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Summer Camp 2014

Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals

at_campaurora_logoSummer Camp 2014 with Professional Training for Grades 1–12

Aurora Theatre Academy’s extensive array of camp classes for Summer 2014 are right around the corner. Enrollment is now open for a coveted spot. Aurora Theatre Director of Education, Jaclyn Hofmann, has put together an incredible team of teaching professionals, most of whom you will recognize from professional theatrical productions around Atlanta or from the screen anywhere from Georgia Lottery commercials to HBO. This summer, Aurora Theatre Academy will prepare students of all skill levels to perform like professionals.  Located on the square in downtown Lawrenceville, all classes will culminate in a showcase in Aurora’s exquisite facility.

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Seussical Jr. LogoMusical Camp

Seussical Jr.
Summer Musical for Grades 1–12
For the second year in a row, Aurora Theatre Academy is producing a summer musical! Students will attend three weeks of classes in acting, singing and dancing, as well as rehearse and perform Seussical Jr. at the end of the session. They will do three performances on our Mainstage: Friday, June 27 at 11:30am and 4pm and Saturday, June 28 at 2pm. Students will be taught and directed by some of Atlanta’s finest professional Musical Theatre Actors.

June 9–27, from 10:30am-4:00pm

Tuition $575 Sold Out for Grades 1–3, 4–5 & 6–8

Morning Care for Seussical Jr.

A program for parents who need to drop off children before the class start time.
Monday–Friday, June 9–27, from 8:00–10:30am
$12 per day Order
$50 per week Order
(This program is only available for Seussical Jr.)

Seussical Jr. Performances
Friday, June 27 at 11:30am & 4:00pm
Saturday, June 28 at 2:00pm
Tickets $5


Elementary School Camps

Camp Aurora
Elementary School Students Grades 1–5
Camp Aurora gives students the opportunity to spend a week at Aurora where they can learn what it takes to put on a performance. This production class will provide students with valuable stage experience, all the while encouraging teamwork and collaboration with peers. The experience instills a sense of self-confidence in our students. In these half-day sessions, students will be active participants in creating portions of the sets, costumes, and props for these exciting, whirlwind productions presented to family and friends:

June 2–6 AM: The Country Maid
June 2–6 PM: The Adventures of the Hero Squad
July 7–11 AM: TBA
July 7–11 PM: TBA

Students may choose from morning and afternoon sessions on June 2–6 or July 7–11. For the June sessions, they may opt to do both morning and afternoon sessions and stay for lunch in between.

June 2–6, 9:30am–12:30pm (Mini & Master) Mini Session Sold Out
June 2–6, 1:00pm–4:00pm (Mini & Master)
July 7–11, 9:30am–12:30pm (Mini)
Sold Out
July 7–11, 1:00pm–4:00pm (Master)

Tuition $175

Middle & High School Camps

Acting Edge Camp
Middle and High School Students Grades 6–12
The Acting Edge camp explores the craft of acting through various styles: Stanislavski, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Improvisation classes, and more! This two-week camp will culminate with a Showcase of scenes and sketches in our Studio Theatre for Friends and Family to come see!

July 7–18, 10:30am–4:00pm High School (Grades 9–12) Sold Out

Tuition $475

guerrilla_camp_finalGuerrilla Theatre Camp
Middle & High School Students Grades 6–12
Guerrilla Theatre Camp for Middle & High School Students breaks the boundaries of the stage and brings theatre to students in fun and exciting ways. Learn many of the styles that shatter the convention of the fourth wall, from Commedia dell’Arte to Improv Comedy and even Flash Mobs! You would have to be “bananas” to miss out on Guerrilla Theatre!

June 2–6, 10:30am–4:00pm Sold Out
July 14–18, 10:30am–4:00pm

Tuition $275

Scholarships Available! Download Application: PDF or Word.

Note: Scholarship Auditions are for the Summer Musical only. Applicants must prepare 32 bars of a song and bring sheet music.
For more information contact Director of Education, Jaclyn Hofmann

There is a one time New Student Registration Fee of $25. We also have discounts for students taking multiple sessions or for families with multiple students. Pre-booking guarantees your spot in one of our classes. Enrollment in each class is limited to 15 students.

All class payments are non-refundable.

Instructor Bios

jaclyn_hofmann Jaclyn Hofmann (Director of Education) has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Jacksonville University and an MFA in Acting from Michigan State University. At Aurora, Jaclyn has directed Tamer of Horses, Master Harold… and the boys, Unnecessary Monsters (Suzi Award 2013), The Cat in the Hat, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Sleepy Hollow, and Robin Hood. Jaclyn is a graduate of the 2010 Acting Apprentice Company at The Shakespeare Tavern, where she’ll be on stage this May in The Comedy of Errors. She is also a Co-Founder of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project and an Adjunct Theatre Professor at GGC. Thanks to AC, Tony, Maria, & Dane! Love to my family and Nick!
Joel Coady Headshot Joel Coady (Master Class & Guerrilla Theatre Instructor) is starting his second year in Atlanta and is starting to make this city his home. He studied under Justin Anderson at The Woodland School of the Arts, where he was awarded the Governor’s Honors Scholarship for Acting in 2004.  He went to study Theatre and Political Science at Lagrange College. He made his Atlanta début at the 14th Street Playhouse in the Good Works Theatre Festival. Since then he has been seen in the 24-Hour Play Festival at Onstage Atlanta, The Chain Play at the Academy Theatre produced by Working Title Playwrights, the One-Minute Play Festival at Actor’s Express and many other new works play festivals in the Atlanta area. Joel is currently employed as a teacher of middle school students sharing with them the ins-and-outs of technical theatre at The Greenfield Hebrew Academy. He also serves as a standardized patient at Emory University and Mercer School of Medicine, and plays the lead role in the traveling children’s show Strong For Life developed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
kelly_criss Kelly Criss (Acting Edge Instructorgraduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from Furman University. She then joined the pre-professional Apprentice program at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, where she now works as an Education Artist. For the past three years, she has taught elementary aged children through adult professionals here at Aurora with both the after-school and summer drama academy programs. On the Aurora Stage you may have seen her in Sleepy Hollow, Robin Hood, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Since 2012, she has worked at Horizon Theatre as the Artistic and Education Assistant, coordinating the annual Family Series production of Madeline’s Christmas. In addition, she serves as primary coordinator for the Young Playwrights Festival. She also works around town as an actor, director and producer (founding member of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project).
jessica_demaria Jessica De Maria (Seussical Jr. Acting Instructor & Director) is a regular teaching artist at Aurora Theatre and the Alliance Theatre. This summer she will also be starting Educational Programming for High School students at Actor’s Express. She has also served as the Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator at Horizon Theatre. Jessica’s recent credits include The Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens (Alliance Theatre), Les Misérables, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, Big River in Concert (Aurora Theatre), and James and the Giant Peach (Georgia Ensemble Theatre) and Bachelorette (Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre). You can also see Jessica this summer in Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre. Jessica is a graduate of Oglethorpe University and holds an MA from the University of South Florida. She is THRILLED to be at Aurora directing SEUSSICAL!
tony_larkin Tony Larkin (Improv & Acting Edge Instructor) has been happily teaching and acting with Aurora (one of his favorite companies to work with) since 2011. Tony grew up in Atlanta in a very pro-theatre household, and booked his first professional acting job in 1991, at age 10; working for three weeks at The Fox Theatre, in the National Tour of Camelot. Since then, Tony has worked in professional theatre in Florida, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Asheville (NC), and of course, Atlanta. In Atlanta, Tony has worked with Aurora, The Alliance, The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (his other favorite company), Georgia Shakespeare, Actor’s Express, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Synchronicity, Stage Door Players, and Dad’s Garage, among many others… and plans to remain here for a very long time. TV/Film credits include: GA Lotto, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, USA Network’s Monk, and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, among others.
drew_reeves Drew Reeves (Stage Combat Instructor) has been a working actor, director, producer, and instructor in Atlanta for 22 years. He is resident Fight Director and Stage Combat instructor for the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. He also teaches Shakespeare text and movement. He has worked in the Atlanta area with Aurora Theatre, Alliance Theater, Horizon Theater, Theatre Gael, Synchronicity Theater, Dad’s Garage, Soul-stice Repertory Ensemble, Spelman College, Georgia Perimeter College, and Agnes Scott College. He has also taught combat and choreographed shows for several high schools in the area. He has been an actor/combatant with the SAFD continually since 1995. His most recent work with Aurora was choreographing the combat for Peter Pan & Wendy.
Julissa Sabino Headshot Julissa Sabino (Mini Class & Guerrilla Theatre Instructor) had the honor of pursuing her BFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained under the Tony Award-winning Atlantic Theatre Company. In addition, her involvement in the music industry as a songwriter/musician has allowed her to study with several prolific vocal mentors. These include James Slaughter of Marvelous Studios and Jan Smith of Jan Smith studios. Now an active member of the theater community, she has had the pleasure of working with Pinch ‘N’ Ouch and Aurora as both an actor and educator. You can also catch her this summer in The Rocky Horror Show at Actor’s Express! Julissa is thrilled to integrate her love of teaching, children and art into a meaningful and educational experience.
Carrie Strothers Headshot Carrie Strothers (Seussical Jr. Dance Instructor & Choreographer) graduated with a BA from the Honors College of the University of Alabama with a major in dance and a minor in public relations. While attending Alabama, she was a member of both the dance department’s pre-professional company and the student-run choreography showcase. Carrie was recognized for outstanding choreography when her dance, “Perpetuum Mobile,” was chosen to be taken to the American College Dance Festival Association and again when she received the Edie Barnes award for choreography. Since graduating Carrie has spent three years performing and teaching dance classes on Carnival Cruise Lines. She is thrilled to be back in the Atlanta area, and her most recent credits include Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Chicago. Carrie can be seen on Aurora’s Main Stage this summer in Mary Poppins!