Darren Hengst

Darren Hengst

Theatre, 1999

Actor and entrepreneur

Lycoming’s theatre department undoubtedly helped me flourish in my career.

After Lycoming, I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s three-year MFA Acting Program and graduated in 2003.

I started performing in plays in Philadelphia, but also started working as a carpenter.  I began to refinish old pieces of furniture using non-toxic, earth-friendly paints as a way to help the environment. I now create display units for use in many Whole Foods Market stores, where they carry the line of all natural and organic skin care products that my wife, Jackie, makes. Together, Jackie and I operate Green Pad Living, which manufactures and retails an all-inclusive line of environmentally-friendly home products.

Without my experience building sets at Lycoming, none of this would have been possible.

Aside from managing Green Pad Living, Jackie and I have also devoted our time to creating awareness for autism and coaching parents on recovery efforts.