We're pleased to announce Asbury Park High School's drama program is now completely self-sufficient under the direction of Gary Kilmer, the
district's drama teacher.
The Acting Studio was established by Algonquin Arts Theatre as an after-school drama program to nurture and develop the artistic
talents of Asbury Park High School (APHS) students.
Prior to this program, APHS had been without a drama program for more than ten years. From 2008-2010, approximately 120 at-risk students
have successfully produced six productions, including
Little Shop of Horrors and
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Both productions from the 2008/9 school year received honors and awards and two cast members were individually recognized at the
Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival and the 2009 Monmouth County Arts Council Art in Education Awards. One of these students was a former
dropout, who now plans to attend Brookdale College after graduation.
The objectives of The Acting Studio are to:
- Create a safe and supportive environment.
- Increase the overall academic attainment of youth through exposure to the performing arts.
- Increase students' creativity, presentation skills and self-esteem.
- Offer mentoring relationships and role models.
- Assist educators in meeting New Jersey's core curriculum standards.
- Inspire a life-long love of the arts.