Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals
Summer Camp 2013 with Professional Training for Grades 1-12
Aurora Theatre Academy’s extensive array of camp classes for Summer 2013 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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NEW! Guerrilla Theatre Camp Just Added!
New Camp Session for Middle & High School Students Grades 6-12
In the year that Aurora Theatre has started an Arts Revolution, it stands to reason that there would be a summer camp called Guerrilla Theatre for Middle & High School Students! Break the boundaries of the stage and bring theatre to the people 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! Led by Aurora Academy Improv Teaching Artist, Katie Causey, and featuring workshops from Special Guest Artists with unique skills. You would have to be “bananas” to miss out on Guerrilla Theatre!
June 24-28, 10:30am-4pm SOLD OUT!
July 15-19, 10:30-4pm JUST ADDED!
School House Rock Live! Jr.
Our Brand New Summer Musical for Grades 3–5 and 6–12!
We’re very excited about this! For the first time ever, 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 School House Rock Live, Jr! at the end of the session. They will do three performances on our Main Stage: Friday, June 21 at 11:30am and 4pm and Saturday, June 22nd at 2pm. Students will be taught and directed by some of Atlanta’s finest professional Musical Theatre Actors.
Monday–Friday, June 3–21, from 10:30am-4pm (plus a Saturday Show on June 22)
Mini & Master 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 24–June 28 AM: Stone Soup
June 24–June 28 PM: The Fox and the Grapes
July 15–July 19 AM: Rapunzel
July 15–July 19 PM: The Dog and the Bone
Students may choose from June 24–28 or July 15–19. They may do a Morning Session from 9:30am–12:30pm or an Afternoon Session from 1–4pm. They may also opt to do both sessions and stay for lunch in between.
Mini Class June AM (Grades 1–2): June 24–June 28, 9:30am–12:30pm
Mini Class June PM (Grades 1–2): June 24–June 28, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Mini Class July AM (Grades 1–2): July 15–July 19, 9:30am–12:30pm
Mini Class July PM (Grades 1–2): July 15–July 19, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Master Class June AM (Grades 3–5): June 24–June 28, 9:30am–12:30pm SOLD OUT!
Master Class June PM (Grades 3–5): June 24–June 28, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Master Class July AM (Grades 3–5): July 15–July 19, 9:30am–12:30pm
Master Class July PM (Grades 3–5): July 15–July 19, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Tuition $175 per Session
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 one week camp will culminate with a Showcase of scenes and sketches in our Studio Theatre for Friends and Family to come see!
July 8–12, 10:30am–4pm
Scholarships Available! For an application or 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.
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|Jaclyn Hofmann (Director of Education) has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Jacksonville University and an MFA in Acting from Michigan State University, where she taught undergraduate acting courses for three years. She’s taught locally for Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Aurora Academy, and Kennesaw State University. Jaclyn is currently an Adjunct Theatre Teacher at Georgia Gwinnett College. She is also a proud co-founding member of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project. Some local acting credits:All’s Well that Ends Well and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Altanta Shakespeare Company), Anton in Show Business (Weird Sisters), The Music Man(Fabrefaction), and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Aurora). This season she’s excited to direct Aurora Learning Library’s Robin Hood and in the Studio“Master Harold”… and the Boys. Love and thanks to my family and Nick!|
|Wendy Bennett (Mini Camp Aurora Instructor) is a talented singer, actress and educator who has enchanted children throughout the southeastern United States for the past 20 years, performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s children’s and family concerts and acting with numerous local theaters including the Horizon Theater and A.R.T. Station. She has long been a roster artist with the Woodruff Arts Center’s Young Audiences, bringing music and creative dramatics to thousands of Georgia’s school children. Last spring she taught the Aurora Academy “Tortoise and Hare” class. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.|
|Katie Causey (Guerrilla Theatre Camp Instructor) is an actor, improviser and educator living in the Atlanta area. She attended The University of Georgia where she led and performed with Improv Athens, the university’s national award-winning improv troupe. Katie just completed her apprenticeship at Aurora Theatre where she performed in The Drowsy Chaperone, the touring children’s show Unnecessary Monsters and Terror on the Trail. Katie has been teaching improv and acting classes at UGA, with Aurora Theatre Academy, and with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare Intensive for Teens. When she’s not onstage or teaching you can find Katie improvising with her current improv troupe, BANSHEE Improv performing Fairy Tales for children and adults. Katie is excited and honored to be a part of Aurora Theatre’s education team!|
|Kelly Criss (Master Camp Aurora & Acting Edge Instructor) is happy to be returning for a third year to Camp Aurora. You may have seen her onstage here at Aurora in the Learning Library productions Robin Hood and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. She also teaches Advanced Acting Edge classes during the school year, along with the adult Acting classes. She is a regular Education Artist with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company and has taught in-school residencies and summer program for several years. She recently began assistant coaching the Apprentice Company at Horizon Theatre, where she works as an Artistic and Education Assistant. Kelly is a proud co-founder of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project.|
|Jessica De Maria (Master Camp Aurora Instructor) is a two time graduate of Oglethorpe University with a degree in Theatre, Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies. Currently she is also teaching artist at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and the Alliance Theatre. As a performer, Jessica has worked with Pinch N’ Ouch Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and was most recently seen in Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood here at Aurora and will be seen in Les Misérables this July!|
|Veronika Duerr (Mini Camp Aurora Instructor) graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Theatre, and has lived, performed, and taught in New York City, Hollywood and Atlanta. She has been a member of Actors’ Equity for almost a decade and has performed on several stages around the country. You may have seen her in Atlanta at The Alliance, Theatrical Outfit, The Shakespeare Tavern, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Synchronicity, Actor’s Express and right here at Aurora. Veronika recently returned from the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York where she was honored to perform for Aurora in their first ever traveling co-production. In 2009, Veronika won the Suzi bass award for Best Actress in a Play. And in 2012, she helped found The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, a collective of the funniest, most talented and intelligent women in Atlanta. This summer, as well as producing for the company she will be performing the title role in Lauren Gunderson’s play EMILIE: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight. Like our Facebook page at The Weird Sisters Theatre Project!|
|Megan Hayes (School House Rock Live, Jr. Director/Mini Camp Aurora Instructor) is an actor, writer and teacher. She received her BFA in Acting from NYU. Megan taught Middle School Drama at Holy Innocents where she directed the Shuler Hensley nominated production of Grease. You may have seen her on stage at Aurora or teaching our Aurora Academy Classes. She has also been seen on stage at the Alliance, Horizon Theatre, Stage Door Players, Essential Theatre and more! Megan recently filmed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She is playing the Female Morphling Tribute from District 6. She has also appeared on HBO’s Eastbound & Down and BET’s The Game.|
|Tony Larkin (Acting Edge Instructor) has been working in professional theatre since he was ten years old, primarily in Atlanta, but also in Boston, Florida and New York. After getting his BFA in Acting from the FSU School of Theatre, Tony spent four years in NYC where he performed several times at Theatre Row, Theatre for a New City, The Bank Street Theatre and Lincoln Center among others. Since returning to Atlanta in 2008, Tony has worked with The Alliance, GA Shakespeare, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Actor’s Express, Dad’s Garage and, of course, Aurora. He can be seen in Aurora Theatre’s Learning Library’s Robin Hood this fall!|
|Tiffany Porter (Master Camp Aurora & Acting Edge Instructor) is always excited to teach at Aurora! She has her BFA in Professional Acting from The School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University. Tiffany is regularly seen performing at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, as well as teaching many of their Shakespeare Residencies and summer camps. You can catch her on stage there now in Romeo & Juliet as the Nurse. Tiffany is also on the Artistic Team for The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, where she was last seen in Anton in Show Business. Love to her family. Many thanks to the staff and interns at Aurora, Jaclyn Hofmann and The Weird Sisters.|
|Drew Reeves (Acting Edge Instructor) has been a working actor, director, and instructor in Atlanta for 19 years. He is resident Fight Director and Associate Producer for the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. He also teaches Shakespeare text and movement. In addition to teaching for Aurora, he has worked in the Atlanta area with the Alliance Theater, Horizon Theater, Theatre Gael, Dad’s Garage, Soul-stice Repertory Ensemble, Georgia Perimeter College and Agnes Scott College.|
|Mary Saville (Master Camp Aurora Instructor) has been teaching theater for nearly 15 years, both in Atlanta-area high schools and in theaters around Atlanta and Boston. She earned a Master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Mary joined Aurora’s education team in 2011; other local teaching credits include Georgia Ensemble Theater, Alliance Theatre and Kids Drama Factory. Mary also works as a professional actor and director with companies such as Synchronicity, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, the Shakespeare Tavern, and the Academy Theatre among others. She is happy to be working with the young actors of Aurora Theatre!|
|Nick Silvestri (School House Rock Live, Jr. Music Director) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of West Georgia and is a Georgia certified teacher for music. At UWG, he studied under Dr. Dawn McCord and Dr. Kevin Hibbard and served two terms as president of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and is a founder of the music service fraternity Phi Delta. He holds dual concentrations in instrumental and choral music, his own instruments beings horn, piano, organ and voice. Nick has been active in the Atlanta area for the past six years as a music director, piano accompanist, and teacher performing with theatres, schools, church choirs and friends. He most recently served as Education Director for Fabrefaction Theatre Company where he saw great success in over 20 productions; winning Best Music Director of 2012 by Atlanta Theatre Fans for his work on Sweeney Todd. Most recently, their production of Assassins was named #1 Best Theatrical Production by ArtsAtl.|
|Michael Stiggers (School House Rock Live, Jr. Choreographer) is a theatre education graduate of Columbus State University. He has worked with The Springer Opera House in productions of High School Musical (Chad), Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion) and The Full Monty (Keno). He has been in productions of Pippin (Leading Player) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney) with The Legacy Theatre and Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood with Synchronicity Theatre. Michael has also worked as an actor/educator with C.L.I.M.B. Theatre in Minnesota as well as The Springer Theatre Academy in Columbus, GA.|