Shadowland Academy offers classes for youth in many aspects of the theatre arts, including acting, voice, movement, stagecraft and writing.  Through study students develop a deeper appreciation of literature and the performing arts, as well as, improve their understanding of the human condition.  Our classes instill the important of both group and individual responsibility, enhancing our students ability to work well within a group and to strive independently.



Our Acting Academy features classes for varying levels of ability, primarily based on age and experience.  The classes are broken down to suit the students’ needs. Please note that the students must be old enough to read to start participation in the Academy.



Students learn the basics of set building and technical theatre. Under the guidance of Shadowland’s technical director, students will have a hands-on experience creating the building blocks of scenic designs, and proper use of the tools of the trade.



Throughout the year, the Academy offers a wide variety of master classes in voice, movement, musical theatre, improvisation and playwriting.  This year, we’ll even offer a class for adults.



Enrollment Now Open

Enrollment is currently open for the Spring Semester of the Acting Academy, taught by Andy Walter.  To participate, students must register no later than March 30, 2018.   


Classes meet for eight weeks throughout the semester. Most classes are scheduled on Saturdays; older students may meet Monday nights.  Placements and time slots are determined by the instructor based on the total number of registrations.


The cost per pupil is $125.


As the Academy grows, the need for scholarships also increases as many local children cannot afford the modest tuition. In addition, during the fall semester, Shadowland produces plays with all of the students complete with costumes, props, sets, lights, and sound effects. As the number of plays and the size of each cast increases, so do expenses.


To date, the program has found benefactors to sponsor 3 students each semester (6 scholarships per year). Just 10 additional scholarships per semester would fill the need of students on the waiting list.




For more information or to register, please call the Shadowland Stages office at 845.647.5511 during Box Office hours.




Starting Saturday, April 21, 2018:

ACTING LEVEL 1: Students begin learning how to express themselves vocally and physically with an emphasis on different modes of expression. It is a good introduction for young children who are shy or experience stage fright, as they build confidence through simple exercises and short scenes.

ACTING LEVEL 2: Students are given short scenes and monologues as they develop the voice as a powerful, flexible, expressive instrument. Skills in speaking out, projection, interpersonal communication, and cooperation are achieved through theatre games, improvisation, and play acting.

ACTING LEVEL 3: At this level, we begin to emphasize physical articulation and vocal modulation to tell clear, compelling stories. As students collaborate more closely in pairs and groups for scene work, they refine communication skills that will serve them socially and professionally for the rest of their lives.

ACTING LEVEL 4: Character development begins at this level as students deepen their perception of themselves, others, and the world around them. Students synthesize skills they’ve developed while cultivating intuition and imagination as they prepare for substantial scenes and full-length plays. While students are given roles that vary depending upon their experience and ability to succeed, roles are also chosen to challenge them to “stretch” and embody specific characters that may not be like themselves.