Darren Michael, M.F.A.
A native Arkansan, Darren V. Michael received his B.A. in Theatre from Ouachita Baptist University and an M. F. A. in Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has training in mask work, the commedia dell’arte and Shakespeare from Bretton Hall College (the University of Leeds) in England, stage combat from the Society of American Fight Directors, and has been a professional actor/director/playwright in commercial, film and stage around the Southeast for nearly two decades now, including work with the Roxy Regional Theatre, Theatre West Virginia, and headlining the historical action/stunt show, Daniel Boone: The Man and the Legend. His most recent onstage role was the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red. As a writer, his full-length play Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset had its world premiere as part of Playhouse Nashville’s 2014 season in the Tennessee capital and is currently available through Steele Springs Stage Rights, and his short play Imaginary Conversations with My Daughter was part of the 4th Annual New Play Festival at The Puzzle in New York City in July of 2014. His short works, including Willie Nelson Ain’t Dead, Feathers, Lily Builds a Spaceship, Voice Activated, and Masterpiece, have also been featured at Roxy Regional Theatre here in Clarksville and at various events in Nashville over the last five years, including his last: The Romantic Sway of Near Earth Objects. He is currently the Past President of the Tennessee Theatre Association, a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Chair of the Playwriting Interest Group for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. He is a constant writer, board game fanatic and huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. To see more of Darren’s work, feel free to visit his website: www.darrenvanmichael.com.