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NJ Performing Arts, Theater Camps for Kids & Teens in New Jersey

The professional and creative summer Performing Arts Camps listed below invite you to visit their websites (use the convenient links in each listing), call for info, schedule a visit and inquire about the wide variety of theater, music and dance programs that may be offered year round for children, teens and adults.

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Middlesex County College Summer Theater Camp for kids grades 1 to age 16, Taubenslag Productions

Award-Winning Theater Camp at Middlesex County College
Under the direction of Taubenslag Productions
2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, NJ 08818, 732-422-7071
Registration: 732-906-2556. 8:30am-5pm. Eight weeks, full day ONLY $1,975.
    Summer 2019 marks our 30th year of Theater Camp! For kids entering first grade up to age 16, campers learn about all aspects of musical theater while building confidence and self-esteem. All levels of experience or no experience at all are welcome. Held on the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center, we perform 7 shows in 8 weeks. Roles are provided for ALL campers. Plus fun-filled activities include swimming everyday, games, contests and more. Session 3 full-day campers see a Broadway show included in tuition. Honored by N.J. State Senate, General Assembly and Middlesex County Freeholders for Artistic Excellence and 25 years service to children.

All Children's Theatre Summer Performing Arts Day Camps
P.O. Box 6328, Parsippany, 973-335-5328
    Air-conditioned camp sites in Clinton, Metuchen, Parsip­pany and Watchung. Boys and girls ages 6-17. Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm. Five 1 to 4-week sessions. Musical theatre,­­ creative dramatics, acting, singing, dancing, scenery design and camper performance. Established 1983. Celebrating our 36th year introducing children to the art of theatre and performance. "Where Every Child is a Star."

Aspire Performing Arts Company
Northern New Jersey/Wayne area, 201-220-4933
    Aspire PAC has an incredible reputation for offering a professional arts experience in a friendly atmosphere. Full-length productions, Broadway trips, educational workshops and master classes taught by Broadway professionals are available. All programs help foster self-confidence, enhance communication and teamwork skills, and promote artistic expression. Find out what made one reviewer say, "There is always time for Broadway, but make time to aspire."

Brundage Park Playhouse
502 Millbrook Ave., Randolph, 973-989-7092
    Summer program for ages 8-high school with instruction by professional staff and guest instructors.

Camp Premiere
Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083
908-737-4092 • Email:
     Camp Premiere offers summer day camps for middle and high school students interested in exploring theatre and storytelling. During Theatremakers, middle school students create and star in their own play. During Actors Studio, high school students sharpen their performance skills by working on scenes and monologues.

Centenary Young Performers Workshop
715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900
    5-week intensive professional theater training program for ages 8-18 culminates with a Summer Festival of Shows.

Count Basie Performing Arts Academy
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-224-8778 ext. 125.
         Weekly classes or week-long camps for ages 6-18 in acting, voice, dance, rock music and more.

Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts Musical Theater Camp
1790 Springfield Ave., New Providence, 908-464-5928
          Musical theater, dance, acting, jazz, strings, and instrumental camps.

Growing Stage Summer Arts Day Camp
The Palace Theatre, Rt. 183, Netcong, 973-347-4946
    Sessions for grades K-8 offer an introduction to theater arts with a musical show on stage at the end of each session.

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Jerry Gibson Memorial Summer Theatre
Ridgedale School Theatre, 71 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-377-9078
    Florham Park area teens try out in early June for summer theater experience.

Kaleidoscope Theatre for Youth
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit, 908-273-2192
    Educational theater program offers young people experience in all aspects of the theatre with Playhouse regulars acting as mentors. Summer and holiday productions.

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Extension Division, Rutgers University

Rehearsal Hall, Room 101, 85 George St., New Brunswick
848-932-8618 • Email:
    The Mason Gross Extension Division offers world-class arts education to the entire community, right here in Central Jersey. Our innovative programming allows artists of all ages and ability levels to interact and learn from some of New Jersey's most distinguished teaching artists at the state's premier arts conservatory. Courses of study are available for beginners, enthusiastic amateurs and those with professional training.
    Summer camps and intensives for teens include choir, symphonic band, jazz, chamber music, dance conservatories, graphic design, drawing and painting and theater. Summer camps for children include Kids Create (music, dance, theatre and visual arts day camp for kids ages 5-12).

Middlesex County Parks Kids-in-the-Park
Warren Park Ampitheater, Florida Grove Rd., Woodbridge 732-548-2884
    Creative drama for ages 8-11 consists of two 3-week sessions of theater games, arts and crafts, music and dance.

Middletown Arts Center
36 Church St., Middletown, 732-706-4100
    Children explore the arts during morning, afternoon or full-day sessions.

Musical Theatre Conservatory
St. Mary's Church, 200 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston, 973-868-6259
     Kids love to perform on stage, under the bright lights, and at MTC, their dreams come true! In just three weeks, they'll travel from classes to rehearsals culminating in a costumed, Broadway cabaret. Students meet and study with agents and Broadway/TV actors. They'll celebrate with a splash at our Pool Party, then cap things off with the grand finale—a one-of-a-kind showcase in NYC (Broadway district).

New Jersey Dance Center Circus Camp
3 Sheila Dr., Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
        Our circus camp will teach your child the art of aerial silks, lyra, clowning, juggling, acro, crafts and more. Don't delay, sign up today! Circus camp runs 9am-3pm Mon.-Fri. Ages 5-14 yrs.

New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts
593 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, 973-566-9700
    Comprehensive theater arts training program features summer camps for ages 6-18.

Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Training
22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343
    Acting, dancing and musical theatre workshops for children ages 8-13. Auditions are held in Jan.-Feb. for the Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, a rigorous 5-week study for gifted and talented performers ages 10-18.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Junior and Senior Corps
36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-845-6742
    The Junior and Senior Corps is a dynamic alternative to the typical summer performing arts camp for ages 11-18. Professional-caliber classes from a leading Shakespeare theater. 2-3 week sessions June-Aug.

Vanguard Theater Company
P.O. Box 1048, Maplewood, NJ 07040, 862-205-3525
    Founded in 2015, Vanguard Theater Company is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization committed to producing transformational theater with an emphasis on D.R.E.A.M.—Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship. Vanguard serves people of all ages, races, genders and nationalities in the northern New Jersey area. In the spring, Broadway Buddy mentorship program, and touring program, VTC/NYC. In the fall, MainStage show.
    In the summer, 16 day performing arts immersion sleepaway Summerstock experience culminates with a weekend of performances that are open to the public.

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