Drama & Acting Programs



How do you make a play? This exciting program will teach young people the skills to write, direct, and star in an original production! In just one week, students will learn playwriting, directing, and acting techniques, and present their brand new play to family and friends. Kyle Metzger, Artistic Director of NYC theater company The Glass Eye (and director of our annual Shakespeare on the Beach), brings his expertise to the Como for this exciting one-week only workshop. If your child is interested in the performing arts, or wants to learn about the mechanics of story-telling, or just wants to have a ton of fun, this is the perfect opportunity to learn from a theater expert!

Dates, Ages & Times: 

September 25-29 | Ages 11-16 | 3:15-4:15 p.m.

September 25-29 | Ages 7-10 | 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Member Price: $100

Non-Member Price:  $130

About the Instructor

Kyle is a director, actor, and teaching artist in New York City. As the Artistic Director of The Glass Eye, he presents Shakespeare on the Beach with the Como each summer at duBois Beach. As a teaching artist, Kyle has worked with Stages on the Sound, Writopia Lab, S.A.Y. (Stuttering Associate for the Young), and the AltSchool among other arts education organizations. He holds a BFA in Music Theater from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, and he thanks the Como for introducing him to the magic of theater. He took his first acting class the Como as a precocious 11 year old and never looked back. Kyle is so excited to offer this workshop in Stonington, and hopes to inspire the next generation of theater-makers to tell their stories!



*Open to middle school and high school students*

A two day, intensive workshop for the beginner/intermediate actor, director, and editor.

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In this ten hour, two day workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of movie-making from the script stage to the final product, by shooting and editing an original movie short! 

Movie Making 101 is designed for beginning or intermediate actor who wants to make a career in television, film, or commercials, and/or the young director, editor, and camera operator who is interested in the production, editing and scoring of movies and television shows. 

Students will not only shoot a short movie to be used for audition purposes, they will also get an introduction to industry standard editing software and techniques using Adobe Premier.

Movie Making 101 is a collaborative workshop facilitated by Michael T. Lombardi, an actor, writer, producer, and Emmy nominated director, and Joseph Trelli, a free-lance new media developer and STEAM educator at the Stonington COMO. 


Workshop Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24

Times: 10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. 

Member Fee: $365 Members

Nonmember Fee: $395 Non members


*Register before September 15, 2017 to get the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*

Early Bird Workshop Fee

$315 Members

$345 Non members