Dan Gallant, Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Reviving a dormant artistic brand with Poet Dan Gallant

Dan Gallant, Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Dan Gallant runs the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a performance center responsible for the rise of stars like John Leguizamos, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson, Scarlet Johansson, Natalie Portman and Reggie Gaines.

We chat about Dan’s personal journey from running local YMCA shows to reviving the Nuyorican’s brand and raising $6.9M to change the face of the 40 year old historical landmark.

3 Lessons from the Interview

  1. How Nuyorican helped spoken word artist Aurora Barnes grow her audience

  2. How Dan used social media to transform the perception of the Nuyorican cafe

  3. The challenge of successfully raising $6.9M for renovations then ramping up

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Quote of the Day

“The world breaks everyone and afterwards everyone is strong in the broken places” – Ernest Hemingway


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The Prince by Machiavelli

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A classic of philosophy and political science, The Prince is an extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power. Machiavelli discusses in plain language the conduct of great men and the principles of princely government. (Thanks to Cliff Notes for a great summary)

Getting to Know Dan Gallant

What is a helpful habit?

Scheduling free hours

What is helpful resource?

Refdesk.org – Great place for facts and numbers (helpful for specific details for poem or book)

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Steven Lang, actor (bad guy in Avatar), Matthew Broderick, Chazz Palmintieri , Michael Kaiser (Kennedy Center), National Arts Strategies

What is your purpose on this planet?

Create work that can engage the widest number of people while being true to my own voice

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Want to stay connected to Danny?

 Dan on Twitter

Nuyorican on Facebook

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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