DANIEL TALBOTT is an actor, director, playwright, producer, and artistic director. He was born in the Bay Area and moved around the country with his family before landing back there for high school, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.
His most recent work as an actor includes the Theatre for One project in Times Square and around NYC, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Tartuffe (McCarter Theatre/Yale Rep), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and the feature film Pretty Bird, as well as Dreaming American, and The Big C on Showtime.
Recent directing work includes Slipping (Rattlestick in Los Angeles), Follow (Balancin’ Productions), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/Encore in San Francisco), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang), Lake Water (Neighborhood Productions), Eightythree Down (Hard Sparks), Squealer (Lesser America at Theater for the New City), The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC – Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play and at The Tank), Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) (Theater for the New City), Footprint by Mac Rogers (part of +30NYC for Red Fern Theatre), Afterclap by Daniel Reitz, Birthday and Nobody, both by Crystal Skillman (Rising Phoenix Rep at the Seventh Street Small Stage), and Fall Forward (Sitelines/River to River Festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council).
His most recent play Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait was commissioned by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Encore Theatre Company and was presented at A.C.T.’s Costume Shop in San Francisco this past summer, and is being further developed by both companies. His play Yosemite premiered in 2011 at Rattlestick. His play Slipping was produced this spring in Los Angeles by Rattlestick, following their earlier 2009 production with piece by piece productions (named one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The Advocate). The play originally premiered in Chicago at The Side Project, and was part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. It is published by Dramatists Play Service and was a finalist for a 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. His play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and The Side Project and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology.
He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year 2006 by nytheatre.com. He is currently a member of MCC Theater’s Playwrights’ Coalition, Lesser America, and Kid Brooklyn Productions, as well as having been a member of the final 24Seven Lab. He is a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre’s ATP, and has taught at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). He is an Artistic Associate at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Artistic Director of the Lucille Lortel and New York Innovative Theatre Award winning Rising Phoenix Rep (2007 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award).