DANIEL JELANI ELLIS | is a Toronto-based artist raised in Jamaica by a village of theatre artists, poets and educators. This varied and vibrant village engendered his fascination with community and art, particularly how they clash, connect and intersect. His work explores intersectionality – the themes, stories and human experience of the intersecting identities of race, sexuality, gender and class. His lived experience as a black queer working- class settler informs his art practice and drives his commitment to celebrate those of us who live on the margins. He was Assistant Director on workshop productions of Black Boys by Saga Collectif and Dark Love by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Recent acting credits include Phil in Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre), Will in The Circle (Tarragon Theatre) and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pacific Opera Victoria). Recipient of Dora Nominations for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performer in speaking of sneaking and The Theatre Centre's Emerging Artist Award for performance in Maria Gets A New Life by Cliff Cardinal. A graduate of the English Acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada and alumnus of the Playwrights Unit at Obsidian Theatre Company and Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Ellis is currently in residency at Buddies in Bad Times as part of We Other Sons collective.