Daniel is a director, dramaturge, performer and writer. He is a Dramaturg for Complexity of Belonging – a project by Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk that will premiere as part of the 2014 Melbourne Festival.
With Daniel Schlusser Ensemble he has created M+M (Theatre Works/Melbourne Festival), Menagerie (MTC Neon), Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore (Chamber Made Opera/Bell Shakespeare’s Minds Eye), The Dollhouse (fortyfivedownstairs), Life is a Dream (The Store Room) and Poet #7 (Full Tilt at The Arts Centre).
Schlusser has created works for major festivals, staged numerous premiere productions by both Australian and international writers as well as working with classics from the Russian and European canon. In 1996, Daniel was invited to the Young Directors Forum at the Berlin Theatertreffen. In 2003, Australia Council and Goethe Institute grants enabled him to work with Armin Petras at the Frankfurt Schauspielhaus. In 2008, he received a Besen Fellowship and assisted Bruce Gladwin on Back to Back’s Tour Guide for Festival Linz ’09. Daniel was awarded the 2012 George Fairfax Memorial Fellowship.