DANNY BERNARDO is a writer, actor, and director based out of Los Angeles, CA. Theatrically, Bernardo has had the great fortune to work with such companies as the Steppenwolf, Goodman, Portland Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, East West Players, McCoy Rigby/La Mirada, About Face, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Lifeline, Silk Road Rising, American Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Collaboraction, and Porchlight Music Theatre (Artistic Associate emeritus). Bernardo was also a member of the sketch comedy groups Stir Friday Night and Cupid Players, with whom he wrote material and performed all over the US.
In 2016, Bernardo launched Twelve 3 Productions, dedicated to diversity and inclusion in casting and production. Their first short film Jerky was screened at the Court Metrage du Festival de Cannes. Their second short film Little You received its world premiere at the Perth International Queer Film Festival.
His eclectic skill set has allowed him to work on a diverse range of projects over the years and he is passionate about multicultural casting, collaborative theatre, and arts education. As a theatre educator, Bernardo spent several years on faculty of After School Matters/Gallery 37, the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center: School of the Arts. A milestone in his career was producing and moderating a panel discussion on cultural appropriation for Asian Americans in theatre, featuring famed playwright David Henry Hwang. He remains a fervent advocate for diversity and inclusion in all forms of storytelling.
Bernardo has studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Second City Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and the Las Vegas Academy for the Arts. He is a proud member of AEA, AGVA, and is SAG-AFTRA eligible and is represented for TV, Film, Commercial, and Voice Over by The Happen Agency. He resides in Echo Park and is the proud papa of Padfoot, Tejada, and Stascio.