Daniel Banks

Adjunct Faculty, The John Wells Directing Program

Daniel Banks, Ph.D., is a director, deviser, dance dramaturg, and community organizer.

He has directed, led workshops, and/or instigated projects in 39 states and 23 countries at such venues as National Theatre of Uganda, Belarussian National Drama Theatre, The Market Theatre (South Africa), Playhouse Square (Cleveland), with NYC and DC Hip Hop Theatre Festivals, and workshops of new projects with Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and McCarter Theatre. He served as choreographer/movement director for productions at Shakespeare in the Park, Theatre for a New Audience, Singapore Repertory Theatre, La Monnaie (Belgium), Salzburger Landestheater (Austria), and for Maurice Sendak/The Night Kitchen. He served on the dramaturgical team for Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ Black Girl: Linguistic Play and ink.

​Daniel has served on the faculties of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; MFA in Contemporary Performance, Naropa University; MA in Applied Theatre, CUNY; and as Chair of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Daniel is founder and director of Hip Hop Theatre Initiative that engages Hip Hop Theatre to catalyze youth self-expression and leadership. He is editor of Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater and co-editor with Dr. Claire Syler of The Welcome Table: Casting a Movement. Daniel serves on the Drama League’s Directors Council, is Associate Director of Theatre Without Borders, and the 2020 recipient of TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award. Daniel is Co-Convener and Board Chair of Transform 1012 N. Main Street, repurposing the former Ku Klux Klan Auditorium in Fort Worth, TX, into The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing.