NMYA Course Offerings
NM Young Actors trains youth of all ages in the performing arts across a variety of disciplines
Ages 9 to 19
Students who wish to perform in one of our major theater productions begin by completing the Drama I class. This semester-long class introduces actors to the fundamentals of stage acting and prepares actors for the rigor of our major productions. While many students come to NMYA with prior acting experience, we require completion of Drama I before moving on to Advanced Drama.
Actors in Advanced Drama perform in one or more of our seven annual major productions. All actors enrolled in Advanced Drama each semester are given a role in one of the following shows:
In the fall semester of 2023, we will produce the musical Oz!, the play Stuart Little, and the show The Bully Plays (for actors 13 and older by August 8).
In the spring semester of 2024, we will produce the musical Newsies, Jr., the play Puss in Boots, and reprise the show The Bully Plays (for actors 13 and older by January 8).
In Summer 2024, we will produce our 2nd Annual Summer Shakespeare Fest.
Ages 9 to 19
These classes offer focused instruction in specific areas of the performing arts. If you are looking to get your child started now on their performing arts path, these classes are for you. If your child wishes there could be more rehearsal time for their production, these classes are for you. The 8-week sessions are open enrollment, so your child may begin at any point. If you register your child in the middle of an ongoing session, call our office to arrange a prorated fee.
Classes offered in the August-September rotation include:
Intro to Improv, for new actors wanting to gain confidence and learn fundamental techniques. Meets Tuesdays 4:30- 5:15p
Character & Movement, a playful class designed with beginners in mind. Meets Fridays 5:00-5:50p.
Advanced Improv for actors with previous experience who wish to deepen their improvisational acting skills. Meets Fridays 6:00-7:15p.
STORYBOOK THEATER (Coming Soon)
Coming soon to NMYA
In Storybook Theater, master drama teacher Lisa Fenstermacher guides children in exploring theater through their imaginations. Featuring stories, puppets, pantomime, movement, music, and dance, children will be introduced to the elements of theater with age-appropriate instruction.
These 8 week sessions are open enrollment, so your child may begin at any point. If you register your child in the middle of an ongoing session, call our office to arrange a prorated fee. Classes are held on Saturday mornings and are 45 minutes in length. Parents are welcome to stay and observe the class.