Preparing Boys for Life

The Haverford School Best for Boys Speaker Series

Performing Arts: Tools for Life - A Look Behind the Curtain

Presented by Darren Michael Hengst, The Grace and Mahlon Buck Chair in Performing Arts at The Haverford School

Tuesday, May 11, 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual


Join us as we explore how the Performing Arts experience at The Haverford School fosters the life skills of empathy, communication, and connection.

Darren Hengst, The Grace and Mahlon Buck Chair in Performing Arts, will walk you through the many facets of music, theatre and live performance and demonstrate how these artistic endeavors contribute to the development and lifelong success of The Haverford Boy.  

This event will be interactive and virtual. Register below and the Zoom link to join us will be sent prior to the event! 


About the Lecture Series

The Haverford School's Best for Boys speaker series invites the community to learn about topics and practices that help foster the social, emotional, and academic growth of young boys.

The events are free and open to the public.

Past Best for Boys Speakers

Brendon Jobs: How to Be An Upstander

Dr. Pam Greenblatt: The Science Behind Successful Readers

John Urschel: Thinking Quantitatively

Dr. Michael Baime: Mindfulness and the Constricted Spirit

Paul Assaiante: Achieving Success Through Failure

Michael Reichert and Janet Heed: The Boy Behind the Mask

Laurie Bodine and Bill Brady: Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well

Dr. Jay Greytok: Boys to Men

Michael Reichert: Boyhood in the 21st Century

About Darren Hengst

Darren Michael Hengst is a working teacher, actor and fight director in the Philadelphia area. He has been featured in award winning Philadelphia Productions such as Les Miserables (Regional Premiere), Candide (Royal National Theatre Production’s American Premiere), Winesburg, Ohio (East Coast Premiere), Of Mice and Men and Sunday in the Park with George.  Mr. Hengst has also choreographed numerous stage combat scenes for productions with the Arden Theatre Company and the Walnut Street Theatre. 

Mr. Hengst received his MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois’ Professional Actor Training Program. There he had the privilege to train under Tony Award winning Director, Daniel Sullivan as well as Broadway and regional professionals in a broad spectrum of styles. He studied stage combat and other movement techniques under Broadway and National movement specialist, Dr. Robin McFarquhar.

Mr. Hengst is extremely committed to the enhancement of the American Theatre and teaches his students the fundamental tools of acting, directing, and technical theatre while simultaneously instilling a strong work ethic and commitment to the art form.

Mr. Hengst has also spent significant time off stage in scenic shops, control booths and directing productions. He believes to be a well rounded theatre professional, one must have the respect and knowledge of all the facets involved in producing a show.

He currently resides in Haverford, PA with his wife and their three children.