Darren Blaney
Headshot of Darren Blaney.

Theatre History, Acting

PH.D., University of California, Davis
Graduate Certificate, University of California, Santa Cruz
STC Certificate, American Conservatory Theater
B.A., Reed College

Currently a Lecturer at the University of Miami, Darren Patrick Blaney is a scholar and theater artist who previously taught theater history and practice at Pomona College, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of California, Davis. He earned his Ph.D. in Dramatic Art with a graduate minor in Critical Theory at UC Davis, where he was awarded the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Staging the Social and Cruising the Crisis: A genealogy of utopian aspiration in U.S. queer theater,” examined theatrical responses to various historical crises in the 20th and 21st Centuries. He also holds an STC Certificate in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater, a Graduate Certificate in Acting from UC Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in Art from Reed College.

Dr. Blaney has contributed essays and reviews to Oxford University Press, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, New England Theatre Journal, and The Gay and Lesbian Review, Worldwide. His recent scholarly work explores the historical use of theater and performance in the construction of group/individual identity. By examining performance as an instigator of community and social transformation, Dr. Blaney’s academic writing argues for the socio-political relevance of drama, dance, and other forms of artistic expression.

As an actor, Darren has performed at Andrews Living Arts in Fort Lauderdale, the California Shakespeare Festival, the New Conservatory Theater, Berkeley’s Shotgun Players, Shakespeare Marin, and at the Seaver Theater. In L.A. County, he was fortunate to act in the 30th anniversary production of Luis Valdez’ Zoot Suit, directed by Alma Martinez, an original cast member of the infamous 1978 Mark Taper Forum production. Darren trained intensively in ‘long form improvisation’ at Bay Area Theater Sports, and in Meisner technique with Ian McRae, former head acting instructor at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse.

Darren’s solo works and plays have been produced in the Bay Area at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, Phoenix Theatre, Exit Stage Left, The Marsh, Works San Jose, City College, Shotwell Studios, the Santa Cruz Chautauqua Festival, and The Broadway Playhouse. In Los Angeles, he presented original work at Highways Performance Space and at homo-centric, a monthly reading series for GLBTQ authors. His directing credits include Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July and Minatory Mansion by LaTiana Culbreath.

In addition to his work in theater and academia, Darren is a Red Cross-Certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, and has taught swimming to hundreds of students of all ages in South Florida, from toddlers to seniors.




“Queering ethnicity and shattering the disco: Is there an enduring gay ethnic dance?” forthcoming in Dance and Ethnicity, ed. Anthony Shay, Oxford University Press, 2015.

“1964: The Birth of Gay Theatre at the Caffe Cino.” The Gay and Lesbian Review, Worldwide, Jan/Feb 2014.

“Queering the Domestic and Domesticating the Queer: Utopian Genealogies in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July.” New England Theatre Journal, Volume 22, 2011.

“The AIDS Show Broke the Silence.” The Gay and Lesbian Review, Worldwide, March/April 2011.


Performance Review of Tim Miller’s Lay of the Land. (Theatre Journal, Volume 64, Number 4, December 2012, ed. Sarah Bay-Cheng)

Book Review of Robert A. Schanke’s Queer Theater and the Legacy of Cal Yeomans. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. (Modern Drama, Volume 56, Number 4, Winter 2013, ed. Nick Salvato)

Book Review of Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre, edited by Norma Bowles and Daniel-Raymond Nadon. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. (The Gay and Lesbian Review, Worldwide, Oct/Nov 2013, ed. Richard Schneider)

Phone: 305-284-5659

E-mail: d.blaney@miami.edu