Danny-Ray Polson

Danny-Ray Polson

dannyraypolson@hotmail.com

Website: http://puppetmandan.webs.com/

   3545 Central Ave, #302, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701

Danny-Ray Polson has been an actor and puppeteer in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years. He has performed and directed many community theatre productions with The Village Players in Valrico and Stagedoor of Brandon. Professionally, he has appeared in shows by Silver Glass Productions, Stageworks, Play Dead Murder Mysteries, MurderS She Wrote Dinner Theatre, Pig’s Eye Studio, the Child Abuse Council’s Kids on the Block, Clowning Around, Strictly Entertainment, and Shows to Go!. He has toured extensively with Bits n’ Pieces Puppet Theatre all across the United States, performed with them at the World Festival of Puppetry Arts in Prague, and most recently in the Bits n’ Pieces/Florida Orchestra’s 2009 collaborative production of “Petrushka.”

Mr. Polson’s teaching experience is just as extensive. He taught a summer puppet camp at the Child Abuse Council’s Breakaway program, and he conducted puppet workshops at the YMCA’s Teen Success program through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. He was the Storyteller at the Tampa Museum of Art’s “Magna Graecia” exhibit using his acting, storytelling, and puppetry skills to teach children about Greek mythology. For three years, Mr. Polson was the resident instructor of the Village Players’ youth acting class and puppetry workshops. He has assisted the master puppet builder of Bits n’ Pieces, Holli Rubin, to conduct workshops on simple rod puppets, shadow puppets, and the history workshop “Puppets Around the World.” Mr. Polson was known as “Diatom Dan,” a mad scientist with Mad Science of West and South Tampa Bay, teaching hands-on, interactive science fundamentals through after-school programs, workshops, special events, birthday parties, and camps in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Most recently, he was the drama instructor for the Largo Country Day School’s 2011 summer camp. Mr. Polson has worked with students aged 3 to 17, though the bulk of his work has been with elementary students in grades K through 5. He looks forward to many more years of helping to actively bring the arts to children and adults of ALL ages.