DARREN EDWARD JOHNSTON
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Darren Edward Johnston is a producer, dramaturge, and the Executive Vice-President of No Guarantees. Producing with No Guarantees, he helped bring to the stage the 2019 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Hadestown and was nominated again last year for Tina--The Tina Turner Musical. Off-Broadway (and in his beloved Brooklyn), he is proud to have supported the New York premieres of David Henry Hwang & Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power (Public Theater), Celine Song’s Endlings (New York Theatre Workshop), and Whitney White’s Definition: An Installation Experience (Bushwick Starr).
In 2021, alongside No Guarantees founder Christine Schwarzman, he executive produced the National Theatre’s film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (PBS/Sky), starring Josh O’Connor and
Jessie Buckley, filmed entirely onstage at the National amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Their second stage on film collaboration, Death of England: Face to Face by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, was
broadcast on Sky Arts in Fall 2021.
Additional No Guarantees productions include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus with Nathan Lane, and King Lear with Glenda Jackson. Current and upcoming productions include Company, The Lehman Trilogy, Sing Street, Gun & Powder, and the new musical Goddess, conceived and directed by Saheem Ali, book by Jocelyn Bioh, music and lyrics by Michael Thurber, making its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Prior to joining No Guarantees, he assistant directed Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love at the Roundabout Theatre Company, with Michael Mayer, and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes at the Public Theater, with Tina Landau, whom he also assisted on the pre-Broadway premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical in Chicago. Darren served on the staffs of Tectonic Theater Project and the Public Theater, where he assisted Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in his producing Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Shakespeare in the Park, as well as his leadership of the Public Theater's first capital campaign.
He has developed and directed work with New Dramatists, the Atlantic Theater Company, Ugly Rhino Productions, the Fire This Time Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, Colloquy Collective, the Dirty Blondes, the Brick, the Fresh Fruit Festival, Mastodon Theatre Company, and more.
From 2012-2014, Darren took two years off from working in the theater to work exclusively in Democratic politics, managing local NYC campaigns, organizing and fundraising for national campaigns. When not producing theater, Darren proudly serves as an elder and the Chair of Consistory for Middle Collegiate Church in New York City’s East Village.