Jack Dyville is an accomplished dancer, actor, singer, director-choreographer and published playwright who has performed both on Broadway, Off-Broadway tours as well as National tours. A member of both Society Stage Directors-Choreographers and AEA.
Jack Dyville relocated from New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in Williston, he directed an Entertainment Inc! production and wrote the play My Stage Daddy.
Early Life and Education
Jack Dyville, born and based out of New York City, is an award-winning playwright and director. Due to his wide array of skills – dancer, actor, singer, producer director director choreographer as well as playwriting/directing music for theatre productions – Jack is often referred to as “a theatrical jack-of-all-trades.” He has performed as dancer, actor producer director & choreographer amongst many other tasks for several theatre productions as well as written plays & music for theatre performances.
Er has performed on Broadway and National tours, and as part of Radio City Music Hall’s Ballet Corp. He belongs to both the Dramatist Guild and Society of Stage Directors-Choreographers.
In 1984, Jack opened his own dance studio in Williston, North Dakota. Alongside business partner Bruce Michael Quale he established Entertainment Inc to produce theatre. Additionally they wrote and organized dance recitals. Their latest play together, entitled A Mermaid’s Tale is currently playing at New York City’s Triad Theatre.
Jack was an actor, dancer, choreographer, stage manager, instructor and playwright – an all-in-one entertainment professional! Since 1970 he had been producing, directing, choreographing, stage managing and teaching theater – not to mention touring as part of Hello Dolly with Yvonne De Carlo (touring throughout America as dancer), doing summer stock gigs as well as Broadway/National tours!
Since moving to Williston from Texas 35 years ago, he and B. Michael Quale have co-created two theater groups – Youth Education on Stage (YES) and Entertainment Inc!. Additionally, he completed his lifelong goal of visiting all 50 states while still performing as director/choreographer in NYC.
Sgt. Stubby, America’s first war dog who gained courage through community outreach programs, comes alive on stage with his neighbors in this story-theatre musical written and performed by Jack Dyville with music by John Stutte.
Achievement and Honors
Jack Dyville is an award-winning playwright and director whose works have appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, National tours, Summer Stock productions, Regional theatre productions and dinner theatre performances. A member of both Dramatist Guild and Society of Stage Directors-Choreographers. Moreover, Jack has danced as part of Radio City Music Hall’s ballet corps twice!
He has written hundreds of plays, such as If the Pink Pump Fits, An Umbrella in the Snow and My Stage Daddy. Additionally he has performed in numerous productions as an actor as well as founded Friends Always Creating Theatre.
He moved to Guttenberg, North Dakota and, together with Bruce Michael Quale, founded YES (Youth Education on Stage). They were instrumental in moving the Miss North Dakota competition from Minot to Williston in 1987.
Dyville is an accomplished playwright, composer, and director specializing in musical theatre for children as well as exploring serious topics like HIV-AIDS and Alzheimer’s. What began as a hobby has turned into his full-time occupation; he is the founder of Friends Always Creating Theatre (FACT) in New York City.
Jack found Williston to be a warm and friendly community in 1983 when he moved his mother Jean from Michigan. Both enjoyed calling Williston home. Entertainment Inc! became his lifeline.
In 2013, he began researching World War I and encountered the story of Sgt. Stubby; this inspired him to compose music and lyrics for three of 19 songs included in his production.
Jack Dyville passed away peacefully at Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, North Dakota on July 6, 2022 at age 77. Jack lived his dream as a theatre director for Entertainment Inc! and visited all fifty states before retiring. Additionally, he brought Miss North Dakota competition back home as well as founded YES (Youth Education on Stage) children’s theatre company/schools both locally and in NYC. Jack is survived by his wife Phyllis as well as children Brad and Lisa.