Daniel York

Actor, writer, director, film maker, musician, composer, polemicist

Born of mixed Singapore Chinese/British parentage, as an actor has appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Royal National Theatre, Edinburgh Traverse, Hampstead, The Gate, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Manchester Library, Leicester Haymarket and was Fortinbras opposite Alan Rickman’s Hamlet at Riverside Studios. For Mu-lan Theatre Company played leading roles in their award winning productions of Porcelain and The Magic Fundoshi as well in Sun Is Shining which played to sold out audiences at the King’s Head and Battersea Arts Centre in London as well as off Broadway New York. Has also worked extensively in Singapore for Singapore Repertory Theatre, tHEATREwORKs, Wild Rice and Pangdemonium as well as appearing at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in Yellow Earth’s English & Mandarin production of King Lear and touring the US in the acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company’s tour of Aristophanes’ The Birds.

Has also worked extensively on television, radio and in the feature films Rogue Trader (opposite Ewan Macgregor), Danny Boyle’s The Beach (starring Leonardo Di Caprio), Doom (The Rock, Rosamund Pike), Act Of Grace (starring Leo Gregory, David Yip & Jennifer Lim) and Eden Burning based on Milton’s Paradise Lost in which he plays Satan.

As a writer and film maker recently completed the short film Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing Of A Chinese Actor (starring upcoming East Asian actors Andrew Koji & Gabby Wong as well as Frances Barber, Jack Brough and himself), which he wrote, co directed and composed & performed music for, funded by B3 Media and the BBC Writersroom. Also recently co directed and composed & performed music for Jennifer Lim’s Night Lives, a short film funded by the London Borough Film Fund. Both films will be screening in festivals shortly. His first short film, Orient (starring Jennifer Lim), was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2010 Limelight Film & Television Awards. His feature script, Beautiful Friend, has received development finance from Film4.

For the theatre he adapted and directed Daughter Of The River based on Hong Ying’s autobiographical novel for Mu-lan Theatre Company and Eugene O Neill’s The Hairy Ape for a week of funded development work at the Young Vic.

As a member of Equity’s Minority Ethnic Artists’ Committee he successfully carried a motion at the TUC Black Workers’ Conference for the Race Relations Committee to pressurise broadcasters about the lack of East Asian representation on UK TV and has personally lobbied high ranking TV and theatre personnel on the same subject.

He regularly runs acting workshops for Act-up with many students going on to gain entry to drama schools and have successful careers in the performing arts.

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Updated on 04 December, 2011


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