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NJ Kids Performing Arts, Theater Programs for Children, Teens & Adults in NJ

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 Saturday Programs
PO Box 6328, Parsippany, 973-335-5328, email: "Where Every Child is a Star" performing arts by young performers ages 4-17. Perfor­mances Saturdays in fall and spring, and Friday evenings in the summer. Air-conditioned sites. Group discounts. Established 1983. Celebrating our 35th year introducing children to the art of theatre and performance.

Aspire Performing Arts Company
Northern New Jersey/Wayne area, 201-220-4933. Email: A professional arts experience in a friendly atmosphere is offered year-round for ages 7 and up. Full-length productions, educational workshops and master classes taught by Broadway professionals help foster self-confidence, enhance communication and teamwork skills, and promote artistic expression. See how we can help your child shine!

Bergen Performing Arts Center Performing Arts School
1 Depot Square, Englewood, 201-482-8194. Email Year-round hands-on arts training by industry professionals includes performances on bergenPAC's main stage, Black Box Theater or off-site at schools.

Brundage Park Playhouse
Carrell Rd., Randolph, 973-989-7092. Youth theater and improvisational comedy classes. Auditions for summer workshop for experienced teens ages 13-17 held in March.

Centenary Young Performers Workshop
715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown, 908-979-0900. Professional theater training open to beginning-advanced ­performers ages 8-18. 15-week fall, spring and intensive 5-week summer sessions culminate with a 10-day Festival of Shows.

Circus Place
6 Jill Court, Building 23 Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784. Children and adults can discover, explore and perform unique cirque arts in a safe and nurturing environment. Professional facility and staff enable the recreational student to discover new skills, encourage the serious student to explore their potential, and empower the professional artist to develop their craft to the highest level possible.
    25 circus disciplines include: juggling, hula hooping, wire walking, plate spitting, acrobatics, human pyramids, clowning, aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, rope, stilt walking and unicycle. Daily classes, private lessons, workshops, day camps, class trips, birthday parties and summer camps. Performance opportunities include participation in youth troupe, variety shows and end-of-the-school-year student showcase.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-378-7754, ext. 2228. Professional non-profit theater offers an internship program for high school and college students and a summer Teen Actors Conservatory.

Essex Youth Theater
In residence at The Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair, 973-746-3303. Fall, spring and summer sessions of classes in ­theater arts for ages 4-12.

Growing Stage Creative Drama Classes
The Palace Theatre, Rt. 183, Netcong, 973-347-4946. Theater arts classes for grades K-teen, modern jazz dance troupe for grades 4-adult, summer camp and intern program.

The Institute of Music for Children
780 Salem Ave., Elizabeth, 908-469-1211. Affordable year-round classes and private lessons in instrumental music, voice, dance, visual arts and drama to children, teens, and adults. 5-week Summer camp for ages 5-16 begin June 26th. Enrollment for summer camp begins in March. Our vision is to create H.A.R.M.O.N.Y–Helping Achieve Responsible Motivated Optimistic Neighborhood Youth by providing in-depth art experiences that aid in the personal and academic development of its students. Payment plans available.

Kelsey Theatre Youth Programs
Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, 609-570-3566. 10-week sessions of performing arts workshops for grades K-12 Sat. mornings in fall and spring.

Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, 973-395-5551. Creative drama classes for ages 4-college-age, creative writing for children and adults, and playwrighting workshops for adults.

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-0345 ext. 6582. Performance-based theatrical training program for students ages 5-18.

McCarter Theatre
91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-6510. Fall, spring and year-long training classes for children in grades K-12. Registration in Aug. for First Stage, a year-long experience in creating, producing and presenting a full-length play.

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

Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School
Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-315-1669. Theater school offers classes for ages three to adult and summer camp for ages 8-13. Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory offers rigorous study for gifted and talented performers ages 10-18. Broadway Show Choir is a tuition-free, audition-based choir for ages 16-22 (973-315-1640).

Shakespeare Theatre Academy
36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-845-6742. Teen and adult classes in classic theatre are taught by Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey artistic and educational staff and guest teaching artists. See Camps for information about summer Junior and Senior Corps.

Showkids Invitational (S.K.I.T.)
Hunterdon County, 908-713-1222. Performing arts experience for ages 6-18 culminates in full productions with live orchestra at Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner. See Arts–Theatre.

Somerset County Vo-Tech Creative Arts
Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, N. Bridge St. & Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, 908-526-8900 x7126. Performing arts classes for ages 8-adult for fall and spring semesters. Somerset County high school students may participate, by audition, in the Gifted & Talented Dance Program.

The Theater Project Classroom in Maplewood & Union
Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood; Union location, 908-809-8865. After school classes and summer theater program.

Tri-State Actors Theater
Crescent Theater, Main St., Sussex, 973-875-2950. Offers acting classes for children ages 6-12, teens and adults.

Villagers Theatre Arts Program
Villagers Theatre, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710. School year and summer theater arts program for ages 6-18 offers instruction and experience in acting, dance, movement, vocal training, music and production.