Danielle graduated in 2010 from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA with a double major in Theatre Arts: Acting and Directing and Digital Media Production.

While at Dordt, Danielle found herself filming short documentaries to share important stories or issues people were dealing with. She started doing the same with theatre, choosing plays that would help facilitate difficult conversations that needed to happen on campus. Her senior year, Danielle created a documentary about the high domestic abuse rates in her small community and simultaneously directed a staged reading of THE LARAMIE PROJECT on campus.

Danielle moved to Knoxville, TN in 2011 and immediately began working as a stage manager and assistant director, then director.

In 2013, Danielle founded Yellow Rose Productions, with the mission to “produce theatre that creates an environment in which both the performers and the audience can participate and recognize truth. Yellow Rose Productions strives to create experiences that cultivate empathy for all fellow human beings, and that give each person a chance to reflect on the relationships in their own lives and the way they personally impact the world surrounding them.”

Yellow Rose Productions now has a number of facets, including improv comedy, a Women’s Playwriting Competition, and an original touring show, PRINCESS CUT: A YOUNG GIRL’S REALITY INSIDE A TENNESSEE SEX RING, which has performed around the Southeast and as part of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. Yellow Rose plans to produce a second original show in 2017.