About this Artist
Daniel Penilla (he/him/el) is driven to find ways of bringing joy, love, healing, and liberation to our communities. Daniel moves through spaces as a creative, an actor, a coach, producer, facilitator, enthusiast of community collaborations, and a lover of stories.
As an actor, he was most recently in the award winning short film, La Serenata, by Ernesto Martinez and produced by Adelina Anthony and AdeRisa Productions, currently playing on HBO. He played “Bernardo” in The Play You Want by Bernardo Cubría, produced by The Road Theatre Company.
Daniel was Associate Artistic Director and an Ensemble member with Cornerstone Theater Company. Along with directing, he led projects that were part of the Creative Seeds programming: events that bring together artists, activists, thought leaders, and community members. He was the Assistant Director for Cornerstone’s California: The Tempest, a yearlong tour across California, and the Associate Director on Cornerstone’s production Urban Rez, an immersive experience with Native and Indigenous peoples of Los Angeles.
Daniel most recently produced the experiential event Rio Reveals and Rio Records with 13Exp. Bringing together over 60 leading artists from across entertainment in partnership with the nonprofit organization, River LA.
He trained at Circle In The Square Theatre School in NYC and was a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company’s first Intensive Ensemble and is a member of the artEquity 2016 cohort. Daniel completed the Coaching for Healing Justice and Liberation’s, Liberatory Coaching Certification Program. He is the founder of (presente) coaching and working as a Liberatory Coach.
His work is fueled by the current state of our every day and he believes that sharing our stories is essential in our movement toward healing and social justice. He is constantly in search of ways to create space where creativity can be expressed and shared with joy and gratitude- especially with BIPOC, othered, and marginalized peoples and communities.