Danny Hoch is a playwright and actor whose plays have toured the U.S. and the world garnering many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Drama, 2 OBIE Awards, Sundance Playwriting & Screenwriting Fellowships, the CalArts/Alpert Award In Theatre and he was most recently named a USA Ford Fellow for his contributions to the American Theatre. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, New York Times, Harper’s, The Nation, American Theatre, and various books: Out Of Character, Extreme Exposure, Creating Your Own Monologue and Total Chaos and his own Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop by Villard/Random House.
His writing and acting credits for TV and film include The Knick, Nurse Jackie, Bored To Death, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, The Good Wife, Blackhawk Down, American Splendor, War Of The Worlds, Lucky You, We Own The Night, Bamboozled, Washington Heights, Prison Song, Some People, Subway Stories, Thin Red Line, Ted, Home, Whiteboys, and Henry’s Crime. In 2000, Mr. Hoch founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, now called Hi-ARTS, which has presented scores of Hip-Hop Generation plays from around the globe and appears annually in several American cities. His latest play Taking Over, about gentrification in New York City premiered at The Public Theater after a free tour of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. An anthology of his solo work and plays, Up Against The Wall will be published by TCG in 2016.