Acting for Elementary Children at
The Academy of Fine Arts
Montgomery County's Performing Arts Place
Our emphasis is on personal skills and development. Shows are secondary. Our program is distinguished by being more like, adult professional acting classes. We emphasize technique and "acting muscles". Each class is designed to address and work specific acting problems through script and scene work.
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Why Our Program is Unique
Fun AND Effective
Every activity, game, exercise has to pass the test: Does this help the student present him/herself better personally and does it specifically help them be more effective and believable on stage? But, the result is "serious, fun" and the students invariably LOVE our acting classes.
Audition Workshops and Film
We want our students to develop personal presentation skills. We also want them to go as far as they want to go in acting and that means being able to audition well. Our focus is not putting on shows. Our focus is getting students cast in community or professional stage/film projects and ensuring they are great in whatever role they've won.
Two Public Sharings Per Year
Even though "putting on a show" is not our goal since it takes focus away from learning the specifics of acting, it is important for students to show their work in public. We encourage students to audition for outside shows, but this sharing is great for presenting monologues, dialogues and short, polished scenes. Currently we produce this sharing at the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Maryland.
Our Students are Successful!
Many of our students have appeared in DC area film work, community theatre and professional theatre productions. Within 2 years, a complete beginner adult student went from nowhere to winning the leading role in a major production at the Rockville Civic Center. Another student, 9 years old, was recognized as a Best of 2013 Favorite Supporting Actress in a play by DC Metro Arts. Many others could be listed, but, in short, we produce results!
Class Attendance Policy
- Regular class attendance is vital to student progress and a successful recital.
- Parents should contact the teacher ahead of time to note absences. No absences, other than for illness, will be permitted the month before the recital.
- We expect our students to arrive on time and be prepared for class.
- Students who miss more than four classes a semester will not be permitted to perform in the recital, unless granted permission by the teacher after private lessons and consultation. Three consecutively missed classes also disqualifies a student from participating. In certain rare cases, the teacher may waive this rule.
- A student who comes more than 5 minutes late may be excused from class. If repeatedly late and have been given a clear warning, we reserve the right to dismiss the student completely with no refund of tuition.