Daniel Monks

actor, filmmaker & dancer

Daniel was nominated for Best Male Actor at the 2018 Green Room Awards, was a finalist for the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship, and was nominated for Best Actor at the 2016 WA Screen Awards. In 2015, he received the Arts & Fashion Award at the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards, and he was awarded the Young Filmmaker of the Year at the 2014 WA Screen Awards. He has just been named one of Music Magazine's "Ten Top Talents to Watch in 2018".

In 2016, he completed his first feature film Pulse, which he wrote and edited, was the lead actor and one of the key producers. The film had its International Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival 2017, where it won the Flash Forward Busan Bank award — the first Australian film to ever do so. It also screened at the Sydney Film Festival 2017 as part of their Screenability program, and was the Centrepiece film for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2017, and was selected as one of the "12 Best Queer Films of 2017" by SBS.

His short films have screened around the world at more than 45 film festivals, including three at Palm Springs International ShortFest. His shorts have received such awards as the Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Short Film Festival and the Celluloid Casserole award for Best Short Film at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

He was accepted into Screen NSW's inaugural Screenability internship program as a screenwriter, and co-wrote the short film Bodies with filmmaker Laura Nagy, which was funded by Screen NSW's Generator: Emerging Filmmaker's Fund. He was also granted Create NSW Screenability Short Film funding for his short film Broken, which shot in January 2018; and for which Daniel wrote, produced and acted in. He has also been cast as the lead in Wintergarden Pictures' short film Wilco, written by Tim Spencer and directed by Laura Nagy, scheduled to shoot in early 2018.

He is a graduate of AFTRS and PAC Screen Workshops where he received the award for Consistent Excellence. He has trained as an actor over the past five years with The Actor's Studio NYC's Elizabeth Kemp, Jeneffa Soldatic, Larry Moss, Benjamin Mathews and Lynette Sheldon, amongst others.

In 2017, he starred in the title role in Malthouse Theatre's production of The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man, directed by Matthew Lutton and written by Tom Wright. He also played the lead in the World Premiere of Are We Awake? at the Old Fitz Theatre, directed by Sean Hawkins and written by Charles O'Grady. His previous stage work includes Felix Turner in Australian Marriage Equality's Staged Reading of The Normal Heart at the Darlinghurst Theatre in 2017, the title role in Orpheus with Lies, Lies & Propaganda and Suspicious Woman Productions in 2016, and The Kings Collective's The Wonderful World of Dissocia in 2015. He is set to reprise his performance of Hypnos in Are We Awake? at the Kings Cross Theatre for Sydney Mardi Gras 2018.

He also played the title role in The Farm & co3's production of Frank Enstein in 2017, directed by Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood, which premiered at Gold Coast's Bleach Festival 2017, and toured to Perth's State Theatre Centre WA. He also starred as one of the core lead cast-members on the new children's television program Go Happy Feet! produced by Sandbox productions.

He was a recipient of an Amplify your Art grant through Accessible Arts in 2014, which enabled him to be mentored in dance by Philip Channells and Dance Integrated Australia. He is a performing artist with Murmuration Dance Theatre, and in 2015 began development on the Bowerbirds dance duet film with Dan Daw, which will film in late 2018. In 2016, he was invited by Accessible Arts to speak about his work and career at the Arts Activated conference.

In 2016, he became an Ambassador for the Starlight Children's Foundation, and in 2018 he was named the Ambassador for the "Evolution to Inclusion" Float at the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, for People with Disabilities Australia, Northcott, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the National Disability Insurance Agency.