PATIENCE at 2nd Stage written by Johnny G. Lloyd, directed by Zhailon Levingston Daniel plays solitaire. Professionally. He’s very good – some would say the best. But he is ready to retire and settle into that perfect new house with his husband-to-be, Jordan. He’s just got to hold it together through one final, career-defining match. A sports-inspired fantasia, Patience is a meditation on black excellence, next chapters, and playing a very long game alone. Performances start August 3, 2022 Tickets: https://2st.com/shows/patience
Recent and Upcoming Projects
July-August 2022. dramaturging Johnny G. Lloyd's PATIENCE at 2nd Stage Theatre
July 2022. Teaching an intergenerational LGBTQIA Theatre program, Rainbow Connection, for elders and youth on Fire Island to foster healthy intergenerationl discourse around LGBTQIA histories and politics
June 2022. speaker at Theatre Communications Group Conference at Pittsburgh, PA
June 2022. Written and Performing a new short play called Vincent and his Ear at the Tank
June 2022. directing Roger Q. Mason's contribution of Squirts at LaMaMa
May 2022. producing reading of new short plays by students of DREAMing Out Loud, a playwriting program for immigrant, undocumented, DACA writers May 2022. awarded as a member of the Orchard Project's 2022 Greenhouse Lab to develop a new multimedia piece about neurodiversity, bipolar disorder, and pole dancing May-June 2022. Community Engagement with Community Partners for Somi Kokoma's DREAMING ZENZILE, collaborating with National Black Theatre, Africa Everything, The Africa Center, and MoCADA April 2022. Directing Workshop of FULL CONTACT by Ariel Estrada at BRIC in Fort Greene, BK, under the mentorship of Chay Yew March 2022. Volunteering as Director at 52ND STREET PROJECT, working and mentoring children through theatremakin
January-February 2022. Community Engagement with Community Partners for Aleisha Harris' DREAMING ZENZILE at NYTW December 2021. Sharing a new piece I've written through Carolina Do and Piper Theatre Productions! More information soon.
December 3, 2021. Collaborated with People's Theatre Project to tour their play Doña Mañana at New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre. Sold out house!
November 23, 2021. Joined Dawn Monique Williams on a panel at University of Massachusetts Amherst about our experience as artists in the American Theatre Industry and as graduates of the MFA program.
October 2021. Produced several affinity nights at New York Theater Workshop for Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord in collaboration with Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, Asian American Writers' Workshop, and Asian American Arts Alliance. I also led several post show talks, one with Kristina Wong and Chay Yew.
September 2021. Directing a short play Broken English by Nina Ki, produced by IAMA Theatre as part of the Pass the Mic Festival. The play will be streamed on October 9th and will subsequently be a available on-demand for 2 weeks.
September 2021. Produced several events and community gatherings for New York Theatre Workshop's production of Martyna Majok's Sanctuary City.
August 2021. New York Theatre Workshop is back on 4th Street with Whitney White's Semblance. Produced a live in-person outdoor Open Mic Night with Poetic Theater Productions and FABnyc on 4th Street! July 2021. Co-led a virtual conversation with AAPI playwrights under the tutelage of playwright Yilong Liu at the Kennedy Center.
July 2021. Co-facilitated and co-directed with Adam Odsess-Rubin a new pilot theatre program Rainbow Connection for the Cherry Grove Arts Project on Fire island. The two week theatre intensive centered multigenerational conversation on LGBTQIA experience on and off the island; through devised theatre practices, the participants wrote original pieces that were performed at the Cherry Grove Community Center and Theatre. Producer was Sheila Morgan.
June 2021.Sa Aming Puso aired June 3rd, 4th, 9th, and 12th by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and New York Theatre Salon as part of 2021 Global Forms Theatre Festival. Aprile 20, 2021. DREAMING OUTLoud Sharing, a collaboration among PENAmerica, National Queer Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop.
April 17, 2021. New York Theatre Workshop's Mind the Gap Showing.
March 2, 2021. New York Theatre Workshop held its virtual gala celebrating the 25th Anniversary of RENT. I hosted the after-party virtual trivia room!
January & February 2021. Illustrated the limited edition art for the 25th Anniversary of RENT at New York Theatre Workshop!
January 2021. Dramaturging a development workshop of Ariel Estrada's one person show Full Contact via ZOOM.
January 2021. Commissioned with Filipina actor Regina De Vera to write a new adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata set in the Philippines. Produced by The Sông Collective. First draft coming along!
December 2020. Commissioned to write a new essay for Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive about contemporary Dance Dramaturgy.
December 2 - 10, 2020. Dramaturging a development workshop of Yilong Liu's PrEP Play, or The Blue Parachute Play. Directed by Adin Walker, produced by National Queer Theatre. October - December 2020. Participating virtually as a director in The Lark's Playground series.
September 2020. Starting a collaboration as dramaturg with playwright Roger Q. Mason. More information to come.
September 23, 2020. Draturging a development workshop of Sam Hamashima's Banana. Directed by Gregory Keng Strasser, featuring Sam Hamashima. Produced by The New Cosmopolitans. August 5, 2020. Dramaturging a virtual reading of Chay Yew's A Language of Their Own. Directed by Nicholas Polonio, featuring Daniel K. Isaac, Sam Hamashima, Michael A. Rosegrant, a Sean Stack. Stage Managed by Alessandra Mauro, Produced by Sarah Shin + Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston. July 8, 2020. Guest instructed PUBLIC SPEAKING 101 for youth leaders (15-18 years old) participating in the Vermont branch of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Youth Development Leadership program.
June 29, 2020. Was a guest panelist for the American for the Art's DIAL (Diversity in Arts Leadership) program. Was in conversation with fellow panelists and DIAL fellows (18-22 years old) about dismantling white supremacy in predominantly white arts institutions. June 25, 2020. Directed Garrett David Kim's Are You There Truman? for Pride Plays 2020. Producers are Nick Mayo, Michael Urie, and Doug Nevin. Held an invited industry presentation via ZOOM after a 29 Hour New Play Development Workshop. Read more here.
June 17, 2020. Join moderators me and Bri Ng Schwartz for a conversation with an intergenerational group of LGBTQ+ theater makers to discuss the past, present, and possible futures of LGBTQ theater in the US. The panelists include André De Shields, Leigh Fondakowski, Ryan J. Haddad, and L Morgan Lee. The panel discussion is a proud collaboration with National Queer Theater. May 29, 2020.Engaging in a lively hour discussion with NYTW Tow Playwright-in-Residence Victor I. Cazares and Immigration Activist & Medical Professional Ilon Rincon Portas in a NYTW ZOOM webinar about the political intersections of art, activism, immigration, and queerness. This conversation is in collaboration with National Queer Theater and Immigration Equality. April 27, 2020. Internal Zoom reading of Learning How to Read by Moonlight. Artists involved are from New York City and San Francisco; they are: Ely Sonny Orquiza, Nic Feliciano, Jed Parsario, Marissa L. Ampon, Sergio Mauritz Ang, Ariel Estrada.
March 2020. Collaborating with colleagues at New York Theatre Workshop to create online programming, such as the Virtual Open Mic Night and other virtual community gatherings. To learn more, please visit the company's website.
February 2020. Collaborating with New York Theatre Workshop, Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists, and Asian American Arts Alliance to create a series of community events around Celine Song's Endlings @ New York Theatre Workshop.
January 2020. Workingshopping THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE PROJECT's The Willmar Project.
January 2020. Dramaturging NYC production of Ntozake Shange's A Photograph: Lovers in Motion, directed by Ifa Bayeza.
December 17-18, 2019. Continued to writing THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE PROJECT's The Willmar Project @ SPACE on Ryder Farm. December 7-8, 2019. Finished a draft of my newest play Learning How to Read by Moonlight, a Children's Play for Adults @ SPACE on Ryder Farm.
November 2019. Joined New York Theatre Workshop as its Community Engagement Associate!
October 23, 2019. Directed for National Queer Theatre's "Pint-Sized Plays" at the legendary gay leather bar The Eagle. I premiered my new theatre-dance piece Kinky Choreopoems! It featured James A. Pierce III, Edgard Toro, and Jess Orense.
October 2019. Starting this month till December, I will participate in several sessions of The Lark's Playground as a stage director.
September 2019. Created cartoons for New York Theatre Workshop's Marketing Department to celebrate the most recent changes to the theatre space! They will be published in late October!
September 2019. Joined the creative team as a Script Supervisor of The Neighborhood Theatre Project's Willmar Project which will make its world-premiere in Spring 2019. August 19-23, 2019. Assistant Director/Dramaturg for November Christine's new musical Legacy, directed by Adrienne Williams @ Here Arts Center
August 17-23, 2019. Production dramaturg for Animus Anima // Anima Animus by Cherry Lou Sy, directed Eugene Lee @ The Public Theatre
August 2019. Completed The Professional Apprenticeship at The Juilliard School,
July 3-6, 2019. Directed Yilong Liu's Joker for the National Queer Theatre's Criminal Queerness Festival at IRT Theatre. Special post-show guest speakers were Bex Kwan, Hubert Silva, Ralph Pena, and Ariel Estrada.
June 23, 2019. Was dramaturg associate for a reading for Chay Yew's A Language of Their Own, directed by Mei Ann Teo. The reading was part of Pride Plays at Rattlestick Theatre.
June 2, 2019. First rehearsal of Yilong Liu's Joker at New York Theatre Workshop rehearsal room. The production is produced by National Queer Theatre, 2019 WorldPride, and IRT Theatre. Rehearsals will continue at IRT Theatre until it's opening at said theatre on July 3rd.
May-August 2019. Contributed Critical Responses for the exhibit “Dance We Must: Another Look" at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2019 May 12-15, 2019. Workshop presentation of Specially Processed American Me written and performed by Jaime Sunwoo, directed by Talia Feldberg, music by Matthew Chilton, dramaturgy by Gaven D. Trinidad. Presentations were at The Tank in Midtown Manhattan.
May 10, 2019. My short play Star Showers (an ending to an unwritten full length play) was performed at The Duplex. In my absence, my new piece will be performed by actor HanJie Chow. New pieces by singer-songwriter Pearl Rhein and filmmaker Travis Stewart will premiere as well at Hyacinth Production's monthly salon.
April 29, 2019. Commissioned by Ifa Bayeza to dramatize and arrange Ntozake Shange's essay "why i dance" for three performers. Actors Regina Taylor, Alfre Woodard, and Lynn Whitfield performed the piece for A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ntozake Shange at The Public Theatre in New York, NY
March 31, 2019. New York premiere of June is the First Fall by Yilong Liu, directed by Michael Leibenluft, dramaturgy by Gaven Trinidad, Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America. Official opening was April 5th and closed on April 20th.
March 2019, performed as part of MTF Overnight Sensations (24 hour create a musical extravaganza)
February 2019, dramaturg for reading/workshop of Paper Swag by Cherry Lou Sy and directed by Ifa Bayeza February 2019, starting an early draft of a play called Gaymer
January 2019, finishing an early draft of my first-full length play dtroublewnormal and continuing research on my other plays