Weekly Acting Camps

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Exciting new weekly themes for 2021!

Our award-winning Acting for Young People summer camps are an excellent opportunity for students with any level of acting experience. In a fun, high-energy environment, we help students build self-confidence and make new friends while learning from working professionals in the theater and film industries.

Each session will have a unique theme, which will inspire the week’s activities! Multiweek and returning campers will meet new creative challenges throughout the summer. Sign up for just one session or take advantage of the multiple week discount. Students will be divided into groups based on their age. Each group has their own acting class that focuses on age-appropriate performance skills, as well as styles related to the theme.

Young actors will develop skills and an incredibly wide variety of acting styles, methods, theories, and techniques from AFYP instructors. All of our actors will participate in a final filmed presentation, to be shared digitally with families and friends after the camp session is complete.

Click HERE for details on daily schedule.

Due to safety restrictions, space is extremely limited in each age group. Registering early is recommended.


Ages:  5 – 18 years (divided into separate, age-specific groups)
Dates:  June 21 – 25  |  June 28 – July 2  |  July 5 – 9  |  July 12 – 16  |  July 19 – 23, 2021
Times:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm (M–F)
Tuition:  $390 Per Child Per Session
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
Registration Deadline: Fridays, 5 pm
*After Care not available for Summer 2021[Register]

Sibling Discount/Multiple Week Discount:
$5 off for each additional enrolled family member and/or each additional session attended!

AFYP Early Bird Special:
Register by June 11, 2021, and automatically receive $10 off!




Session I: June 21–25

Stories of the fantastical, extraordinary, and extraterrestrial come to life!

Register Today:  Ages 5 & 6  |  Ages 7 & 8  |  Ages 9 & 10  |  Ages 11 & 12  |  Ages 13-18



Session II: June 28–July 2

Develop epic characters in stories inspired by myths, fables, and legends.

Register Today:  Ages 5 & 6  |  Ages 7 & 8  |  Ages 9 & 10  |  Ages 11 & 12  |  Ages 13-18



Session III: July 5–9

Dive into the wonderful worlds of Hollywood, Broadway, and more!

Register Today:  Ages 5-6  |  Ages 7-8  |  Ages 9-10  |  Ages 11 & 12  |  Ages 13-18



Session IV: July 12–16

Solve the riddles and puzzle out the answers with mysterious stories and inventive characters!

Register Today:  Ages 5-6  |  Ages 7-8  |  Ages 9-10  |  Ages 11 & 12  |  Ages 13-18



Session V: July 19–23

Classic characters and fairy tales are in the spotlight.

Register Today:  Ages 5-6  |  Ages 7-8  |  Ages 9-10  |   Ages 11 & 12  |  Ages 13-18



“Best Summer Acting Camp” in Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2020 & 2021!



“Best Children’s Theatre/Instruction” in FAMILY Magazine’s 2018 Best for Families Reader Poll!






Mary Lechter
AFYP Director:  Mary Lechter
Mason’s School of Theater Faculty
Read about Ms. Lechter

A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech Communications, Mary has been working professionally as an actor in the metropolitan Washington-area, Los Angeles, and New York since 1985. She has worked at Washington area theaters including Theater of the First Amendment, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, and Source Theatre. Television, radio and film credits include ABC’s All My Children, Barry Levinson’s Avalon, Diesel Films’ Dracula’s Mother, the MGM/Lionsgate thriller Hit and Run, and several spots for NPR’s Morning Edition.

Mary founded AFYP in 1997, and has seen the company grow from being its only teacher with a sporadic program schedule in rented spaces to where it is today: a year-round program with a full staff, working in conjunction with Potomac Arts Academy, for which she is Associate Director.

She is a longtime member of Mason’s School of Theater faculty in the areas of Performance and Theater Education. She was named a 2013 “Teacher of Distinction” and was a 2014 TEDxGeorgeMasonU speaker (“Magic Moments: the Transformative Power of  Theater“). She previously taught at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her professional memberships include The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Educational Theatre Association.

Mary’s directing credits include An Experiment with an Air Pump and Shakespeare in Hollywood (George Mason University); Still Beating Hearts and A Godless Man (Theater of the First Amendment First Light Festival); Happy Holidays, Charlie Brown, 101 Dalmatians, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Willy Wonka, Jr.; Peter Pan, Jr.; A Seussified Christmas Carol; Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (AFYP).




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