Danyon Davis

Department of Drama

Assistant Professor, Acting

Danyon Davis

Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama Theater Complex
820 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210-1508

Danyon Davis teaches movement in the Department of Drama’s acting and musical theater curricula.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Davis was director of the M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco from 2020-22, where he began as teacher and head of movement in 2018. Prior to A.C.T., he served as teacher and head of movement at Stella Adler Studio from 2016-18.

Davis has performed in classical, contemporary, and experimental plays throughout the U.S. and in Europe. A former associate with Bill T. Jones and with SITI Company, Davis has also performed, taught, and directed extensively with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and enjoyed a history of collaboration with the recently disbanded theater research teams of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Pontadera, Italy.

Davis was invited in 2009 to receive Juilliard Drama Division founding faculty member Moni Yakim’s movement/physical acting methodology while shadowing and assisting Yakim at Juilliard from 2009-18. Davis has adapted Yakim’s approach while serving as a faculty member at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and HB Studio's Hagen Core Training Program.

Davis was the recipient of an honorary M.F.A. degree from the American Conservatory Theater in 2022 in recognition of his accomplishments as a theater artist and educator. Davis also received the Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists for exceptional collaboration in 2007.


  • B.F.A., The Juilliard School