Biography

Daniel David Stewart was born and raised in Southern California, has been working as an actor for nearly a decade. Getting his professional start in theatre during his teens, he then transitioned to television and film work after his critically acclaimed performance as Hally in Master Harold…And The Boys, for which he won an Indy award for best performance by a lead actor. He is currently making his Broadway Debut in the critically acclaimed Deaf West Production of Spring Awakening in the role of Ernst/Piano. Recent feature film roles include Oliver Gingerfield in Kids Vs. Monsters and Willis in The Sound Of Magic. Other films include Incident(s) At Paradise Bay, The Hair Cut, Last Seen, and Reverie. Television appearances and guest starring roles include KC Undercover, The Middle, Cougar Town, The Goodwin Games, Man Up!, Miss Mustard Glade and Off The Record . His professional theatre credits include: David Cromer’s Our Town (with Helen Hunt) at The Broad Stage, Phaeton in Metamorphoses at Ensemble Theatre Company, Pete in the Burnt Part Boys (West Coast Premiere) at Third Street Theater, Originated the role of Smike in Little Miss Scrooge (World Premiere) at Rubicon Theatre Company, Dominic in Belfry (West Coast Premiere), Denny in Sixty Miles To Silverlake (West Coast Premiere), Prince John in The Lion In Winter, Leamy in The Field at Theatre Banshee , The Kid in Last Days of Mary Stuart (World Premiere), and as John Taplow in L.A. TheatreWorks production of The Browning Version, Finn Frey in Intelligence-Slave with Garret Dillahunt and Josh Stamberg and Leon in The Guilty Mother which are all part of their Audio Theatre Collection and Radio Theatre Series that can be heard on National Public Radio.  Daniel is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program, and was a founding member of the improv group known as “The Brigade”. He also has a passion for writing, and has written three solo shows, two sketch shows, and a recently completed screenplay. He also continues to train in various disciplines all over Southern California, while enjoying other interests, such as singing and songwriting.  Daniel is a proud member of AEA and SAGAFTRA

REVIEWS

“The process does not just work for the serious drama. Joshua Castille is a perfect Ernst and he is helped on this by the work of Daniel David Stewart, who voices Ernst and is a whizz on the piano as part of the orchestral landscape. At the moment of Ernst’s seduction by Hanschen (a blonde Andy Mientus), Stewart provides vocal joy to augment the tentative happiness that Castille signs and Mientus demands. It’s a genius moment of pure theatre.” — BritishTheatre.com

“Most memorable of all is the brilliant twenty-year-old Stewart, who won a Best Actor Scenie at age seventeen for his work at the Rubicon in “Master Harold”…and the boys. “Expect much much more from this gifted newcomer,” I wrote at the time, prophetic words given Stewart’s heartbreakingly real work in Belfry as a young man with the misfortune to be born before Asperger syndrome became part of our collective lexicon. That Stewart joined the cast less than ten days before opening night makes his multi-layered performance here all the more remarkable.” — Stage Scene LA

“Stewart is particularly facile in the rapid morphing of Denny from goofy kid to savvy teen and back again, his voice and body language a testament to what it means for an actor to fully commit.” — Backstage

“This requires lightning reflexes from the actor, who is well up to the game – whether seeking out truthful behavior in character or executing jarring interruptions of his own arc.” — Hollywood Reporter

“Daniel Stewart NAILS Hally’s mercurial mix of intellectual aggorgance, sympathetic naivete and aimlessness as the stress of the imminent return of his crippled, alcholic father threatens Hally’s rare and touching friendship with black servants Sam and Willie” — Los Angeles Times

“Stewart’s youth, plus the EXTRAORDINARILY POWERFUL, NUANCED PERFORMANCE he gives add up to ABSOLUTE BELIEVABILITY. The young actor’s CHARISMATIC STAGE PRESENCE is undeniable, as is the truth he brings to the role” — Stage Scene LA

“Daniel Stewart is A SIGHT TO BEHOLD as Hally; the actor deftly balances the layers of kindness, conflict and rage – it is INSPIRATIONAL to witness a YOUNG ACTOR WITH SUCH DEPTH.” — StageandCinema.com