Darrin Hagen is an award-winning playwright, composer and drag artiste. He moved to Edmonton in 1982, and was immediately hypnotized by the glamour of the world of Drag, and with his mentor/dragmother, took the nightclub scene by storm, being crowned Mz. Flashback 9, Entertainer of the Year, and Entertainer of the Decade. He then moved his skills into the world of theatre, television, music and literature, where he has worked and created ever since.
He is the author of The Edmonton Queen: The Final Voyage, which won a Sterling Award and was published in book form by Brindle & Glass Publishing. The Edmonton Queen details the life and times of Edmonton’s Underground drag scene in the turbulent 80’s, and has been taught in universities across North America ever since its 1997 publication. Hagen has become a much-sought after speaker for classes that focus on Queer rights and gender diversity, and has donated his time for almost 20 years to speak to classes studying those themes.
Darrin is the Artistic Director of Guys In Disguise, which recently celebrated a quarter-century of creating drag comedies that have toured across North America. Since its inception at the infamous Flashback nightclub in 1987, Guys In Disguise has become Canada’s most enduring Drag Theatre company, with over 36 productions to its credit. He has received 7 Sterling awards for his work in the Edmonton theatre scene, and 30 nominations. Other plays by Darrin include Buddy (nominated for Outstanding New Play); With Bells On (nominated for Outstanding New Play); BitchSlap! (which recently wowed West Hollywood); The Neo-Nancies: Hitler’s Kickline; Tornado Magnet: A Salute to Trailer Court Women (published by Brindle & Glass); PsychoBabble and Dragula (both co-written with Trevor Schmidt); Typhoon Judy (co-written with Christopher Peterson); PileDriver! (co-written with Wes Borg); Men Are Stoopid, Women are Cra-azy (co-written with Chris Craddock).
Guys In Disguise productions, and plays by Hagen, have been viewed in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Fort McLeod, Regina, Meacham, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Orlando, Seattle, Rehoboth Beach, Key West, and West Hollywood.
Darrin has also directed and curated the legendary Loud & Queer Cabaret, which recently had its 20th anniversary, and is the editor of Queering the Way: The Loud & Queer Anthology, a collection of many of the writers that had been mentored by this unique event.
In 2005, Hagen was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century. To the best of his knowledge, he’s the only Drag Queen on that list.