Daniel Ison

Board Member
Dat Ngo
Board Member


Dat Ngo (he/him/his), pronounced (DAHT KNOW), is a theatre educator, arts education administrator, teaching artist, workshop facilitator, and champion of equity and justice, especially as it impacts communities of color. For the last 20 years, he has worked on the lands of the Piscataway Conoy and Nacotchtank peoples, current-day Washington, DC with Shakespeare Theatre Company, theatreWashington, the DC Collaborative on the Arts and Humanities, and Sitar Arts Center. Nationally, he supports American Alliance for Theatre and Education as its Youth Network Chair and collaborates frequently with artEquity as a facilitator and panelist to support BIPOC leadership across the country. Dat is currently Associate Vice President at Arts Consulting Group

While Dat was born and resides in the Washington metropolitan area, Philadelphia will always be his theatrical home. It is where he began working professionally in theatre as a directing fellow at the Philadelphia Theatre Company under the leadership of Sara Garonzik.

PlayPenn expresses much of what he values and loves about Philadelphia’s theatre community – active and vibrant with national resonance. He is hopeful that under PlayPenn leadership, the organization will re-emerge as a champion of new and diverse storytelling. Dat is excited to re-engage PlayPenn, in this role, as it continues to reintroduce itself to the greater Philadelphia theatre community while expanding the diversity of voices and perspectives on America’s growing theatre canon.