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A native of Southern California, director/choreographer Darren Lee began his career at age 11 as a contestant on Jr. Star Search. Shortly thereaftera he became a series regular on Kids Incorporated, a Disney Channel favorite. In the years following he appeared in a variety of national commercials, television shows, and feature films such as Hackers, playing a role (Razor) opposite Angelina Jolie. He also danced alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger in the Academy Award-winning film Chicago. By the early '90s, Lee relocated to New York, advancing his career into the new millennium with Broadway roles in Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and in the original companies of Shogun the Musical, Miss Saigon, Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, Seussical the Musical, Pacific Overtures, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.


After 18 years as a Broadway performer, Lee has refocused his energies on directing and choreography. His Broadway work includes associate choreographer on Pacific Overtures, and other New York productions include:  History of War (NYMF), Heading East starring B.D. Wong (Asia Society), Bronx Express (Fringe Festival), Andy Warhol Was Right (NYMF), and Stephen Sondheim's 75th Birthday Celebration (New Amsterdam). His regional credits include: The Music Man (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Miss Saigon (St. Louis MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita); Smokey Joe's Café (Music Theatre of Wichita); Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera Festival); Herringbone starring B.D. Wong (La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Shakespeare Festival); Up in the Air (Japan Festival, Washington DC); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Diamond Head Theatre, Hawaii); Chicago (Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, Florida); Carnival (UNLV); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Westchester Broadway, New York); Pacific Overtures (North Shore, Cincinnati Playhouse, Atlanta Alliance); Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors, and Godspell (MUNY); Guys and Dolls (Trinity University, Texas); High School Musical (Lyric Theatre, La Comedia, Casa Manana); High School Musical 2 (Lyric Theatre); and Christmas with the Symphony 2007-2009 (Omaha Symphony).


Darren has also taken his skills overseas, directing and choreographing numerous Japanese productions including: Turandot (Tokyo); Copacabana, Fancy Dance, The Love at Dalu Lake (Takarazuka Revue Company); The 10,000 Person Show (Tokyo Electric); and Bryant Park, a completely original dance musical he was commissioned to conceive, direct, choreograph, and take on tour to cities all across Japan.


Mr. Lee has several productions that are currently playing on international waters. They include: Disney Wishes, which premiered on the brand new Disney Cruise Line ship The Fantasy in March (2012).  Most recently, Mr. Lee developed and served as the director for Tableau, Playback, EverAfter, Soundstage and All For Love (2014) for the Holland America Cruise Line’s Eurodam.