Darcie Crager is a Director and Creative Professional devoted to creating contemporary performance that experiments with a myriad of styles and is inspired by a multitude of cultures. Through interdisciplinary work, she embraces narratives that are diverse in form, language and origin, ultimately aiming to challenge society's perception of the American Theater. Crager's work is a constant process of exploration and development; researching modes of performance outside the Western canon, shaping opportunities for global exchange, and mounting both original content and new interpretations of existing text. Raw in nature, she aims to tell stories that create bold and unique theatrical experiences that attract a new generation of audiences. Not limited to a theatrical stage, she specializes in new works, puppetry performance and immersive experiences for unconventional and public spaces.
Crager holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Directing from UCLA as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts Management and Directing with specializations in Film, Video & Media Studies and Marketing from Western Michigan University. She is an Associate Member of SDC and a member of the 2017-2018 SDC Observership Class.
Her work as an Director has recently premiered at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.; The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Lerner Hall at Columbia University in New York, New York; and throughout venues in Los Angeles.
Selected Los Angeles Credits as Director: IDIO (Vs. Theatre Company; The Playwrights Union First Peek Series); The Snake God of Fiji (The Lyric Hyperion Theatre; The Vagrancy's Blossoming Festival); Homeward LA (1329 E. 3rd Street Studio); Real Bohemians (The Pasadena Museum of California Art); Bloomsday (The Hammer Museum); Mercy Station (The Vagrancy's Blossoming Festival @ Sacred Fools); Exiles (The Hammer Museum); The Gita & The Gun (the southland company @ Art Share LA); #SayHerName: An Evening of Arts and Activism (The Hammer Museum); The Secret of the Flower Pot (Puppetry. Hamazkayin Theatre Company @ Barsnsdall Gallery Theater); Launch Los Angeles (the southland company @ The Zephyr Theatre); Eurydice (UCLA's Little Theatre); Los Atlantis (Immersive. sponsored by Google & UCLA); The Maids (The Studio Theater); The Automobile Graveyard (UCLA's Theater Lab); Please Vote (Theater 1340); La Perle Noire (Theater 1340); The Bald Soprano (Theater 1330).
Selected Regional Credits as Director: Harriet's Daughters (an interactive arts installation at The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.); 20 Years of Intersectionality in Action (African American Policy Forum @ Columbia University; New York, New York); Hawaii (What A Do Theatre; Battle Creek, MI); Goodman James (The Epic Theater; Kalamazoo, MI); The Weight of History (The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival); Lucille (The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival); The Baltimore Waltz (York Arena Theater; Kalamazoo, MI); Stop Kiss (York Arena Theater; Kalamazoo, MI); Props (York Arena Theater; Kalamazoo, MI).
Credits as Assistant Director: Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin with Rogue Artists Ensemble & East West Players (Dir. Sean T Cawelti); Right at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the National New Play Network (Dir. Jim Petosa).
A complete directing and creative resume can be made available upon request.
Past arts administration credits include work with the Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows Division in Las Vegas, NV Kinetic Theory Circus Arts in Los Angeles, CA as well as The Gilmore Theatre Complex in Kalamazoo, MI. She has performed as a producer on productions throughout Los Angeles with the southland company and Rogue Artists Ensemble, as well as on co-Productions with The Pasadena Playhouse, East West Players and The City of West Hollywood.