Hey! I'm Danielle!
My friends call me D. Or sometimes just Gallo.
It's hard to answer when people ask what I do, because I wear so many hats! I'm an actor. I'm an educator. I'm a human rights advocate. I'm an international development project coordinator. I'm director, a teacher, a poet, a playwright, and so much more. I guess I ~contain multitudes~ or whatever.
I'm based in Washington, DC, and I have been for several years now. I graduated from American University's Honors Program back in 2019, where I was the first ever double major in Theatre and International Relations.
But I learned the importance of community, and how to stand up for what I believe in from my very fiery Italian family. I grew up in South Jersey, where there are no shortages of opinions. (It's gravy, not "pasta sauce.")
As a theatre artist, I'm most interested in work that challenges norms and inspires discussion, especially if that work explores the implicit and explicit politics of identity and existence.
I'm also a huge fan of hyperrealism, modernized Shakespeare, and some innovative audience participation (!!!).
Here's what you should to know about my "approach" as an actor. I ask lots of questions. I make bold, imaginative choices. I believe in telling the truth, above all. I am a collaborator. I love theatre because it is the only art form whose lifeblood is human connection, spontaneity, and empathy.
In addition to being an actor, I also work am international development consulting firm called EnCompass. There, I coordinate dozens of projects in tandem with USAID to build peace and foster gender inclusivity around the world.
I've also worked at the National Democratic Institute, helping to empower democracies and advocate for human rights in the Balkans. I believe that the arts, and theatre, can be used as a tool to solve global problems, and promote healing and reconciliation in post-war communities.
In college, I studied all across Europe (based in Brussels, Belgium) and interned at an organization called the European Disability Forum that fought for rights of over 200 million persons with disabilities. I wrote laws, gave presentations in front of the European Parliament, and helped manage the organization's communications and political strategy.
I'm passionate, ambitious, fearless, and my heart takes up 80% of my 4'11" frame. I have strong opinions on pasta, I thrive in warm weather, I use way too many exclamation points, and I geek out on Greek mythology and ancient Roman history (we will not get along if you support Brutus over Julius Caesar).
If I sound like your kind of person, contact me to figure out how we can work together!
ACTOR. DIRECTOR. PLAYWRIGHT.
EDUCATOR AND ARTIST.
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE.
BA in Theatre Performance and BA International Relations through the American University Honors Program.