Darren Mapes - Singing

Darren is a graduate from Southern Cross University – BA (Contemporary Music).  He is an experienced Actor, Singer and Musician, who, has over 20 years professional experience in the performing arts.  It is his versatility as a performer that has made him one of Australia’s most sought after vocal coaches.

Darren has coached many Music Theatre performers, Band Singers and recording artists.  Some of successful clients have been cast in Frozen, Hamilton, Shrek, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, School of Rock, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, The Body Guard, Wicked, Guys & Dolls, Mamma Mia, Cats, Catch Me If You Can, Matilda, Les Miserables, Strictly Ballroom, The Lion King, Fiddler On The Roof, The Boy From Oz, Dirty Dancing,  and many more.

He has worked as an accompanist/musical director for the likes of Casey Donovan, Debora Krizak, Tamara Jaber, Mary Kiani, Belinda Chapple, Jacinta Gulisano, & David Campbell.

Darren Regularly performs and is the creator/writer/performer in one of Australia’s most loved and successful Cabaret shows “The Carpenters From Kempsey”, which has toured Nationally and throughout Asia.  He starred alongside Casey Donovan, Hayley Jensen, Paulini & Doug Williams in the NSW tour of “Back To Bacharach”.  He appeared in Neil Gooding and Matthew Henderson’s production of “Thank You For Being A Friend”, and regularly works as a solo artist and piano bar entertainer.  

For around 12 years Darren was Head of Singing/Acting, and course co-ordinator for the Diploma in Musical Theatre at Brent Street in Sydney.  He was co-founder and director, along with Linda Nagle, of “Sing Over King” in Newtown, for 7 years, and continues to provide specialist coaching for many talented professionals, HSC students, and talented young singers.