Algonquin Arts

Performing Arts Academy

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

New for Summer 2018 we have added a full day option to our two most popular class sessions. Students have the opportunity to enroll in just the morning or afternoon class, or enroll in full day (at a discounted rate).

Summer 2018 Class Pricing
Class 1 Class 2 Classes 3 or More
Session 1 (AM) $325 $285 $270
Session 1 (PM) $245 $215 $200
Session 2 (AM) $360 $315 $300
Session 2 (PM) $270 $235 $220
Session 3 (Full Day) $295 $265 $250
Session 4 (AM only) $360 $315 $300


Summer 2018 - Full Day Discount
Session 1 (Full Day) $500
Session 2 (Full Day) $550

Only single-class enrollment is available online. Call 732-528-9211 to enroll in more than one class & receive the discounted pricing indicated above!

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]

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.

June 25 - July 6
ACTING & IMPROVISATION: Session I Mornings
Ages 6-17
Summer 2018
Weekdays. No Class July 4. Presentation on final day of class.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$325
Instructors: Nicole Clark, Frank Falisi, Anthony Giorgio, Kerrianne Spellman, Lauren Blake, Alexis Pellegrino

Students will be divided into the following groups based on age:

A. Creative Dramatics (Ages: 6-7)
Explore the world of the stage through characters and role-playing, using theatre games and improvisation to foster creativity, inspire confidence and encourage positive self-expression.

B. Acting I (Ages: 8-10)
Young actors strengthen their performance skills through improvisation, movement, voice, character development, and play-making, developing a performance ensemble whose collective creativity inspires performance pieces.

C. Acting II (Ages: 11-13)
Young actors focus the energy and skill building of improvisation into more structured performances, with emphasis on taking direction, making imaginative acting choices and using the body, voice and imagination to communicate ideas.

D. Acting III (Ages: 14-17)
Using an ensemble-developed performance piece, actors will focus on the detail work of developing a character in the context of a play: understanding the character physically, vocally and psychologically, identifying character behavior in reaction to other characters, knowing what motivates your character and creating realistic theatre with believable, truthful characters.

Note: This is the morning session (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Enroll in both Morning & Afternoon classes for $500 - a savings of more than 10%. Multiple class discount only available when you book by phone (732-528-9211) or in person.

June 25 - July 6
ACTING & IMPROVISATION: Session I Afternoons
Ages 6-17
Summer 2018
Weekdays. No Class July 4. Presentation on final day of class.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$245
Instructors: Kristin Parker, Julie Nagy

Students will be divided into the following groups based on age:

A. Scene Study I (Ages: 6-10)
Using dialogue from well-known age-appropriate plays and stories, young actors will read, interpret and perform written scenes while also learning to analyze a script for production elements like costumes, make-up, props, lighting and sets.

B. Scene Study II (Ages: 11-17)
Explore the history and development of a play through scenes from contemporary theatre, film and literature. Students read, rehearse and perform scripted scenes from a variety of authors and tackle script analysis from the perspective of both actor and director.

Note: This is the afternoon session (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Enroll in both Morning & Afternoon classes for $500 - a savings of more than 10%. Multiple class discount only available when you book by phone (732-528-9211) or in person.

July 16 - July 27
MUSICAL THEATRE: Session 2 Mornings
Ages 6-17
Summer 2018
Weekdays. Presentation on final day of class.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$360
Instructors: Anthony Giorgio, Ian Moore, Natalie Hayes, Michael Olender

Students will be divided into the following groups based on age:

A. Musical Theatre I (Ages: 6-11)
ACT! SING! DANCE! Explore the fundamentals of musical theatre performance through introductory vocal, dance and acting instruction.

B. Musical Theatre II (Ages: 12-17)
Learn the essentials of musical theatre auditioning and performance through ensemble vocal, movement, dance and acting instruction.

Note: This is the morning session (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Enroll in both Morning & Afternoon classes for $550 - a savings of more than 10%. Multiple class discount only available when you book by phone (732-528-9211) or in person.

July 16 - July 27
MUSICAL THEATRE: Session 2 Afternoons
Ages 6-17
Summer 2018
Weekdays. Presentation on final day of class.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$270
Instructors: Anthony Giorgio, Nick Durst

Students will be divided into the following groups based on age:

A. In the Spotlight (Ages: 6-11)
How does a performance become a star turn? When actors bring their own unique qualities to the part! Using improvisation to explore familiar roles from musical theatre, students will learn to make distinctive vocal, movement and acting choices to put their own personal stamp on the character.

B. Showstopper! (Ages: 12-17)
How does a musical number become a showstopper? It all begins with the individual characters and how they work together. In this energetic session, students take an improvisational approach to familiar characters, with a focus on big, production numbers. Making strong individual character choices, the ensemble then comes together for that big number that brings down the house! A great opportunity to forget about the conventional, take some risks and be pushed out of your comfort zone!

Note: This is the afternoon session (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Enroll in both Morning & Afternoon classes for $550 - a savings of more than 10%. Multiple class discount only available when you book by phone (732-528-9211) or in person.

July 30 - August 3
A WORLD PREMIER MUSICAL: Session 3 Full Day
Ages 9-12
Summer 2018
Weekdays. Presentation on final day of class.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$295
Instructor: Pamela Ward

The Fisherman & His Wife: Learn & Perform a Musical in 5 Days!
Robert the Fisherman captures a magical fish whose ability to grant wishes unleashes great fortune and utter disaster on the fisherman and his wife. In addition to originating a character and introducing new music, students will also contribute to design elements like props, costumes and set pieces for the final presentation.

Note: This is a full day class (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Discounts are available for multiple enrollments, but only available when you book by phone (732-528-9211) or in person.

August 6 - August 17
ACTING & IMPROVISATION: Session 4 Mornings
Ages 6-17
Summer 2018
Weekdays. Presentation on final day of class.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$360
Instructor: Natalie Hayes, Jarrod Scott

Students will be divided into the following groups based on age:

A. Creative Dramatics II (Ages: 6-11)
Discover role-playing and the world of make-believe by using theatre games and improvisation techniques to enhance creativity and foster positive self-expression.

B. Improv Wiki (Ages: 12-17)
No need to ask Siri, Alexa or Google. Our instructor is an encyclopedia of improv games, a tool that helps the actor think quickly, imagine, role-play & commit to character.

Note: This is a morning class (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Discounts are available for multiple enrollments, but only available when you book by phone (732-528-9211) or in person.