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Darius J.
Rockford, Illinois
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I've graced the stages of some of NYC's most beloved theatres including; The National Black Theatre, The Public Theatre, 13th Street Rep, and HERE Arts Center. I can be seen in a number of films, commercials, and music videos alongside the likes of Shaquille O’Neal. I’ve performed worldwide in places like Athens, GR. I have worked with world-famous directors like Broadway's Kenny Leon and Dennis Hilton-Reid, and received training from some of the world's top acting institutions (The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, CalArts). I have directed regionally and in New York, I teach regularly with The Family Repertory Company (Where I have served as a resident actor and director since 2016), and have students spanning the globe! I strive to acquire as much knowledge about this craft as is possible and to share that gift with the world. A wise man once told me, “The only reason to act is that it hurts too much not to.” My approach Heightened Sense of Self Awareness Expanding the Self (mind/ body/ voice) Text Analysis/ Scene Study Creating Multi-Dimensional Characters Building Character Relationships Fighting for an Objective Audition and Performance Technique
About Darius J.

I've been acting for 21 years with no end in sight! I am a working Actor and Coach from Detroit based in the Chicago area. I worked and lived in NYC where I studied acting at Marymount Manhattan and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I have also trained privately with top acting/speech coaches like Dennis Hilton-Reid and Thomas Rene. I teach audition technique workshops monthly with The Family Repertory Company where I've worked for the past 6 years as Resident Actor/Director/Instructor. I have performed abroad (Athens, GR), regionally (LA, Detroit, Jersey), and locally (off-off Broadway and off-Broadway). I've worked alongside actors like Norbert Leo Buts & Shaquille O'Neal, and have done (and continue to do) my share of films, plays, commercials, audio series, and music videos. My biggest bragging point (let's be honest, that's what this is. Lol!) Is getting to work with Tony Award winning Broadway Director Kenny Leon at The Public Theaters Joes Pub on HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU. Most recently I worked as a supporting role on the set of the feature film "Mckenzie Mckoy" which premiered this past December and will be available to stream soon. I did 3 short films last year, and spent the month of October in NYC performing with The Family Repertory Company and teaching my yearly Working Actor Masterclass (Coming to L.A. in 2023!). I am directing a virtual Acting Showcase this January featuring my current students, will be performing the lead role in a Black History Month play entitled 'The Realness" in February 2023, and I continue to audition regularly. Take comfort in knowing that you are being taught by not only a well trained actor and coach, but a WORKING actor! Who's YOUR Acting Coach?

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Darius is great! He really taught me a lot about character and monologue work, while also making me feel comfortable and giving me great advice during each lesson. I highly recommend him. He’s a fantastic acting coach who can you teach you pretty much about anything having to do with acting.

Posted Jan 4, 2023
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I knew nothing about acting and just wanted to learn a new art form (I am a martial artist) and Darius' knowledge, wisdom and instruction reminds me of a great sensei AND a coach who inspires and motivates. I, now, Love this craft and am beginning to understand it more and more. I truly appreciate and highly recommend, Darius.

Posted Dec 29, 2022
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I’ve never thought acting was a learned skill, but Darius changed that. He is the reason I feel better about who I am as a actor and making acting real for me

Posted Dec 13, 2022
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CEO / Acting Coach
Feb 2018 - Present
Private Studio
Resident Actor/ Director/ Instructor
Jul 2016 - Present
The Family Repertory Company - NYC
BFA - Acting
Sep 2017 - May 2019
CalArts
Associates in Occupational Studies - Acting
Sep 2015 - May 2017
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
English
Native Proficiency
Best of Lessons.com 2020
Dec 2020
Lessons.com
California Arts Scholar
Aug 2007
California Institute of the Arts
Acting Coach of the Year
Jul 2022
Prestige Awards
The Actors Society
May 2016
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Instructor details
Method Acting
Teaches 7 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.