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Support the DAC's Annual Appeal

posted Dec 11, 2017, 2:59 PM by Darien Arts Center

Because of support from friends like you, over 6000 people participate in creative opportunities in music, dance, visual arts and theatre each year at the Darien Arts Center. Teens and adults with special needs are also able to take specialized classes. Additionally, we produce community events like Darien's Got Talent, Pic Darien, the Darien Art Show & Sale and DAC Stage productions.

But more than ever, the DAC needs your continued support. Tuition and ticket sales do not cover all of our expenses. We do not receive any funds from the Town of Darien and state funds are uncertain. Every gift counts.

Won't you give NOW to help us continue to foster the arts in Darien?


posted Dec 11, 2017, 2:52 PM by Darien Arts Center

Join Peter Green for this 8-week workshop for adults. This series of 8 classes will apply the principles of mindfulness to the performance of Shakespeare’s works. Starting with in-class exercises, we will progress to an exploration of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and then to scene work. If we get out of our own way, we can find the place where our own truth meets Shakespeare’s words. Using contemporary acting technique, we will uncover what Shakespeare has to say to us in the present day. Come play and learn with us. 

Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:30pm
January 10 - March 7 
$250 plus $35 registration fee 

CANCELLED: Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop

posted Nov 27, 2017, 9:38 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 1:32 PM ]

aturday, December 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Students, ages 6 to 11, will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends. 

This workshop has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment. 

SOLD OUT: 'Scenes from the Nutcracker' Performances

posted Nov 13, 2017, 7:33 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 2:15 PM ]

The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at our annual production. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance. 

The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”

This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall.  Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. 

Congrats to Jim Cameron, Winner of A Free Mobile Dog Grooming!

posted Nov 1, 2017, 10:51 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 2:27 PM ]

We are happy to announce the winner of a free mobile dog grooming from our sponsor, A Total Look, Mobile Dog Grooming. Congrats to Jim Cameron, who entered the raffle at our production of Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney!

Many thanks to our sponsor: A Total Look by Total Dog, llc, for their generosity!

Darien Arts Center Stage Presents Sylvia by A.R. Gurney

posted Oct 20, 2017, 12:56 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 10:56 AM ]

DAC Stage is proud to announce its production of the comedy, Sylvia by A. R. Gurney with performances on November 3, 4, 10 and 11th at 8 p.m. and November 5 and 11th at 2 p.m. The cast includes Jacquie Carlsen, David Jackins, and Giovanna Olcese of Norwalk and Susan Stanton of Westport. Christian Amato is director.

Greg, a middle-aged husband, brings home a dog he found in the park - or that has found him - bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between Greg and his wife, Kate. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age, but to his wife Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

David Jackins, who plays Greg, has previously been seen on the DAC stage as Charlie in On Golden Pond. He has also performed in Spring Awakening, The Farnsworth Invention, Our Town, and The Drowsy Chaperone with other Fairfield County companies. Dave is a founding member of Crystal Theatre in Norwalk, and is the founder/director of Creative Summer at The Mead School, which celebrated its 28th anniversary this summer.

Jacquie Carlsen, who plays Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie, has acted in Watch on The Rhine and Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Westport Community Theater, and in The Wizard of Oz, I Remember Mama, and Guys and Dolls at Curtain Call in Stamford. Jacquie works by day as a copywriter at Conair Corporation in Stamford.

Giovanna Olcese, Sylvia in the production, studied with Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab and is a member of the Theater Artist Workshop of Connecticut. Her most recent projects include The Incident and The 39 Steps with The Westport Community Theatre, Time Stands Still with Town Players of New Canaan, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot with the Vagabond Theatre Company.

Susan Stanton plays the role of Kate. She has been seen in Doubt and Rabbit Hole with Westport Community Theatre, on ABC television’s All My Children and in several Play with Your Food performances. Theatre Artists Workshop projects include her original performance pieces Forever & Always and Weightless. Letting Go, a film for which she choreographed and performed, premiered at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival.

Christian Amato is a director, producer and theatrical strategist who has produced over 45 off-Broadway productions. He has served as a
producer for Rocky and The Color Purple and has developed successful campaigns on Broadway for productions such as Kinky Boots, Matilda, Mothers and Sons and It's Only A Play. He served as founder and producing artistic director of The Theatre Project and Shakespeare Off-Broadway, which TheaterMania has hailed as "Exciting and innovative."

Sylvia is sponsored by A Total Look Mobile Dog Grooming in Darien and presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service. Performances take place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall. Tickets are $25. For more information, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683. 

Pictured: Giovanna Olcese, David Jackins, Susan Stanton and Jacquie Carlsen.

New! Adult Visual Arts Classes: Painting Workshop & Painting Night Out

posted Oct 19, 2017, 10:22 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 11:49 AM ]

Please see our other Visual Arts classes HERE.

Painting Night Out
 Come to our spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio and learn floral painting techniques in a relaxed and supportive environment. All levels welcome. Materials and light refreshments will be provided. 

Instructor: Barbara Simonson 
Date: 11/9
Time: 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $40

Barbara Simonson is a Darien artist and her work is in private collections throughout the United States, as well as California State University and the Las Vegas Museum of Art. She is an invited exhibiting member of the National Arts Club and the Catharine Lorillard Arts Club in Manhattan, the Northeast Watercolor Society, and the Edward Hopper Museum in Nyack, NY. Barbara is also a demonstrating artist of the Connecticut Classic Arts group.

Call the DAC office for more information: (203) 655-8683.

Painting Workshop

 Joe LaMorte will teach various painting methods in the spacious and well-lit DAC Visual Arts Studio using different media, such as watercolors and acrylics. All levels are welcome and a materials list will be provided.

Dates: Six classes, Tuesdays, 10/24-12/5, no class 11/14
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $180 plus + $35 reg fee

Joe, a career artist, has long been involved in advertising as illustrator and art director. His work, appearing in newspapers and magazines, has at times received national awards. He teaches watercolor painting, and has extensive experience painting in oils. His training has been at Cooper Union and The New School at NYC and at Silvermine College in CT. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties. The National Endowment for the Arts has funded purchase of his work for public space.

Call the DAC office for more information: (203) 655-8683.

Make-A-Monster Workshop

posted Oct 5, 2017, 5:01 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 5:01 PM ]

Kids ages 8 to 12 can unleash their inner beast and create a cuddly monster at the Make-A-Monster Workshop with Cathleen Hellman at the DAC. Hellman, sewing teacher for the Darien After Schools program, will help participants in the spacious well-lit DAC Visual Arts Studio, design a pattern from imagination, and use new sewing skills to bring their creature to life. Projects will go home in time for Halloween decorating. The Make-A-Monster Workshop takes place on October 21 and 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee for the 2-day workshop is $80, with no registration fee. 

Evening of Dance

posted Oct 5, 2017, 4:57 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 4:57 PM ]

Once again, a dazzling ‘Evening of Dance’ promises to thrill audiences at annual performances on Saturday, October 14th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, October 15th at 4 p.m. Celebrating it’s 17th year, the DAC’s ‘Evening of Dance’ will showcase an impressive culmination of performances by the DAC Dance department staff, and the adult and student performance groups that have worked together since 2000.

Under the direction of DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos, instructors and students have developed, choreographed and polished performances to feature the versatility of the dancers in a wide variety of dance forms. Performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and approximately 30 dancers will perform in the 90-minute show.

‘An Evening of Dance 2017’ will take place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended as both shows usually sell out. To make reservations email Bonnie Gombos at Bonnie@darienarts.org or call us at (203) 655-8683.


Darien Wine Tasting and Charity Auction

posted Sep 28, 2017, 12:09 PM by Darien Arts Center

The Darien Arts Center has been chosen as a beneficiary of this fabulous event. Please purchase your advance tickets through the Darien Arts Center office or through the link below. Tickets are $65 in advance (until Oct. 16) and $80 at the door. 
Thank you for your support!
The 13th Annual Darien Wine Tasting and Charity Auction
Enjoy tasting over 50 wines, sample culinary delights from eight Darien restaurants and caterers, and shop the auction with great items from our local businesses.
Benefiting the Darien Arts Center, The Depot and the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation.

Thursday, October 19th
at BMW of Darien, 140 Ledge Road, Darien

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