Darren Gibson, a dance director, ballet master and musical theatre performer, has rejoined Stephens College for the 2019-20 academic year. He will teach courses and mentor students in the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.

Gibson has been featured in the New York Shakespeare Festival production and Broadway revival of “On the Town” and Broadway production of Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out.” He also has staged ballets for Richmond and Boston ballets, and was a featured performer and resident director/choreographer in London’s West End production of “Fosse.” 

“I’m excited to do what I do with conviction and passion,” Gibson said.

Gibson founded his own studio, the Gibson Academy of Dance in Austin, Texas. He served previously as artistic director of TexARTS Academy and director for the TexARTS Broadway Company, choreographing and directing more than 30 musicals and ballets. As director of the organization’s pre-professional program, Gibson also served as a mentor, coach and educator, preparing students in the education track for careers in the arts. 

Eliot Feld, a renowned modern ballet choreographer, discovered Gibson in their mutual hometown of New York. Gibson was the first student to graduate from The New Ballet School, now called Ballet Tech, where he later worked as principal dancer and ballet master and also served on the board of directors.

Gibson is a former dance instructor in the Texas State University musical theatre department, director of the dance department for Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa Bay, Florida, and artistic director of BTP2.

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