Dado enjoys finding scripts with cakes in them and then convincing A Red Orchid to produce them. She has been doing this as an Ensemble Member since 2007.

Past AROT shows that Dado has directed (and usually put cakes in) include The Malignant Ampersands, Killing Game, The Room, The Mutilated, Red Handed Otter, Simpatico, Megacosm, The Unseen, The Hothouse, The Sea Horse (oh no wait, that wasn’t a cake – it was a wedding dress), The Fastest Clock in the Universe, and The Grey Zone, as well as the Incubator Series productions of Celebration and Act Five. Her production of Simpatico transferred from AROT to the McCarter Theatre Center to much critical acclaim. She also assistant directed AROT’s 2018 production of Victims of Duty. She has been seen onstage at AROT in The Moors, Grey House, Traitor, and Strandline.


Dado holds an MFA in visual art from the University of Chicago and received their Edes Prize, which she used to produce David Lang’s chamber opera little matchgirl passion (Facility Theatre). Around town, she has also directed Erik Satie’s surrealist Ruse of Medusa (Facility Theatre), the original vacuum cleaner opera (Museum of Contemporary Art & Prop Thtr), Alice In Bed by Susan Sontag (Trap Door Theatre), and productions at Shattered Globe, Emerald City, Steppenwolf, Prop, Famous Door, as well as many others. She received an After Dark Award for Outstanding Direction for the critically acclaimed U.S. premiere of Huddersfield by Ugliesa Sajtinac, which was produced by TUTA at Victory Gardens. She is the recipient of The Goodman Theatre’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship, where she assistant directed A Life In The Theater with Robert Falls. Dado is currently a professor at Purdue University Northwest.