Danielle Drakes

Danielle A. Drakes
Adjunct Professor of Theatre,
Theatre & Dance Program
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Ms. Drakes is an actor, director, and facilitator currently performing the titular role in Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Earlier this year Ms. Drakes directed Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem at Theater Alliance and as Anne Deveare Smith’s one woman show Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. She originated the portrayal of Elizabeth Keckley in Ford's Theatre's History on Foot. As the founder of the Hegira for three seasons, she produced readings and performances of new plays by Jacqueline Lawton, Carla Ching, Kara Lee Corthron, and Nandita Shenoy. She also directed Paige in Full written/performed by Paige Hernandez. In its last season, Danielle produced/performed in Suzan-Lori Parks' In the Blood.  She also directed Havana Hop, another Hernandez solo show with Cleveland PlayhouseSquare in Ohio. Ms. Drakes is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is on the faculty at Howard University. 


Current Positions

Riot Grrrls: Othello - Taffety Punk Theatre Company 

Kill Move Paradise - Rep Stage

Lyle the Crocodile - Adventure Theatre




BA - Theatre, Goucher College

MFA - Acting - Catholic University