Born and raised in Brooklyn, Hoch attended New York's High School of the Performing Arts; later training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the British-American Drama Academy in London and at New York University, where he focused on Performance Studies and Independent Theatre Research. At NYU he also served as a faculty member of the school's Creative Arts Team, which specialises in teaching conflict resolution through drama to at-risk adolescents in New York's jails and alternative high schools. Hoch also developed, performed in and facilitated interactive improvisational theatre workshops about AIDS, prejudice, violence and substance abuse.
His first solo show, Pot Melting (1991), was performed at Gas Station, Nada and the Lincoln Center Institute and at Chicago's Playwright's Center.
Hoch's second solo show, Some People, won a 1994 OBIE Award and a 1995 Drama Desk Award. First performed at P.S. 122 in Manhattan and later at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, he took Some People to more than 35 U.S. cities as well as Austria, Cuba and Scotland, where he won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Some People was filmed for HBO and nominated for a 1996 Cable ACE Award.
Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop, Hoch's third solo show developed and directed by Jo Bonney, premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in October 1997, where it received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. A mesmerizing montage of street characters and cultures from the ghetto to the heartland, Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop opened in New York at P.S. 122 in 1998 and was nominated for a 1998 Drama Desk Award. The show is touring 20 cities through the millennium and is being made into a film, a spoken word CD and book.
Hoch's film credits include HBO's Subway Stories and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. He also appeared in His & Hers and the short film, Crabs. His writing has appeared in Harper's, New Theatre Review and Out of Character.
In 1994, Hoch received a Solo Theatre Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Other awards include a 1996 Sundance Writers Fellowship, a 1998 Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Theatre and a 1999 Tennessee Williams Playwrights Fellowship.
Hoch continues his work with at-risk youth, often conducting workshops with schools or jails in the cities he tours.
Danny Hoch Facts
|Birthday||November 23, 1970 (46)|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York, USA|