Drama Drama Department Chair, Acting and Movement
Daniel’s acting credits include the New York Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, George Street Playhouse, 12 Miles West Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, Wordbridge Playwright’s Lab, and South Carolina Repertory Company. He has taught and directed at North Carolina Central University, Coastal Carolina University, Wofford College, Dallas Theatre Center, Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey, and Perry Mansfield Arts Conservatory, as well as in prisons, group homes, and homeless shelters in the most challenged areas of New Jersey. As a fight director, he has choreographed stage violence for productions at theaters and universities throughout the southeast, including The University of South Carolina and The University of Georgia. In 2011, he was recognized as a U. S. Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher in the Arts.
A Governor's School founding faculty member, Daniel’s students have been selected as YoungArts finalists, become Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and earned scholarships to every major theater school in America. They have appeared as leads in regional theaters, on Broadway, in network and cable television series, and in major motion pictures. They have also been nominated for and won some of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry, including the Tony Award.
Dan holds a B.A. in History from North Carolina State University, where he was a four-time Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete, and is also a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s MFA Acting Program. He has been certified by Fight Director’s Canada and completed the Yoga Alliance teacher certification program. An active endurance athlete, he has competed in scores of triathlons, cycling events, and running events, including the Boston Marathon. Daniel has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity since 1995.
"The most gratifying thing about working at the Governor's School is watching our students achieve their dreams. They come in hungry, talented, and inexperienced and graduate with a clearer awareness of themselves, art, and the world. From here, they go on to amazing experiences that many of them couldn't even conceive of before they arrived. They email, phone, return as guests—it's stunning to watch it continuously unfold."- Daniel Murray