Weekly Acting Camps Online

Students rehearsing at acting camp

Summer 2021 Online Programs Now Open!



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 online environment, we will help students build self-confidence, learn new skills and connect with fellow students 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! Multi-week and returning campers will meet new creative challenges throughout the summer. Actors will learn a wide variety of acting techniques, methods and theories, geared specifically for their age range and developmental levels, working with familiar AFYP instructors. (Note: Adult guidance and technology support may be required for younger students)

All of our actors will participate in a final filmed presentation on Friday, to be shared digitally with families and friends after the camp session is complete.

Click HERE for details on daily schedule.


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:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST (M–F)
Tuition:  $195
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
Registration Deadline: June 1, 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 May 15, 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 – 7  |  Ages 8 – 11  |  Ages 12 – 18



Session II: June 28–July 2

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

Register Today:  Ages 5 – 7  |  Ages 8 – 11  |  Ages 12 – 18



Session III: July 5–9

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

Register Today:  Ages 5 – 7  |  Ages 8 – 11  |  Ages 12 – 18



Session IV: July 12–16

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

Register Today:  Ages 5 – 7  |  Ages 8 – 11  |  Ages 12 – 18



Session V: July 19–23

Classic characters and fairy tales are in the spotlight.

Register Today:  Ages 5 – 7  |  Ages 8 – 11  |  Ages 12 – 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
Faculty at Mason’s School of Theater
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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