Sylvia Daneel

Sylvia Daneel was born in Warsaw Poland. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Later she received a scholarship to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio obtaining a BA in two years and then at Iowa State University where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree. Ms. Daneel became an American citizen by a special act of Congress. She first appeared on Broadway in ‘The Girl on Via Flaminia“, directed by Jose Quintero. Ms Daneel received the Daniel Blum Award as one of the most promising personalities on Broadway for her part in “The Tunnel of Love” with Tom Ewell, having been selected from over 200 actresses. She directed and starred in “The Fourposter” at the Charles Street Playhouse in Boston. Another hit play followed on Broadway “Romanoff and Juliet” with Peter Ustinov. She then had a starring role on Broadway in a new play by Pearl S. Buck “A Desert Incident.” She toured from coast to coast with Claudette Colbert in “A Community of Two” by Jerome Chodorov, including a two week engagement at the National Theater in Washington DC. Ms. Daneel has appeared in numerous TV shows and films. While living in Rome, Italy she appeared in Italian films and TV. She became the Theatre Guild Representative in Italy and led many Theatre Guild tours to festivals of theater and art in Europe. Ms. Daneel worked as a speaker, translator and editor in the Polish Service of the Voice of America in Washington, DC. In 1966 she produced at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall a program ”Polish Flowers” that combined the music of Frederick Chopin with poetry of Julian Tuwim. In May 1998 she produced at the George Washington University Marvin Theatre a concert ”With a Song Around the World” with the famous Polish singer and international recording star Irena Jarocka and pianist-composer Vanddi. In 1999 she produced and directed a Polish play by Marian Hemar “Square of Minus One” at the Spectrum Theatre in Rosslyn, Arlington. She created the New Polish Theatre and in 2000 produced and directed the world premier of Slawomir Mrozek’s play “A Beautiful View” also presented at the Rosslyn Spectrum . In 2001 co-produced and co-chaired a fund- raising concert ”Franz Liszt: A Celebration” at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium with Polish virtuoso pianist Jerzy Stryjniak and world famous biographer of Liszt professor Allan Walker. She has translated a number of plays and books from Polish into English. Her last translation of a play by Ireneusz Iredynski “The Third Breast” was produced and directed by Hanna Bondarewska at her Ambassador Theater in Washington, DC.