Dan Hunter is a playwright, songwriter, teacher and founding partner of Hunter Higgs, LLC. Hunter is the inventor of H-IQ, the first assessment of individual imagination and ideation, available on line at www.hunter-iq.com. He is the co-author of A New Measure of Imagination Ability: Anatomical Brain Imaging Correlates published March 22, 2016 in The Frontiers of Psychology, an international, peer-reviewed journal.
He was executive director of the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH) a statewide advocacy and education group. Hunter has 25 years’ experience in politics and arts advocacy, serving as Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (a cabinet appointment requiring Senate confirmation) He has taught creative writing at Boston University since 2000.
He has written many successful plays including Un Tango en La Noche (winner of a national Kennedy Center award) and The Monkey King (finalist for the 2004 Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville). Hunter’s play, Red Elm, received critical acclaim in 2005 and his 2013 comedy, Legally Dead, was called “uproarious” by the Boston Globe.
As a singer/songwriter/humorist, Hunter performed original songs like “Walkin’ Beans,” “Ballad of the Pork Queen,” and “Please Don’t Burn Perry Como.”