Daniel Carlton is an actor , storyteller, playwright, poet , director, and award winning teaching artist who has appeared on New York, national, and international stages. His work has also been presented in schools, jails, homeless shelters, libraries , and every imaginable place to perform ( except for outer space)
Playwright credits include : “March On “ , based on interviews with attendees of the 1963 March On Washington and is currently touring. (recently sold out The Apollo Theatre school day live performances) TIMELESS JOURNEYS” (a series of monologues based on the history of free African Americans in Brooklyn, NY, commissioned by The Weeksville Heritage Society, to highlight the story of this under told National Landmark). Co-authored along with Michael Green "A WHISTLE IN MISSISSIPPI" -the life and death of Emmett Till (currently touring) " THE DREAM INN" at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black based on the poetry of Langston Hughes, “SHELTER : REFUGEES OF THE AMERICAN DREAM ",( which was also produced by Blackberry Productions). CREATION? His multi –character solo show has been seen both locally and nationally.” His verse play” PIGFOOT MARY SAYS GOODBYE TO THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE " “, ( writer and performer )was produced by The Metropolitan Playhouse and has since both toured schools and is presented as one of the touring shows of The Negro Ensemble Company. He received a commission from Jazzmobile, The New School for Jazz Studies, Summerstage, and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival to write and perform a multimedia verse play "WHEN SMALLS HAD IT ALL" ,( A tribute to the former Jazz club in Harlem, Small's Paradise), for the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival and The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival of 2012. and performances at The New School for Jazz Studies (Full jazz band.-classics and original tunes by composer Claudia Hayden) and a section entitled "ON THE WINGS OF A YARDBIRD" Bird at Marcus Garvey Park's Richard Rodgers Amphitheater for the 20th anniversary of The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The text for " The Pushers Project " and " Black Swan " for Dance Iquail : Daniel has also written many plays for young audiences including , " HIDDEN INSIDE " " A HORSE IN HARLEM " " HIP HOP Ya DON"T STOP " " FREEDOM WALKS /FREEDOM SINGS" " BEAT SCIENCE" , and many others
Favorite recent acting credits include : The Meeting ( Malcolm X) , Scribbling at The Automat ( James Baldwin), Dreaming In Tongues ( Labyrinth Theater Company( The Dreamer),Day of Absence ( Negro Ensemble Company ) and Chasing Heaven , Perry's Mission , various television shows , and films.
As a storyteller he has toured extensively with his “ The Eagle In Harlem And Other Tales” He is currently on the roster of Summerstage NYC artists as a storyteller. He was the inaugural storyteller of The Sugar Hill Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem. The Brooklyn Museum , Museum for the City of New York, Brooklyn Children's Museum and hundreds of schools have hosted his storytelling projects .
Older projects include “ performer of The Children Of War Theater Project (Dir. Larry Sacharow), which tells the stories of war refugees; It has been performed in Moscow ( Russia), Sarajevo( Bosnia ), San Francisco, Amsterdam, Cambodia, and The Asia Society (NYC) . He is also an award winning teaching artist ( drama/acting , poetry, personal development, and poetry . Alvin Ailey Camp, Poetic Motivations, Community Works, The Caribbean Cultural Center, The Apollo Theatre education dept, and dozens more have used him to pioneer or develop programs . His dramatic poetry has been performed throughout the NYC for hundreds of events . He is currently working on a commission from Harlem Stage to write and perform a show for the Harlem Renaissance Centennial. Director of Nambi E Kelley new play for young audiences ( New Victory Theater Labworks selection) “ Jabari Dreams Of Freedom”
Most recently, he was Director of the workshop production of " Night Train 57 at the Kennedy Center in D.C , and “Saying Something “ at Columbia Uiversity's Miller Theater for “ The While We Are Still Here “ project.