native of Southern California, Darin was introduced to the world of
entertainment at a very early age. His father
worked as a stage hand/technician for NBC, CBS up until his retirement back in the
early 2000’s. Born in Van Nuys, California in 1965, Darin’s parents decided to
name him after one of his father’s friends in the industry, Bobby Darin…thus
the spelling. Darin got his middle name
after John Glenn, the Astronaut. Darin’s parents were both artistically and
musically inclined. Having a father who worked in the industry, Darin was
given the unique opportunity to not only observe artistry in the making, but he
was also able to mingle with celebrities and production crew alike.
1970 when Darin made his acting debut in a local production put on by his kindergarten
class. That’s all it took and he soon
discovered he had the “acting” bug.
years following Darin took part in many of his school theatre and music
programs, but it wasn’t until his high school years that he really started
taking his craft seriously. Around the
age of 15 Darin began to take a deep interest in voice and piano. A very influential artist was a Christian
artist by the name of Keith Green.
parents had Divorced in the late 70’s and in October of 1983 Darin, his mother
and two brothers, moved to East Texas.
Darin was a senior in high school at the time. After enrolling into a new high school, Darin
once again became active in the theatre program there at Gilmer High in Gilmer,
Texas where, for the first time in the school’s history, he put them on the map
by winning third place for his rendition of King Lear at a regional acting
competition, however winning third wasn’t enough for Darin. Though proud of his
accomplishment Darin would not be satisfied until he was winning even more
prestigious accolades and soon found himself pushing forward with his craft
with even more determination.
began spending more and more time exploring and broadening his talent and
eventually taught himself to not only play the piano, but he taught himself how
to read, compose and orchestrate music…A craft that would later pay off.
Darin auditioned for and landed the role of Henry and understudy for the role
of Matt in LCT’s production of “The Fantasticks” where he gained the attention
of Director, Perry Langenstein who later cast him in such roles as Mordrid in “Camelot
and Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”.
year Darin enrolled into college at East Texas Baptist University where, in
addition to his acting, he began to study voice and piano formally. It was during his time at ETBU where Darin
was inspired to write material which would eventually be featured on his debut
album titled “I Know”.
Darin returned to Southern California to pursue his acting career. While there he spent a large amount of time
in the studios where his father had been working and rubbed shoulders with
people in the industry observing, learning and networking. One afternoon while browsing through the
magazine, “The Casting Call”, Darin noticed an audition notice for a production
of “Camelot” being produced at the Marsee Theatre in Torrance, California and
decided since he had played the role of Mordrid in the show a few years earlier
he’d give this opportunity a shot. Darin
recalls, “when I walked into that 2000 seat theatre I thought to myself that I
would be happy if I can just make the chorus.”
Darin did more than that…Much more.
Out of the 300 people who auditioned for the role Darin was asked to a
call back. It was that evening at call
backs, at the end of his second night of auditions, where Darin had been
personally approached by the Director and Choreographer with the statement “we’d
like for you to play our King Arthur”.
Honored nearly beyond words, Darin proudly accepted.
very successful run Darin returned to Texas where he decided to continue his
education and home his craft. Darin
eventually teamed up with his dear friend, Barbara Efurd, where together they
went into the studio and produced Darin’s first Christian album project titled,
“I Know”. The success of “I Know” led to
another Christian album titled, “Lo, He Comes”; all original compositions.
Comes” was released nationally and resulted in an eight state tour, radio play,
TV and radio interviews, special appearances as well as many other
having not completed his degree after two years touring and being on the road
Darin decided to slow things down and get back in college. Returning to college proved to open up even
more opportunities. Darin continued to
perform in theatrical productions, musical productions as well as dance
productions while still making special appearances. Darin’s academia career was proving
successful as well. He was inducted into
honor societies, received numerous scholarships and awards for his acting and music, and was a Who’s
Who recipient. Additionally, Darin has
been awarded the Irene Ryan ACTF award three times over. Over the years Darin has performed numerous
leading roles on stage. In addition to
stage work, Darin has appeared in print, on the web, in commercials and
Darin continues to be active in the arts
and holds an AA, BA and MA in Theatre and Music and looks forward to and
welcomes many more years in the industry.