Edward Daniels, Biography

Edward Daniels has worked steadily in the Washington, DC theatre & film community since 2003.
During his final year at the University of Virginia in 2001, Daniels won the prestigious Washington
Literary Society & Debating Union Fall Oratory Contest.  With that win, he decided to abandon a pre-
med curriculum and embark upon a professional acting career in theatre & film.

His Washington, DC area acting credits include work at Round House Theatre (
One Flew Over the
Cuckoo’s Nest
), Charter Theatre (Am I Black Enough Yet?), American Century Theatre (Spoon River
), Washington Shakespeare Company (Royal Hunt of the Sun), The Kennedy Center
Diamond in the Rough), and Studio Theatre (Passing Strange, u/s). He has twice appeared in the
annual Source Theatre Festival (
Feel Your Breath and This is Not a Time Bomb) as well as the
annual Capital Fringe Festival (
Lexi Star’s Privates and Freakshow).

For his portrayal of Mikey in Jon Elston’s
The Interrogation Room, Daniels received the Outstanding
Achievement in Acting Award from the 2003 Source Theatre Festival.  In 2010, for his role as Benny,
in the rock-musical
RENT, produced by the Keegan Theatre, he received a Helen Hayes Award for
Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical.

As a producer, Daniels wrote & directed his original play
Thinking Under the Influence, part of the
inaugural Capital Fringe Festival in 2005.  Most recently, he produced the DC area’s first ever
monologue slam,
Monologue Madness, a tournament competition bringing actors from up and down
the east coast, to Washington, DC to compete for an array of prizes including a $1000 grand award.

His national tour credits include
Buffalo Soldier and A Christmas Carol with Theatre IV; film credits
Step Up 2, Ladder 49, L.U.V, and HBO’s upcoming Game Change; and television credits
include CBS (
The District), and ABC (Commander in Chief). Daniels has appeared in a host of
industrial & short films, including the DC 48 Hour Film Project and is currently featured in a national
commercial for Rosetta Stone.

Daniels is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia, holding a B.A. in Philosophy, a company
member with Flying V, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional
Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
"Edward Daniels is a Marvel!"
-The Herald, Charlottesville
photo credit: Michael Bailey Photography
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