Daniel Breaker

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Daniel Breaker
Born (1980-06-02) June 2, 1980 (age 36)
Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, comedian
Spouse(s) Kate Whoriskey
Children 2

Daniel Breaker (born June 2, 1980) is an American actor and comedian, best known for playing Donkey in Shrek the Musical.

Early life[edit]

Breaker was born in Manhattan, Kansas on June 2, 1980, the son of a career military officer. He grew up partly in Germany and attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a performing arts school in Florida. He then earned a BFA degree from the Juilliard School in 2002.


Beginning his career in 2002 immediately after graduating from Juillard, Breaker has performed in Off-Broadway, London, and U.S. regional theatre productions. He performed in 5 plays at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. His first major role was the Youth, protagonist of the Off-Broadway premiere of Passing Strange, in which he won an Obie in 2008 for his performance. He was then nominated for a Tony for the show's Broadway transfer, in which he again played the Youth; he also played this role in Spike Lee's filmed version of the musical. Breaker has also been a guest star on TV.[1][2]

One of his most recognizable roles was Donkey in the original Broadway production of Shrek the Musical, which ran from November 2008 through January 2010. He starred alongside long-time Broadway stars Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, John Tartaglia and Christopher Sieber. He earned a Drama Desk Award nonimation for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal.[3][4] His voice can be heard on the original cast recording of the show.

He has also appeared in the plays Well and Cymbeline.[5]

In 2009, he co-hosted the Obie Awards.[6]

Breaker is currently playing Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon on Broadway.

Personal life[edit]

Breaker married Kate Whoriskey in 2008, and they have two sons, Rory and August.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bernardo, Melissa Rose. "Daniel Breaker on Fatherhood, Donkey-hood (in Shrek) and his Strange New Movie". Interview in Broadway.com, July 27, 2009 accessed March 31, 2009
  2. ^ Daniel Breaker at Playbill.com, accessed March 31, 2020
  3. ^ Miller, Winter (December 28, 2008). "Swamp Creatures Step Out". New York Times. New York. 
  4. ^ Parker, Eloise (December 15, 2008). "Behind the scenes with Daniel Breaker at 'Shrek the Musical'". New York Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  5. ^ Daniel Breaker at the IBDB Database
  6. ^ "Martha Plimpton and Daniel Breaker to Host 2009 Obie Awards". Broadway.com, March 17, 2009