I came to Goldsmiths following a 30-year career as a theatre-maker, teacher and producer. I’ve worked in many contexts – including theatres, the street, schools, tents, prisons and community settings – my work has mostly been in the field known as “applied theatre” or socially-engaged practice.
As a writer and performer, my solo show Wot? No Fish!! won the Brian Way Playwriting Award (2013) and was named in Lyn Gardner’s Top 10 Theatre shows of 2014 in The Guardian. I have also recently been working with Goldsmiths’ alumnus Nick Cassenbaum, directing his critically-acclaimed Bubble Schmeissis and co-writing and directed My Kind of Michael, on tour in 2019.
As a theatre-maker and facilitator I’ve worked with a range of companies including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre Centre, London Bubble, National Theatre and Graeae. I have also been Chief Executive of the Disability Arts Charity The Orpheus Centre and a Senior Arts Council Officer. I hope to bring the range of this experience into my teaching and research.
I have taught learners at all stages of their development, from infants to PhD students. As well as working in universities, I’ve taught at conservatoires such as Guildhall, Central School of Speech and Drama and Rose Bruford and in adult education and further education colleges.
I see my work as a teacher and as an artist as two sides of the same coin. I aim to teach creatively, making learning interesting and engaging and feel that I ’m always learning from my students too.
Amongst my areas of expertise in teaching are Theatre-in-Education, Disability Theatre, Dramaturgy and, Storytelling. I teach across undergraduate programmes and I am Programme Director for our Performance, Politics and Society Degree.
My research is mostly through my practice and focuses on the idea that performance is a powerful tool to create a “dialogue across difference”. To that end, I’m writing a musical for young people, Something Inside So Strong, based on the songs of singer-songwriter and activist Labi Siffre and looking at ways that drama/theatre can be better used for inclusive education. My book, Playing a Part: drama and citizenship (2002) was based on my long-standing practice, using drama for democratic purposes.
Re-igniting the legacy of diversity in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA): How the 1980s democratic ethos at Theatre Centre (UK) under the leadership of David Johnston can inform current theatre practice.
Braverman, Daniel. 2018. Re-igniting the legacy of diversity in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA): How the 1980s democratic ethos at Theatre Centre (UK) under the leadership of David Johnston can inform current theatre practice. Cogent Arts and Humanities,
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Braverman, Danny. 2013. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. In: Susan Croft; Jessica Higgs and UNSPECIFIED, eds. Re-Staging Revolutions: Alternative Theatre in Lambeth and Camden 1968-88. London: Unfinished Histories, pp. 42-43.
The Making of Wot? No Fish!! - Translating Outsider Art Into Theatrical Storytelling
Braverman, Danny. 2016. The Making of Wot? No Fish!! - Translating Outsider Art Into Theatrical Storytelling.