Daniel Beaty
Award-winning Actor, Singer and Writer



Before there was Marian Anderson, there was Roland Hayes – the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist. Born the son of a slave in Georgia, Roland discovered his voice as a young boy singing spirituals in church. BREATH & IMAGINATION is a musical play that chronicles the amazing journey of this pioneer from the plantation in Georgia to singing before kings and queens in Europe. At the heart of the story is Roland’s loving, yet complex relationship with his mother – his Angel Mo’. Employing spirituals and classical music, BREATH & IMAGINATION is an inspirational exploration of one man’s determination to be an Artist despite seemingly insurmountable odds. This is a musical for two actor/singers and one actor/piano player. This project has had workshop performances at Hartford Stage and the York Theater in NYC. The rights are available.


What would happen if a Water Bug from London climbed into a fake Louis Vuitton and ended up in Harlem? Join Peter, Clarissa, and Sir Water Bug as they journey from Harlem to Soho encountering a Thug Pigeon, an Upper Eastside French Poodle, a militant Rat X, a Corporate Squirrel, and many other unique New York characters. Addressing themes of loss and redemption with thrilling music and hilarious wit, Trippin’ The Musical is a moving, innovative story appropriate for children and adults. Written & Composed by Daniel Beaty. This is a musical for an ensemble of 6 actor/singer/dancers. The project has had two workshop performances at Harlem Stage in NYC. The rights are available.

DARK CHOCOLATE or Loving the Skin I’m In

An autobiographical one man play about Daniel Beaty’s journey from growing up with a father who was a heroine addict & dealer and a brother who was addicted to crack cocaine to discovering his purpose by watching Dr. King, graduating from Yale University, being an educator in some of the most challenging communities in NYC, and now his current career as a writer/performer. It is the story of a young black man’s journey to love the skin he’s in. This project has never had a workshop. The rights are available.