Danny came to Goldsmiths following a 30-year career as a theatre-maker, teacher and producer. He has worked in many contexts – including theatres, the street, schools, tents, prisons and community settings – however his work has mostly been in the field known as “applied theatre” or socially-engaged practice.
As a writer and performer, Danny’s 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. Danny has also recently been working with Goldsmiths’ alumnus Nick Cassenbaum, directing his critically-acclaimed Bubble Schmeissis and co-writing and directing My Kind of Michael, on tour in 2019.
As a theatre-maker and facilitator Danny has worked with a range of companies including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre Centre, London Bubble, National Theatre and Graeae. He has also been Chief Executive of the Disability Arts charity The Orpheus Centre and a Senior Arts Council Officer, and aims to bring the range of this experience into his teaching and research.
As Senior Tutor for our undergraduates, Danny is responsible for supporting students facing all of the personal issues that can impact on their studies. He expresses, “This role is particularly gratifying at graduation, when I witness the very many students that have overcome significant hurdles to obtain their degrees.”
Danny has taught learners at all stages of their development, from infants to PhD students. As well as working in universities, he has 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,” Danny explains, “I aim to teach creatively, making learning interesting and engaging and feel that I’m always learning from my students too.”
Danny teaches across undergraduate programmes and is a Programme Director for our B.A. Performance, Politics and Society Degree. Amongst his areas of expertise in teaching are Theatre-in-Education, Disability Theatre, Dramaturgy and, Storytelling.
His supervision interests and expertise include: Disability theatre, popular and political theatre dramaturgy, youth theatre, participatory theatre, TiE and drama-in-education.
Danny’s research is mostly through his practice and focuses on the idea that performance is a powerful tool to create a “dialogue across difference”. To that end, he has written a musical for young people, Something Inside So Strong, based on the songs of singer-songwriter and activist Labi Siffre. In 2019, Danny received a grant from Goldsmiths’ TaLIC department to explore how drama/theatre can be better used for inclusive education, including in higher education. He is also working with theatre-maker Daryl Beeton on A Different Way symposium for 2020, connecting performing arts for young audiences with Disabled artists and young people.
Areas of supervision
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,
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.