Darlene studied at City University Of New York, The Lee Strasberg Institute and she's a lifetime member of "The Actor's Studio."
Her acting career began on the small screen with the contract role of "Anita Santos" on All My Children. From there her work included Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, Nip/ Tuck, Las Vegas, Medium, Ugly Betty, Bones, Criminal Minds, Strong Medicine, Soccer Moms (pilot), How I Met Your Mother, Trauma, A Gifted Man and more.
Darlene's film credits include Starsky & Hutch, the German comedy 100 Pro, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Star Trek under the direction of J.J. Abrams and more.
I have over 20 years of experience both acting and coaching. I will teach the student how to read a script and bring a character to life. The importance of memorization and how to develop their muscle memory. This is especially important in the world of television. Auditions sometimes come in the night before and the actor has to learn how to prepare quickly and effectively. This can be challenging at first but like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get. The key is to learn how to create truth under imaginary circumstances in a short amount of time.
I have a fully equipped shooting studio specifically for tapping auditions. I will teach the student about lighting, camera shots, camera eyeline, wardrobe, make-up, hair and relaxation. For example, if a student has an audition that has to be put on tape, I will coach and rehearse with them infront of the camera until he or she feels connected with the character.
I shoot the scene until we get the best performance. Afterwards, I edit the scene and send it to the student. If you’re interested in acting for Film or Television, It's imperative to learn how to work freely and truthfully infront of the camera.
Darlene is absolutely amazing. You can tell the quality and amazing work ethic she has just by the way she speaks about acting. She is very dedicated to the craft which is great because she is able to correctly teach you all the must-knows needed to become a terrific actor. Darlene is very professional and showed me the right way to prepare for and act in an audition. I’ve been wanting to be an actor for as long as I can remember and Darlene is finally there for me when no one else seems to be. I believe that Darlene and I met for a reason, not by coincidence. If you want an experienced, educated, terrific, and magnificently kind person to teach you, Darlene is your girl!
It is *deliciously* DELIGHTFUL to work with Darlene! The foundation for my experience with Darlene is my first-hand experience with her on-screen TALENT as Anita Santos, the enthralling *Classic Ingénue* on *All My Children" and continues in my education from her: in Drama and Inner Character and Outer Personality (both on and off stage and screen): in Multiple Dimensions! I reached out to Darlene socially as a Fan a few years ago and then professionally once she offered on screen and stage Coaching. I admire Darlene's portrayal of Anita, whose Character and Personality (and hopefully even * Interior and Exterior BEAUTY* ;) ) I originally coincide with, and I even attempted to *become* Anita in real life. I am sweet, innocent, romantic, and academically accomplished like Anita. When finding out that Anita earned Straight A's in High School, I was further inspired to become academically successful (though I now realize that it is better to focus on learning than the academic evaluation). Hence, Anita is a lovely Role Model for an Academic Achiever. :) Darlene emphasizes finding your own Self in each Character you enact; an approach that is successful for me. She reflected on how she merged her own self with Anita and guided me to do the same with a Character I was working on. Henceforth, I passionately and confidently recommend Darlene as an Acting Coach!