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Acting For Young People

Acting and Theater classes at the Academy

Acting and Theater Classes
Ages 5 – Adults

 

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.

 

 

Summer 2020 Online Programs


 

 
Students rehearsing at acting campWeekly Acting Camps
Ages 5–18 (divided into age groups)
June 22–July 24, 2020 (weekly)
Exciting weekly themed drama camp

 
Advanced Actors Showcase: The Hamlet Murders
Ages 13–18
July 13–17, 2020
Perform in a virtual production

Advanced Actors  Showcase: Classic Tales
Ages 13–18
July 20–24, 2020
Perform in a virtual production

Students rehearsing in musical theater summer campMusical Theater Repertoire Workshop
Ages 13–18
July 7–9  |  July 14-16, 2020
Vocal rep and audition preparation

 
Acting for the Camera Workshop
Ages 7–11  |  12–18
3 sessions available
Acting techniques for on-camera

 
Advanced Actors Shakespeare Showcase: A Digital Tempest
Ages 12–18
July 27–31, 2020
Perform in a virtual production

Acting students performing in a summer playAdvanced Actors Showcase:
Radio Play

Ages 12–18
July 27–31, 2020
Perform in a virtual production

Vocal students at summer camp
Musical Theater Bootcamp
Ages 7–11
July 27–31, 2020
Singing and stage skills intensive for singers/ actors

 

 

 

Spring 2020 Classes


 

School Holiday Workshop
Ages 5-14
9 am–3 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020

 

Spring Break Camp
Ages 5-12
Monday–Friday | 9 am-3 pm
Apr. 6-10, 2020
Camp canceled.

 

Adult Acting Workshop Fall 2019Acting Workshop for Adults
Ages 18+
Wednesdays, 6:30–8 pm
Mar. 25–May. 20, 2020
Class canceled.

College Audition Workshop Fall 2019 Ages 15-20 musical, monologues, interviewsAudition Techniques Workshop
Ages 14-20
Wednesdays, 6:30–8 pm
Feb. 5–Mar. 11, 2020
Registration closed.

 

Mini Actors’ Showcase
Ages 5-6
Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m.
Feb. 8-May 16

 

Musical Showcase
Ages 9-15
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
OR 1:30-5 p.m.
Feb. 8-May 16

 

Young Actors’ Showcase
Ages 7-8
Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m.
Feb. 8-May 16

Advanced Actors’ Showcase
Ages 12-18
Saturdays, 1:30-5 p.m.
Feb. 8-May 16

 

 

 

 

Fall 2019 Classes


 

Student Holiday Workshop
Ages 5-14
9 am–3 pm
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

 

Mini Actors’ Showcase
Ages 5-6
Saturdays, 9-10:30 am
Sept. 7-Nov. 23, 2019

 

 

Young Actors’ Showcase
Ages 7-8
Saturdays, 9-10:30 am
Sept. 7-Nov. 23, 2019

Adult Acting Workshop Fall 2019Acting Workshop for Adults
Ages 18+
Wednesdays, 6:30–8 pm
Oct. 16–Nov. 20, 2019

 

 

Musical Showcase
Ages 9-15
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
OR 1:30-5 p.m.
Sept. 7-Nov. 23, 2019

 

Advanced Actors’ Showcase
Ages 12-18
Saturdays, 1:30-5 pm
Sept. 7-Nov. 23, 2019

 

 

 

 

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 2017 & 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”