Due to COVID-19 our staff is tele-working. For questions, email academy@gmu.edu. All private lessons and classes are now online.

Acting For Young People

Acting and Theater classes at the Academy

Spring 2021 registration is open!

Ages 5 – 18


Acting for Young People (AFYP), the Academy Theater program, provides professional-level training in a supportive and fun environment that empowers actors of all ages with lifelong skills valuable both on stage and off. We create and present plays that harness the power of theater to engage and educate young minds on vital issues. AFYP programs impart life skills, raise awareness, build confidence, encourage creative thinking, build character and above all, nurture an appreciation for live theater in young audiences.

Programs include summer camps, showcase productions, workshops, and adult classes. Our faculty is made up of working professionals in the industry: actors, directors, and teaching artists who are constantly honing their skills through their creative endeavors and bringing those skills back to share with our students. Learn exciting acting and musical theater skills – and explore improv and stage movement – in these challenging, impactful, and fun acting classes and theater showcases. Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA offers the perfect blend of university-quality acting teachers and a supportive environment with other community members.




Spring 2021 Classes


Mini Actors’ Showcase
“The Little Detectives”
Ages 5-6
Saturdays, 9-10 am EST
February 6-April 24
10 weeks


Young Actors’ Showcase
“Adventures: Decked Out Detectives”
Ages 7-8
Saturdays, 9-10:30 am EST
February 6-April 24
10 weeks


Musical Showcase
“Ace Diamond: Fairy Tale Detective”
Ages 9-15
Saturdays, 9 am-12 pm  |  1-4 pm EST
February 6-April 24
10 weeks


Advanced Actors’ Showcase
“Ace Diamond: Fairy Tale Detective”
Ages 12-18
Saturdays, 1-4 pm EST
February 6-April 24
10 weeks


Expanding Your
Musical Theater Repertoire
Ages 12–18
Wednesdays, 7–8:15 pm EST
Feb. 17–Mar. 24, 2021
6 weeks

Acting theater voiceover workshopThe Art of Voiceover
Ages 12–18
Tuesdays, 5–6:15 pm EST
Apr. 13–May 18, 2021
6 weeks


Shakespeare MasterclassShakespeare Masterclass AFYP
Ages 12–18
Tuesdays, 6:45–8:00 pm EST
Apr. 13–May 18, 2021
6 weeks








Thanks to our students and their families, AFYP has received several awards including…

“BEST Children’s Theater/Education” in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, and 2006
“BEST Day Camp” winner 2019, 2017, and 2015, finalist since 2002
“BEST Camp Counselor” in 2015
“BEST Kid’s Party Entertainer” in 2016, 2015
“BEST Party Service” in 2016
“BEST Family Friendly Company” in 2012, 2013
“BEST Arts Program” finalist in 2016



“2012 Best Performing Arts Company (Northern Virginia) Virginia Living Magazine”

2016, 2017 Top 3 “Best Day Camp (Northern Virginia) Virginia Living Magazine”




“2013 Totally Awesome Award for Best Dance & Theater classes”