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.
We provide an exceptional physical, intellectual and enriching experience for all kids. In our classes, your children build coordination, core-body strength, confidence with non-competitive games, specialized kid-equipment and room to move. Group activities encourage children to try and think creatively.
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.
When you walk into The Toy Museum of NY, you might see a Raggedy Ann doll. And another. And then another. Through this head-spinning proliferation of Anns and other characters—from Shirley Temple to Howdy Doody to Mr. Potato Head—kids and nostalgic adults explore changes in toymaking trends. Much of the collection of hundreds of dolls, games, and figurines from the 1880s–1980s is behind glass, so little hands get their passport to this wonderland of playthings via Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre. Kids gather around her singing, dancing highness for an illustrated tour through toyland as they’re invited up on stage to don costumes, play instruments, and perhaps diagnose an ailing doll’s stuffing troubles alongside other energetic, quick-witted actors. They can also attend the Special Toy Invention Program and learn about the invention of such cornerstones of American childhood as the Slinky, the Etch-A-Sketch, the Frisbee, and the empty refrigerator box.
Strange worlds sprout up in Shine at Hothead Studios: alien planets visited by bell peppers, a movie theater patronized by monsters, and a battle zone where stick figures duke it out with spontaneously appearing swords and cannons. The teaching staff who help kids create these scenes include Emmy winners, professionals with credits on Dora the Explorer and The Backyardigans, and a sound designer who produced the dialogue for BioShock Infinite—all dedicated to demystifying the world of animation and voice acting. Through the widely varied curriculum, students of all ages can explore an exciting and unusual career path, whether angling to break into commercial voice work, picking up skill as a clay animator, or developing the resilience needed as a clay-animation actor.