Dakota Lupo is a filmmaker, educator, writer, and activist. He is the founder of Friendly Wolf, a Los Angeles based development and production company. His work has been broadcast and screened in theaters, on tv, in festivals, on digital platforms, and at conferences around the world. With projects in fiction & non fiction, narrative and documentary, from teen comedy to historical drama to a variety of stories from the Middle East, Dakota uses storytelling as an empathetic bridge between people, issues, organizations, and policy. Many projects are built as part of a larger platform alongside some of the world’s leading human rights and peace & justice organizations, nonprofits, NGOs, as well as state agencies. Recent work has explored girls' education in rural Kenya, refugee integration into Europe, East African financial tech, UN entitlements, marijuana legalization, and the black market organ trade.
The son of a choreographer and a magician, Dakota began performing at a very young age and has continued as an actor, as well as an improv & stand up comic. He is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, earning a BFA in Film and Television with a focus on human rights and policy through the arts. As a teacher and executive director, Dakota has lead regular film and acting programs in Los Angeles and around the world. As a decade long yoga instructor, Dakota has taught over 4000 classes and tens of thousands of students, leading teacher trainings, specialized workshops, and developing curricula in yoga and meditation. As one of the best hand models in the game, Dakota has appeared in over 50 commercials (true story). He is a practicing martial artist and a Jeopardy extraordinaire.
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