Director, choreographer, dancer and performer Darius Barnes has died at the age of 34. As an actor, Darius’ six Broadway productions include Mean Girls, Memphis, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Revival Kiss Me Kate, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Spider-Man: Closing the Dark and Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella . In addition to performing on Broadway, Darius is an associate choreographer for Kimberly Akimbo’s off-Broadway musical adaptations. He made his Off-Broadway debut in The New Group’s revival of Sweet Charity.
His other plays include The Guthries A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and the Memphis National Tour Opening, The Sting (World Premiere, Papermill Playhouse), How To Succeed In Business without really Trying (JFK Center), Sky The Cabin (Encore in New York City Centre!), La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed Opera House), My Paris (Long Quay Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage), Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Anastasia The Musical , Hazel’s readings and workshops: America’s new maid of music, Souzatska and Superfly.
Darius also served as associate executive producer, associate creative director, choreographer, writer and editor for the first Antonio Awards. On TV, Darius has appeared in music videos and has appeared on Good Morning America, Halston, Katy Keene, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Year’s Eve with John Legend, One Night Only: Best of Broadway, Smash, The Today Show, and the Tony Awards .
As an educator, he has served on the staff and jury of Move (NYC) and the American Ballet Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Alumni Advisory Council. He has taught master classes at the Broadway Dance Center, Baltimore Art Institute, Broadway Collective, and Operation Triple Threat.
Darius has trained at the Baltimore Art Institute, Kirov Ballet Academy, Chautauqua Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.