Darren read English at Cambridge University before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then later with Philippe Gaulier, David Glass and Theatre de Complicite. He has been an actor, writer, director and dramaturg since 1988, and was a significant figure in the 'physical theatre' revolution of the 1990s, devising, performing and directing award-winning shows with companies like The Right Size, Told by an Idiot, Scarlet Theatre and Peepolykus. He was a company member, movement director and associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has worked for almost every major theatre production house in the UK, as well as for the BBC, ITV and Film Four. He has taught at the University of Central Lancashire, Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Educational Schools and the British American Dramatic Academy.
Darren teaches across a number of GSA programmes including Foundation Acting, BA Acting, BA Musical Theatre, BA Theatre, BA Theatre and Performance and MA Stage and Production Management. He is Programme Leader for MA Theatre.
Darren has written book chapters for The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare, The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq, The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science and Time and Performer Training (Routledge). He has written articles for Shakespeare Bulletin and Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. His monograph Shakespeare in Practice: Gesture was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. He has co-authored an article for Human Movement Science (in press) and is currently preparing a chapter for The Routledge Companion to Vsevolod Meyerhold and an article for Shakespeare Journal. He is also working on his next book.