Daniel is a director, dramaturg, actor and writer. 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). Peer Gynt (2008) was the research component of Schlusser’s MA in directing from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Daniel has also 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 the second Australian (after Barrie Kosky) to be invited to the Young Directors Theatre 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 was awarded a Besen Family Fellowship and assisted Bruce Gladwin on Back to Back’s Tour Guide development for the Festival Linz 2009 in Austria. He was an artistic associate at The Store Room and an associate artist of The Rabble.
In 2012, Daniel was awarded the prestigious George Fairfax Memorial Fellowship.