Daryl L. Stewart (he/him/his) is an award-winning actor, director, producer, curator and educator.
His acting credits include memorable roles in productions of Aida, My One and Only, Into The Woods, Five Guys Named Moe, Ragtime, Carousel and Little Shop of Horrors. Most recently, Stewart was featured in a short film adaptation of the Broadway musical, The Gospel At Colonus. His one man show at The Triad Theater, The Beauty That Remains , was nominated for a 2021 Broadway World Award for Best Cabaret.
Inspired by multihyphenates like Billy Porter, Geoffrey Holder and Andre De Shields, Stewart works regularly as a theater maker/actor and director. His directing/choreography credits include productions of Step Show: The Musical (Shepherds University), Hairspray (UCPAC), Hear Her Roar (Newark Symphony Hall), Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone, 13, This Wonderful Life (Luna Stage), An Incomplete History of Broadway (vala/digital), Dear Tina: A Love Letter To Tina Turner (GreenRoom42/Off Broadway), The Amen Corner and Into The Woods (Vanguard). Stewart has worked with Papermill Playhouse, Disney Theatrical Group, The Johnny Mercer Foundation, MASS MOCA, 62 Center for the Arts, Union County Performing Arts Center, Triad Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, Cohoes Music Hall, Newark Museum of Art, Luna Stage Theatre Company and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Most recently, Stewart hosted and executive produced a new live performance series entitled Broadway in the Bricks at the Newark Museum of Art. Stewart also hosted and executive produced The Equality Ball and Halsey Fest, two of New Jersey's biggest festivals.
A passionate educator and arts education advocate, Stewart's speaking engagements include lectures, panels and performances at Williams College, Kean University, Shepherd University, Monmouth University (Conference on Race), NJEA Convention, Art Educators of New Jersey Conference, East Side High School, Cicely Tyson School of the Performing Arts, RISE Academy, Paulo Friere Charter School, North Star Academy, Academy of the Performing Arts at UCTVS, The Pingry School, Mary Help of Christians Academy, Burnet Middle School, Union High School, St. Benedicts Prep and Seton Hall University - School of Law. He is also a sought after teaching artist and facilitator at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Center for Arts Education with 10+ years of experience.
Stewart is the co-founder of Vanguard Theater Company and the founder & CEO of Daryl Stewart Productions, a black owned and operated storytelling and production company. He made history as the Inaugural Theatre Curator of the Newark Arts Festival. Most recently, Stewart serve as Visiting Performing Arts Curator at the Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) - 2022.
He is the recipient of the NJEA Alumni Award of Excellence, Eulace E. Peacock Award, NYU Wasserman Award for Service in the Arts and an Urban League Young Professional Honoree for the Arts. He sits on several boards and advisory councils. Education: NYU (BA/Professional Certificate), NY Conservatory for Drama. Union: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). He can be reached via social media: @thedarylstewart. He lives, works and plays in Newark.