Performing Arts Academy | Algonquin Arts Theatre
Algonquin Arts

Performing Arts Academy

Our Philosophy
Theatre is fun! It also builds social and interpersonal skills that can be used for a lifetime. The classes, all based on a foundation of acting and improvisation, are designed to help students build the skills needed to succeed on the stage and beyond.

We generally offer programming all year long:

  1. Summer Camps: 1 or 2 week classes offered in morning, afternoon or full day sessions.
  2. Fall Semester: After school programs, typically between 4 pm and 7 pm
  3. Spring Semester: After school programs, typically between 4 pm and 7 pm
  4. Workshops & Intensives: Classes & workshops outside of the semester calendar.

Financial Aid
Our goal is for our classes to be accessible to any interested student. Please contact us about need-based aid including discounts and payment plans.

Our class policies are listed below and on the bottom of each class listing. Please note than for 2021, we expect all pandemic-related policies to stay in place. Thank you for working with us during this unique situation.

General Policies: Payment is due in full at time of reservation. For classes this fall, we offer a Multiple enrollment discount (10%) by household (i.e. 2 students taking 1 class, or 1 student taking 2 classes). Classes are subject to minimum enrollment. Classes that don't hit the minimum enrollment 72 hours before begins opens will be cancelled and a refund issued immediately. Please read our Parent Pack (Summer 2021) for more information.

As always, financial assistance is available. Please email [email protected] to inquire.

Specific Pandemic-Related Policies:

  • We must receive a signed Parent Pack (Summer 2021) from a parent/guardian of each enrolled student. Use this link to download, or we will email you 10-14 days before the first class with this file as an attachment.
  • All students, teachers and staff are required to wear a mask (including during final performance). Masks are also required during arrival and dismissal when social distancing may not be possible.
  • Summer 2021: Each class limited to 15 students and will not share space with other classes.
  • Utilize the theatre lobby for arrival and dismissal.
  • Classes will meet on the stage or in our 25' x 25' acting studio. Each student will be assigned a dedicated 'home' area for water bottle/jacket etc. Students will maintain social distance during class.
  • All students must bring their own water bottle(s), marked with their name.
  • Hand sanitizer is made available on site.
  • Algonquin will consistently clean the facility as recommended by state guidelines for operation.
  • All programs are subject to switch to an online model temporarily or permanently if mandated by state policies or if there is exposure of a student/teaching artist to COVID-19.
  • Because of the evolving nature of the pandemic, all policies are subject to change. We do not expect the mask wearing requirement to change during the Winter or Spring semester.
  • Spring 2021: Students may invite up to 8 guests to the final class presentation. All attendees must wear masks and seating will be assigned.
  • Summer 2021: Attendance for the final showcase will be determined at a later date (we expect each student can bring at least 4 guests).
  • Before attending any class, students/parents must be able to answer NO to the following questions:
    - Any temperature (above 100) or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours?
    - Have you been in contact with anyone positive for COVID-19?
    - Do any members of your household have COVID-19 or are any awaiting COVID test results?
    - Have you traveled to any NJ quarantined state in the past 10 days?