he was KD SCHMID's driving force behind establishing get!CREATIVE, an expanding pool of creatives, performing artists and trendsetters, in which new ideas and performance approaches, technologies as well as theatrical concepts can be developed and worked on in an open-space environment.
Daniel is closely connected to his home area in mid-western Germany, a California Permanent Resident since 2015 and a true cosmopolitan; he loves to dance Argentine tango with his life partner Julia and, if possible, spends every free minute outdoors with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - lady dog Bella.