James Darrah

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American director, production designer, and visual artist James Darrah is committed to new collaborative projects within the mediums of opera, theater, musical theater, and film. He recently made his Chicago Opera Theater directorial and design debut with an acclaimed production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée (Medea). Direction + design includes projects with OperaUCLA, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, National Children's Chorus, and SCA Gallery in LA, as well as assistant/associate work with The Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, Central City Opera, Opera Cleveland, and The Metropolitan Opera at The Juilliard School.

He was an apprentice in directing/design with the Croatian National Theatre and the Split Summer Festival and trained as an assistant and associate with directors Stephen Wadsworth and Peter Kazaras. Upcoming work includes projects with Chicago Opera Theater, OperaUCLA, Cornish Opera Theater in Seattle, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a return to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and the launch of the Camden Stage Festival in Maine, of which he is artistic director. MFA: UCLA Theater, Film, and Television. He is in pre-production for his first feature film Wingstroke, and is the recipient of the James Pendleton Foundation grant, the George Burns/Gracie Allen scholarship (UCLA) and the Princess Grace Award in Theater.

James Darrah Photos


[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2000
Rev. Henry T. Dobson


Billy Crocker (Understudy) [Replacement]

Musicals in Mufti Concert, 1998

Broadway Revival, 1995
Ambrose Kemper

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1987

James Darrah Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Stage Manager

James Darrah News

Opera Philadelphia to Honor Outgoing General Director David B. Devan With Fundraising Event

Opera Philadelphia honors outgoing General Director David B. Devan with a special fundraising event on March 9. The event celebrates Devan's contributions to the company and his commitment to new and innovative works.

Jessica Vosk And TikTok's Dylan Mulvaney Sing Songs Of Laurel Canyon January 26 In The Segerstrom Concert Hall

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present California Dreamin': Jessica Vosk Sings the Songwriters of Laurel Canyon, coming to Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on January 26, 2024 at 8 PM.

Long Beach Opera World Premiere Of ISOLA At The Compound Long Beach, February 3, 10, 11

ISOLA–a prismatic meditation on time, mental health and isolation– is the new opera by composer Alyssa Weinberg with a text by poet J. Mae Barizo that launches Long Beach Opera's 2024 Season.

VIDEO: Watch Jessica Vosk Returns To Segerstrom January 26th

Jessica Vosk returns to Segerstrom to make up her postponed concert, originally scheduled for Friday, September 29 on Friday, January 26 at 8 pm. See a clip from her last performance at the venue.

Long Beach Opera Announces Gift of $1.25 Million from Carol Richards, $100,000 Grant from Perenchio Foundation and More

​​​​​​​Long Beach Opera announces that it has received the largest single gift in the company's history of $1.25 million from long-time Board member Carol Richards. Richards served on LBO's Board from the company's inception in 1979 until her passing in 2021, at which time she included Long Beach Opera in her estate plans with this historic gift, which recently came to fruition.

Long Beach Opera Receives 1.25 Million Gift From Carol Richards

Long Beach Opera announces a generous gift of $1.25 million from Carol Richards. Major donations and grants are also announced, and single tickets are now on sale.

Arizona Opera Reveals Casts and Creative Teams for 2023/24 Season Productions

Get the inside scoop on the cast members and creative teams for Arizona Opera's highly anticipated 2023/24 season productions. Discover the talented individuals bringing these performances to life.

Jessica Vosk and Mandy Patinkin Come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The season will start with Broadway vocal sensation Jessica Vosk, known for her knockout performances in Wicked and Fiddler on the Roof, singing a program called California Dreamin’ on Friday, September 29 at 8 PM. Then Emmy Award® and Tony Award®-winning star Mandy Patinkin is in concert with Being Alive with Adam Ben-David on Piano on Thursday, November 2 at 8 PM.

Long Beach Opera Announces Marjorie Beale As President Of Their Board Of Directors

Long Beach Opera announces the appointment of Marjorie Beale as their new President of the Board of Directors, effective June 28, 2023.

Michael Feinstein & More to Perform at Tanglewood in July

Learn who is performing at Tanglewood July 10-23!

Long Beach Opera's THE RECITAL Runs At The Art Theatre 4th Steet Long Beach, June 24-25

For its second annual LB Opera & Film Festival, Long Beach Opera presents THE RECITAL; a day's worth of expansive programming that explores the intersection of film and opera with new live stagings and a robust and unexpected slate of filmic content that breaks through the boundaries between these two mediums of art.

Review: Jessica Vosk Pure Medical Grade Magic In CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' at 92NY

It’s one thing to be a good singer.  It’s one thing to be a great singer.  But what Jessica Vosk did on the stage today went beyond good or great.

Photos: Long Beach Opera's THE FEAST Premieres With Genre-Defying Performances

The Feast, a world premiere reinvention of a baroque banquet envisioned by Long Beach Opera and inspired by G. F. Handel’s opera Alessandro, received its world premiere with performances May 20 and 21, 2023. See photos from inside the event. 


The Lyrics and Lyricists 2022/23 season will close with California Dreamin’: Jessica Vosk Sings the Songwriters of Laurel Canyon on June 2, 4 and 5, an intimate exploration of the legendary icons of California’s Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Long Beach Opera Presents THE FEAST This Month

THE FEAST is a world premiere reinvention of a baroque banquet inspired by G. F. Handel’s opera Alessandro, featuring wide-ranging operatic and orchestral works from Handel’s repertoire in an evening-length experience that merges opera, dance, theater, and cuisine.

Music Academy's 2023 Summer Season Presents Eight Weeks of Live Events in Santa Barbara

The Music Academy, formerly known as the Music Academy of the West, and now in its 76th season, celebrates the “Summer of the Artist” with eight weeks of live events at its picturesque Miraflores campus and throughout scenic Santa Barbara, California (June 12–Aug 5). Learn more about the lineup here!

Alysha Umphress, Max Von Essen & More to Star in JUDY ON TV!: CELEBRATING 'THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW'

Lyrics and Lyricists is presenting Judy on TV!: Celebrating “The Judy Garland Show,” looking at Garland’s iconic talent through the lens of her landmark 1963-64 weekly television broadcasts. See how to purchase tickets!

Oratorio Society Of New York Presents Bach's Mass In B Minor At Carnegie Hall, May 8

The Oratorio Society of New York, led by Music Director Kent Tritle, concludes its 2022-23 season with a performance of J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor on Monday, May 8, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

Lyrics & Lyricists Presents WHAT'S GOING ON: SONGS OF CHANGE This March

Lyrics and Lyricists presents What's Going On?: Songs of Change on March 25, 26 and 27. What's Going On was created and conceived by Warren Adams (Motown: The Musical) and Michael O. Mitchell (MJ: The Musical ) as a theatrical concert exploring the work of Black songwriters and artists whose music is an essential part of the American Songbook and has played an integral role in the country's culture.

Long Beach Opera Presents the World Premiere of THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE

Continuing an important tradition of presenting groundbreaking new works, Long Beach Opera will present the world premiere in February of 2023 of Kate Soper’s fantastical and darkly comic opera The Romance of the Rose. 


James Darrah has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

James Darrah has not appeared in the West End.

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