Darrin Hagen is the author of the book and play The Edmonton Queen: Not A Riverboat Story, which won the Sterling Award for Outstanding New Fringe Work, and is now being taught in universities across the country.
He appears (almost) daily on AccessTV's Help!TV, seen nationally on Canadian Learning Television. He is also the host/ess of a new series on gender for the LIFE Network entitled Who's On Top?, for which he was awarded the AMPIA Award for Best Male Host.
Other plays by Darrin Hagen are: Tranny, Get Your Gun, Li'l Orphan Tranny, Men Are Stoopid/Women Are Cra-azy and most recently Tranne Of Green Gables, and PileDriver!, which received its American premiere in Seattle in September. His favourite, and the biggest hit of all the plays he has written so far, is called Tornado Magnet: A Salute to Trailer Court Women.
Hagen has become a much sought-after keynote speaker, addressing issues of sexuality, gender, transgender, as well as their implications in a hetero normative social structure. He has been involved with Edmonton's Grant MacEwan Community College as a gender educator for the nursing/human sexuality courses. He has traveled all over Alberta consulting with the Child Welfare community on coping with issues relevant to gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
Hagen has now been "out", not just as a gay man but as a radical gender warrior and drag artiste, in all national media, for more than a decade. Eloquent in his politics, passionate and ferocious in debate, controversial and quotable, Hagen challenges all assumptions about gays, about transgenders, and about the politics of art.
He is the first Canadian Drag Queen to host a national television series, as well as being the only human to ever be voted both Sexiest Man AND Sexiest Woman in Edmonton (for several years running!). Hagen's life and career stand as a challenge to the generally accepted code of masculine and feminine roles in his country.
In "Edmonton's Centennial", a list of 100 Edmontonians of the Century, he was the only Queer person on that list. His new TV show (currently in production) is called Culture Quest; it profiles artists and the communities affected by the work they create.