Dennis Whitehead Darling
There are many reasons why I chose to work in the performing arts and more specifically directing. My interest in theatre and music developed at an early age. By the time I was three years old, I had made my television debut on the syndicated series, Romper Room, but that only the beginning. My passion for the performing arts continued to develop throughout my teenage years. Whether I was reenacting scenes from my favorite movies for my family and friends, organizing magic shows for the neighborhood, or orchestrating performances for my middle school jazz band and church choir, I knew I had to work in the performing arts. Regardless of the genre, the common thread was always my need to connect with people on an emotional level.
I am most passionate about theatre that examines, debates or provides new insight on the issues that face African Americans, people of color or any marginalized group of people. Ultimately, my goal is to use my artistic voice to tell passionate and emotionally moving stories that invite, encourage and inspire audiences to feel and discover a new social or political perspective. By understanding these unique views, we can better understand our world and takes steps toward positive change.