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Theatre Weekend Workshop for Adults

posted Sep 17, 2019, 1:35 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 17, 2019, 1:35 PM ]

Do you have ideas that you know would be great on the stage? Ever wonder what an acting class would be like? Has it been a while since you worked that creative muscle? 

Give yourself a weekend to explore your creative side at the DAC. Work with actor, writer and producer, Gary Betsworth, as he guides participants through a comprehensive approach to “taking that great idea and making it into a play.” 

Members of the class will try traditional theatre exercises, improvisation and devising work. Get to know your fellow artists at a wine and cheese reception. Culminate by discovering your natural ability to develop ideas and maybe even perform!


Sept 27-29 | 3 classes
Friday | 7-9pm
Saturday | 3-6pm
Sunday | 2-5pm

Friday, Sept. 27 | 7-9pm Develop ideas that you find interesting and would like to see on the stage.

Saturday, Sept. 28 | 3-6pm Participate in playwriting and acting exercises as well as improv games in order to expand on your ideas and help develop the work of your fellow classmates.
6-7pm Refreshments, Wine and cheese reception for Workshop participants. Wind down and get to know your fellow artists.

Sunday, Sept. 29 | 2-5pm Bring your piece to the next level through peer review and discussion, workshopping and developments exercises. Walk away with a full outline of your very own theatre project, new contacts within the theatre community and a deeper understanding of your own creative abilities.

$275 plus $35 Registration Fee



Fall Fun! Theatre Classes for Grades K-2 and 6-8

posted Sep 16, 2019, 5:08 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 16, 2019, 5:08 AM ]

Middle School Theatre Makers is a class for grades 6–8, where middle schoolers take the lead in an 11-week collaboration. Students get a taste of what it is like to work together as a theatre company, assuming roles of director, designer, writer and actor. 
Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm, Sept. 26 – Dec. 19. A culminating event will be performed for family, friends and theatregoers on December 19. Fee for the class is $375. 

Lil’ Kids in the Cast is a class for grades K–2 on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am, Sept. 28 – Nov. 23. This fun and activity-filled class includes theatre games, improvisation and storytelling! Additionally, it will include a taste of musical theatre: learning some songs and choreography from hit Broadway musicals. Seasoned teaching artist, Kristin Digilio uses the fun of theatre making to instill story structure, enhance literary skills and foster students' natural creativity. The final class will be a culminating event where students perform for friends and family. Fee for Lil’ Kids in the Cast is $225. 

Call (203) 655-8683 with questions or email DAC Theatre Director Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org.

Harry Potter and Fashion Design and New Instructors, Oh My!

posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:03 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 12, 2019, 10:07 AM ]

We're excited to announce new instructors and classes in our Visual Arts Department! New classes for grades 1-12 include the Iconic Lettering Scripts of Harry Potter, Introduction to Fashion Design, Paint the Masters: Advanced Drawing and Painting and Weekend Art of the World Club. Returning classes for ages 3 and up include Little Artists, Art Studio, Cartooning, Digital Photography and Drawing and Painting. Visual Arts Classes for adults include Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy and Adult Watercolor. Students practice in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio, and participate in various exhibits at the DAC and around town.

New teachers leading classes include Moki Kokoris (Iconic Lettering Scripts of Harry Potter), Sooo-z Mastropietro (Introduction to Fashion Design) and Joel Flora (Adult Watercolor). 

Moki is a member of the Society of Scribes and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting, She has been a freelance calligrapher, illustrator, artist and graphic designer for over 40 years. 

Sooo-z, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, holds a BFA in Fashion Design and Textile Design. She has taught Fashion at the Quick Center, Aldrich Museum, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

Joel studied art at The Arts Students League in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and The National Portrait Academy in Toronto, Canada, where he went on to become Instructor of Classical Underpainting Methods. He was also Instructor of Drawing and Painting at The Thornhill Community Center in Toronto and Painting Instructor at the Rowayton Arts Center. His work is currently showing at the Geary Gallery in Darien, The PS Gallery in Litchfield and the Shimko Gallery in Provincetown, MA. 

(Pictured: Sooo-z Mastropietro, instructor for the new Introduction to Fashion Design class.)

See more about the Visual Arts Faculty. 

It is recommended to register early for classes, as classes fill quickly. Register through links below or call (203) 655-8683. 

VISUAL ARTS CLASSES:

Little Artists, Ages 3-5, Wednesday, 2:45-3:30pm, Oct. 9 – Nov. 13, $125. Budding artists will experiment with different mediums and be introduced to some of the greatest artists in the world. This class will develop fine motor skills while allowing the opportunity to discover one’s creativity. 

New Weekend Art of the World Club, Grades 1-4, Saturday, 10:15-11:30am, Sept. 28 – Nov. 23, $210. Each week students will learn about an artist or art technique from a different part of the world and create their own projects with different media such as acrylics, watercolors, pastels and ink. 

Art StudioGrades 1-5, Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $250. Students will create developmentally appropriate art projects using basic artistic techniques. A variety of different media and techniques will be explored. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accomodate new and returning students.

Cartooning, Grades 2–6, Monday, 4:10 – 5:10pm, Sept. 23 – Dec. 16, $220. Students will design their own characters and learn to use them in a one-panel cartoon and three-panel comic strip. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students. 

New Iconic Lettering Scripts of Harry Potter, Grades 5–8, Monday, 5:15-6:45pm, Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, $220. Whether it is an acceptance letter to Hogwarts School you wish to write yourself, a set of secret spells, or magical drafts and potions you want to record on paper, the Darien Arts Center’s Chamber of Secrets will teach you the scripts of Albus Dumbledore and Headmistress McGonagoll. Using new skills, we will design and create our own Marauder’s Map! Art Studio, Grades 1-5, Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $250. Students will create developmentally appropriate art projects using basic artistic techniques. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students. 

Digital Photography, Grades 5-8, Friday, 4:40-5:40pm, Sept. 27 – Dec. 13, $230. Students learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos. Students photos will be showcased during the year. 

New Introduction to Fashion Design, Grades 5-8, Thursday, 3:45–5:15pm, Oct. 10 – Dec. 12, $320. Students will learn about different fabrics and styles and create their own pieces of clothing using newly learned sewing techniques. At the end of the semester each student will have several different articles of clothing to take home. 
 
Drawing and Painting, Grades 5-9, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $380. Similar to our art studio class but designed for older students. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students. 

New Paint the Masters: Advanced Drawing and Painting, Grades 9 and up, Wednesday, 6:45-8:15pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $380. This class is geared towards the advanced art student who would like to develop drawing and painting skills in more depth. High school students working on their college portfolios are encouraged to join.

Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Monday, 7:00-9:00pm, Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, $295. This 6 week course is geared towards beginners and those who have previous experience with calligraphy. No prior experience or skills are necessary.

Adult Watercolor, Adults, Tuesday, 9:30–11:30am, Sept. 24–Nov.12, $335. All skill levels are welcome. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, while more advanced students will practice their technique and improve composition. 

Young Composers Classes, New Adult Rock Band

posted Sep 11, 2019, 12:13 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 11, 2019, 12:18 PM ]

Musician Dan Saulpaugh is leading group music classes at the DAC that include Beginning and Advanced Young Composers classes and the new Adult Rock Band class this fall. Students can register now for the Saturday music composition classes that begin on September 21st and the Tuesday Adult Rock Band class that begins on October 1st.  

Beginning Young Composers, for Grades 3 through 5, takes place from 3 to 4 p.m., and cover the basics of writing music, including setting up a score, identifying pitches on the staff and simple rhythms, as well as other aspects of music notation. Advanced Young Composers is for grades 5 through 12, and takes place from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. More experienced student composers will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other's music. More advanced harmonic progressions; forms and elements of melody and counterpoint will be explored. At the end of each composition course, students will have written several short pieces that may be performed at the DAC Holiday Recital in December. Fee for Beginning Young Composers is $210, for Advanced Young Composers: $320. Composition classes end on November 23rd.

The new Adult Rock Band class takes place on Tuesdays, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., from October 1st through December 3rd. Adult Rock Band musicians will choose, learn, and perform music from the rock and blues traditions. Students will deepen their technical facility on their instruments. They will also learn about group interplay in a band and how to create a cohesive band sound. Improvised solos will be covered, as well as playing ensemble parts. Students will work with the instructor to choose songs, which may include covers and original material. Fee for the Adult Rock Band class is $210.

Dan Saulpaugh is an active performer and teacher throughout the greater New York City metro area and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from City College of New York. He also spent time studying with Douglass Rubio at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music as a Classical Guitar Performance major before relocating to New York City. While at Crane, Saulpaugh toured with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet playing in the guitar orchestra for performances of Shingo Fujii's "Shiki." While at City College, he studied privately with Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Competition winner, Lage Lund. Saulpaugh also works actively as a bandleader and sideman. He released his debut EP "Before the Fire Is Gone" in April. He was a finalist in The Greene Space's 2015 Battle of the Burroughs: The Bronx. He also co-hosts the monthly jam session Jamhattan at Harlem's Silvana.

Fall Registration is Open & Ongoing

posted Sep 11, 2019, 10:16 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 11, 2019, 10:16 AM ]

It's not too late to sign up for fall classes for all ages in dancevisual artsmartial artsmusic and theatre! Although some classes are full, most still have spots available. Registration is open and ongoing.

See all classes by day & register.
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ALL CLASSES:

DANCE
The DAC dance program offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. The DAC Weatherstone Studio converts to a black box performance space, giving DAC students the most performance opportunities in the area. Fall classes run from September 3, 2019 through January 18, 2020. Dance classes for all levels, ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Adult Lyrical Jazz, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Pop-Pilates Tap, and Pointe.

MARTIAL ARTS
Martial Arts classes are designed to hone fine motor skills and improve focus and self-discipline, while learning self-defense and having fun. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a Spring Martial Arts Tournament and the Spring Concert. 
Beg./Intermediate Martial Arts, White-Blue, Monday, 4:00-4:45pm, Sept 9 - Jan 13. 
Little Dragons, Ages 3–5, Tuesday, 9:45-10:30am, Sept 3 - Jan 14. 
Beg./Intermediate Martial Arts, White-Blue, Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm, Sept 3 - Jan 14
Advanced Martial Arts, Blue & Up, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm, Sept 3 - Jan 14
Open Martial Arts, Ages 8 & Up, Thursday, 6:15-7:15pm, Sept 5 - Jan 16 
Adult Martial Arts, Tuesday, 10:45 -11:45am/Thursday, 7:15 - 8:15pm, Sept 3 - Jan 16. 

MUSIC
The DAC music program includes private lessons for guitar, flute, violin, voice, piano, and music theory as well as group classes for both adults and children. 
New Sing! Sing! Elementary Group Voice, Grades 1–5, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:15pm, Sept. 19 – Dec. 5, $210. Through musical games and activities, students will learn proper vocal techniques while receiving an introduction to music literacy. The group will be invited to participate in the Darien Arts Center Holiday Recital in December. 
Advanced Young Composers, Grades 5–10, Saturday, 1:15 – 2:45pm, Sept. 21 – Nov. 23, $320. Student composers with more experience will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other’s music. Students will also work on their own self-directed pieces, to be performed at the DAC Holiday Recital in December. 
Beginning Young Composers, Grades 3–5, Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Sept. 21 – Nov. 23, $210. Beginning composition students will learn the basics of writing music. Students will compose simple pieces that explore specific parts of the compositional process. Students’ pieces may be performed at the DAC Holiday Recital in December.
New Adult Rock Band, Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:30pm, Oct. 1 – Dec. 3, $210. Adults choose, learn, and perform music from the rock and blues traditions. Students deepen their technical facility on their instruments and learn about group interplay in a band and how to create a cohesive band sound. 

VISUAL ARTS
Visual Arts classes and workshops for children and adults include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and fine crafts. Students practice in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio, and participate in various exhibits at the DAC and around town.
Cartooning, Grades 2–6, Monday, 4:10 – 5:10pm, Sept. 23 – Dec. 16, $220. Students will design their own characters and learn to use them in a one-panel cartoon and three-panel comic strip. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students. 
New Iconic Lettering Scripts of Harry Potter, Grades 5–8, Monday, 5:15-6:45pm, Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, $220. Whether it is an acceptance letter to Hogwarts School you wish to write yourself, a set of secret spells, or magical drafts and potions you want to record on paper, the Darien Arts Center’s Chamber of Secrets will teach you the scripts of Albus Dumbledore and Headmistress McGonagoll. Using new skills, we will design and create our own Marauder’s Map!
Little Artists, Ages 3-5, Wednesday, 2:45-3:30pm, Oct. 9 – Nov. 13, $125. Budding artists will experiment with different mediums and be introduced to some of the greatest artists in the world. This class will develop fine motor skills while allowing the opportunity to discover one’s creativity. 
Art Studio, Grades 1-5, Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $250. Students will create developmentally appropriate art projects using basic artistic techniques. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students. 
Drawing and Painting, Grades 5-9, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $380. Similar to our art studio class but designed for older students. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students. 
New Introduction to Fashion Design, Grades 5-8, Thursday, 3:45–5:15pm, Oct. 10 – Dec. 12, $320. Students will learn about different fabrics and styles and create their own pieces of clothing using newly learned sewing techniques. At the end of the semester each student will have several different articles of clothing to take home. 
New Paint the Masters: Advanced Drawing and Painting, Grades 9 and up, Wednesday, 6:45-8:15pm, Sept. 25 – Dec. 18, $380. This class is geared towards the advanced art student who would like to develop drawing and painting skills in more depth. High school students working on their college portfolios are encouraged to join. 
Digital Photography, Grades 5-8, Friday, 4:40-5:40pm, Sept. 27 – Dec. 13, $230. Students learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos. Students photos will be showcased during the year. 
New Weekend Art of the World Club, Grades 1-4, Saturday, 10:15-11:30am, Sept. 28 – Nov. 23, $210. Each week students will learn about an artist or art technique from a different part of the world and create their own projects with different media such as acrylics, watercolors, pastels and ink. 
Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Monday, 7:00-9:00pm, Oct. 21 – Dec. 2, $295. This 6 week course is geared towards beginners and those who have previous experience with calligraphy. No prior experience or skills are necessary. 
Adult Watercolor, Tuesday, 9:30–11:30am, Sept. 24–Nov.12, $335. All skill levels are welcome. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, while more advanced students will practice their technique and improve composition.
 

THEATRE
The theatre program cultivates budding talent and provides performance opportunities for all ages. 
Middle School Theatre Makers, Grades 6–8, Thursday, 5:30-7:00pm, Sept. 26 – Dec. 19, $375. Middle schoolers take the lead in this 11-week collaboration. Students will get a taste of what it is like to work together as a theatre company, assuming roles of director, designer, writer and actor. Their culminating event will be performed for family, friends and theatregoers on December 19. 
Lil’ Kids in the Cast, Grades K–2, Saturday, 9:00-10:00am, Sept. 28 – Nov. 23, $225. A jam packed hour filled with theatre games, improvisation, storytelling and puppets!. The final class will be a culminating event where students perform for friends and family. 
New Theatre Weekend Workshop, Adults, Friday, 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday, 3:00-6:00pm, Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm, Sept 27-29, $275. Work with actor, writer and producer, Gary Betsworth, as he guides you through a comprehensive approach to “taking that great idea and making it into a play.” Get to know your fellow artists at a wine and cheese reception and attend a professional workshop reading.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Ladies Nights Out! GLASS JEWELRY MAKING Friday, October 11 | 7-9pm Learn all the steps of the glass fusion process including glass cutting, with Dorothy Hafner, award-winning artist and designer. Compose fused glass pendants using a rainbow assortment of colored, metallic and patterned glasses supplied by the artist from her personal collection. Each student makes 3 separate designs. Silver bails and cotton cords are provided or bring your own chains. BYO Wine and refreshments. Finished pieces are ready for pick up at the Darien Arts Center in 2 weeks. Fee: $70.

HALLOWEEN FAMILY FEST Saturday, October 26 9am-12pm. Activities for 3 & up: Pumpkin painting, mask making, Halloween music & stories, apple cider & donuts, sing-a-longs, dance classes, candy & much more. Wear your costumes! Admission is free.

RUMPLETEASER - An Evening of Musical Improv. Saturday, November 9 | 8pm An improv team from New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre will take you to a whole new world and all that jazz - anything goes! Grab your friends and come out for a hilarious night where musicals are created right on the spot. This talented and unique improv team is bringing its NYC show to the DAC. Tickets available starting October 1.

Ladies Nights Out! HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING 
Friday, December 6 | 7-9pm Register
Saturday, December 7 | 10-12pm Register
Friday, December 13 | 7-9pm Register
This new DAC holiday tradition returns with more dates scheduled. Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring your friends! Wreaths and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring extra decorations to give your wreath a more personalized look. Usher in the holiday season with this classic craft! BYO Wine and refreshments. Fee: $60


Classes for High School Students

posted Sep 9, 2019, 5:20 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

We've got lots of fun and creative options for high schoolers! Following is a list of available classes for high school students in DANCE, MARTIAL ARTS, MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS:   

DANCE   
(Please email DAC Dance Director, Bonnie Gombos, at bonnie@darienarts.org regarding appropriate level for ballet, pointe & company classes.)

BALLET 4/5  Grades 6 & up. Wednesday, 7-8pm.
For intermediate students who have had at least three years or more experience in ballet technique or equivalent. It is suggested to take this class two times per week. 

MODERN/JAZZ 4 
Grades 6 & up. Wednesday, 6-7pm.
This class is a fast paced combination of modern and jazz techniques. Must have appropriate experience. 

ADV. BROADWAY DANCE 
Grades 6 & up. Friday, 5-6pm.
This class emphasizes theatre dance encompassing many dance techniques and styles for the purpose of a lively performance. 

POP - PILATES 
Grades 7 & up. Monday, 7-8pm or Wednesday, 4-5pm. 
A total body mat-based equipment free workout inspired by classical Pilates. It is a fusion of ab-chiseling and total body defining moves to upbeat music. 

TEEN CONTEMPORARY 
Grades 7 & up. Tuesday, 5:15-6:15pm.
Contemporary dance draws on modern dance technique and an array of philosophies of movement based on the study of the human body and body/mind inter-relationships. 

TEEN LYRICAL 
Grades 7 & up. Monday, 4:45-5:45pm or Wednesday, 5-6pm.
Lyrical dance is a modern dance form which fuses modern dance, jazz and ballet. 

HIGH SCHOOL HIP HOP 
Grades 9-12. Thursday, 4-5pm. 
Street dance style. A combination of popping and isolation grooves. 

NEW TEEN TAP
Grades 6-12. Monday, 3-3:45pm.
This is a continuation of tap technique at a more advanced level, exploring classic tap and theatre tap combinations. 

REGISTER FOR DANCE CLASSES


MARTIAL ARTS

BEG/INT MARTIAL ARTS
White-Blue | Monday  4:00-4:45pm or Tuesday  5:30-6:30pm
Sept 3 - Jan 14 | 17 classes 
These classes are divided by age and are designed to refine motor and organizational skills, teach self-defense and awareness, improve self discipline and teach proper behavior through respect and self-control while having fun. 

ADVANCED MARTIAL ARTS
Blue & Up | Tuesday | 6:30-7:30pm 
Sept 3 - Jan 14 | 17 classes 
Advancing students will concentrate on technique, material and performance while exploring the philosophy of the art. 

OPEN MARTIAL ARTS
Ages 8 & Up | Thursday | 6:15-7:15pm 
Sept 5 - Jan 16 | 17 classes 
Open Martial Arts for ages 8 and up. 



MUSIC

ADVANCED YOUNG COMPOSERS 
Grades 5–12 | Saturday | 1:15 – 2:45pm 
Sept. 21 – Nov. 23 | 10 classes 
$320 plus $35 Registration Fee, $15 Performance Fee for concerts 
Student composers with more experience will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other’s music. More advanced harmonic progressions, forms, and elements of melody and counterpoint will be explored. Students will write short pieces that explore specific aspects of the compositional process such as imitation and different types of chromaticism. Students will also work on their own self-directed pieces, to be performed at the DAC Holiday Recital in December. 


For Private Instruction in flute, guitar, percussion, piano, violin, voice or cello, email DAC Music Director Juanita Bosee at juanita@darienarts.org.


VISUAL ARTS

DRAWING AND PAINTING
Grades 5-9 | Wednesday | 5:00-6:30pm 
Sept. 25 – Dec. 18 | 12 classes 
$380 plus $35 Registration Fee 
No classes on Nov. 27 
Similar to our art studio class but designed for older students. A variety of different media and techniques will be explored using the elements of art. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New 
projects are planned each session to accomodate new and returning students. 

NEW PAINT THE MASTERS: ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING
Grades 9 and up | Wednesday | 6:45-8:15pm 
Sept. 25 – Dec. 18 | 12 classes 
$380 plus $35 Registration Fee 
No classes on Nov. 27 
This class is geared towards the advanced art student who would like to develop drawing and painting skills in more depth. Students will learn the historical importance of some of the great artists such as Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh, and learn techniques these artists used to create their masterpieces. High school students working on their college portfolios are encouraged to join. 

Grades 3-6: Audition on September 10th for REGARDS TO BROADWAY

posted Sep 9, 2019, 4:44 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 4:45 AM ]

Young & talented performers in grades 3-6 will be given a chance to shine in our classic Broadway style production, 
Regards to Broadway. After last year’s sold out performance of Broadway Beat!, we've teamed up with Open Arts Alliance again for this exciting new revue. 

Rehearsals take place from 4-5:30 pm on Tuesdays, from September 10th though October 29th. Tech and performances take place from Nov. 1-3. 

To sign up for an audition slot on September 10th, email DAC Theatre Director, Maria Pizzarello at Maria@darienarts.org. 

Kyle LeMaire and Hale McSharry, both of Open Arts Alliance, are directing the Regards to Broadway production, which will be performed in our black box theatre of the DAC Weatherstone Studio. 

Kyle LeMaire is an actor, director, and teaching artist from Louisiana, who holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. He has worked as a teaching artist at the Virginia Repertory Company and TheatreWorks/USA. He has also taught theatre to elementary, high school, and college students. LeMaire was the Associate Artistic Director for The Victory Dance Project, and The Other Realm Theatre Company, which focused on inclusion and blind casting. He was also Education Director for The Acting Space in NYC and is an Actor Equity Association member. As a performer, he has been seen on various film/television shows and in national tours across the country 

Hale McSharry is a theatre artist born and raised in Greenwich. After graduating from Greenwich High School in 2013, he studied theatre at Northwestern University in Chicago. In 2017, he played Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors on a cultural exchange tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented by the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. In 2018, he joined the ensemble of South African director William Kentridge’s The Head & the Load at MASS MoCA. He can be seen in television shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ray Donovan. Hale was the choreographer for Jungle Book Kids with Open Arts Alliance. 

Fee for the Regards to Broadway theatre class is $300. 


Sing! Sing! Group Voice Class for Grades 1-5, with Christina DeMaio

posted Sep 3, 2019, 2:20 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 3, 2019, 2:20 PM ]

We are happy to announce that Christina DeMaio, Darien native and NYC-based performer and teaching artist is teaching Sing! Sing! Elementary Group Voice Class for grades 1-5. This new and exciting class takes place from 5:30- 6:15 p.m. on Thursdays from September 19 through December 5th. Through musical games and activities, students will learn proper vocal techniques, while receiving an introduction to music literacy. The group will also be invited to participate in the Darien Arts Center Holiday Recital in December.

Christina received her B.M. in Classical Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. With over a decade of classical training, she has a diverse array of performance and teaching experience in musical styles from opera and musical theatre, to jazz, country, and pop. Christina has been teaching private lessons and group voice classes for the past several years,​ working with young singers of all ages​, skill levels,​ and musical interests​.​ She has worked in youth theatre as a music director and vocal coach for various productions and workshops.

Fee for Sing! Sing! Elementary Group Voice Class is $210.

Regards to Broadway, Performance Opportunity for Grades 3-6

posted Aug 29, 2019, 1:12 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 4, 2019, 5:30 AM ]

Young & talented performers in grades 3-6 will be given a chance to shine in our classic Broadway style production, Regards to Broadway. After last year’s sold out performance of Broadway Beat!, we've teamed up with Open Arts Alliance again for this exciting new revue. 

Rehearsals take place from 4-5:30 pm on Tuesdays, from September 10th though October 29th. Tech and performances take place from Nov. 1-3. 

Kyle LeMaire and Hale McSharry, both of Open Arts Alliance, are directing the Regards to Broadway production, which will be performed in our black box theatre of the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

Kyle LeMaire is an actor, director, and teaching artist from Louisiana, who holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. He has worked as a teaching artist at the Virginia Repertory Company and TheatreWorks/USA. He has also taught theatre to elementary, high school, and college students. LeMaire was the Associate Artistic Director for The Victory Dance Project, and The Other Realm Theatre Company, which focused on inclusion and blind casting. He was also Education Director for The Acting Space in NYC and is an Actor Equity Association member. As a performer, he has been seen on various film/television shows and in national tours across the country

Hale McSharry is a theatre artist born and raised in Greenwich. After graduating from Greenwich High School in 2013, he studied theatre at Northwestern University in Chicago. In 2017, he played Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors on a cultural exchange tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented by the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. In 2018, he joined the ensemble of South African director William Kentridge’s The Head & the Load at MASS MoCA. He can be seen in television shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ray Donovan. Hale was the choreographer for Jungle Book Kids with Open Arts Alliance.

Fee for the Regards to Broadway theatre class is $300. 

To sign up for an audition slot on September 10th, email DAC Theatre Director, Maria Pizzarello at Maria@darienarts.org. 

New Visual Arts Classes: Scripts of Harry Potter, Fashion Design

posted Aug 29, 2019, 1:01 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 29, 2019, 1:03 PM ]

We are excited to announce new Visual Arts classes for ages 3 & up that include ICONIC LETTERING SCRIPTS OF HARRY POTTERINTRODUCTION TO FASHION DESIGNWEEKEND ART OF THE WORLD CLUB and PAINT THE MASTERS: ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING

Sign up now for all fall Visual Arts classes for students:

LITTLE ARTISTS Ages 3-5 | Wednesday | 2:45-3:30pm Oct. 9 – Nov. 13 | 6 classes $125. Budding artists will experiment with different mediums and be introduced to some of the greatest artists in the world. They will explore color, shapes, texture, cutting and pasting, drawing and more. This class will develop fine motor skills while allowing the opportunity to discover one’s creativity. Come join the fun!

NEW WEEKEND ART OF THE WORLD CLUB Grades 1-4 | Saturday | 10:15-11:30am Sept. 28 – Nov. 23 | 8 classes $210. This class will provide students with the opportunity to begin their weekend with art and creativity. Each week students will learn about an artist or art technique from a different part of the world and create their own projects. Students will learn to work with different media such as acrylic and watercolor paints, pastels and ink. Come join the fun!

ART STUDIO Grades 1-5 | Wednesday | 3:45-4:45pm Sept. 25 – Dec. 18 | 12 classes $250. Students will create developmentally appropriate art projects using basic artistic techniques. A variety of different media and techniques will be explored. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accomodate new and returning students.

CARTOONING Grades 2–6 | Monday | 4:10 – 5:10pm Sept. 23 – Dec. 16 | 11 classes $220. Students will design their own characters and learn to use them in a one-panel cartoon and three-panel comic strip. They will study facial expressions and body language as they relate to cartooning and the human figure. Television storyboards and caricature will also be included. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY Grades 5-8 | Friday | 4:40-5:40pm Sept. 27 – Dec. 13 | 11 classes $230. Students learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos. Some of the skills and techniques students will learn in this class are: rule of thirds, filling the frame, negative space, scale and focal point and editing photos digitally. Students are to bring their own digital point and shoot camera, or IPhone. Class time will be used to practice trying new techniques, including indoor and outdoor photography. Students photos will be showcased during the year. 

NEW ICONIC LETTERING SCRIPTS OF HARRY POTTER Grades 5–8 | Monday | 5:15-6:45pm Oct. 21 – Dec. 2 | 6 classes $220. Whether it is an acceptance letter to Hogwarts School you wish to write yourself, or it’s a set of secret spells, or magical drafts and potions you want to record on paper, join us at the Darien Arts Center’s Chamber of Secrets to learn the scripts of Albus Dumbledore and Headmistress McGonagoll to make your work look more authentic. Beginning with pencil and moving through to cartridge pen on white ruled paper, students will graduate to using a pointed pen and liquid ink on parchment paper. And in the process, students will have the opportunity to practice their cursive writing! Using these new skills, we will design and create our own Marauder’s Map! All supplies are included.

NEW INTRODUCTION TO FASHION DESIGN Grades 5-8 | Thursday | 3:45–5:15pm Oct. 10 – Dec. 12 | 9 classes $320. In this exciting new class, students will be introduced to the art of fashion design. Students will learn about different fabrics and styles and create their own pieces of clothing using newly learned sewing techniques. Sewing machines and all materials will be provided. At the end of the semester each student will have several different articles of clothing to take home.

DRAWING AND PAINTING Grades 5-9 | Wednesday | 5:00-6:30pm Sept. 25 – Dec. 18 | 12 classes $380. Similar to our art studio class but designed for older students. A variety of different media and techniques will be explored using the elements of art. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accomodate new and returning students.

NEW PAINT THE MASTERS: ADVANCED DRAWING AND PAINTING Grades 9 and up | Wednesday | 6:45-8:15pm Sept. 25 – Dec. 18 | 12 classes $380. This class is geared towards the advanced art student who would like to develop drawing and painting skills in more depth. Students will learn the historical importance of some of the great artists such as Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh, and learn techniques these artists used to create their masterpieces. High school students working on their college portfolios are encouraged to join.


ADULT Visual Arts classes include INTRODUCTION/INTERMEDIATE CALLIGRAPHYADULT WATERCOLOR and a SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Ladies Nights Out! GLASS JEWELRY MAKING.


Sign up now for fall classes for all ages in DANCEMUSICMARTIAL ARTSTHEATRE. For more information or call (203) 655-8683. 

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