Testimonials

Testimonials About Larry Dachslager From Fellow Artists

Jon Bass - Actor - Loving, Baywatch, Book of Mormon (Broadway production), Dog Days

Larry taught me about classic and alternative films, plays, and musicals. He was such an inspiration, constantly striving to not only make a great play but make sure we knew the history behind it. He helped instill in me a good work ethic as an actor. 

Jennifer Bauer-Conley - Director of Performing Arts - The Emery/Weiner School

Larry has a special talent for helping kids to feel confident. His encouragement of their creativity and collaboration is remarkable- kids leave his classroom feeling respected, safe, and proud, at a time in their lives when those feelings can be hard to come by. Many students who would likely not have pursued theatre have become ardent performers because of the passion Larry ignited in them. Larry was always adored and highly respected by the student body.

As a colleague, Larry can be counted upon to consistently demonstrate the utmost respect and teamwork. In our work together, I found Larry to be kind, approachable, supportive, collaborative, and patient, and I feel lucky to call him a friend to this day. He truly loves working with children, and that passion is reflected in all he does. Any institution would be lucky to have Larry as part of its community, and will certainly benefit from all the experience, expertise, and passion he brings.

Josh Brener - Actor - Silicon Valley, Maron, The Internship, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars Resistance

Larry Dachslager taught me everything I know. Whether this speaks positively or negatively of Larry, I leave for others to determine. But I can say, without hesitation, that Larry's brilliance as an expert in film, theatre, and music is singular. His breadth of knowledge alone is unparalleled, but when coupled with his keen artistic eye and profound analytical abilities, Larry is a truly unique specimen of creative genius. I am just one among hundreds of beneficiaries of Larry's immense talent, wisdom, and kindness, and for that, I am eternally grateful. He is still the person I turn to if I have questions that I need to figure out. Pretty much everything good that's come to me in my career can be traced back to Larry Dachslager.

Andy Einhorn - Broadway Musical Director/Conductor

I commissioned Larry to write new lyrics for a Cole Porter tune for Broadway and six-time-Tony-Award winning actress Audra McDonald. He has always had a knack for creative parody lyrics and lyric-writing in general, and it seemed like a natural fit. The song was one of the biggest hits of our 2015 concert tour, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Ron Falzone – Associate Professor Columbia College Chicago

Larry is easily in the top 5% percent of my students over the past 25 years. A superb researcher and a thoughtful writer, Larry is the kind of student that elevates the play of the rest of the class.

Karla Fuller – Associate Professor Columbia College Chicago

Larry is a fantastic writer. He is insightful, articulate and delivers analyses of the highest order!

Noa Gutow-Ellis

The best teachers are not always the ones teaching the core classes. I took a film appreciation class in 8th grade and learned more information in a single semester than I’ve learned during an entire year of math. The teacher was fantastic because he was incredibly passionate about film studies. When imagining a teacher discussing Shakespeare, many would picture a bunch of teenagers staring out into space, barely listening. But, when Mr. D talked, no heads went down and no eyes wandered. Everyone was focused intently on what he told us because his passion for the subject was contagious. I admire teachers that are so passionate about their subject that they inspire students to look further into it, ask questions, and leave the class with a sense of wonder about learning something genuinely new and interesting.

Aaron Christian Howles – Actor True Blood, State of Affairs

The best teachers are not always the ones teaching the core classes. I took a film appreciation class in 8th grade and learned more information in a single semester than I’ve learned during an entire year of math. The teacher was fantastic because he was incredibly passionate about film studies. When imagining a teacher discussing Shakespeare, many would picture a bunch of teenagers staring out into space, barely listening. But, when Mr. D talked, no heads went down and no eyes wandered. Everyone was focused intently on what he told us because his passion for the subject was contagious. I admire teachers that are so passionate about their subject that they inspire students to look further into it, ask questions, and leave the class with a sense of wonder about learning something genuinely new and interesting.

Matthew Minchen

The confidence I built as a result of Mr. D. and theater carried over into my everyday life. Mr. D. always told me not to be afraid to do what I want to do. As long as I did what made me happy then others would accept me for who I was. Mr. D. lived these words. Following suit, I decided to try out for the cheer team in eleventh grade as my school’s first ever male cheerleader. Absolutely no one expected this formerly shy, quiet, awkward kid would ever want to join the cheer team. Amazingly, with no former cheer experience, I made the team, and mostly to my surprise, no one made fun of me for it. Mr. D. turned out to be right. I did what I wanted to do, and not only did others accept me for it, but they gave me a new level of respect as well.

Andrew Weil – Netflix Original Series Executive

Larry is incredibly knowledgeable about movies – from highbrow to lowbrow and everything in between. He is very capable and effective in communicating with others (about film and everything else).