Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987) is an American actor, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is also a founding member and co-owner of StarKid Productions, a musical theater company based in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his portrayal of Blaine Anderson, an openly gay high school student, on the Fox television series Glee. Criss first garnered attention playing the lead role of Harry Potter in StarKid's musical production of A Very Potter Musical. The theater troupe made Billboard history when Me and My Dick, featuring original songs and music co-written by Criss, became the first charting student-produced musical recording, landing at No. 11 on the Top Cast Albums chart in 2010. The following year, they debuted at No. 1 on the same chart with the album Starship, solely written and composed by Criss.