The Metropolitan School of the Arts - formerly the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center - was founded more than 14 years ago. This multidisciplinary performing-arts organization takes a holistic approach to teaching and encouraging performance-arts skills, creating performance opportunities in dance, music, and theater for a diverse population of students of all ages and abilities. Its students have gone to perform on Broadway, at The Juilliard School, and in highly esteemed companies, such as the Mark Morris Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, and Ford's Theater and Signature Theater. Youth programs include year-round programs in dance, theater, music, music-theater, and acting, as well as a performing-arts program in the summer, all for children as young as 2. Adult classes range from basic to advanced, including ballet, jazz, and tap lessons, plus yoga and ballet-barre fitness workouts.
CT International Modeling School prepares kids for careers as models, actresses, and pageant queens. Its industry-specific trainings—available as summer camps and workshops—teach students how to walk down a runway, style their own hair, and strike creative poses, rather than always posing triumphantly on top of the same mountain.
To showcase the work of its young scribes, once a year Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts its New Play Festival, providing an opportunity for budding playwrights to see the fruits of their creative labor flourish on stage. Watching their work as it's performed for an appreciative audience may be a student's first taste of artistic accomplishment, substantiating in them a desire to expand their horizons academically and creatively. The students collaborate with professional actors, dramaturges, and directors to produce 15 student-written plays during three nights. In addition to its benefits to the writers as individuals, the festival—which audiences attend free of charge—enhances public regard for young artists and fosters a dialogue regarding matters of vital importance to the community.
Shooting Future Stars specializes in propelling children and adults toward their dreams of modeling or acting through acting lessons and professional photo shoots. Helmed by an acting teacher with more than 20 years of experience, the staff helps clients get a step closer to a contract, providing industry advice, headshots ready to be mailed off to agents, and acting classes that instill camera-ready skills and self-confidence.
Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each camp, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.
The team at International Beauty Salon prepares aspiring models to grace the fashion catwalk and pageant stage with comprehensive courses in modeling, pageantry, acting, and etiquette. Beyond hands-on lessons in posing and smelling like a fashion magazine, the courses cover professional necessities such as portfolio building and self-marketing. Once models have graduated, the instructors often provide work opportunities and agency interviews to those who qualify. Their two-hour workshops focus on specific areas of modeling, whereas their five-day summer camps for teens cover a different aspect of modeling each day.