Daniel Banks


Daniel Banks (dramaturg) is a director, deviser, and dance dramaturg. He is co-director of DNAWORKS, a Fort Worth, Texas-based arts and service organization dedicated to dialogue and healing through the arts. Co-founded in 2006 by Banks and Adam W. McKinney, DNAWORKS centers Global Majority and LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ voices to create more complex representa­tions of identity, culture, class, and heritage in dance, theater, film, and writing. Banks has directed, led workshops, and/or insti­gated projects in 36 states and 23 countries, at such venues at the Belarussian National Drama Theatre, the Market Theater Lab (South Africa), National Theatre of Uganda, McCarter Theatre Center, the NYC and DC Hip Hop Theatre Festivals, Playhouse Square, PlayMakers Rep, and the Public Theater. He has served on the faculties of NYU, CUNY, and Naropa University, and as Chair of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Banks is the associate director of Theatre Without Borders, founder of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, and the 2020 recipient of TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award.