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Daniel Beaty

Biography

Daniel Beaty

Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. Last season he had an extended off-Broadway run of his acclaimed solo play THROUGH THE NIGHT produced by Daryl Roth. For this production Daniel received 2011 Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. For THROUGH THE NIGHT, Daniel also received the 2010 AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the 2010 Ovation Award for Best Male Lead Actor. His critically acclaimed solo play Emergence-See! ran off-Broadway to a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater in the fall of 2006.  For this production, he received the 2007 Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing & Performing and the 2007 AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance. He is the recipient of the 2007 Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival and was presented with a Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. In the spring of 2008, Emergence-See!, now re-titled Emergency had a sold-out seven-week engagement at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and was awarded two 2009 NAACP Theater Awards including Best Actor.

 Daniel has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa performing on programs with artists such as Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Jill Scott, Sonia Sanchez, MC Lyte, Mos Def, Tracy Chapman, Deepak Chopra, and Phylicia Rashad. He holds a BA with Honors in English & Music from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre. His ensemble play Resurrection received its world premiere production at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in August 2008 (where he was awarded the 2008 Edgerton Foundation’s new American Play Award); followed by engagements at Hartford Stage, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and ETA Theater in Chicago. His new solo play Mt. Joy appeared at the Riverside Theatre in May 2012. In the upcoming season, his ensemble musical Breath & Imagination – The Story of Roland Hayes will premiere as a co-production with Hartford Stage and Pittsburgh City Theater.  He also has a new solo play on the life of Paul Robeson – The Tallest Tree in the Forest – directed by Moises Kaufman and slated to premiere next season. He is a proud member of New Dramatists and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. Both Emergency &Through the Night have are published by Samuel French and available online.

His first children’s book, KNOCK KNOCK: My Dad's Dream for Me, won the 2014 ALA Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award.

Daniel Beaty

Books by Daniel Beaty

written by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier - African American Interest, Children's, Fiction, Loss, Personal Growth
Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And my papa, he tells me, "I love you." But what happens when, one day, that "knock knock" doesn't come? This book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.