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New APATA Podcast Episode with Daniel Assetta

Posted by Team APATA | Jul 17, 2023

What an absolute joy to chat with Daniel Assetta! The well-known Australian theatre triple threat, choreographer and coach who recently packed up his kit bag making moves to the Big Apple!

Originally from Sydney, Daniel has recently made his American stage debut in the New York City Centre Encores! production of The Light in the Piazza and this month made his MUNY debut as ‘A-Rab’ in West Side Story.

A graduate of ED5INTERNATIONAL, who first found his feet with GY Dance, Daniel sheds light on transitioning to America and opening the door on the next chapter in his career.

The APATA Podcast with Daniel Assetta

In conversation with APATA host Yolande Smith Daniel discusses:

  • His formative years training with William A. Forsythe, (First at GYDance and then at ED5INTERNATIONAL)
  • The business-side of a creative career.
  • Managing and maintaining a professional public profile – including website and social media.
  • Self-care.
  • Mentorship.
  • The behind-the-scenes work involved in taking your career, and life, overseas.

Basically Daniel Assetta gives you the lowdown on the professional foundations that have prepared him for conquering each new step with confidence and a smile!

All About Daniel Assetta!

Prior to making moves to the USA, Daniel played ’Samuel Seabury’ in the original Australian company of Hamilton and performed the role of ‘Tony’ in West Side Story to rave reviews across Australia, New Zealand and Germany including at the iconic Sydney Opera House & Berlin Opera House. Daniel’s other Australian theatre credits include ‘Al Deluca’ in A Chorus Line; ‘Elder Young’ in the original Australian company of The Book of Mormon; ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’ in the Australian/New Zealand tour of CATS; the 10th Anniversary Australasian tour of Wicked; ‘The Ziegfeld Tenor’ in Funny Girl; ‘Luke’ in the world premiere of The Gathering; Follies in Concert; and Curtains.

Daniel is a proud recipient of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award in Australia, which led to opportunities to perform internationally. He has also appeared on televised performances for ABC News Breakfast, NYE: The Early Night Show. Carols in The Domain, Carols by Candlelight, The ARIA Awards and Twisted Broadway concerts.

‘Siblingship’ – Daniel Assetta and Chiara Assetta

Over the last couple of years, Daniel produced, co-wrote, and performed alongside his sister, Chiara, in Siblingship which was awarded the winner of ‘Best Cabaret’ in Broadway World Australia Awards 2020. Siblingship played to sold-out audiences across major Australian cities. He also premiered his solo cabaret, Songs Unsung, which he performed across Sydney, in Sole Sessions, at Claire’s Kitchen and the Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Red-Carpet Cabaret.

A great listen for students and teachers and those looking to a career in the creative and performing arts.



Daniel Assetta

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