Darren Hengst

Darren Hengst

Theatre, 1999

Actor, Teacher, Fight Director

Lycoming’s theatre department undoubtedly helped me flourish in my career.

While at Lycoming, I was able to perform on stage while working on building sets and installing lighting for all of the theatre department's productions.

After Lycoming, I auditioned and was accepted into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s three-year MFA Professional Actor Training Program, where I studied with incredibly gifted teachers, such as Tony Award winning director, Daniel Sullivan.

After the completion of the program, I returned home to Philadelphia to begin my acting career on stage. Because of my backstage experience from Lycoming, in between acting jobs, I had the skills to get work in local scenic studios building theatrical sets.

I've been lucky enough to work on stage at in The Walnut Street Theatre, The Arden Theatre and People's Light and Theatre, to name a few. I've been featured in Barrymore award winning productions such as Les Miserables, Of Mice and Men, Sunday in the Park with George and Candide and none of it would have been possible without the time and freedom I had at Lycoming to be completely immersed in every part of the production process.

I am currently in my second year serving as the Assistant Director of Centennial Hall at The Haverford School in Pennsylvania, where I design and build all the sets, lights and sound for the school's productions in their beautiful performing arts center. I still act professionally and will be featured in The Arden Theatre's spring 2015 production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion.
While at Lycoming, I found my true passion to be on stage performing, but I also found extreme joy in creating everything around a performance as well. I count myself lucky to love what I do every day, and it all started and was fostered at Lycoming College.