Darcie Roberts Magino (Co-Founder/Artistic Director/Director of Curriculum)
A legitimate triple-threat, Variety describes the “leggy” Ms. Roberts’ talents as “vulnerable” and “earnest”, able to make a “potent impression” with “superior comic skills.” The Hollywood Reporter calls her “wonderful” and “versatile”. Her portrayals have been called “warmhearted” and “instinctive” by the Houston Chronicle, while her comic turns have been compared to Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, and Carol Burnett by critics around the country. The Philadelphia Inquirer said that “Darcie has a winning freshness, a sturdy singing voice and an uncommonly intelligent way with a lyric” and Tommy Tune called Darcie’s singing, dancing, and acting a “dream”.
Ms. Roberts made her Broadway debut at 19 in the Tony Award winning musical, Crazy For You. She was the standby for the leading roles of Polly, Irene and Tess. In her stint she stood by for Jodi Benson (Voice of The Little Mermaid) and Broadway Star Karen Ziemba. Darcie co-starred opposite Tommy Tune in the pre-Broadway tour of Busker Alley, featuring music by Disney legends, The Sherman Brothers. During this time she earned critical acclaim originating the leading song and dance role of Libby St. Alban. Soon after Darcie went on to create the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie for NYC’s NAMT Festival. Ms. Roberts also appeared in leading roles in the original Broadway productions of Dream, Aida, and Curtains. She originated the iconic role of Lola, starring in the First National (pre-Broadway) Tour of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. For Center Theatre Group Los Angeles, Darcie was a member of the Pre-Broadway productions of Leap of Faith (Rita) and Curtains (Roberta) and appeared in a tribute to Carl Reiner in Enter Laughing. Darcie toured the country receiving outstanding reviews as Millie in the First National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She also starred in the European Tour of 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer and in the First National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Aspects of Love. Ms. Roberts has been nominated for and received multiple awards for her work and starred in countless productions throughout the country. Darcie appeared on PBS' Live From Lincoln Center, starring Sutton Foster. She has guest starred in Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series with Jeanine Tesori and again with Sutton Foster. In concert, she has appeared as a guest star in evenings with Jason Robert Brown, Bea Arthur and Angela Landsbury and has headlined with the Memphis Symphony and Phoenix Symphony. She can be heard on the original Broadway cast recording of Curtains and original cast recordings of The Winter Wonderettes and Billion Dollar Baby. Darcie has also done vocal studio work for Disney, HBO, and Radio City Music Hall. While she didn’t get the chance to perform due to conflicts with other jobs, she has been cast three times as a World-Famous Rockette for NYC’s Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular!
Darcie has worked extensively at regional theatre all across the country as well as in Southern California. She got her professional start at Music Theatre Wichita in Wichita, Kansas where she spent several summers in the resident ensemble and played many roles. In fact, Darcie often took her 2 week vacation from her Broadway show to return to Music Theatre Wichita to play a role in their summer season. She strongly feels that the mentoring she received while working with so many wonderful professional artists at MTWichita and other regional theaters is what truly prepared her to be a working artist.
As a voice teacher and mentor, many of her students have gone on to achieve outstanding goals- whether it’s acceptance in University, playing a lead role in a hit Broadway musical or Pre-Broadway Developmental Workshops, or appearing as a Top 10 finalist on the Voice.
Darcie and Troy Magino have been married over 20 years and they have 4 awesome kiddos.
Troy Magino (Co-Founder/Director of Operations/Vision Advisor)
Troy began performing while in high school appearing in commercials, tv, and live at Disney World and Universal Studios Florida. After performing at Tokyo Disneyland, Troy received a Dance Scholarship from the critically acclaimed Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. While in Pittsburgh Troy starred in contemporary dance works choreographed by Hubbard Street Dance and ballets produced by Pittsburgh Ballet. Upon moving to New York, Troy worked consistently in the industry performing in over 40 AEA productions, 3 First National Broadway Tours, several special events, and live productions. Troy also performed with The World Famous Rockettes for 10 years at the fabled Radio City Music Hall.
He has worked with Michael Mayer (Tony Award Winning Director), Rob Ashford (Tony Award Winning Choreographer), Wayne Cilento (Tony Award Winning Choreographer), Barry Manilow (Grammy, Emmy, Tony Award winner), Jeanine Tesori (Tony Nominee), Peggy Hickey (Tony nominee), David Warren, John Carrafa (Tony Nominee), Karma Camp, Robert Longbottom (Tony Nominee), John Dietrich, Linda Haberman. He was a member of the original FOSSE Workshop with Chet Walker and Gwen Verdon. Mr. Magino has appeared in dozens of SAG commercials, industrials, television, live events and music videos working with LL Cool J, 98 Degrees, Martina, McBride, Montel Jordan, Pussy Cat Dolls, Enrique Iglesias, Wayne Brady, Alan Menken, Nellie, Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys) and more.
After 20+ years as a performer, Troy made a creative transition to choreography, direction, and creative development. HIs work as a Director and Choreographer has won critical acclaim resulting in nominations and awards for numerous theaters across the country. Including receiving two nominations for NAACP awards in LA (Best Direction, Best Choreography). He has served in multiple capacities for live events in high profile venues and high profile clients as Creative Director, Director, Choreographer, and performer.
As a creative director he has helped to development several entertainment concepts for multiple Disney Parks, live events and industrials. Troy has been an adjunct faculty member for the theatre and dance departments of University of California, Irvine (Musical Theatre Dance), and University of Southern California (Theatre, Experimental Theatre and Choreography). Besides teaching at UCI and USC Troy has Directed and Choreographed several award-winning regional theatre productions, youth program productions for regional theatre companies and taught numerous master classes across the country. Many of his students have gone on to perform on Broadway, TV, Film, and Commercials.
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