Daniel is a theatre maker and performer based in London. He graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2006 and predominantly works in theatre for young audiences.
He 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. Glisten will tour for the final time this Christmas.
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.
Daniel is currently creating a new performance for babies with Half Moon Theatre. The project is due to preview over Christmas 2023.
In 2021 Daniel was invited to join the Polka Theatre Artistic Working Group which meets to discuss the work Polka is planning to create and ensure they are realising their mission "To help children navigate their place in the world through world class theatre and creative learning activities".
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. Daniel also often works as a workshop facilitator in schools as well as an audition coach.
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
"The Flower, expertly brought to life by Director Daniel Naddafy"
"Outsanding individual performance comes from Daniel Naddafy whose personality fills a big space and directly envelopes the audience."