PLAYINGwithCRAYONS is a creative platform that produces immersive artistic content meant to highlight the inspirations of diverse, yet shared human experiences. With an innate passion for storytelling, we aim to develop ground-breaking projects and creative content for the screen, stage, and various online platforms. Using a variety of art and culture muses layered with our own defining lived experiences, we curate and produce culturally relevant and distinguished content for a dynamic audience of creative thinkers, innovators, influencers, and thought leaders alike. PLAYINGwithCRAYONS serves to engage and entertain the human spirit with a high level of authenticity, grit, and compassion.
CO-FOUNDER | WRITER | PRODUCER
Using personal experiences, combined with his professional history surrounding Child and Youth Work as a reference, Darren takes a critical view on subject matters that are taboo in his community as a writer. Striving to give others an opportunity to see the complexities and nuances of the world as he has come to understand them, his writing continuously offers authentic narratives that reflect our collective growth and evolution.
SECRETS OF A BLACK BOY was written because as a racialized actor, Darren grew increasingly frustrated with the material he was auditioning for - roles he felt were both one-dimensional and stereotypical. After several years of carrying this, he made the decision to pick up the pen and create something he thought his fellow actors and peers could appreciate and relate to. In being a voice for the unheard and face for the unseen, Darren hopes to share this understanding, through his art, with the world.
CO-FOUNDER | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
With a deep appreciation for art & culture, Shaka has always been drawn to compelling stories that capture the complexities of authentic characters and experiences. Recognizing the independent and collective abilities of both art and culture to inspire, foster collaboration, and develop creative thought, PLAYINGwithCRAYONS is the creative platform through which he intends to bring engaging content and narratives to the forefront, highlighting the diverse connections that ultimately contribute to our shared understanding.