Darien Takle

Stratylis

Darien is a well known actress and singer. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari and has a Diploma of Fine Arts from Auckland University. She has worked in England, Australia, America and New Zealand. Her favourite roles include Edith Piaf in Piaf, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Fantine in the Melbourne production of Les Miserables, The Witch in Into the Woods, Rita in Educating Rita, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and Eva Peron in Evita. She toured England as the rock singer in Godspell and in London started the Centre Theatre Company writing and directing her own plays. She did a season of plays at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester and worked in Steven Berkoff’s New London Theatre
Company. Her solo shows include Darien Takle sings Brecht, and Songs for Lotte, a tribute to Lotte Lenya. Her films include The Lost Tribe, The Ugly, A Song of Good, Heavenly Creatures, Deceit and Gone Up North For A While. She won an AFTA screen award for best actress in the film Xmas. Her many television roles include Louise Carpenter in the Australian series Possession, Both Sides Of The Fence, Marlon Bay, Burying Brian, Typhons People, Shortland Street, 12 Bar Rythmn’n Shoes, Mercy Peak and Xena’s Mum in Xena Warrior Princess. She has always enjoyed performing in fringe theatre namely The Amamus Group, Living Theatre Troupe, and Hen’s Teeth women’s comedy show. She has a passion for Shakespeare, her favourite roles being Cordelia in King Lear, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Gertude in Hamlet. Darien is very happy to be working with Michael and Jennifer again. This is her fifth production with Auckland Theatre Company.

Her name is of Greek origin but this is the closest she has been to Greece.