Daniel Jáquez has been a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society since 2003. He is a Director, a Theater-Maker and Translator of plays. Earned an M.F.A. in Directing from American Repertory Theater/Harvard/MXAT, class of 2000, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas.
Jáquez relocated to San Diego in 2016 after being in New York City for almost 30 years. He is very familiar with border-town dynamics, he grew up in Cd. Juarez, a Mexican city that famously borders El Paso, TX. In 2014 he was commissioned by Theater Communication Group to write a "borderfesto," a manifesto of sorts exalting the importance of border people, which was presented in English and Spanish at the TCG National Conference in San Diego/Tijuana and was published in Café Onda/HowlRound.
Jáquez recently completed the artEquity Facilitator training in equity, diversity and inclusion. He is a member of the 2016 cohort.
Jáquez spent a year in Portland, OR serving as Interim Artistic Director of Milagro Theatre. He was asked to join Milagro while it explored new artistic leadership models. As a long time friend and artistic associate, Jáquez directed several productions in Spanish and English and devised unique theater pieces for its Day of the Dead program. He received Portland's DRAMMY award for outstanding direction.
Jáquez was the Director and a founder of Unit52, a program created in New York City by INTAR Theatre and a handful of professional, committed artists that call INTAR their home. Unit52 is an acting company that serves as a training ground, a creative space, and a place to commune for emerging artists. It's a place where established theatre artists mentor and nurture a new generation of Latinx artists. Annually, the training and education is followed by a fully produced performance of a new play, usually with a playwright involved in the process. A Unit52 production directed by Jáquez was selected for the 2014 LATC's Encuentro: A National Latinx Theatre Festival.
Also, Jáquez was the Director of the INTAR/Jerome Foundation NewWorks Lab from 2003 to 2006. This Festival annually produced 4 new plays by emerging Latinx playwrights.
In 2003 Jáquez co-founded Calpulli Mexican Dance Theatre and was its Artistic Director for 8 years. He began choreographing traditional Mexican dances and evolved into creating new dance theatre work (like Dance for a Dollar) that reflected the lives of Mexicans in the USA/NYC. Calpulli is an award winning company that performs in Queens Theatre in the Park, tours worldwide and has a very successful children’s program in NYC.
For the past 10 years, Jáquez has been involved with the Lark Play Development Center's US/México Playwright Exchange. He has been both a translator and a director with the program and, as a member of the Advisory Committee, has been key in shaping the program. His translations have been published by Nopassport Press, The Mercurian and Asymptote Journal.
“I myself am a recent arrival to San Diego from New York, with an established history of experience in Latinx theatre companies such as Intar in New York City, Milagro Theater in Portland, Oregon and The Lark Play Development Center’s Mexico/US Playwright Exchange.”