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Performing Arts Academy

Our Performing Arts Academy offers year-round instruction to allow students to explore a variety of disciplines within the performing arts.

Not sure what class will be the right fit? We're here to help! Call or Julie Nagy, our education director, for assistance at 732-528-9224 or [email protected]

Multiple Enrollment Discount: A 10% discount is offered for multiple classes registered and siblings. Please book by phone at 732-528-9211.

Financial Assistance: Please do not let cost prevent participation in our academy programs. Payment plans are available, and applications for tuition assistance are available from the Director of Arts Education.

The Algonquin's Performing Arts Academy is presented with support from Broadway Ray, PNC Bank, Horizon Foundation, Dodge Foundation and The New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

Policies: Payment is due in full at time of reservation. Multiple enrollment discount is by household (i.e. 2 students taking 1 class, or 1 student taking 2 classes). All reservations are final (no refunds) after the first day of class. Discounts cannot be combined.

February 4 - April 8
Acting III
Ages 12-17
Spring 2019
Mondays: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Instructor: Frank Falisi

Further improve students' acting abilities through character study. Acting III will explore the process of bringing a character to life, physical detail in acting, action verses a reaction, articulating a character's objective and motive for walking into a scene and the importance of truthfulness in acting. This class is designed to develop a young actor's performance ability to a more mature and polished place.

February 5 - April 9
Acting I
Ages 6-8
Spring 2019
Tuesdays: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Instructor: Lizzy Legregin

Discover role-playing and the world of make-believe by using theatre games and improvisation techniques to enhance creativity and foster positive self-expression. Final presentation onstage.

February 5 - April 9
Acting II
Ages 9-11
Spring 2019
2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Instructor: Lizzy Legregin

Young actors will strengthen their skills through improvisation, movement, voice, character, and story creation. Final presentation of skits written by students onstage.

February 6 - April 10
Ages 12-17
Spring 2019
Wednesdays: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Instructor: Nick D'Ambrosia

Learn the fundamentals of directing a play. The student will learn elements that a theatre director must consider in order to execute a story to the stage: script analysis, casting, conducting rehearsals, communication with actors, conceptualizing an idea and aspects of design and technical needs. All student directors will be invited to observe at least one night of tech on an upcoming Algonquin Main Stage performance throughout the Spring semester. Students will present a directed product, either a one act, scene or monologue in a final class presentation on the last day of class.

February 7 - April 11
Musical Theatre I & II
Ages 6-14
Spring 2019
Thursdays: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Instructors: Ali Gleason, Michael Olender

If you're headed to Broadway, or just looking to have fun, this class is perfect for you to learn the essentials of musical theatre performance. Class divided by age/experience. Final class presentation.

April 1
Workshop: Newsies Audition Prep
Ages 11 & up
Monday, April 1
5 - 7 p.m.
Instructor: Anthony Giorgio

Build a confident approach to our audition for the Summer 2019 production of Newsies!. This 2-hour workshop will introduce choreography from the musical and the best way to prepare for the audition process.

April 27
Workshop: An Introduction to Headshots
Ages 9 & up, Parent(s) may attend this workshop with students.
Saturday, April 27
9 - 11 a.m.
Instructor: Krystle Weaver

For an actor, your headshot is your first impression. Introduce yourself to the steps from seeking the right photographer, what to wear and how to use the photos. This workshop will provide live demonstrations on how to capture your personality on camera.