Darren Criss On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets

Darren Criss

Darren Criss was set to star in American Buffalo at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway from March 24 through July 12, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this production has been postponed.

Darren Everett Criss was born on February 5, 1987 in San Francisco, California. He is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor and singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for his TV roles as Blaine Anderson on Fox’s hit musical series “Glee” and as Andrew Cunanan in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

Criss attended Stuart Hall for Boys and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory (graduating in 2005) in San Francisco and he went on to study at the University of Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009, majoring in Theater Performance and minoring in Italian and Musicology.

Criss began his career on the stage in the San Francisco area, appearing in regional productions for 42nd Street Moon and the American Conservatory Theater, among others. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he co-founded a musical theater company by the name of StarKid Productions with a few of his classmates and enjoyed particular success with their productions of A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, and A Very Potter Senior Year (based on the Harry Potter novels), as well as Me and My Dick.

Criss made his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch in the musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in January 2012. He would return to the Great White Way to assume the titular role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre from April through July 2015 and would reprise the role in the San Francisco and Los Angeles engagements of the production’s National Tour in October and November of 2016.

In addition, Criss is also credited as a co-founder of Elsie Fest, New York City’s annual outdoor music festival dedicated to show tunes, which has been in existence since 2015.

In television, following his role as Josh Burton on ABC’s “Eastwick,” Criss shot to global stardom after landing the role of Blaine Anderson in Fox’s smash hit musical series “Glee.” He would star in a total of 90 episodes from 2010 through 2015 and he even earned his first Emmy Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics’ in 2015 for penning the original song “This Time” for the series finale.

Aside from his work on “Glee,” Criss earned great critical acclaim in 2018 for his performance as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the second season of the anthology series “American Crime Story” (subtitled 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace') on FX, winning both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Television Movie.’

He made his feature film debut in 2012’s “Girl Most Likely” and other notable television credits include the role of Music Meister on The CW’s “Supergirl” and “The Flash” (2017), Justin in FX’s “American Horror Story” (2015), and Toby Phillips in the web series “Little White Lie” (2009). He has also worked extensively in voiceover, including the roles of Raphael in “Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2019), Sideswipe in “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” (2014-17), Sutemaru in “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (2013), and Katayama in “The Wind Rises” (2013).

Criss was scheduled to return to Broadway to star opposite Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell in a star-studded revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo at the Circle in the Square Theatre from March 24 through July 12, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this production has been postponed.