"A Presenter of Theater Arts to the New York Community Since 1987."

Actor Darryl L. Lacy began his directing and producing career in 1984. Three years later in 1987, he founded DARRYL LACY (DL) PRODUCTIONS in Harlem, New York and directed and produced various productions including Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, which he scripted; and provided career opportunities for a host of producers, directors, writers, performing and visual artists, designers, technicians, and educators, and has influenced the development of businesses and other theater companies, since its inception.

Johnson Preparatory School (JPS) honored Lacy with an Achievement in the Arts award in 1991. The following year, in 1992, JPS recommended him for the acknowledgement he received during a benefit at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall for his success as the founder and producing director of DL PRODUCTIONS.

In 2001, Lacy earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in performing arts management from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. As a MFA candidate, he worked for the Non-Traditional Casting Project, Inc. (NTCP), an advocacy organization with the purpose of addressing and seeking solutions to problems of racism and exclusion in theater, film, and television. NTCP was the site of his residency and subject of his thesis.

Lacy attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the State University College at Buffalo, in his hometown. He is also a past enrollee at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

In 2011, the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) honored Lacy for, his leadership and connecting culture with community. A member since 2009, he started the Harlem Arts Alliance Theatre Interest Group of theater producers, directors, managers, performing artists, and dramatic writers, in 2011. He was appointed to the advisory board of the Upper Manhattan Arts Service Team, a collaboration between HAA and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, created to enhance the delivery of technical assistance to artists and arts organizations throughout northern Manhattan.

In addition to his career in the arts, Lacy is an ordained deacon and a social worker. From December 2012 to October 2013, he worked with the Hurricane Related Hotel Case Management Initiative that provided social services and housing assistance to displaced individuals and families of Hurricane Sandy. Lacy received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his valuable contributions to the program. He is a highly experienced case manager professional with over thirty years of social services expertise working with diverse populations including: families, single men and women; homelessness; substance abuse; mental health; and HIV/AIDS.

Lacy began his social work career in 1986 with the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) as a certified caseworker. During his seven years with HRA, he worked for two years in the Special Events Unit where he developed arts and culture activities.

He worked for four years as a community organizer for a not-for-profit in Harlem, where he planned fairs, workshops, and events on the arts, education, employment, health issues, and other topics. Lacy worked in collaboration with the Mayor’s office, elected officials, community boards, law enforcement agencies, national and local organizations, and businesses, to coordinate the activities.

He started at the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) as a case manager in 2006. During his six years with HCCI, Lacy was recognized as Employee of the Month and promoted to senior case manager in his first eleven months. The following year, he received the President’s Award for Employee of the Year.

In 2012, Lacy self-published Nikki G, and received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author. To purchase a copy, click here.

Now he has self-published his second book, How I Conquered New York: The Story of Darryl Lacy Productions, which tells how he developed the company. To purchase a copy, click here.

Photo:Tanzi Johnson