Daniel is a theatre maker and performer based in London. He graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2006 and predominantly makes work for young audiences both nationally and internationally.
Daniel is currently lead artists for Playground, a newly NPO funded participatory arts project based in Kent. Alongside two other lead artists he creates and delivers workshops for babies and young children in Libraries, Children’s Centers and Schools, with a team of 20 session artists. The project includes work with refugees, children with special education needs as well as families. In addition to this he will be creating new performances for Playground in 2024.
Daniel recently created First Light, a sound and light installation for babies, co-commissioned by the Barbican. First Light ran at the Pit over Christmas 2021. His solo performance for babies, Glisten, has toured over twenty venues in the UK, including The Place, The Lowry, Chichester Festival Theatre and Little Angel Theatre. He is currently making a new performance for Babies with Half Moon Theatre which is due to be developed in Summer 2023.
In early 2023 he mentored a young theatre artist as a part of Sydenham Arts Start: Creative Futures programme and since 2021 he has been an active member of Polka Theatres Artistic Working Group. The group advises the theatres artistic team to help ensure they realise their mission: To help children navigate their place in the world through world class theatre and creative learning activities.
Between 2018-2019 Daniel was Artist in Residence at the Oxford Playhouse where he developed an adaptation of The Flower by John Light. The Flower opened at The Oxford Playhouse in Easter 2022.
From 2013-2015 Daniel worked as UK coordinator for Japanese theatre company Ship of the Ryukyu, coordinating four productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Okinawan based company produces traditional dance and music shows and is an official project of the Okinawan Prefecture. He also worked as events manager for the Korean British Cultural Exchange in 2019, managing two large scale events in Kingston and New Maldon.
As an actor Daniel he has performed all over the UK and also spent a great deal of time working in Japan and South Korea as well as in Hong Kong and Singapore. Work includes four productions with the Unicorn Theatre as well as performances for the Birmingham Rep, Polka Theatre, The Bush, Stand And Stare, Nottingham Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre and Theatre Rites. He has also developed new work with National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Korea, Stratford Circus and Kali Theatre. As well as recorded three audio books for Audible.
"Glisten is a diamond in the rough as far as early years experiences go!"
Curious Mum review
Daily Info, Oxford
"Outsanding individual performance comes from Daniel Naddafy whose personality fills a big space and directly envelopes the audience."