THE THEATRE PROGRAM seeks to develop new works, cultivate budding talent and provide performance opportunities for all ages. Our elementary school classes impart team building, public speaking and listening skills. Students learn parts for performances and participate in theatre games. Middle school students are challenged to take ownership of their responsibilities by participating in ensemble-based programming. High school students are offered programs focused on building technique, understanding roles within a theatre company and strengthening their ability as performers and ensemble members.

Our theatre classes for adults provide an opportunity for students to stretch their creative muscles, to connect with other creative members of the community and to cultivate artistic ability.

Maria Pizzarello, Director,
Gary Betsworth, Maria Pizzarello, Kyle LeMaire


“I loved being part of the DAC Broadway Beat Cast. Everyone was so welcoming and I made some great new friends.” (Phebe C.)

“The DAC playwriting class for adults provided an opportunity to work on new material and edit previously written pieces. I wrote two new scenes for a full length play and completed a ten minute play.” (Jessica C.)

“I thought that Middle School Theater Makers was very fun. I learned staging, acting, choreography, playwriting, set design and more all in a matter of a few months. I learned stuff here that I would never learn anywhere else. I can’t wait to do another theater class at the Darien Arts Center!” (Samantha R.)

Thank you for your interest in the Theatre Program at the Darien Arts Center. 

The Darien Arts Center is a destination for not only performance opportunities, 
but for the development of new work and the cultivation of budding talent. 

Theatre at the Darien Arts Center had a wonderful Spring 2019 with a first time ever Middle School production of A WRINKLE IN TIME adapted by Morgan Gould from the book by Madeleine L’Engle. In just sixteen hours of class time, students created characters, learned lines and blocking and then performed a beautiful one-act play to an invited audience. These young actors were given a great deal to accomplish and relied on each other to make their performance a wonderful success. 

KIDS IN THE CAST! was a fabulously fun group of 3rd - 5th graders! This class was all about imagination, improvisation, taking what was developed and using it in a scene. In just 8 classes, students used all of their creative energy and applied it to a culminating performance for their very proud families. As the weather has been warming, we started June with a skill building audition workshop for students in the 6th-10th grade. The Summer Theatre Audition Workshop was led by musical writer and opera composer, Zach Redler. Zach also teaches at NYU and works as an accompanist for Broadway musical auditions. Our Dance workshop was led by performers, Julia Feeley and Ryan McConville. These young musical theatre performers just completed a regional production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

This summer we partnered with Shakespeare on the Sound for a two week intensive camp geared toward 7th-10th graders. The campers explored and rehearsed a forty-five minute version of Twelfth Night, which was directly adapted from the script used in Shakespeare on the Sound. They also had the unique opportunity to perform on the Shakespeare on the Sound stage in Pinkney Park in Rowayton on July 3rd! 
I wish I was in the 7th-10th grade!

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performance times and our exciting summer announcements. 

Thank you for your trust and participation as we build a singular learning and developing experience 
for all theatre practitioners of every age. 

Maria Pizzarello