Over the past twelve years, since graduating from Drama Centre, London, Dan has built Iris into a celebrated facet of London’s fringe theatre scene. Each year Daniel directs at least one of the main summer shows as well as, for the last six years, writing the family shows. He also provides dramaturgical support to all of Iris Theatre’s Shakespeare projects, including as part of Iris’ growing tradition of developing new musical theatre. Recently Dan has directed work for Iris Theatre at both Hoxton Hall and the Union Theatre alongside the summer season in Covent Garden.
Beyond these in-house productions, Dan and Iris Theatre also co-produce London’s Free Open Air Theatre Festival with God’s and Monsters Theatre company which performs two shows for a month in the Scoop in front of City Hall to audiences of over 40,000 people every year.
In the past Dan has worked on new writing projects with Theatre503 and First Draft Theatre as well as directing a panto at the Castle in Wellingborough. He has also worked with the Circus Space to undertake an Arts Council funded research and development process into a circus, dance and theatre piece called Circuit.
The other main strand of his professional biography is his work directing Shakespeare in Austria. He started his directing career with the Shakespeare in Styria Company, for whom he directed five shows, and with the Vienna English Theatre, for whom he both wrote and directed for their national schools tours.
Iris Theatre and Daniel Winder have been nominated for twelve Offwestend Awards; and his 2016 production of Treasure Island won the Best Production for Young People in the ‘Offies’; with both the 2017 adaptations of Hansel & Gretel and the 2018 adaptation of The Three Musketeers (both of which he wrote) being shortlisted for the same award in the two following years.
As a director for Iris Theatre: Hamlet, Arabian Nights, The Tempest, Macbeth, H.R.Haitch., Treasure Island, Macbeth, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, The Hunting of the Snark, Eros & Psyche (new opera), Richard III, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Gutter Press (new musical), Circuit, Blast!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wind in the Willows, Romeo & Juliet, Alcestis, The Mysteries, Murder in the Cathedral
As a writer for Iris Theatre: The Three Musketeers, Hansel & Gretel & the Witch Baba Yaga, Treasure Island, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Alice through the Looking Glass
As a writer for London’s Free Open Air Theatre: The Pirate Queen
As a director for Covent Garden Sinfonia: Dido & Aeneas
As a director for Shakespeare in Styria, Austria: Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear
As a director for Theatre503: Coral’s Anus, I.E.D., A Wake
As a director/writer for Vienna English Theatre: Macbeth & A Midsummer Nights Dream (shortened adaptations)
As a director for First Draft Theatre: March Readings & April Showers