Daniel Banks is a theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator. Banks has served on the faculties of the Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and the MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. He is the founder and director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative that uses Hip Hop Theatre as a tool for youth empowerment and leadership training. Banks is also co-director of DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization dedicated to using the arts as the catalyst for community dialogue and healing, and currently on faculty in the Master of Arts in Applied Theatre at CUNY. Banks is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors. He has lectured throughout the US and has directed productions at prestigious international theatres. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU.