Dane is a proud graduate of Kent State University after receiving both his MFA in Acting and BFA in Musical Theatre, winning various awards for acting and musicianship throughout his time as a student. In 2008 Dane had the fortune of working with the Hangar Theatre's experimental group, The Lab Company where he studied numerous acting methodologies under Drama League Directing Fellows, and was the main puppeteer for a 6 foot wide Pelican puppet in their debut production of Tell It Underwater. Locally Dane has performed at Porthouse Theatre (in productions such as 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Violet, Hairspray, and Newsies) and Dobama Theatre (Gutenburg! The Musical!).
In his first year as an Adjunct Professor out of graduate school, Dane has taught The Art of Theatre for 3 years at Kent State, while also teaching or assisting masterclasses at various theatres, including Porthouse Theatre and the Cleveland Playhouse.
Dane's current research focuses on the interconnectivity of different acting methods and how they can combine to make fuller, more well-rounded characters through organic rehearsal. He hopes to take this research further and analyze how an actor can work with and through chronic pain on and offstage, leading to a more balanced sense of well-being in an actor's life as a whole.