Arts Education

Arts Education is a vital part of the mission of Park Playhouse. We firmly believe that developing a more culturally-engaged student body provides significant on-going benefit to our entire region. We offer a variety of programs, ranging from dance classes to workshops with Broadway professionals to summer-based camp programs. While we revel in working with students to build new skills for the theatre, and take pride in seeing our graduates go on to great success in the Broadway and film communities, we are equally concerned with providing young people with the confidence and comfort that they will need to succeed in any public speaking or professional environment. The performing arts build self-confidence and an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others: all skills that are absolutely essential in life, school and business.

Broadway Connection

Park Playhouse is pleased to partner with Broadway Connection, an incredible organization connecting local students to experienced Broadway performers, on a new series of workshops offered during the 2015/2016 school year. Students will have the opportunity to study in a diverse series of workshops with Broadway performers who are touring in the productions playing Proctors Theatre this season. CLICK HERE to visit our Broadway Connection page to learn more about this incredible new opportunity.

Dance Classes

Park Playhouse’s resident choreographer, Ashley-Simone Kirchner, offers a full series of dance classes in a variety of styles to students at a range of skill levels. Classes run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from September 15 through November 17 along the following schedule:

Tap Dance – Tuesdays @ 5:30pm (one-hour class)
Ballet - Tuesdays @ 6:30pm (one-hour class)
Musical Theatre Dance – Tuesdays @ 7:30pm (one-hour class)
Advanced Jazz – Thursdays @ 5:30pm (90-Minute class). Note: prior dance training required.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, our classes in tap, ballet, jazz and broadway styles will help develop your skills for application in the theatre. CLICK HERE to learn more and for a printable registration form. Note: all classes held at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY.

Performing Artists’ Workshop

Being on stage can be intimidating for a newcomer. From learning theatrical terms, to finding your singing voice, to conquering stage fright, the most important thing for beginners and intermediate-level students is to jump in and build their confidence and comfortability. With a team of instructors including resident choreographer Ashley-Simone Kirchner, popular local performer and vocal instructor Lisa Passonno Franklin and Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Owen Smith, our staff is ideal to help young students gain a fundamental understanding of the theatrical process. Classes are held Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the Palace Theatre.  CLICK HERE for more information and for a printable registration form.

Advanced Scene Study

This new class series is dedicated to advancing students’ skills in the art of acting. While many local students have private voice teachers or participate in dance studios, it is our experience that very few students have gained formal instruction in acting technique. We firmly believe that this is essential for success in theatre, including success as a dancer or vocalist. Classes run Thursday evenings from September 17 to November 19, and are intended for students ages 15 to 18 who have participated in plays or musicals before. Classes are held Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at The Palace Theatre. CLICK HERE for more information and to download a registration form.