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Daniel Banks

Fort Worth, Texas
Daniel Banks is a theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator. Daniel is Co-Director of DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization dedicated to dialogue and healing through the arts. He is the founder and director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, engaging Hip Hop Theatre to promote youth self-expression and leadership. HHTI has worked on campuses and in communities across the U.S. and in Azerbaijan, Ghana, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, and South Africa. He has served on the faculties of the Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; the MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University; the M.A. in Applied Theatre at City University of NY; and as Associate Professor and Chair of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. He is a long-time adviser in the Gallatin School for Individualized Studies, NYU and Associate Director of Theatre Without Borders. Daniel sits on the editorial boards of No Passport Press and Theatre Topics journal and is editor of the critical anthology Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater (University of Michigan Press). He is proud to be part of the USDAC Cabinet as “Catalytic Agent.”