THEATRE FACULTY
Christina DeMaio
Christina DeMaio is an NYC-based performer and teaching artist. Christina received her B.M. in Classical Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. With over a decade of classical training, Christina has a diverse array of performance and teaching experience in musical styles such as 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.
Kristen Digmilio
Kristen recently just relocated to CT from Long Island, NY where she worked as a theater educator and performer for the past 15 years. Kristen’s passion for working with children and teens has only continued to grow and she is so thankful for the opportunity to continue spreading her love for the arts here in Connecticut!
Kyle LeMaire
Kyle LeMaire is an actor, director, and teaching artist from Louisiana, who holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. As a teaching artist he has taught many students with Virginia Repertory Company and TheatreWorks/USA. He has taught theatre in the school system elementary, high school, and college students. Mr. LeMaire was the Associate Artistic Director for The Victory Dance Project, a dance company focused on the mission of “Artist for Peace.” He has also served as the Associate Artistic Director for The Other Realm Theatre Company which focused on inclusion and blind casting, as well as, the Education Director for The Acting Space in NYC. As a performer he has been fortunate to be seen on various film/television shows and national tours across the country. He is a proud Actor Equity Association member.
Rocco Natale
Rocco Natale is the founding Executive Director of Open Arts Alliance, Rocco Natale is the 2017 Moffly Media "Light A Fire" Award winner for arts engagement. A Newington-Cropsey Fellowship recipient for dramatic writing and research, Rocco is a playwright and director. His plays have been performed internationally and stateside he has worked at The Cherry Lane Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre, Inside Broadway, Urban Stages and Arena Stages. Rocco's adaptations of GREAT EXPECTATIONS and K.C.@BAT are published by YOUTHPlays. His play SMOKE SIGNALS holds the distinction of receiving the Siff Grant for educational performance and was developed to tour with Hospital Audiences, Inc. A semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference and Premiere Stages, Rocco has had the pleasure of working with Signature Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Mirror Repertory Company, The University of Connecticut and Shakespeare on the Sound. BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. MA: New York University; BA: New York University, CAS: The University of Bridgeport. Guest Lecture: Playwriting (Sacred Heart University.)
Danielle Roth
Dani is thrilled to be joining the Theatre Department at Darien Arts Center. She brings with her over 20 years of musical theatre training and performing experience having studied voice with Laura Menard, Amy Williams, and Amelia DeMayo, received training in the Uta Hagen and Stanislavsky methodologies of acting from John Jamiel and David McDonald, interned for Neil Berg (composer of Grumpy Old Men the Musical) and his touring production of 100 Years of Broadway, attended precollege programs at both Manhattan School of Music and NYU Cap-21, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Performance and Speech from Wagner College. She has over 15 years of experience directing, choreographing, teaching, and administrating educational theatre. Dani has staged over 40 different musical productions with cast members ranging from ages 5-22 and taught over 100 private voice students many of whom are represented by and working professionally. She has worked closed with Executive Staff of multiple organizations to create and implement programming, classes and productions that set the bar higher for both staff and students all while putting the child's learning experience at the center of the decision-making. She believes strongly in the power of music and art, and has seen firsthand how it can truly change lives. Dani brings her positive attitude, love of the craft, and desire to inspire excellence to her work and hopes that she will empower young people to find their own unique voices and truths through theatre!