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Born and raised in New York City, Dana Morgan has been a director and producer since 2009. Her work can be seen all over the tri state area on TV, the big screen, in theaters, schools and on the internet. She was inspired after working as crew on The Muppets in 2008 and pursued an internship with Basil Twist. During that time, she had the amazing opportunity to build for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and establish her puppetry skills. In 2011, she directed and created a piece for Sinking Ships; Puppet Playlist "The Beach Boys"; 'I'm Waiting for the Day', a parody of the song. The vignette was an instant hit. Dana Morgan and her team were asked back to the next Puppet Playlist, “Motown" where they developed an elaborate 2 minute segment with a well known Motown song 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me.' They used various forms of rod puppetry, trigger puppets and marionettes to express their vision of the music. During the summer of 2011, Dana taught puppetry classes to children of all ages in many schools including Notre Dame Academy.
At the end of 2011, Dana developed 'Going Up?',TV Pilot about funny things that happen in elevators. After pitching the idea to several people, she knew she was onto something and put together an extraordinary team to make it a reality. Dana received an award for Best Director of a Short at the St. Tropez International Film Festival in France, Best TV Pilot at The Indie Gathering and Best TV Pilot at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival. 'Going Up?' received the Award of Merit for TV Pilot at The Indie Fest, the Award of Merit at Best Shorts Competition for TV Pilot, and the Platinum Award at Nevada International Film Festival. It was also an official selection at the Covellite Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival and Hyart Film Festival. Upon completion of the film festival circuit, Going Up? has been in talks with a new network and have other offers for distribution. For more information about 'Going Up?' you can visit the website at www.GoingUpTheSeries.com.
Dana’s most recent work can be seen on CBS Sports March Madness, Road to the Final Four where she assembled the puppetry team and performed the Greg Gumble puppet. She is also known for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where she designed and performed the ‘King Puppet’ in episode 4. Dana has worked on over 50 network television shows and large budget movies performing stunts, puppetry and miscellaneous crew, where she had noticed the over use of computer generated imagery (CGI). She wanted to find a way to combine puppetry, practical effects, VFX and CGI to establish a more seamless, tangible look. Dana has partnered with masterminds of the business to establish Going Up? Productions LLC, a NYC based company, which will allow the opportunity to develop new concepts and ideas.
'Dana is a very creative and innovative young women with very real goals in mind. She's is imaginative and a realist at the same time. She will take on challenges as opportunities to bring postive results to whatever she achieves. Dana is a person you would want in your corner. She brings a positive attittude wherever she goes. She is a delight to have around and is always uplifting to anyone she meets. I highly recommend her for any job or project she is willing to participate in.'-Vinny Androsiglio, (Owner Daystar Music and Video Production)