Darius Smith is a proud Southern writer heralding from Fuquay-Varina, NC. Trained at New York University (MFA) and Howard University (BMus), his music direction and performance work includes: OFF-BROADWAY: Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (NY City Center), Futurity (ArsNova & Soho Rep), Three Little Birds (New Victory). REGIONAL: Nina Simone: Four Girls (Arena Stage - 2018 Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Outstanding Music Direction), His Eye is On the Sparrow (Portland Center Stage), Jelly's Last Jam (Signature Theater - 2017 Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Outstanding Music Direction) Choir Boy (Marin Theater Company - 2016 SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Award), Raisin (Astoria Performing Arts Center - 2017 Audelco Award), Once on this Island (Olney Theater Center), and many others. His work as a composer/lyricist includes U.G.L.Y., with book by 2017 Jonathan Larson Award winner Michael R. Jackson (Signature Theater SigWorks MT Lab, Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage), Marcus Nate is Alive and Great and Living in Detroit, The Snowy Day (2012 Helen Hayes Nomination, Outstanding TYA Produciton). Other notable awards include: 2017 NY City Center Music Directing Fellowship (with the incomparable Michael Friedman), 2015 Signature Theatre Young Artist Citation, 2015 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Competition Finalist.