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Biography

An accomplished arts manager and former charity executive, Darren began his career in theatre management playing an integral role in the opening of The Lowry and Waterside in Sale, as well as taking management roles at the Palace Theatre Manchester and Leeds Grand Theatre.

Following this, Darren became Deputy Chief Executive for the charity Manchester Pride, delivering one of the UK’s most complex urban events. He lead the organisations artistic policy, by way of content, event creation, artists and overall creative output and also developed and delivered the charities marketing/communications strategies and financial management.

During his time with the charity, he built strong links with arts partners and developed the cultural offering of Pride Fringe and Superbia; programming artistic content, commissioning new work and supporting grassroots arts projects.

Working under Rough Sketch Productions, Darren offered consultancy and management services to festivals, events and arts projects, which saw him supporting major events, such as Kendal Calling, Parklife and the Isle of Wight Festival, alongside boutique events such as Eroica Britannia, Shout Festival and Forgotten Fields. 

Darren has staged events on moving trams, underneath Concorde and in a working laundrette. Notable credits include Artistic direction/producer for Refract Festival at Waterside, Producer for The Community Centre (2016) dir. John Klark, written by Nicola Gardner, Producer of Ain't it Queer: Manchester Comedy Festival (2008), award-winning Rough Sketch Comedy Club (various), Metrolink Sessions: Jam on a Tram (2014), Supersonic (2012/13) and UK production management for Margarita Pracatan’s Stranger in the Night (2012).

Darren also remains as an advisory member of Superbia; Manchester Pride’s annual programme of culture.

Darren heads up the team at Waterside in Trafford; an award-winning cultural venue, leading the artistic programme and strategic vision.