Parents of kids with a flair for the dramatic, let's talk about our favorite theater programs and acting classes for kids in Philadelphia!
From focused instruction to participating in full children's theater productions, kids will gain confidence and performance skills while having fun with their peers. Check out parent-recommended music & theater summer camps, too.
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Erin P.: People's Light offers kids the opportunity to improvise, write a play, and perform with friends at their wide variety of classes for kids of all ages! In addition to their great options for younger kids, they offer a particularly exciting program for theatre-loving teens.
Actors Lab Philly
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: The Actors Lab teaches students the craft and business of acting while encouraging them to be creative, confident and empowered. They also help strengthen students' auditioning skills for the stage and for film and television work. They support students of all skill levels and offer classes for youth and teens. The classes focus on interpreting scripts, learning dialogue, developing acting skills and building confidence . After 12 weeks of lessons, classes perform a live scene day of their original short films for family and friends.
MacGuffin Theatre & Film Co.
Erin P.: MacGuffin Theatre & Film Co. offers classes in comedy, drama, musical theatre and film, and kids are encouraged to try them all. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays in fall, winter and spring sessions.
Music Theatre Philly
Erin P.: Music Theatre Philly offers acting classes in which they build confidence, respect and teamwork among the actors. Classes include forms of dance and musical theatre workshops geared for each age range. All of the semester-long classes conclude with a showcase presentation for family and friends.
Allens Lane Art Center
Erin P.: Allens Lane Art Center is a non-profit community arts organization. Their goal is to bring members of the community together to participate in and enjoy the arts. Classes include a showcase at the end of each session.
Walnut Street Theatre
Erin P.: What better place for kids to study theatre than at America's oldest theatre? The Walnut Street Theatre was founded in 1809 and is a National Historic Landmark. Their theatre school offers sessions in the fall, spring and summer. Courses are generally offered on evenings and weekends.
Erin P.: Philly PACK (Performing Art Center for Kids) offers classes for kids. Their goal is to instill within the young actors a love for the performing arts. The youngest performers will love the Creative Movement classes. As they age, they can explore dance classes in specific styles, theatre games and improv, as well as musical theatre. PACK offers three sessions-fall, spring, and summer. The kids will look forward to showing off their accomplishments with a performance at the end of each session.
Arden Theatre Company
Erin P.: Arden Theatre Company offers theatre classes for kids of all ages taught by the top performing artists in Philadelphia. Instructors focus on helping students improve their skills and confidence through the use of an age-appropriate curriculum. Older students have increased performance opportunities.
Storybook Musical Theatre
Erin P.: Storybook Musical Theatre offers theatre classes for kids in the fall and winter. Classes are taught by professional artists and include a showcase at the end of each session. Classes are at Giant in Willow Grove and the Student Showcase is at Gratz College Theatre in Elkins Park.
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