Actor Children's Theatre School at Wagner College
For over 10 years, the Actor Children’s Theatre School at Wagner College has provided quality theater education to the Staten Island community. The ACT school continually receives high praises in all program categories from parents and young actors. Give your child the opportunity to explore his/her inner self and express ideas through the art of drama. There are a variety of classes for aspiring actors of all ages with an opportunity to be cast in our annual production on the Wagner College Main Stage.
Check out our ACT Summer Camps below!
Musical Performance and Dance Intensive
Wednesdays & Thursdays | July 10 – August 15 | 5-7 p.m.
Summer is the perfect time to prepare for upcoming auditions for school plays. The class will include vocal and acting work and dance combos. Learn proper audition technique and how to choose the proper song as well as monologues and scene work. Also learn new musical theater dance combos which help in nailing dance auditions. This is a great opportunity for all young actors to prepare for the upcoming theatrical season’s auditions.
Jr. Musical Performance & Dance
Ages: 6 – 12
August 5 – 9 | 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In this theatrical performance program, we will start off with warm up vocal exercises, and move on to learning about generational and theatrical musical performance and proper singing technique and stylization. Then, we get moving to the beat working with our choreographer to create upbeat, contemporary dance moves that will complement our theatrical performance. Family and friends are invited to this upbeat performance on the last day of camp. Special Note: Jazz and tap shoes are strongly recommended for this program.
Musical Theatre – Peter Pan, Jr.
Join the cast of Peter Pan, Jr. where everyone is cast in this timeless musical. Developed for actors of all ages, there will be a strong emphasis on character development as each young actor progresses through our musical theatre journey. Young actors will incorporate our ACT “triple threat” program in acting, musical performance, and movement as they rehearse for their full length show on the last day of camp for family and friends.
July 8–19, Monday–Friday | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. (Ages 6 to 8)
Tuition: $499 for half day; $799 full day option with afternoon recreation
July 8–19, Monday–Friday | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Ages 9+)
Show Tickets: $5 General Admission; children 10 and under free admission
Advanced Dramatic Scene Study
July 29-August 9, Monday–Friday | 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This two-week intensive program will focus on the breakdown of individual scenes in dramatic plays. We will concentrate on the development and study of characters, dramatic performance, and overall instruction in the performance of a scene. As this study is geared to the serious actor, previous acting training is required. A Showcase presentation of selected scenes will be performed on the final day for family and friends. Special Note: Class size is limited, so it is recommended to register early.
On Camera Acting
July 1 – July 5 (No Camp July 4) | 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of on-camera acting. The camp will cover eye line, how to work in frame, volume, movement and close-up work. Also covered are the differences between stage acting, tv acting, commercial and film acting. This program is great for anyone interested in transitioning from theatre to camera and for those starting out in the business. No camera experience necessary!