Thank you for your interest in the Theatre Program at the Darien Arts Center. As the new Director of Theatre Education, I am thrilled to be kicking off the 2018/2019 season with new classes and performance opportunities for children, teens and adults.

I truly believe 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.

This season we will be collaborating with Open Arts Alliance, an arts organization whose goal is similar to DAC; making art accessible and engaging for everyone in the community. Rocco Natale will direct a musical revue, Broadway Beat, for young performers ages 8-15.

The Theatre Program has invited local industry professionals, Claire Kelly, Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound, Carole Claps, Director at Curtain Call, Jenifer Menedis, gifted musical performer and coach, and Dwayne Condon, DHS Theatre 308 Music Director, to share their expertise with our High School community in a workshop we are calling The Audition Workout. This intensive will fill the participants tool boxes with skills that will help them make every audition a positive one!

Middle Schoolers will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers as a true theatre company would, develop their own play and perform their student driven production for the community. And they will do it in 10 weeks! I am thrilled to lead this class I’m calling, Middle School Theatre Makers.

For adults, we have invited internationally produced playwright, (and my husband) Jason Pizzarello, to teach a 6 week playwriting workshop. Participants will work on new short plays they hope to rewrite, finish, or start—by the end everyone will have a new ten-minute play—culminating with an invited staged reading of the groups’ newest work.

And this is just the Fall! Spring will bring more performance opportunities for adults, acting classes for our younger students and skill developing workshops.

I am eager to get classes started! Thank you for your trust and participation as we build a singular learning and developing experience for all theatre practitioners, young and old.

Maria Pizzarello