Acting For Young People

Ages 5 – 18

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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 2024 Acting programs are closed, however, Summer 2024 Registration is now open!

Spring 2024 (Closed)

Mini Actors’

Ages 5-6

Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am

February 10–May 18, 2024

Musical Showcase

Ages 9-15

Saturdays, 9:00 am-12:30 pm OR 1:00-4:30 pm

February 10–May 18, 2024

Young Actors’ Showcase

Ages 7-8

Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 am

February 10–May 18, 2024

Advanced Actors’ Showcase

Ages 13-18

Saturdays 1:00 -4:30 pm

February 10–May 18, 2024

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

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

2016, 2019 Top 3 “Best Day Camp (Northern Virginia) Virginia Living Magazine”

2021 Top 3 Best “Summer Camp

“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