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NJ Kids Performing Arts, Theater Programs for Children, Teens & Adults in NJ

The Acting Space
Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St., Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-275-2699
         The Acting Space holds classes out of the Barrow Mansion in the historic district of Jersey City. We are a boutique premier performing arts acting school providing the highest quality theater education to kids, teens and adults in a fun, safe, and creative environment. During our summer camps, we produce and perform a variety of Disney's and other musical plays, improv acting and Broadway singing. Students will master musical theater and acting techniques while building self-confidence in a collaborative learning environment. We also offer in-school, after-school and other summertime programs and accept everyone at any level. Our expert faculty has vast professional experience in acting, singing, and dancing for theater, musical theater, film, and TV, with advanced degrees from the top schools.

All Children's Theatre Saturday Programs
P.O. Box 6328, Parsippany, 973-335-5328
    "Where Every Child is a Star" performing arts by young performers ages 4-17. Programs Saturdays in fall and spring. Air-conditioned sites. Group discounts. Established 1983. Celebrating our 36th year introducing children to the art of theatre and performance.

Aspire Performing Arts Company
Northern New Jersey/Wayne area, 201-220-4933
    Aspire PAC has an incredible reputation for offering a professional arts experience in a friendly atmosphere. Full-length productions, Broadway trips, educational workshops and master classes taught by Broadway professionals are available. All programs help foster self-confidence, enhance communication and teamwork skills, and promote artistic expression. Find out what made one reviewer say, "There is always time for Broadway, but make time to aspire."

The Baird Visual and Performing Arts
The Baird, 5 Mead St., South Orange, 973-378-7754
    Year round cultural programs include art, dance, theater and music for adults and children starting at 2 1⁄2 yrs. old.

Bergen Performing Arts Center Performing Arts School
1 Depot Square, Englewood, 201-482-8194
    Year-round hands-on arts training includes early childhood program, dance, theater, music, summer programs, and Special Stars program for children and adults with special needs.

Brundage Park Playhouse
502 Millbrook Ave., Randolph, 973-989-7092
    Dance and theater classes for ages 3 to teens; summer workshop for experienced teens ages 13-17.

Centenary Young Performers Workshop
715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900
    Professional theater training open to beginning-advanced ­performers ages 8-18. Fall, spring and summer sessions culminate with a 10-day Festival of Shows.

Circus Place
6 Jill Court, Building 23 Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784
    Children and adults can discover, explore and perform unique cirque arts in a safe and nurturing environment. Professional facility and staff enable the recreational student to discover new skills, encourage the serious student to explore their potential, and empower the professional artist to develop their craft to the highest level possible.
    25 circus disciplines include: juggling, hula hooping, wire walking, plate spitting, acrobatics, human pyramids, clowning, aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, rope, stilt walking and unicycle. Daily classes, private lessons, workshops, day camps, class trips, birthday parties and summer camps. Performance opportunities include participation in youth troupe, variety shows and end-of-the-school-year student showcase.

Count Basie Performing Arts Academy
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-224-8778 x125
    Weekly classes and workshops for ages 6-18 in acting, voice, dance, theater, TV, film, rock music and more.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-378-7754, x2228
    Professional non-profit theater offers improv classes for adults and teens and a summer theater program for ages 10-17.

Essex Youth Theater
Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, 973-746-3303
    Fall, spring and summer sessions of theater arts for ages 4-12. Internships available.

Growing Stage Creative Drama Classes
The Palace Theatre, Rt. 183, Netcong, 973-347-4946
    Spring and fall creative arts classes and summer arts day camp for children of all ages and abilities.

Kelsey Theatre Youth Programs
Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3566
    Saturday morning creative theater workshops for grades K-5 during spring and fall; summer workshops for grades 5-12.

Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551
    Creative drama classes for ages 4-13; theater classes and specialty workshops for adults.

McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-6510
    After school classes for students in pre-K through high school and summer days camps for grades 1-12.

Middletown Arts Center
36 Church St., Middletown, 732-706-4100
    Children, teen and adult classes in art, music, dance and theatre; birthday parties; summer arts camps.

MPAC Performing Arts School
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-0345 x6582
    Performance-based theatrical training program for students ages 5-18.

Musical Theatre Conservatory
Livingston/West Orange locations, 973-868-6259
    MTC offers summer camps, classes and performing opportunities for students who are taught by theatre professionals in a positive and nurturing environment. At MTC, it's all about the kids! Exciting classes in voice, acting, theatre dance, song interpretation, comedy, TV and commercial acting, makeup – stage combat and audition technique.

New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts
593 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, 973-566-9700
    Theater arts for grades K-12 and adults; summer camps.

Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School
Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-315-1669
    Classes for kids, teens and adults; college prep and audition coaching; summer conservatory and annual New Voices concert by audition only.

Shakespeare Theatre Academy
36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-845-6742
    Teen and adult classes in classic theatre are taught by Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey artistic and educational staff and guest teaching artists. See Camps for information about summer Junior and Senior Corps.

Showkids Invitational (S.K.I.T.)
    Performing arts experience for ages 7-18 culminates in full productions with live orchestra at Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner. See Arts–Theatre.

Somerset County Vo-Tech Creative Arts
N. Bridge St. & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-8900 x7168
    Gifted and talented high school students from Somerset, Hunterdon and Union Counties are accepted by audition into acting and vocal music programs.

The Theater Project Classroom in Maplewood & Union
Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood
Cranford and Union summer locations, 908-809-8865
    Improv classes for grades 5-8, summer theater programs for ages 8-18, and Young Playwrights Competition for New Jersey high school students.

Vanguard Theater Company
P.O. Box 1048, Maplewood, NJ 07040, 862-205-3525
    Founded in 2015, Vanguard Theater Company is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization committed to producing transformational theater with an emphasis on D.R.E.A.M.—Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship. In the spring, we have our Broadway Buddy mentorship program and our touring program, VTC/NYC. In the fall, we rehearse and present our MainStage show. In the summer, we offer a 16 day performing arts immersion sleepaway Summerstock experience. See display ad on page 137 and listing under Performing Arts Camps and Sleepaway Camps.

Villagers Theatre Arts Program
Villagers Theatre, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710
    School year and summer program for ages 6-18.