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. He was a member of the original company that opened the Chichester Minerva Theatre under Sam Mendes, 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, the British American Drama Academy and the Shanghai Dramatic Academy. He has published articles and book chapters on a range of subjects including Shakespeare and Jacques Lecoq, and his first book Shakespeare and Gesture in Practice was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.