From theatre to independent film, Dara’s set design credits include HARD TIMES by Larry Kirwan, directed by Kira Simring, produced by the Nancy Manocherian and the cell theatre; MARTIN: A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL Charles Strouse music/lyrics, Leslie Lee playwright, Jeffrey Moss director, produced by Negro Ensemble Company; CABARET ÉMIGRÉ Charles Wheldon, playwright Sophia Romma, produced by Negro Ensemble Company; DEFENSES OF PRAGUE Leslie Lee director, Sophia Romma playwright, produced by La Mama; WHY DO FOOL$ FALL IN LOVE? Wayne Cilento director, Tina Andrews & Stanley Bennett-Clay playwrights.
Film production design includes: John Leguizamo’s FUGLY! Alfredo de Villa director; HE’S WAY MORE FAMOUS THAN YOU Michael Urie director; CERTAINTY Peter Askin director, Mike O’Malley writer; DEATH IN LOVE Boaz Yakin director & writer, Joseph Zolfo producer; I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY Nia Vardalos director & writer; A VERY SERIOUS PERSON Charles Busch director & writer, Daryl Roth producer. Live event design includes SUPERBOWL, TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, U.S. OPEN GOLF TOURNEMENT and many others. Originally trained in fine art and dance, Dara performed with her mentor Dianne McIntyre, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., David Esbjornson, Richard Gonzalez and toured her original performance dance art in the U.S. and Canada.