Danyon Davis, Co-Head of Movement, teaches in the 3-Year Conservatory programs; also, along with Joan Evans, Danyon supervises the development of curriculum and movement training across all of the programs at Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Danyon was trained to teach and adapt the Physical Acting methodology taught at Juilliard by founding Drama Division faculty member, Moni Yakim. Danyon also teaches year-long movement courses at the Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studio’s Hagen Core Training Program. He is a former faculty member at Circle in the Square Theatre School and he has taught workshop intensives in many settings, including Middlebury College and the Public Theater.
As an actor, Danyon has performed in classical, contemporary, and experimental plays in theaters across the U.S. and in Europe. Notably, Danyon originated the roles of Curly Day and Muddy in the marathon stage adaptation of John Irving’s “The Cider House Rules” at the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Jane Jones and Tom Hulce; Danyon played the role of Paul in the Guthrie Theater’s 2003 revival of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, directed by Ethan McSweeny; and Danyon created the role of Wilson in Chuck Mee’s bobrauschenbergamerica with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company from 2001-2006. In recent years, Danyon has appeared as Red in Aaron Siegel’s experimental opera, BROTHER, BROTHER at Abrons Arts Center, directed by 2014 Obie Award winner, Mallory Catlett. In 2015, Danyon played the role of Dusabi in the U.S. premiere of Ken Urban’s SENSE OF AN ENDING at 59E59th St. In the spring of 2016, Danyon collaborated with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in presenting Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Crouch’s A FIDDLER’S TALE.
As a director, Danyon has worked closely with Tony Award-winning director/ choreographer Bill T. Jones in the development of commercial theater work. Danyon has also directed productions for Circle in the Square Theatre’s series for young audiences. One of Danyon’s proudest directing experiences was assisting David Esbjornson in staging the world-premier of RESURRECTION BLUES, one of Arthur Miller’s final plays.
Danyon is currently working on a follow-up to his stage adaptation of Henry David Thoreau’s first book, OF RIVERS, OF DAYS.