2017 – M.F.A., Arizona State University – Theatre Performance
2011 – B.A., Washington University in St. Louis – Anthropology and Drama double major
Research and Creative Practice
Daniel Bird Tobin is a director, performer, and theatre archaeologist. He has performed solo shows across the United States and in England (An Iliad and Conqueror of the Western Marches are two favorites among many). He has worked with fabulous artists like Liz Lerman, Danai Gurira, Nilo Cruz, and Paula Vogel and assisted the amazing directors Emily Mann, John Doyle, and Sam Buntrock. A graduate of the MFA in Performance program at Arizona State University, he has trained and worked with Dance Exchange, the SITI Company, Tectonic Theatre Project, and the Globe Theatre in London.
Prior to Saint Anselm, Daniel was a Post-MFA Fellow in Applied Performance and later an Instructor of Directing at Virginia Tech. There he began work with the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech, where he continues his appointment as a Senior Faculty Fellow. His academic writing has been published in Response Journal, Anthropology and Humanism, and Theatre Topics. Among many talks and conference presentations, a highlight was delivering the keynote address at the Virginia Tech Transdisciplinary Communities Research Symposium where he performed and discussed several of his science communication performance pieces.
Daniel has taught courses in Acting, Directing, Theatre History, Script Analysis, and Collaborative Techniques at Saint Anselm, Virginia Tech, and Arizona State University. Additionally, he has taught many workshops in Science Communication for organizations like the Nature Conservancy and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, through the Virginia Tech Center for Communicating Science.
At Saint Anselm, Daniel has taught the following courses:
- EN 261 – Beginning Acting
- EN 262 – Beginning Directing
- EN 364 – Topics in the History of the Theatre – The Public Theater: From Hair to Hamilton