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Daniel McElroy

BA Candidate - Theatre for a Globalizing World

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Daniel chose Gallatin as a way to pursue and weave together his artistic and academic passions, instead of having to choose between them. At Gallatin, Daniel has developed a concentration that looks at colonialism and international forced migration and seeks to create theater that responds to these issues while also interrogating the ability of theatrical art to spur effective change.

Several Gallatin courses have been instrumental in helping to shape his concentration: Michael Dinwiddie’s first-year interdisciplinary seminar “Migration and American Culture” and Kathryn Vomero Santos’s first-year research seminar “Home and Homeland” stimulated his interest in the human experience of migration, while Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb’s “Language, Globalization, and the Self” helped him orient those interests in relation to broader societal frameworks.

Daniel has studied at NYU’s global sites in London, Berlin, and Madrid, and, in the process, expanded his understanding of migration patterns across the world. He has also interned in the New York office of Human Rights First to assist with giving legal representation to refugees.

Daniel has studied in the Open Arts Acting Studio at Tisch and also interned in London with political theater company BeFrank. He is actively involved with the Gallatin Theatre Troupe, having directed the group’s spring 2016 mainstage production of the student written play Babel. Daniel recently conducted research on the complexities of border politics and immigration in the American Southwest and plans to write a play based on his experiences. He is also an Albert Gallatin Scholar and a member of the Gallatin Dean’s Team.


Daniel McElroy