Daniel Beaty

Daniel Beaty starred in his own Off-Broadway show, Through the Night, which played at the Westside Theatre from 21 Sep 2010 - 28 Mar 2011.

December 28, 1975.

Place of birth?
Dayton, OH.

You now live in?

Did you go to training school, if so which one?
Yale University and American Conservatory Theatre.

Your first stage performance was?
Performing James Weldon Johnson's The Creation for my 2nd Grade School Assembly.

Career highlight to date?
Emergence-SEE at the Public and THROUGH THE NIGHT at the Union Square Theater.

What roles would you most like to play?
I would love to play Dr. King.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
If you have fun, the audience will have fun.

What is the most annoying part about your job?
Working during the times when most everybody else is out having fun - the weekends!

Briefly tell us how you came to write Through the Night?
In this time when people are losing their jobs, losing their homes, sometimes losing their minds, I wanted to tell an uplifting story to encourage people to keep going - to make it Through the Night.

Briefly tell us about the character(s) you portray in Through the Night?
My core characters are a group of men ranging ages 10 to 60. They include a brilliant child scientist, a young man on his way to college, and ex-con reintegrating back into society, a corporate music executive, a father who runs a health food store in the hood, and a Bishop of a mega church.

If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
I would probably be some type of social activist.

Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
I love Sean Penn, Denzel Washington and Judi Dench.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Oprah and I would say "Put me on your show!"

Favorite after-show haunts?
My bed!

Favorite TV programs?
I love “Private Practice.”

Favorite holiday destinations?

Do you have any hobbies?
I love to exercise and to explore great restaurants.

What are your future plans?
To keep writing and performing. I have a laptop full of stories I am eager to share.