Academy of Theatre Arts

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We are pleased to offer classes, and workshops in categories according to age ranges and interests:

Set the stage for self-confidence and cooperation!
At the critical pre-school time, it is vital that students begin exploring their creativity in a safe environment while learning to communicate their own ideas and listen to those of their peers so we offer classes that will help the youngest students start to shine!

Find comfort and strength in your own creativity!
Students early in their school careers are navigating their peers and learning how to work with others while still being true to their own ideas. These classes give 6-8 year olds a platform to bring stories to life and keep their imagination running with thoughts and ideas to explore!

GAIN FOCUS: Ages 9-11
Strengthen your voice and speak the text bravely!
As students move to the upper elementary level and are looking to be challenged creatively, we introduce script analysis, different movement techniques, technical theatre and vocal strengthening to help them find their voice as they grow.

Branch out and take risks!
In the early teen years, we offer challenging classes to get students thinking critically and engaging their creative minds. Everything from stage combat to advanced acting to dialects are explored!

Building the foundation to design!
Classes for those interested in the technical side of theatre-from scenic design to sound to costumes and more!

Campers will work together, on their own and in small groups to create original works of theatrical greatness! All of our camp programs are designed to help the wide variety of ages and experience levels succeed and learn from each other!

ADULTS: Ages 16+
Focus on you and keep building confidence!
Innovative thinking and creativity are two very important things that employers are looking for in the 21st century. Theatre-based classes help to keep students on their toes professionally and give that extra added bit of self-confidence to advance in a career onstage or off.

Learning for your lifetime!
As we gain life experience, sharing our stories is vital to keeping them alive. Rooted in our popular Senior Class Readers' Theatre program, students have the opportunity to stretch their vocal cords and their bodies in this one-of-a-kind experience!

Get help preparing for upcoming Auditions!
Since no two shows are alike, we have developed these FREE audition workshops to help volunteers prepare for the needs of each specific production.

Why Academy of Theatre Arts?

The Academy of Theatre Arts is a professional-level training program where the process is what is most important. We are more interested in what happens along the way and the skills that are gained and honed. With this focus on the education experience, our classes take place in rehearsal halls and technical shops, not on stages and most have a sharing presentation at the end where students will demonstrate some of the skills they gained from class. Our acting and musical theatre camps are performance-based, even though the process is still the focus and they perform on the Auditorium Stage at the end of camp to take things to the next level. No matter what, ALL students are welcome to participate in all Academy programs. We acknowledge and support that engagement and success looks different for each student, and our faculty prioritizes keeping their teaching style, activities and goals flexible to the needs of our students. We strive to supply students with source material with diverse perspectives and a larger worldview. We make intentional choices in our classroom practices to make sure we are a welcoming space for peoples of all ability, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our program includes financial aid and a faculty happy to work with families to meet students individual physical, learning and social needs. The Academy of Theatre Arts is for ALL students, ALL abilities, ALL ages from 3 to adults, and ALL experience levels.

The sky is the limit - come grow your skills this summer!

Nicki Poer
Director of Education & Outreach


  • Stop by anytime between 12:00-1:30 PM to get all of your burning questions answered by the Director of Education & Outreach and some of our Teaching Artists.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 12:00-1:30 PM
  • The Carver Center
  • Meet the Summer Academy Staff, learn more about the class offerings, and get a tour of the classrooms, then sign-up onsite if you are not already registered.

All Academy programs take place at 426 S. Park St. in the Carver Center, located off of S. Park and Lovell streets in downtown Kalamazoo.