Areas of Expertise

Darryl Wharton-Rigby is an award-winning filmmaker, whose expertise includes screenwriting, production, directing, and narrative visual storytelling.

Teaching Interests

Wharton-Rigby has taught screenwriting, and narrative visual storytelling, as well as entry, intermediate, and advanced-level production courses. He wants to demystify the production and filmmaking process for students and give them an appreciation for film and the history of cinema.


With more than thirty years of production experience in film, television, commercials, and theatre, as well as branded content, Wharton-Rigby is still a working professional. He is currently exploring writing for animation as well as work that explores stories of marginalized communities.  He is an international storyteller and professor who explores the human experience and builds cultural bridges. He is passionate about human and equal rights, LGBTQ issues, immigration, and those who are disenfranchised.

Representative Publications

  • “Crowd Funding Tips For African American Artists." Shadow And Act, 3 Aug. 2012. Web. 09 Aug. 2012.
  • "Spike’s Gotta Kickstart It." Shadow And Act, 26 July 2013. Web. 26 July 2013. 
  • "Death of the Internship." Shadow And Act, 9 July 2013. Web. 9 July 2013. 
  • It Snowed in April – A Filmmaker’s Tribute to Prince." Shadow And Act, 21 April 2016. Web. 16 April 2016. 
  • "What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do If She Sincerely Wants To Make Amends." Shadow And Act, 12 December 2014. Web. 28 May 2014. 
  • "Dr. Maya Angelou Saved My Filmmaking Career." Shadow And Act, 28 May 2014. Web. 28 May 2014. 


MFA in Film Directing Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

BA in History (Writing Minor) Ithaca College

Previous Appointments

  • Associate Professor Film/Graduate Film, Art Center College of Design 2020 – 2022
  • Lecturer, Screenwriting and Animation Program, Morgan State University 2010 -2012

Professional Associations

  • Writers Guild of America, West