A South Floridian transplanted to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tane S. Danger is a social entrepreneur, civic do-gooder, and creative connector. A 2007 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Communication Studies, he has put his education in social movements and participatory democracy into practice as a journalist, nonprofit communications professional, and civic theater creator.
Immediately following college, Tane served as Communications Director for the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission, the state agency charged with orchestrating and facilitating commemorations of Minnesota’s 150th anniversary of statehood. He then spent a year teaching English in South Korea at an all-boys public middle school. Upon returning to the United States, he worked in development and communications, first for the international medical NGO Children’s HeartLink, and then for Camp Fire Minnesota, one of the longest serving youth and nature connectors in the country.
In what sometimes feels like a parallel life, Tane has taught, directed, and performed improvised theater since 2003. In 2011 he co-created The Theater of Public Policy, which brings serious issues and debates to life through improv comedy. A cross between Meet the Press and Saturday Night Live, the show has hosted expert guests including former US House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, McArthur Genius Fellow and bee expert Marla Spivak, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, and Public Radio economist Chris Farrell. Tane also presents workshops and talks about how the elements of great improv—play, deep-listening, and imagination—can make work and life off-stage more fun, engaging, and productive.