Daniel Beaty
Award-winning Actor, Singer, Writer

Supporting the Transformation Movement

February 11th, 2014 by admin


Daniel Beaty Transformation Tour


Thank you for your friendship and support over the years. In less than two weeks, I will be entering a new phase of my life and career that I am extremely excited about, the launch of my book Transforming Pain to Power. It tells the story of my growing up in a household impacted by addiction & incarceration to my current career. It is full of my poems, personal stories, and exercises I’ve used personally and as a teacher for over a decade.

If there was ever a time I could use your support, now is the time. I’ve donated my entire advance for the book back to underwriting books for young people and adults who are endeavoring to heal from trauma and I am donating 25 free performances around the country as well. Below are a few simple ways you can support if you feel moved to do so. Have a beautiful 2014 and I am looking forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Click here for TOUR DATES!

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Happy Holidays and Warm Wishes

December 1st, 2013 by admin

Dear Friends,

As the temperatures drop and the twinkling lights go up, we know that the holiday season has begun! We gather with loved ones to feast and fest, and give thanks for the abundance. I want you to know that I count each and every one of you among my blessings. Thank you so much for your continued support!

As you make your shopping lists, remember that my new book, Transforming Pain to Power, would make a wonderful holiday gift. This empowerment book, published by Berkeley (a division of Penguin-Random House), tells my life story, includes all of my poems, as well as the empowerment techniques that have literally saved me and helped me arrive at this wonderful moment.

The official publication date is March 4, 2014, but I would be most grateful if you would pre-order the book at Amazon.com. We want to make this one a Best Seller!


Transforming Pain to Power would also make an excellent end-of-year charitable contribution.   I have partnered with a non-profit, Children’s Institute Inc, to accept fully tax-deductible donations to underwrite books.  For your end-of-year charitable contribution, please donate to Children’s Institute and specify the donation is for The Daniel Beaty Book.  We will make sure Transforming Pain to Power is delivered to those who can benefit, but might not otherwise be able to afford it.

Again, please continue your beautiful support, but also help spread the word to your family and friends.  I wish you and your loved ones a most blessed holiday season.

All my best,

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PAIN TO POWER: The Osborne Association

December 1st, 2013 by admin

The special benefit performance of my motivational presentation PAIN TO POWER took place on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at John Jay College for the Osborne Association. The Osborne Association does phenomenal work on behalf of children of incarcerated parents and thanks to your support, the event was a phenomenal success as well.


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UPCOMING DATES: Breath and Imagination

December 1st, 2013 by admin

My musical Breath & Imagination received rave reviews in Los Angeles. The next production is opening at Cleveland Playhouse in Februrary, 2014. Don’t miss it!

February 14 – March 9, 2014
Allen Theatre
Cleveland, OH

For more info visit:
Cleveland Play House 

Written by Daniel Beaty
Directed by May Adrales


Before the inspiring voices of Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was an African-American tenor named Roland Hayes. This musical tale of faith, hope, and family traces a remarkable journey from rural Georgia to Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace.

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UPCOMING DATES: The Tallest Tree in the Forest 

December 1st, 2013 by admin

My new work on the life of Paul Robeson, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, directed by the brilliant Moisés Kaufman had a stellar world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theater (MO) and at La Jolla Playhouse (CA).

It will open at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in January 2014 and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in April 2014.

Jan 10 – Feb 16, 2014
Arena Stage
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre / La Jolla Playhouse Production

April 12 – May 25

Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center
Los Angeles, CA

Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Directed by Moisés Kaufman


A co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The Tallest Tree in the Forest was originally commissioned and developed by Tectonic Theatre Project, Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director.

As an internationally-renowned vocalist and star of stage and screen, Paul Robeson was one of the best-known African American artists in the world in the early 20th century. Through his singing and acting talent, he became enormously popular and wealthy, but his outspoken activism and criticism of the US Government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Featuring excerpts from some of Robeson’s signature songs, including “Ol’ Man River” and “Steal Away,” The Tallest Tree in the Forest explores the bold choices that defined Robeson’s remarkable life.

“The one-man play was written and performed by Daniel Beaty to a standing ovation on the Copaken Stage. It was easy for the audience to see that Beaty was putting his heart and soul into every bit of dialogue and every song that he performed. The show began with him taking the stage and if you were close enough you could see a tear running down his cheek…Beaty changed characters, from the wife of Robeson, to Robeson, to a young Robeson and many others by use of voice, facial expression and body language. His timing was magnificent and did not waiver while changing from one character to another.”
– Steve Wilson (Kansas City Theater Examiner)

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