Drama Classes

Let your creativity take center stage! At Darlington, Drama students explore their imagination, gain skills and have fun. Our experienced, supportive teaching artists will help you or your child discover the actor within you and gain confidence. Classes focus on the process of acting, improvisation, or musical theatre, and performances are presented at the end of each session for family and friends.

A Play in a Day workshops are offered throughout the year. Students will create an original play or musical, create sets and costumes, and perform in front of their family and friends all in one day!

Because we are a member-supported center for the arts, a non-refundable Family Membership of $75, valid from September 1 through August 31, is required to enroll in all activities (exceptions are noted and include all workshops) and will be pro-rated to $40 for activities beginning after March 1. The Family Membership may be tax-deductible and allows Darlington to maintain facilities, provide excellent administration, care for our instruments and studios, and fulfill our mission to provide Every Art for Everyone.

The health of our students and staff at Darlington are of utmost importance. Please click on the link to learn more about our policies set in place to ensure proper safety and social distancing protocols onsite.

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Winter/Spring 2023-2024

Kids

Curtains Up! Acting for Kids   
Ages: 7-12, Mondays, 4:00pm-5:15pm
Whether you are continuing your dramatic journey or you are brand new to the stage, this class is for you! Receive the tools and training of professional actors. Be the playwrights, designers and directors of your very own show! You will build confidence and presence while you create an original play to perform for family and friends on the final date! Garnet Valley Students may be bused to Darlington as part of our Afterschool Club!
Teaching Artist: Griffin Horn

Winter/Spring 2: April 8, 2024 – June 3, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 5/27/24
Price before/after March 3: $196/$206
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Acting and Improv for Kids

Ages: 5-10, Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Are you destined to be on stage? In this introduction to Acting and Improvisation for kids, you will build confidence and social skills while expressing and expanding your creativity! Participate in a variety of theater games while learning the skills of a theater artisan! Create characters, scenes and stories with friends! An exhibition of work will be presented on the last class of each session. Garnet Valley Students may be bused to Darlington as part of our Afterschool Club!
Teaching Artist: Kate McGrath

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 6, 2024 – April 2, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 3/26/24
Price before/after Jan. 6: $157/$165
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 9, 2024 – June 4, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price before/after March 3: $177/$186
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Let's Make A Movie - NEW CLASS! 
Ages: 7-12, Saturdays, 9:30am-10:45am

You loved it so much as a camp that we made it a class! Be the screenwriters, directors, and stars of your own movie! Learn about the creative process behind your favorite movies and some of the technology used to bring cinematic stories to life! Students will premiere their movie for friends and family on the final class.
Teaching Artist: Griffin Horn

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 10, 2024 – April 6, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 3/30/24
Price before/after Jan. 6: $196/$206
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 13, 2024 – June 8, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 5/25/24
Price before/after March 3: $196/$206
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Dungeons and Darlington - NEW CLASS! 
Ages: 10-14, Saturdays, 11:00am-12:15am

Calling all aspiring game designers! Explore the vast and wonderful world of RPG (Role-playing Game) creation. Work together as a class to create an original tabletop RPG. From creating characters, settings, gameplay loops, etc., learn how to keep your game engaging!
Teaching Artist: Dave Ebersole and Griffin Horn

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 10, 2024 – April 6, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 3/30/24
Price before/after Jan. 6: $196/$206
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 13, 2024 – June 8, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 5/25/24
Price before/after March 3: $196/$206
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Adults

Acting and Improv for Adults - NEW TIME!
Ages: 18+, Mondays, 5:30pm-6:45pm

This class will focus on ensemble work, both scripted and improvisational. Develop your stage presence and timing through scene work, movement training, and improv games with our drama teaching artist.
Teaching Artist: Kate McGrath

Winter/Spring Session 2: April 8, 2024 – June 3, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 5/27/24
Price before/after March 3: $196/$206
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Summer 2024

Kids

Sketch Comedy - NEW CLASS!   
Ages: 7-12, Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Explore concepts, characters, and situations as you learn how to write short, funny pieces to be performed live on stage. You'll explore the means and methods of creating your own Saturday Night Live! Darlington is thrilled to offer this exciting new drama class!
Teaching Artist: Dave Ebersole

Summer Session 1: June 18, 2024 – July 9, 2024 (4 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price before/after May 31: $79/$83
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Summer Session 2: July 16, 2024 – August 6, 2024 (4 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price before/after May 31: $79/$83
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Teens

Comic Book Creation - NEW CLASS!
Ages: 13-17, Tuesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Learn how to craft a comic book story, create great characters, the ins and outs of the industry and tips for breaking in—all from a published comic book author. You'll explore the process of making comics from start to finish - story creation, story boarding, world building, etc. Bring your ideas and creativity to this exciting new course offering here at Darlington!
Teaching Artist: Dave Ebersole

Summer Session 1: June 18, 2024 – July 9, 2024 (4 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price before/after May 31: $79/$83
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Summer Session 2: July 16, 2024 – August 6, 2024 (4 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price before/after May 31: $79/$83
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Adults

Introduction to Playwriting - NEW CLASS!
Ages: 18+, Tuesdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Join us for this exciting opportunity to work with a published playwright to explore the fundamentals of writing a play. You'll gain the tools you need to begin and/or continue your playwriting journey as well as have ideas for your plot, a developed breakdown of your characters, and a draft of your first scene. Explore your writing in a safe and supportive environment.
Teaching Artist: Dave Ebersole

Summer Session 1: June 18, 2024 – July 9, 2024 (4 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price before/after May 31: $79/$83
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Summer Session 2: July 16, 2024 – August 6, 2024 (4 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price before/after May 31: $79/$83
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Private Drama Instruction
Experienced instructors can help students of all ages and levels begin or improve their technique. To schedule your lessons call us at (610) 358-3632.


Why Darlington?

"The teachers are awesome!"

"My daughter really enjoyed working with other students to create their play."

"It's welcoming and beautiful."

"Our kids love their teacher."

"We loved the play that our daughter created! She had such a fun time and really came out of her shell."