Classes and Camps

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There are many opportunities for adults and children to hone their performance skills in the Omaha area through classes and summer camps. Below is a listing of some of them.

Arts for All:  AFA offers classes in visual, performing, musical, and communication arts. AFA classes are open to the public at six locations in a semester format year-round. More information can be found at Arts for All.

The Backline: Improv classes at The Backline will teach you how to be present in scenes, think as your character, and how to work together as one group mind. Plus, they are a lot of fun. The Backline is proud to be a home for all comedy in Omaha. While we are primarily a longform improv training center, any and all local comedians come through here to perform improv, standup, sketch, talk shows, etc. More information can be found at The Backline.

Bellevue Little Theater:  The Summer Theater Workshop is held in June each year. Join us for a series of workshop style classes for young theatre enthusiasts’ ages 7-18 years. Classes in dancing, acting, singing, & technical theatre, just to name a few. Take one class or the entire series.  At the conclusion of the workshop courses, there will be a showcase for students to perform and display small excerpts of what was learned in classes for friends and family. More information can be found at BLT.

Chanticleer Theatre: Chanticleer is pleased to again offer its Children’s Theater Summer Workshop!  The students will learn music, choreography and acting. They will sing, dance and act on stage for family and friends with the finale performance. For children entering 2nd grade through entering 8th grade. More information can be found at Chanticleer.

The 402 Arts Collective: Do you or someone you know have a desire to learn how to act? The 402 Arts Collective offers both group and one-on-one acting lessons. Learn about who the Artist Instructors are as actors and actresses as well as what they have to offer their students. More information can be found at The 402 Arts Collective.

Great Plains Theatre Conference: The Great Plains Theatre Conference, annually held the end of May/first of June, provides opportunities for participants to interact with and have their work seen by a host of national theatre professionals and scholars. Theatre WorkShops, Luncheon Panels and daily PlayLab and MainStage Series readings comprise the foundation of the Conference. Dramaturgy is provided by national dramaturg for each playwright, to providing support before, during and after the Conference. PlayFest is an evening theatre festival for the community and seeks to give voice to the stories that have the power to unite and inspire diverse audiences. Design Wing brings five emerging designers from across the country to become immersed in the play development from a visual perspective. Young Dramatists Fellowship Program provides local high school playwrights with access to some of the country’s top plays and playwrights. More information can be found at GPTC.

Grist Mill Theater Camp for Kids: Grist Mill Theater offers a summer camp for kids age 5 on up in August each year. Camp is usually held in the evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm, with the performance on Saturday morning. More information can be found at Grist Mill.

Jewish Community Center: Members and Non Members, ages 5-14, are invited to let their inner star shine as they work with industry professionals to learn the skills necessary to be a successful performer with acting classes and a summer camp. Join JCC Musical Theater Department as they explore the world of Performing Arts. More information can be found at Jewish Community Center.

Metropolitan Community College – College 4 Teens:   Whether it’s an acting or improv class, attending College for Teens during summer break is an awesome way to pursue new interests  and meet new friends! Check out the many different classes being offered throughout the Metro area. There is something for everyone! More information can be found at College 4 Teens.

Mills Masquers: Are you going to be a 4th through 8th grader next fall? Join the Mills Masquers Youth Theater Camp, held each June in Glenwood, Iowa. Spend a week learning about all things theatrical – stage movement, vocal & dance, set construction, lights & sound, hair & makeup, back stage crew and costuming. At the end of the week, campers will present a short play for their friends and families. Campers will not only perform, but also be in charge of all technical aspects of the production. Campers will learn vocal music and dance in the morning, with stage and technical work in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided. More information can be found at Mills Masquers.

Nebraska Shakespeare: Camp Shakespeare is two weeks of summer fun for children, grades 3-12. It includes workshops, learning about sword fighting,  wearing costumes, and acting. All while gaining hands-on experience performing the works of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.  More information can be found at  Camp Shakespeare.

Omaha Community Playhouse: The Henry Fonda Theatre Academy, the educational wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse is teaching life skills through stage skills with classes and summer camps. The Henry Fonda Theatre Academy offers something for both adults and children, enhancing quality of life by cultivating creativity and personal growth. More information can be found at Henry Fonda Theatre Academy.

The Rose Theater: Raise the curtain on your child’s talent. No matter what your child’s interests, your young performer can find their place in the spotlight with outstanding classes and camps designed to encourage a love of performing. Whether your child is taking their first steps on the stage or has already landed a leading role, the performing arts classes at The Rose will provide your child with theatrical opportunities, all while having a lot of fun! More information can be found at The Rose.

Sing Omaha Studios: Sing Omaha offers a Musical Theater classes during the school year. The 8-week courses survey each of the areas involved in theatrical production, from writing to design to performance. There is also a Summer one-day intensive “Back to School Broadway Bootcamp” in August. Whether you’re brand new to auditioning or a musical theatre pro, this one-day intensive is perfect for anyone looking to learn some new skills or brush up on some old ones! More information can be found at Sing Omaha.

SNJ Studio of Music: SNJ offers Musical Theater classes and summer camps for children. They also offer a variety of small group classes, workshops, and clinics to help adults and children improve and prepare for auditions! Our faculty can help you prepare material for an audition, gain confidence in your craft, or simply learn the basics. More information can be found at SNJ.

Union for Contemporary Arts Performing Arts Collective: The Performing Arts Collective (PAC) is dedicated to the development and continued support of professional theater artists, youth programming that uses theatre and performance to teach life skills, and professional thought provoking productions that are relevant to the community and reflect more authentic and diverse narratives about African American experiences. More information can be found at PAC.

Wilson Performing Arts Center: The Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak, Iowa offers classes and camps throughout the year. More information can be found at Wilson Performing Arts Center.


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