Raised in the cultural mosaic of Toronto, playwright Darren Anthony has honed his unique voice through the colorful lenses that reflect his experiences growing up in the city. Schooled as a Child and Youth worker, his enthusiastic aim is to influence and inspire upcoming generations. Brother to Trey Anthony, creator of smash hit play and television series ‘Da Kink in my Hair, Darren has seen the power of art to inspire those who are normally unrepresented in the Canadian theatre and television scene. But his most recently publicized play, Secrets of a Black Boy, undoubtedly stands on its own.
In October 2009, Secrets had its wide-scale launch at The Music Hall. (750 seats), and the first 6 matinee show seats were filled with inner-city high school youth. The overwhelming response led to a TDSB school tour, with stops in over 17 high schools across the GTA. Secrets continues this summer when it debuted in New York this summer for its first American reading in ActNow New Voices in Theatre series. Darren is currently adapting Secrets of a Black Boy into his first feature film called, ‘The Rec.’
Not a stranger to film and television, Darren gained a lot of knowledge/experience from being a Production Assistant on the second season of Da Kink In my Hair (Global). He’s had the invaluable experience of being around producers and writers on a major series.
Always wanting to better his skills, Darren has taken several television and film writing courses at George Brown College. Darren created a 1-hour drama ‘The Range’, a life long story based his experience working in a Youth Detention Center, that he hopes will also make its way to a television screen in the near future.