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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]

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 (20%) 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.

September 23 - December 9
Acting IV
Ages 13-17
Fall 2019
Mondays: 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9
5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Joseph Stefanelli

Learn the fundamentals of taking direction. 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. Students will present a directed product, either a one act, scene or monologue in a final class presentation on the last day of class.

September 24 - December 10
Acting I
Ages 6-8
This class is full. Please call 732-528-9224 to be added to the waiting list.
Fall 2019
Tuesdays: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10
4:15 - 5:15 pm
Instructor: Nicole Picinic

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.

September 24 - December 10
Acting II
Ages 9-11
Fall 2019
Tuesdays: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10
5:30 - 7 pm
Instructor: Nicole Picinic

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

September 25 - December 11
Acting III
Ages 11-13
Fall 2019
Wednesdays: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11
5 - 7 pm
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. Students will read, rehearse and perform scenes from a variety of authors and tackle script analysis.

September 26 - December 12
Musical Theatre I & II
Ages 6-17
Fall 2019
Thursdays: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Instructor: Tyler Cicardo & 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.

November 4
Workshop: Audition Prep
Ages 11 & up
Fall 2019
5 - 7 pm
Instructor: Julie Nagy

Build a confident approach to an up and coming audition! Auditioning for a school musical, building a performance portfolio or have an interest in auditioning for an upcoming Algonquin production? This 2-hour workshop offers tips, suggestions and constructive guidance for best approach to preparing for an audition.