FOUNDER'S MESSAGE

The Arts are truly a definite medium for self-expression, creativity, and a means by which people of any socioeconomic background may share precious moments together. In the early 80’s, the desire to provide a theatrical format for artists of color to develop self- expression and creativity stirred deeply in my soul. Thus, as time would allow, the desire grew and Stage Aurora was born. Stage Aurora, theatre that enlightens, aims to build a bridge of understanding, to share our culture with cultures from around the world, to hear the same words that make us all laugh or cry, to applaud and shout in unity.

As a professional actor for over 20 years, I have had the privilege to perform on hundreds of stages across the world; to stand on stage as the actor and look out over the audience and experience the sheer surprise in the eyes of the audience as they are treated to words of delight. I hope to share this emotion with you, to greet you in a manner that is sincerely heartfelt, to salute you with dignity and to applaud your words of encouragement and support. It is sound reasoning for Stage Aurora.

Reared on the Northside of Jacksonville, music, song and dance gave me discipline, responsibility and self- confidence. There were no bounds to my goals. There were, however, limited resources as the Northside has never hosted a professional theatre for showcasing the Arts. Stage Aurora is an attempt to fill that void.

Stage Aurora is here to present the City of Jacksonville with the best in theatrical entertainment we can offer, to be a contributing force to such an already powerful and exciting Arts community. We are here to be inclusive of every nationality, ethnic origin, social history, and religious preference. We are a multicultural family growing and expanding daily. Please accept us with open arms as we strive to create theatre that enlightens.

Peace be unto you,
Darryl Reuben Hall

Founder/ Executive Artistic Director

 

DARRYL REUBEN HALL

Darryl, a native of Jacksonville, FL, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Florida. Mr. Hall is a member of the following professional acting unions: Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actor’s Guild, American Guild of Variety Artists, and American Guild of Musical Artists.

A veteran of the stage, Mr. Hall’s favorite credits include:

Broadway

Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at Lincoln Center/ NYCO (PBS Live from Lincoln Center Telecast), Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt (Broadway National Tour), Street Corner Symphony (pre-Broadway Workshop).

Off-Broadway/NewYork
Stormy Weather with Leslie Uggams (Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre), Stormy Weather with Phylicia Rashad (AMAS Musical Theatre), Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall with Linda Eder and the Broadway Gospel Choir, Three Mo' Tenors (PBS Great Performances and original cast recording), Hallelujah, Baby! (York Theatre Company), The In-Gathering (New Professional Theatre), Café Society (TRIBECA Performing Arts Center).

Regional Theatre

Man/Preacher in Crowns (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Flick in Violet (Best Actor- Carbonell Award Nomination) and Victor in Smokey Joe's Café (Actor’s Playhouse), Jim in Big River (Lyceum Theatre), Gabey in On The Town (White- Willis Theatre), The Mikado (North Shore Music Theatre and Huntington Theater), High Spirits (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (Crossroads Theatre- Tony Award Winner/ Best Regional Theatre), Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (Alhambra Dinner Theatre), No Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Riverside Theatre).

Dance
Aretha Franklin in concert, Daryl Coley in Concert, Orlando Opera Company and Corps de Ballet, Walt Disney World Entertainment with Tommy Tune, Rita Moreno, and John Davidson, Blackbirds of Broadway European Tour, and Sesame Street Live! National Tour.

Film & Television
Law and Order, Down To Earth, Oz, Now And Again, Sex and the City, and The Cradle Will Rock directed by Tim Robbins.

Commercials
American Express, Domino’s Pizza, Plavix, Webster Career College, Wet 'N Wild Water Park, Coca- Cola with SEAL.Dot.Com, and Phillip’s 66.

Playwright
Drawn from the Water


Teaching Experience
New York Public Schools System
Broward Public Schools System
Orange County Public Schools

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