Actor | Model | Writer
Young Dara modeling at age 5
Growing up in Buffalo Grove, a Chicago suburb afforded me the opportunity of performing in local theater and starring in several high school productions. After high school, Indiana University became my home and I was able to do some productions at Bloomington Playwrights Project while receiving a degree in Fine Arts. After graduation I completed both iO and Second City Chicago training programs, as well as classes at The Annoyance and Piven Theatre in Chicago and ActorsComedy Studio in Los Angeles.
In Chicago, my study of improv gave me the chance to perform with a number of amazing
groups; including the acclaimed, The Davenports, an improvised soap opera. The Davenports
had a long standing run and was one of few groups that became an offical selection of the 2012
Chicago Sketchfest and the 2012 Kalamazoo Improv Festival.
Chosen to join the short form improv team, Oedipus Sandwich at The ComedySportz Chicago
was a distinct learning opportunity. I also performed at various theaters around Chicago as part
of the dynamic improv groups, Tina with the Weather, The Weather Girls, and WILL.
I had the unique pleasure of being personally asked to participate in two themed shows,
Improvised Twilight Zone and Michael Caineprov (improv using a Michael Caine accent).
As a featured member in a number of sketch shows including Conceit produced by Noble Street
Productions, Major Reservations-Party of 7 at Second City's DeMaat Theatre, and two different
runs of Knuckleball: A Sketch Comedy Revue at Second City's Donny's Skybox, I gained
valuable experience and a passion for sketch comedy.
My voice has been featured in many business’ ads and websites and starred in a weekly live
podcast on Slam Internet Radio entitled, In ILL with Dara and Justin.
In the short time since I have moved to Los Angeles, my distinctive ethnically diverse looks
have opened up possibilities to appear in a supporting role in the film The Job, in numerous
comedy shorts, and on set of many television shows and films, including Kathryn Bigelow's
award winning, Zero Dark Thirty.