Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, composer and poet. His critically acclaimed solo play Emergence-See!, directed by Kenny Leon, ran off-Broadway to a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater in the fall of 2006. For this production, he received the 2007 Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing and Performing and the 2007 AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance. New York Magazine awarded him a 2006 Culture Award for Best in Theater. He is the recipient of the 2007 Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival, and in November 2007, he was presented with a Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.