Darin L. Jolliffe-Haas, a Hoosier transplant in the Buckeye state, is a music educator, playwright-composer, music arranger, novelist, and musical theatre director. This adoptive father of five sons lives in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. The five sons, most adopted when they were 12, now in their twenties and thirties, are on their own in careers and/or college. Darin lives in the Cape Cod house on Shroyer Road with his his four pooches Chief, Erma, Bailey, and Harrigan.
Darin is currently juggling several projects: a historical novel, plus finishing work on a musical project about Wilbur, Orville and Katharine Wright. He has also written Love Is Eternal: Mary Todd & Abraham Lincoln and is beginning research on his next project, Willkie Day, a musical about Wendell Willkie’s triumphant return to his hometown to accept the 1940 Republican nomination for president.
When not teaching or writing, Darin keeps busy attending his students’ productions and concerts, visiting various historical sites (his one son had a bumper sticker made: “Caution. I brake for historical markers!”), reading historical novels, hiking with his sons and dogs, swimming, visiting his family in Indiana, and spending several days in The Outer Banks.
Thanks for visiting Darin’s world and learning about his life in The Miami Valley.