WORKING WITH DENNIS WHITEHEAD DARLING
"Dennis Whitehead Darling is a major asset to any room. His precision with composition and staging, expertise in music, and dynamic dialog with actors and other creatives in the process make him a great director and collaborator. His work sings a rich tune full of joy and truth telling."
"Dennis Whitehead Darling's production of our opera Blue Viola at Opera Memphis was a revelation. It's a difficult piece to get just right, with some problematic staging elements, and Dennis found incredible solutions to these moments that in at least two cases had Matt Boresi and I staring at each other in wonder and disbelief. He took our breath away. It was the third production of the piece we had seen, but his direction made it feel in many ways like a brand new and more impactful piece, without altering the text of the work in any way. Dennis is a great musician, and his deep understanding of how our piece functioned musically, combined with an insightful eye for visual storytelling and pacing, combined to make the Memphis production one we will cherish in our memory forever."
"Generous, thoughtful, detailed and highly collaborative, Dennis is a gift to any room that requires theatrical exploration and interrogation."
"Dennis Whitehead Darling is a phenomenal talent. The insight he brings to a piece is a welcomed addition to any creative endeavor. For me personally, his help in the character development of Nat King Cole in “Lights Out: Nat King Cole” was invaluable. I look forward to the next opportunity we have to collaborate together! Dennis Darling...an amazing artist and a wonderful gift."