Dennis Whitehead Darling

Stage Director


Dennis Whitehead Darling makes his NCO as the director for Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s Sanctuary Road.

In 2018, Mr. Darling was selected by Opera Memphis as their Inaugural McCleave Fellow in Directing, a fellowship dedicated to fostering the careers of stage and music directors of color.

His recent directing credits include: La bohème (Opera Columbus), world Premiere of Marian’s Song (Houston Grand Opera), Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Carnegie Mellon University), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Red Mountain Theatre), Independence Eve (Opera Birmingham), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Hattiloo Theatre/Spazio Teatro No’hma – Milan), Jelly’s Last Jam (Hattiloo Theatre), The Parchman Hour (Hattiloo Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Spazio Teatro No’hma – Milan), Intimate Apparel (University of Memphis), Movin’ Up in the World (Opera Memphis), Sunset Baby (Hattiloo Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Circuit Playhouse), Blue Viola (Opera Memphis), Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting (Hattiloo Theatre), Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (Hattiloo Theatre).

Upcoming productions include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, with the Hattiloo Theatre, The Secret River with Opera Orlando, Die Zauberflöte with Pensacola Opera, Stephen Eddins’s chamber opera Why I Live at the P.O. (based on the short story by Eudora Welty) with UrbanArias, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess with the Hattiloo Theatre.  For more information, please visit his website at