Daniel Monks is an Australian actor, filmmaker & dancer. 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. His short films have screened around the world at 40 film festivals, including three at Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Daniel is currently in final post-production on his first feature film “Pulse”, directed by Stevie Cruz-Martin, for which he wrote & edited, as well as being the lead actor and co-producer. He is a graduate of AFTRS, & PAC Screen Workshops where he received the award for Consistent Excellence. He recently wrote, acted in & produced the short film “Marrow” for the International Day of Disability, which featured in the February 2016 issue of DNA Magazine.
Daniel has trained as an actor in Sydney & NYC with Elizabeth Kemp, Larry Moss, Jeneffa Soldatic, Benjamin Mathews, Anthony Skuse & Lynette Sheldon. As a professional dancer, he has worked with an array of leading Australian choreographers and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art and around Australia. 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 & Dance Integrated Australia.
In addition Daniel is a performing artist with Murmuration Dance Theatre, and in 2015 began development on the Bowerbirds dance duet film with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo & Dan Daw. In 2016, he was asked by Starlight Children’s Foundation to be its Ambassador.