Daniel K. Isaac

Daniel K. Isaac

Daniel K. Isaac is a Korean American actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime's “Billions.”

Daniel co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an...
Daniel K. Isaac is a Korean American actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime's “Billions.”

Daniel co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest & Outfest Fusion, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor).

Daniel’s full-length plays include FULLERTON, ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME, F IS FOR..., and OR OR OR &&& (available as a podcast recording on The Parsnip Ship). Short plays include Homos Away From Home, The First American Chess Congress of 1857, A North Korean Christmas Carol, An Intelligent Woman Does Nothing For Me (EST); A Midsummer Night’s Wall (Leviathan); A Little TV Life (The Tank).

Daniel is a member of Page73’s Interstate 73, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow.

Training: UCSD, BADA.

Plays

  • ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME
    The violence of fairy tales collide with the violence of the times as magical calabashes, singing goblins, sea dragons, and hungry tigers clash and harmonize with soldiers fighting the Occupation, Comfort Women fighting to survive, immigrants and hyphenated Americans in the Korean War and wars to come.
  • F IS FOR...
    [ A ] is an asian american gay man who has lots of sex. Very. Gay. Sex.

    with [ B ] the Bartender and [ C ] the Chorus Boy and

    well, not [ D ]. [ D ] is [ A ]’s brother. and [ D ]’s a pastor.
    
then there's [ E ] and [ F ] and [ G ] the Gymbro and [ H ] the Hot Guy and and and...
    [ A ] used to go to religious conversion therapy. with Rich. his conversion therapist and...?...
    [ A ] is an asian american gay man who has lots of sex. Very. Gay. Sex.

    with [ B ] the Bartender and [ C ] the Chorus Boy and

    well, not [ D ]. [ D ] is [ A ]’s brother. and [ D ]’s a pastor.
    
then there's [ E ] and [ F ] and [ G ] the Gymbro and [ H ] the Hot Guy and and and...
    [ A ] used to go to religious conversion therapy. with Rich. his conversion therapist and...?
    [ A ] navigates through shame and sex positivity, combatting sexual violence in past repression and everyday microaggressions, maybe seeking intimacy in all the wrong places...or all the right ones.
  • OR OR OR &&&
    Daniel tries to write his first full-length play. He’s only ever written two short plays, which somehow come to life and try to take over his story. Then his mom, Esther, appears and hijacks the narrative. Also, there’s a Dragon. A genre-fucking play about not apologizing, family both born and chosen, and the messiness of intersectional identities, Daniel and Esther and Dragon journey through the Genealogy of...
    Daniel tries to write his first full-length play. He’s only ever written two short plays, which somehow come to life and try to take over his story. Then his mom, Esther, appears and hijacks the narrative. Also, there’s a Dragon. A genre-fucking play about not apologizing, family both born and chosen, and the messiness of intersectional identities, Daniel and Esther and Dragon journey through the Genealogy of Imagination, the Korean War, and maybe Disneyland.