The Puppet Kitchen is a full service puppet design, build, performance, and puppet instruction shop. If you need help with any aspect of puppetry from the creation, to their construction, to making them move, we are your one-stop-shop.
Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.
The Manhattan Comedy School's elite instructors have worked with such behemoths of the humor world as Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and David Letterman. This 90-minute workshop introduces nascent entertainers to the basics of stand-up comedy, including key principles, joke writing, and airline-food observation fundamentals. The course, which has been endorsed by bigwigs of witticism including Lewis Black and Jim Gaffigan, also covers techniques for pitching your act and getting onstage in New York. Session speakers, subject to change, are slated to include Chuck Nice, who has appeared on the Today Show and Morning Joe; Cory Kahaney, who has appeared on HBO and Late Show with David Letterman; Harrison Greenbaum, one of Comedy Central’s 2010 Comics to Watch; and Karen Bergreen, a published author who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Speakers may be subject to change.
Rising Stars Performing Arts Company founder and artistic director Laura A. Rizzo knows firsthand the benefits of a fine-arts education. Wielding a master’s degree in educational theater and dance from New York University as well as experience on and off Broadway, she has helmed more than 130 children’s shows in which she's helped youngsters develop social skills, increase their community awareness, and spice up dinner conversation with iambic pentameter. Rizzo and her staff of instructors from diverse performance backgrounds lead students toward their artistic goals, whether they dream of dancing competitively or joining the cast of a Broadway musical.
For 40 years, the Children's Acting Academy bas been prepping students for stage, screen, and Broadway careers through individual and group instruction. CBS, after all, placed it in the Top 5 Broadway Schools for Kids in New York thanks to academy owner and director Mimi Stuart, who imparts voice, movement, and method acting techniques to her students. The pupils of Stuart’s tutelage have gone on to work on Broadway and tour nationally with leading roles in Matilda, Mary Poppins, Evita, Chaplin, as well as Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man , and Billy Elliot. On television screens, they have captured roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Word World, and in a plethora of commercials. To prepare them for the stage and screen, Stuart combines Strasberg, Meisner, and Chekhov teaching techniques that bolster their craft. Parents who are eager to engage their children in the neon charms of an off-Broadway music productions should contact Children's Acting Academy.
For 26 years, The Drama Desk and Coming Up Taller Award-winning TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment.