DANIËL COHEN (Amsterdam 1959) is a Dutch playwright, lyricist, translator and stage director. His most recent production, IN BED MET DIETRICH EN PIAF, which he both wrote and directed, examines the strained friendship between two female icons and the difficulties of balancing fame and integrity. Prestigious Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad named it one of the top five musical theatre productions of 2017. His new play POZ PARADISE, a wry comedy about life after the AIDS crisis, will premiere in July 2018 at the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg.
Daniël Cohen’s previous stage works include book and lyrics for the musicals DARK BLOOD and IMPACT (about the Bijlmermeer airplane crash), and the musical revue MARIA!, a satirical look at musicals in Holland. His musical play, KISS ME COLE, takes a revealing look at the life of composer Cole Porter and the dramatic events leading up to the writing of his masterpiece, Kiss Me Kate. His play ONTBOEZEMINGEN (“Tales from the Heart”), a darkly humorous play about breast cancer, was nominated for the respected Dutch “Avro Theatre Award”.
In addition, Daniël Cohen has directed plays by Caryl Churchill, Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Christopher Marlowe and Bertolt Brecht, and several musicals, introducing the work of Stephen Sondheim to the Netherlands. His production of the rock opera RENT won “Best Musical” at the Dutch Musical Awards 2016.
As a translator, Daniël Cohen has produced Dutch versions of numerous musicals, including NEXT TO NORMAL, SPRING AWAKENING, EVITA, PASSION, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RENT, OLIVER, and ASSASSINS. His translation of SUNSET BOULEVARD was rewarded with a John Kraaijkamp Musical Award, after earlier nominations for EVITA, CABARET, PASSION and TITANIC. He also translated stage works by Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett.
Daniël Cohen studied English Literature and Drama at the Amsterdam University, and singing, acting and directing.