Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Most Popular Attractions/Offerings: Dance, cheerleading, tumbling, and after-school care
Q&A with Holly Miller, Co-Owner
What special training do you or your staff have?
We have state-certified classroom teachers, some of whom have degrees in dance, along with instructors who have professional dance experience.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our faculty and the amount of knowledge our instructors have.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Teaching and watching students grasp new concepts.
It’s sometimes incredible to fathom just how many people are behind one movie: you need a group to write a script, draw up storyboards, direct, act, hold the camera, do makeup...the list goes on. Casting all these roles is a familiar task to Suezean Matarazzo, a veteran of the film industry who is also the school's founder. At Austin Film and Maker Camp, her instructors teach elementary through high-school-aged students how to collaborate on a short movie of their own or on constructing robots or animation.
In the camp's workshops, art and science are combined to teach students real-world applications of technology, engineering, and math as they work together to design, prototype, and build their own inventions. Workshops stay small, so the camp's roster of instructors and guest speakers—such as casting agents and stuntmen—can help individuals hone their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
An Austin staple since 1933, the bright blue exterior and the colorful rainbow letters of ZACH Theatre is visible from blocks away on South Lamar. Unlike other theaters in town, all of ZACH’s productions are developed in-house, from inception to the final curtain, making for delightfully Austin-centric shows. After entering up a staircase full of inspirational quotes, guests can grab a seat inside the Topfer Theatre, a semi-circled and elevated stage that offers room for some 420 audience members.
There are two other theaters and rehearsal spaces available for shows, classes and rentals as well. Outside, the People’s Plaza and Bobbi Pavilion provide guests with space for special events; statues stand on the perimeter while an art piece of two large conch shell horns with speakers inside emits toe-tapping jazz music, making ZACH a fun, vibrant artists‘ space – both inside and out.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
ACT offers the opportunity to create, explore and produce all aspects of art. ACT inspires creativity in each student by recognizing and nurturing individual talents which cultivates positive self-esteem and confidence.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
to educate, inspire and empower children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through the arts.
to teach life skills through art.
to make every student, staff, and parent to have a safe place to be.
What do you love most about your job?
Every time a student, staff or parent looks at me & tells me that ACT changed their life or their kid's life.
We provide a safe place for everyone who participates to be themselves and to discover just what that is. We are a family, and we get to watch each other grow up. It doesn't get any better.
Dubbed a “powerhouse of comedy” by the Austin Chronicle, The New Movement unleashes a dizzying number of comedy shows that belie the institution’s young age. Founded in 2009 by improvisers Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, the theater and conservatory has already established itself in two cities, training fledgling performers in the art of the extemporaneous by inspiring them to take comedic risks on stage, whether it’s connecting emotionally with a character or performing actual surgery. Whether or not the performers are costumed or bearing props, they aim to create a fully realized world on stage through grounded situations and elegant but always creative transitions between scenes.
For some of the best theater around, come to B*tru Arts Academy in Austin.
At B*tru Arts Academy, you can elongate your muscles with some basic ballet or opt for a less traditional class.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.