Dakota Lupo is a storyteller, filmmaker, writer, performer, educator, and activist.
The son of a choreographer and a magician, Dakota began performing a very young age and has continued as an actor and a stand up and improv 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 public policy through the arts. As an instructor, program developer, and executive director, Dakota has lead annual acting and film programs, camps, and workshops for kids in Los Angeles, Europe, and the Middle East. As a decade long yoga instructor, Dakota has taught tens of thousands of students, leading teacher trainings, teaching specialized workshops, and developing curricula in yoga and meditation in NYC and Los Angeles. Dakota is a writer, director, and producer and the founder of Friendly Wolf Entertainment, a Los Angeles based development and production company working in film, tv, and documentary.
Dakota's work utilizes storytelling as an emapathetic bridge between people, organizations, issues, and policies. Many projects are part of a bigger platform, building joint initiatives and ancillary programs with NGOs, NPOs, governmental agencies, and some of the world's preeminent human rights and peace & justice organizations. Each story focuses on affecting dialogue, encouraging mobilization, and helping develop public policy around the world. Some recent work includes exploring the challenges of girls' education in eastern Kenya, refugee integration in Europe, emerging financial markets in east Africa, UN entitlement mechanisms, US marijuana legalization, and the black market organ trade. Dakota is constantly developing new works both in the arts and
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