Daniel Watts and Michael Thurber
Bio: Daniel J. Watts has appeared in eight Broadway shows including Hamilton, In The Heights and Memphis. Off Broadway he has starred in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead" (Signature Theatre) and the world premiere of "Whorl Inside A Loop" (2nd Stage). TV credits include recurring roles on NBC's Blindspot and HBO's Vinyl; The Good Wife (CBS); Blue Bloods (CBS); Odd Mom Out (Bravo); The Night Of (HBO); Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Person of Interest (CBS); Broad City (Comedy Central); & Smash (NBC). Film: Breakup at a Wedding; Among Brothers; & Freedom.
An accomplished spoken word artist, in 2012 Watts launched WattsWords Productions. "Daniel J. Watts' The Jam" an homage to his great grandmother who made homemade jam from scratch and gave away what she couldn't eat herself, is a spoken word/storytelling experience fusing a live band, song, dance and multimedia where Watts encourages audiences to focus on social similarities opposed to differences.
Michael Thurber’s musical voice defies genre and category. He has forged an entirely individualized path that is based solely off his eclectic love of music, culture and people. As a composer, Thurber made his international theater debut writing the score for "Antony and Cleopatra", a co-production between The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford, UK) and The Public Theater (NY, NY). The production was directed by MacArthur Grant winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. After premiering in the UK, Antony and Cleopatra also ran in Miami and New York. Michael’s musical “Goddess” was accepted into The Eugene O’Neill Musical Theater Conference.
Residency Public Sharing: 6/27/17