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. 

Summer 2019 went so fast! We adored our partnership with Shakespeare on the Sound. It was wonderful to hear the sounds of The Bard reverberating through our halls and truly a joy to watch to participants perform on the Rowayton Sound stage! Throughout July we salt and peppered some Theatre Tap and Dance workshops for young performers. Looking forward to next summer where we can make our specialty workshop program grow!

Fall is full as we continue our partnership with Open Arts Alliance with a musical revue, REGARDS TO BROADWAY! Check out some very talented 3rd-6th graders perform musical theatre favorites this November. There is an opportunity for younger students in Kindergarten thru second grade to develop their performance skills in a class we’re calling Lil’Kids in the Cast! There will be puppets, playmaking and storytelling on Saturday mornings starting at the end of September.

Middle Schoolers will have a chance to develop their theatre making skills for High School in a class we are bringing back from last Fall call Middle School Theatre Makers. This is an opportunity for students who want to take the lead and discover what it takes to create a strong piece of theatre. This is great for not only actors, but young designers, writers and directors!

Don’t miss Rumpleteaser this November! This hilarious musical theatre improv team from NYC will be performing at the DAC for one night only. They got their start at Upright Citizens Brigade and have been touring ever since.

Be sure to sign-up for the DAC mailing list to receive the latest updates for workshops, 
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