Darren Dowler
Kansas City, MO
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Darren Dowler

Darren D.

Kansas City, MO
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Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Darren Dowler has won multiple awards in entertainment. An actor trained in New York, he's also an L.A. film school graduate. Darren has appeared in film, television and on Broadway. Teaching for over 27 years, Darren owned THE ACTOR SHOP, an acting school first in Orlando then in Los Angeles. He is writing a book on acting, entitled THE ACTOR INSIDE YOU.

Also a director of multiple films, he has a unique perspective from both sides of the camera and stage. Studying multiple disciplines, he has developed tools to help actors of all levels reach their full potential.

"An actor must never stop training, growing and bettering their craft. As a person learns till they're last moments of life, so must the actor, lest he grow sedentary and wither. An actor like a muscle, must stay worked to remain strong and competitive."

Also an international recording artist, Darren also teaches Voice. He's performed with legends such as Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Al Jardine (the Beach Boys), The Jordanaires and over 15 more well known groups.

About Darren D.

I'm not just an acting coach, I am a full time working performer with multiple awards in entertainment. I am an actor, singer, screenwriter and director with extensive experience in television, film and on Broadway. I've acted in, directed and cast multiple feature films and am currently producing a pilot for a new series.

Over the years I've developed an actor's tool box to help artists of all levels reach and even surpass their believed potential. If I work with you I take your progress very seriously because that progress reflects on me. So be prepared to work hard, have fun and grow.

No one will reach for your dream for you. And the best way to be successful is to become the best you can be. Being the best you can be is the best way to be a successful actor.


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Darren is an incredible acting Coach. I couldn’t recommend him higher. He goes so above and beyond with his time, his care and investment in you as an actor, his amazing guidance and how to truly delve deep into a character and a scene. Before I started taking with him, I was ok as an actor. Once I started working with him, I started getting callbacks and booking jobs and really started to grow and reach my full potential as an actor and I began to feel very confident about my abilities. If you take lessons with him, you will be so happy you did!!

Posted Feb 21, 2020
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It was such a pleasure to have my daughter working with Darren. He instilled confidence in her, taught her how to prepare herself to be an actor, and provided her with opportunities to show off her craft. THANK YOU! Darren for your time, help and support of our budding angel!! You are The Best.

Posted Feb 21, 2020
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I initially started with Darren in Orlando in 1990. Being a talent manager I wanted to understand acting better to better help my clients needs. After a few lessons I had learned so much that I required my entire client stable of about 25 people to take his class. He had to add an additional night to handle my people. In a couple weeks I saw incredible growth. In a few months I had the best acting stable in Orlando. My people were working.

Darren is one of the most talented actors and teachers I’ve ever come across. But he’s not the coach for someone who takes it lightly. He’ll work your butt off.

Posted Feb 20, 2020
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I have studied with a dozen acting teachers over the years. Darren Dowler is not only the most knowledgeable acting coach I’ve ever had, but he has a talent for teaching. And he’s not just a coach. He’s a full-time performer, director and filmmaker out in the field doing it, booking the roles, and acting. He has so much real world experience to draw from it’s obvious why he’s one of the most sought after coaches in the business. You’ll learn more than one lesson from him then a whole summer with another coach. I just saw him in the movie Palau in which he plays the Reverend Billy Graham. He was amazing.

And- he’s great with kids!

Posted Feb 20, 2020

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Film and television actor and director. IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1731370/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
Jan 1990 - Present


Actor, director, screenwriter, recording artist.


Screenwriting and Producing
Aug 2018 - Jun 2019

Recording Radio and Film Connection Los Angeles

Acting, theater, television, film - NYC various teachers
Jan 1981 - Jun 1983




Fluent / Native Proficiency


Film Producer Certificate
Sep 2000

Hollywood Film Institute


Best Comedy - Feature Film -
Nov 2014

AOF International Film Festival

Best Screenplay
Nov 2014

AOF International Film Festival


Jan 1990
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
Actors' Equity Association
May 1988
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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