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Founder's Message


The Arts are truly a definite medium for self-expression, creativity, and a means by which people of any socioeconomic background may share precious moments together. In the early 80’s, the desire to provide a theatrical format for artists of color to develop self- expression and creativity stirred deeply in my soul. Thus, as time would allow, the desire grew and Stage Aurora was born. Stage Aurora, theatre that enlightens, aims to build a bridge of understanding, to share our culture with cultures from around the world, to hear the same words that make us all laugh or cry, to applaud and shout in unity.As a professional actor for over 20 years, I have had the privilege to perform on hundreds of stages across the world; to stand on stage as the actor and look out over the audience and experience the sheer surprise in the eyes of the audience as they are treated to words of delight. I hope to share this emotion with you, to greet you in a manner that is sincerely heartfelt, to salute you with dignity and to applaud your words of encouragement and support. It is sound reasoning for Stage Aurora. Reared on the Northside of Jacksonville, music, song and dance gave me discipline, responsibility and self- confidence. There were no bounds to my goals. There were, however, limited resources as the Northside has never hosted a professional theatre for showcasing the Arts. Stage Aurora is an attempt to fill that void.Stage Aurora is here to present the City of Jacksonville with the best in theatrical entertainment we can offer, to be a contributing force to such an already powerful and exciting Arts community. We are here to be inclusive of every nationality, ethnic origin, social history, and religious preference. We are a multicultural family growing and expanding daily. Please accept us with open arms as we strive to create theatre that enlightens.

Peace be unto you, Darryl Reuben Hall

Founder/ Executive Artistic Director



Darryl, a native of Jacksonville, FL, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Florida. Mr. Hall is a member of the following professional acting unions: Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actor’s Guild, American Guild of Variety Artists, and American Guild of Musical Artists. A veteran of the stage, Mr. Hall’s favorite credits include: 


Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at Lincoln Center/ NYCO (PBS Live from Lincoln Center Telecast), Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt (Broadway National Tour), Street Corner Symphony (pre-Broadway Workshop).


Stormy Weather with Leslie Uggams (Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre), Stormy Weather with Phylicia Rashad (AMAS Musical Theatre), Radio City Music Hall Christmas SpectacularCarnegie Hall with Linda Eder and the Broadway Gospel Choir, Three Mo' Tenors (PBS Great Performances and original cast recording), Hallelujah, Baby! (York Theatre Company), The In-Gathering (New Professional Theatre), Café Society (TRIBECA Performing Arts Center). 

Regional Theatre

Man/Preacher in Crowns (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Flick in Violet (Best Actor- Carbonell Award Nomination) and Victor in Smokey Joe's Café (Actor’s Playhouse), Jim in Big River (Lyceum Theatre), Gabey in On The Town (White- Willis Theatre), The Mikado (North Shore Music Theatre and Huntington Theater), High Spirits (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (Crossroads Theatre- Tony Award Winner/ Best Regional Theatre), Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (Alhambra Dinner Theatre), No Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Riverside Theatre).


Aretha Franklin in concert, Daryl Coley in Concert, Orlando Opera Company and Corps de Ballet, Walt Disney World Entertainment with Tommy Tune, Rita Moreno, and John Davidson, Blackbirds of Broadway European Tour, and Sesame Street Live! National Tour.

Film & Television

Law and Order, Down To Earth, Oz, Now And Again, Sex and the City, and The Cradle Will Rock directed by Tim Robbins. 


American Express, Domino’s Pizza, Plavix, Webster Career College, Wet 'N Wild Water Park, Coca- Cola with SEAL.Dot.Com, and Phillip’s 66. 


Drawn from the Water

Teaching Experience

New York Public Schools System Broward Public Schools System Orange County Public Schools 

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Board of Directors


Stage Aurora established Artistic Associates in order to support Founder Darryl Reuben Hall in the theatre’s ongoing artistic excellence, merit and overall quality of programming. Artistic Associates serve as directors, choreographers and musical directors as needed.

Sondra Bonitto – (Broadway’s Ragtime, House of Flowers); Asst. Director and Directed Dreamgirls at Stage Aurora.

Dr. T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh – (TV’s In Living Color, That’s So Raven, Cosby); performed Miss Evers’ Boys, Black to My Roots, and T’Keyah Live! at Stage Aurora.

Roumel Reaux – (Broadway’s The Wiz, Dancin); Directed A Raisin in the Sun, The Wiz, and Crowns at Stage Aurora.

Angela Robinson-Whitehurst – (Broadway: The Color Purple, Wonderful Town, Bells are Ringing, and Play On!); Artistic Consultant and Production Host.


Arnett Greene - State Farm Insurance

Dr. Dolores Hall - Advisor

Edward Hall - Advisor

Atty. Reginald Luster - Registered Agent 


Piotr Korynski - President

Tarana Harper, Aetna -  Secretary

DeWitt Hughes III, Blue Cross Blue Shield - Treasurer

Prof. Howard Denson, FCCJ North Campus (Retired) - Director of Education

Darryl Reuben Hall - Founder

 Jackie Johnson, Vistakon - Director

Joseph Morgan III - Director of Security

Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins - Director

Matt Thompson - Director

Phyllis Wiley, Attorney - Director 

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Production History


Darryl Reuben Hall's Frat House - Amelia Musical Playhouse

July 21-22

The Lion King, Jr. 

July 10-14. Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch. Sponsored in part by the PNC Bank Arts Alive Grant.


Motown Christmas - Amelia Musical Playhouse

Darryl Reuben Hall's Harlem of the South - The Volstead

Dreamgirls - by Henry Krieger

Louis-and-Ella - By Trent Armand Kendall

Darryl Reuben Hall's Harlem of the South - Hick's Auditorium

Darryl Reuben Hall's Frat House - Amelia Musical Playhouse


Darryl Reuben Hall's Frat House - By Darryl Reuben Hall

Annie, Jr.

Steal Magnolias - Mother's Day Weekend Presentation

The Color Purple - By Alice Walker

The Piano Lesson - August Wilson


God's Trombones - By James Weldon Johnson

Little Shop of Horrors - By Alan Menken

The WizBy Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown

7th Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival

The Annual Performing Arts Summer Institute 

The Colored Museum - By George C. Wolfe

Dreamgirls - by Henry Krieger


The Amen Corner - By James Baldwin

A Soldier's Play - By Charles Fuller

3 Divas and a Guy Named Darryl - Featuring Angela Robinson of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots and Darryl Reuben Hall

6th Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival

Crowns - By Regina Taylor


To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Sponsored in part by The NEA Big Read 

The Wiz - By Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown

Featuring Darryl Reuben Hall as THE WIZ 

Annual Performing Arts Summer Institute

Sponsored in part by the Jacksonville Children's Commission 

5th Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival

The Color Purple - By Alice Walker 

It features music and lyrics written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis


3rd Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival - Featuring Artist Ella Joyce in A Rose Among Thorns


Darryl Reuben Hall's Frat House - By Darren Reuben Hall

Driving Miss DaisyBy Alfred Uhry

To Kill A Mockingbird - Lee Harper

3rd Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival - Featuring Tony Award Winner Melba Moore and Spoken Word Artist Daniel Beaty


Darren Reuben Hall's Reality CheckFlorida Theatre

Black Nativity - By Langston Hughes

Apostasy: 360 Degrees - By Noble Lee Lester

2nd Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival


Dream Girls - By Henry Krieger

Black Nativity - By Langston Hughes

2nd Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival - featuring T'Keyah Crystal Keymah in T'Keyah Live!


Disney's High School Musical - 100 Youth Voices Musical Theatre Program

Darryl Reuben Hall's Frat House - Florida Theatre

The Whiz - By Charlie Smalls

1st Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival - featuring T'Keyah Crystal Keymah


Grease - Performing Arts Summer Institute

Great Men of Gospel 

Black Nativity - By Langston Hughes


A Raisin in the Sun - By Lorraine Hansberry

Mahalia - By Tom Stolz

Crowns - By Regina Taylor


Black to my RootsBy Tyrone Young

Cinderella - Performing Arts Summer Institute


Miss Evers’ Boys - By David Feldshuh

Main Stage Series -1st Production

Mama, I Want to Sing - By Vy Higgensen 

Performing Arts Summer Institute - Co-sponsored by FCCJ North Campus

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-Educate 10,000 students
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Stage Aurora Theatrical Company 
P. O. Box 28283
Jacksonville, FL 32218

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