RESUME

​Darion McCloud is an actor, director, storyteller, educator, arts activist, and children’s literature advocate from Columbia, SC. He is also the founder and Creative Director of  NiA Theatre Company and Story Squad. Darion is also a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow the 2019 recipient of The Jasper Project Theatre Artist of the Year Award. The Andrew Billingsley Award and The Literacy Leader Award both from the University of South Carolina are more recognitions of his work. Darion is a formally trained visual artist who found his way to the stage via telling stories where he has acted and taught for over twenty years. Darion enjoys crafting theatre, telling and art experiences for the old, young, the initiated and the un-initiated.This can happen in environments as varied as classrooms, corporate settings, libraries, campfires and theatres. Darion has committed his life to the transforming power of art.
Community Partners

Homeless Helping Homeless


Columbia Housing Authority


Richland Library


South Carolina State Library


Columbia Museum of Art


Richland School District One


Richland School District Two


29203 Coalition


University of South Carolina Athletics


Muscular Dystrophy Association


Charleston Public Library

South Carolina Arts Commission

Kershaw County School District

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Historic Columbia

South Carolina Philharmonic

Mint Museum


 

Work

experience
 

Professional Affiliations/ Associations

Theatre Acting  Credits

 

 

The Carnival of the Animals The Gift that Ran Away

         Darion

 South Carolina Philharmonic

 Richland School Distric One

 

 

 

Br’er Rabbit

 

         Anansi

     

NiA Company/Columbia

Children’s Theatre

 

Rumplestiltskin

         Miller

 Columbia Children’s Center

 

The Whipping Man

         Simon      

NiA Company

 

 

Gem of the Ocean

 

       Caesar              

 

Trustus Theatre

 

Jesus Hopped the A Train

       Lucius Jenkins

NiA Company

 

 

Othello

 

       Othello

 

South Carolina

Shakespeare Co.

 

Topdog/Underdog

       Lincoln

NiA Company/Piccolo Spoleto

 

Raisin in the Sun

       Walter Lee

Workshop Theatre

 

The White Problem

       Other

Univ. of South Carolina/Piccolo Spoleto                                                      

 

Ma’ Rainey’s Black Bottom

       Levee

Trustus Theatre

 

 

Much Ado About Nothing

 

       Don Pedro

 

South Carolina Shakespeare Co.

 

 

 

Dutchman

 

        Clay

Trustus Theatre

Two Trains Running

 

        Holloway

Trustus Theatre

 

Boys in the Band

        Bernard

Trustus Theatre

 

Happy Ending

         Junebug

Trustus Theatre

 

 

Directing Credits

 

 

Br’er Rabbit

 

NiA / Columbia Children’s Theatre

The Whipping Man

 

NiA

Our Lady of 121st Street

 

NiA / Trustus Theatre

…whisper…the movies…

 

NiA

Fat Pig

 

NiA / Trustus Theatre

Intimate Apparel

 

NiA / Trustus Theatre

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

 

NiA / Trustus

WHATCHAMACALLIT

NiA / Trustus Theatre

 

Storytelling Credits

 

Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

 

Lexington County Library System

      Francis MarionUniversity

Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Festival

 

University of South Carolina

     Benedict College

Patch Work Storytelling Festival

 

South Carolina’s Governor’s Mansion

      Gullah Festival

Griot Gathering

Tellabration

      Florence County

      Library System

 

 

 

 

NiA Company- Creative Director

 

Story Squad-Creator-Captain

 

Trustus Theatre-Company Member

 

S.C. Shakespeare Company-Company Member

 

Vice President Friends of African American Art Affiliate of Columbia Museum of Art

 

Diversity Fellow, Riley Institute

Education

B.A. University of South Carolina- Art Studio

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