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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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The Acting Space
Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St., Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-275-2699
      The Acting Space holds classes out of the Barrow Mansion in the historic district of Jersey City. We are a boutique premier performing arts acting school providing the highest quality theater education to kids, teens and adults in a fun, safe, and creative environment. During our summer camps, we produce and perform a variety of Disney's and other musical plays, improv acting and Broadway singing. Students will master musical theater and acting techniques while building self-confidence in a collaborative learning environment. We also offer in-school, after-school and other summertime programs and accept everyone at any level. Our expert faculty has vast professional experience in acting, singing, and dancing for theater, musical theater, film, and TV, with advanced degrees from the top schools.

All Children's Theatre Summer Performing Arts Day Camps
P.O. Box 6328, Parsippany, 973-335-5328
Email: allchildrensth@aol.com
    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
Email: aspirepac@gmail.com
    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.

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
    Camp location: The Pingry School, 131 Martinsville Rd., Basking Ridge, www.pingry.org. Hours: 9am-3pm. Session 1: June 25-July 6 (no camp July 4). Session 2: July 9-20. Session 3: July 23-Aug. 3.
    Elefante Musical Theater Camp is the most popular camp of its kind in the area! Our students are ages 5-18, and they range in skill level from beginner to professional. Broadway musical director and conductor Joe Elefante and an expert staff of Broadway, TV and film professionals lead three joyful two-week sessions (choose 1, 2 or all 3). Each session ends with a thrilling show backed by a live professional band. Elefante Musical Theater Camp is held in the huge, state-of-the-art theater wing at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge.
    Elefante also hosts several additional camps in our New Providence facility, including Dance/Acting Camp, Acting for the Camera Camp, Broadway Beginners Camp, Elefante All-Star Jazz Ensemble Camp, Just Strings Camp, and Jump-Start Instrumental Camp.

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.

IncrediFlix
We make incredible movies with kids! Locations throughout New Jersey, 201-331-3306. Whether your child likes stop motion animation, or creating live action movies, we're here to guide them. All movies are downloadable by parents for memories that last a lifetime.

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: summercamp@mgsa.rutgers.edu
    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).
Jul 2-21
         Broadway Boot Camp, for ages 7-18 meets Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-3:30pm for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

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.

Premiere Stages Theatre Camp
Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, 908-737-4092
     Professional theatre in residence at Kean University offers two performance-based camps for middle school and high school students.

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
Email: vanguardtheatercompany@gmail.com
    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, we have our Broadway Buddy mentorship program, and our touring program, VTC/NYC. In the fall, we rehearse and present our MainStage show.
    In the summer, we offer a 16 day performing arts immersion sleepaway Summerstock experience, culminating with a weekend of performances that are open to the public. In addition to honing their performance skills, campers bond over campfires, go swimming in the lake, have late night karaoke/dance parties, and create lifelong memories. Our camp takes place at Camp Glen Gray, nestled in the Ramapo Mountains in Mahwah, NJ. Check online for rates and more info.

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