Daniel Irizarry (SAG, AFTRA) Artistic Director of One-Eighth Theater, is a 2013-16 resident artist at INTAR Theater. Conceptualized and directing ‘Mouthgasm‘ at Bilkent University. He’ll be directing and performing in One-Eighth theater next project The Maids, a new adaptation by Jose Rivera, at INTAR Theatre, 2015-2016. He has a full time position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Directed and performed the critically acclaimed production Teach Teacher Teachest written by David koteles loosely based by Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson. Directed and performed the critically acclaimed production UBU (Time Out New York Critics Pick), Text by Adam Szymkowicz at INTAR Theatre. Directed An Italian Staw Hat by Eugene Labiche at Folkwang University and MASCHINENHAUS Essen, Germany. He has been a resident artist for the undergroundzero festival, curated by Paul Bargetto, since 2008. Irizarry is a director, actor, and teaching artist based in NYC. He has taught Acting at Columbia University’s MFA Acting Program, The Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Actors without Boarders from Istanbul and The Sarah Lawrence University at La MaMa Theatre, CAVE/LEIMAY, Bilkent University in Turkey, German Stat Theater in Timisoara, Freie University in Berlin, Syowa Ongaku University in Tokyo, The University of Puerto Rico, and Kookmin University in Seoul.
Performed and collaborated in Thania Acarón‘s new dance project Piecing the Peaces at Dance Base Edinburgh, Scotland. Played the Dentist (Orin Scrivello D.D.S.) at BAM for Little Shop of Horrors Sing-Along (Directors’ cut and special appearance by Rick Moranis). Directed and performed UBU written by Adam Szymkowicz at The New Ohio Theatre for the terraNOVA Collective‘s soloNOVA Arts Festival and at IRT Theater; and Cho H Cho for the undergroundzero festival at Flamboyán Theater. Directed Anton Chekhov’s The Bear, and The Festivities in Seoul, South Korea Kookmin University and a reconstitution of Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal for the undergroundzero festival. He was a 2008 & 2011 Mabou Mines Artist in Residency (Woyzeck and Cho H Cho), Albert Bermel’s The Recovery at the Eugene Lang College, and Titus Maccius Plautus’ Amphitryon at Columbia University. He has directed at La MaMa Theater, Clemente Soto Velez, Taho College of Drama & Music in Tokyo, Ichikawa nonprofit organization and The Ohio State University. He has collaborated with director Andrei Serban for movement and Commedia dell’ Arte coaching in Love’s Labour’s Lost. As a movement director and fight choreographer for The Young Company at Classic Stage Company’s As you Like it and for movement and fight sequences for From The Fire directed by Cecilia Rubino and music by Liz Swados.
He has performed internationally in Japan, Romania, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Canary Islands, Martinique, US, and Puerto Rico. Performed and Co-directed The Orphans at La MaMa Theater (2011 IT Award nominee for best Choreography/Movement). Other credits: Benvenuto Cellini and Faust directed by Andrei Serban at the MET; The Constant Prince, Comedy of Errors, Servant of Two Masters, Philosopher Stone and Los Auf Melos Grenzenlos directed by Niky Wolcz; Bride with Lone Wolf Tribe directed by Kevin Augustine; Betrothed part of the Ice Factory with Ripetime directed by Rachel Dickstein; Lysistrata at La MaMa Theatre directed by Theodora Skipitares; Castle of Shadows with The Windmill Factory at Cartagena, Colombia; Frosty the Snowman by Krista Knight for terraNOVA Collective; and Woyzeck and Rashomon directed by Javier Gutierrez.
Has an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, and a BA in Drama from The University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Pierdras from where he received the Beca Presidencial for two consecutive years. Irizarry is the first Puerto Rican to be accepted at the MFA Acting Program at Columbia University. He received the Best New Actor award for his role of Francisco given by ‘El Círculo de Críticos de Puerto Rico’ in 2000. This play was written by Jose Luis Ramos Escobar and producted by Teatro del Sesenta. Also, as Medea/Flemón in Historia Para Ser Contadas by Osvaldo Dragún directed by Rosa Luis Marquez.