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

Actor Darryl Lacy founded DARRYL LACY (DL) PRODUCTIONS in New York City in 1987 and has directed and produced seven productions since its inception including Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, which he scripted. In 2012, he self published it and received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author.  To purchase a copy, click here.

In addition to the plays for the company, Lacy has directed, In Memory of A Friend, Impromptu, To Friends, and Friends. A total of fourteen since his career began in 1984. During his twenty-nine year career, he has directed and produced a total of seventy-four artists, and provided career opportunities for a host of producers, directors, writers, designers, technicians, and educators. Lacy has influenced the development of Roberto Monticello Productions/Creative Voices Theatre, Out-Reach Production, A Place In The Sun Productions, and Lenis Guess Records, amongst other companies. Johnson Preparatory School (JPS) honored him with an Achievement in the Arts award in 1991. A year later, 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 2011, the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) honored him for, his leadership and connecting culture with community. A member since 2009, Lacy started the Harlem Arts Alliance Theatre Interest Group of producers, directors, theatre 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 April, 2013, HAA invited Lacy to discuss how he self-published the NAACP Image Award Winning book Nikki G at the Shabazz Center in New York, NY, as part of its Arts Development Seminar Series. Lacy read excerpts and discussed Nikki G at the Literary Café of the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC in July-August, 2013.

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, Lacy 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 theatre, film and television. NTCP was the site of his residency and subject of his thesis. NTCP is now the Alliance for the Inclusion in the Arts. Lacy attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the State University College at Buffalo, NY, his hometown. He is also a past enrollee at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Lacy worked for four years as a community organizer for a not-for-profit in Harlem, NY where he planned fairs, workshops, and events on the arts, education, employment, health issues, and other topics. He 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.

Lacy is an ordained deacon. He worked for the New York City Human Resources Administration for seven years as a certified case worker. He started at the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) as a case manager. During his five years with HCCI, he 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.

Lacy is currently working for SCO Family of Services. He started with the Hurricane Related Hotel Case Management Initiative that provided social services and housing assistance to displaced individuals and families of Hurricane Sandy until October 2013. He received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his valuable contributions to the program.

Photo:Tanzi Johnson