Classes & Camps
Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals
Why choose Aurora Theatre Academy?
- Professional Instruction
Our classes give students the opportunity to study with professionals. Aurora Theatre Academy uses working actors, directors and theatre practitioners from all over the United States.
- State-of-the-Art Facility
Our multiple stages showcase your child’s talent.
- Positive Expression
Our artistic environment promotes self-confident, cooperative, imaginative children.
Aurora Academy Camp Testimonials
“I’ve learned dancing, singing, and acting techniques that have made me a better actor. Also, I’ve made great friends from attending the Aurora!”
—Wyanda Garner, Student
“I feel confident now that when I audition for a play, or when performing a show, I will know what everything means and exactly what to do.”
—Caitlin Cavanaugh, Student
“I gained a lot of new friends and confidence from this experience. It has helped me because I really didn’t like being in front of a lot of people; when I got my script, I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I did and it was awesome!”
—Bailey Fielder, Student
Fall 2019 Classes
What distinguishes Aurora Theatre Academy from other drama classes is that students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional theatre, and their instructors are working professionals with years of real-world theatrical experience. In addition to receiving training to be a winner on stage, students build confidence, communication, and life skills that will be a valuable part of their bright futures.
We’ve got classes for ages 3-103, covering a variety of topics and interests. Your student will LOVE their time at Aurora! Classes fill quickly, register today!
Aurora Theatre’s Learning Library Series features fully-staged professional productions for elementary school students performed on the Aurora Theatre Mainstage on weekday mornings. These shows contains multiple direct connections to the AKS, come complete with an extensive Study Guide, and are mindful of Gwinnett County Schools bus schedules.
See what 12,000 Gwinnett County School Children and their teachers are already raving about!
“My students really enjoyed the play! What a wonderful job you all did. I can’t wait to take my family to a play at Aurora!” – Mrs. Millard (Teacher, Walnut Grove Elementary)
“My kids from the youngest to the oldest all got something out of it! We talked about the characters playing multiple roles, about how much they practice, about what a stage manager does… I love the Aurora Theatre and all you do for the kids in the community!” – Tricia Williams (Home School Parent/Teacher)
Rock the Presidents
Book and Lyrics by Dwayne Hartford
Music by Sarah Roberts
Learning about history of the American presidency is a lot easier for young people when there are sizzling guitar riffs and a great downbeat. Just like Hamilton and Schoolhouse Rock! catchy songs help reinforce historical facts and inspire students to want to know more. Get ready-as this fast paced, non-partisan musical takes you from George Washington to today in about an hour.
The Cat in the Hat
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mom find when she gets home…?
Apprentice Company 2019-2020
The Aurora Apprentice Company is designed to help emerging artists bridge the gap between Educational and Professional Theatre. These talented young theatre artists joined Aurora Theatre’s staff for a year-long intensive that prepared them for a career in the arts. Here are a few of our graduates and where they’ve been since their time at Aurora.
Where are they now?
Rose Alexander (AppCo15) is a proud graduate of AppCo ’15 and Kennesaw State University! While in her apprenticeship, she performed in Mary Poppins (Ensemble, Mary Poppins U/S with Performance) and Les Miserables (Ensemble, Eponine U/S). Post apprenticeship, she has performed in the Aurora/Theatrical Outfit co-production of Memphis, in Tom Key and Friends at Theatrical Outfit, Curious Literary Encounters at 7 Stages, and understudying and performing for a week as Sarah the Blind Librarian in The Toxic Avenger at Horizon Theatre, and most recently, in The Light In The Piazza at Theatrical Outfit. Rose is represented by East Coast Talent Agency.
Skyler Brown (AppCo16) is an Atlanta based actor, singer, and musician. Atlanta credits include The Color Purple and Merrily, We Roll Along (Actor’s Express), Memphis and In The Heights (Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit), Ghost the Musical (GET), and the Wedding Singer (Act3). Skyler also music directs Aurora’s annual Reindeer Games and tours the southeast with his band My Brother Skyler. All love go to his parents for their relentless support.
Katie Causey (AppCo13) was a member of the first apprenticeship at the Aurora Theatre an undisclosed amount of years ago. Katie continues to work with Aurora as the Comedy Host at Aurora Comedy Nights and the Director of the holiday improv show, Reindeer Games. Katie also enjoys working in film and TV. She has been featured in a number of commercials and played the role of Emily on The Passage on FOX. When she’s not acting, Katie works as the Acting Coach for various children on The Walking Dead. Many thanks to the Aurora for teaching Katie how to be fearless! For updates check out her website: www.KatieCausey.com or her improv group’s website: www.BansheeImprov.com
Benjamin Davis (AppCo14) has enjoyed every experience at the Aurora! Favorite credits include Les Miserables, Hands on a Hardbody, and The Bridges of Madison County. Since AppCo, Benjamin has gone on to work at the Alliance Theatre, City Springs Theatre, Actor’s Express, Theatrical Outfit, Horizon Theatre, Arís Theatre, Dad’s Garage, Synchronicity, Stage Door Players, The Warehouse Theatre, and TheatreZone. Film & TV credits include The Fat Boy Chronicles, The D.U.F.F. and “Doom Patrol.” He has also appeared in more than a dozen commercials & industrials. Benjamin is the Founder of the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival and a member of Actors’ Equity. www.BenjaminTaylorDavis.com
Shelli Delgado (AppCo14) is a proud alumna of the University of Georgia. Favorite Aurora credits include: A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Emmy), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Suzette), Into the Woods (Little Red Ridinghood), Cat in the Hat (Thing 1), 4000 Miles (Amanda), Les Miserables(Ensemble; Suzi Award: Best Musical). Other recent regional credits include: The Crucible *Suzi Award for Featured Actress*, RENT (Actor’s Express), Max Makes a Million, A Christmas Carol, Dinosaur!, Tiger Style! (Alliance Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Warehouse Theatre),Hamlet (Atlanta Shakespeare Company), Sense & Sensibility (Synchronicity), Miss Saigon, Grease (Serenbe Playhouse). TV: “The Vampire Diaries”. Shelli also works as Development Coordinator for Aurora, her theatre home.
Amy Duffy (AppCo19) is so glad the Aurora Apprenticeship brought her to Atlanta. While she was at Aurora she got to perform in Christmas Canteen 2018, Men with Money, Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure, and more! She also got to understudy some of Atlanta’s baddest ladies. Aurora set her up well to merge into Atlanta’s market, where she immediately snagged a spot working on a show at The Alliance Theatre. In addition to performing, she now works in Serenbe Playhouse’s education department and as a performer at Georgia Aquarium. Many thanks to Aurora for the love, guidance, support, and peanut m&ms. @amyelizabethduffy
Elliott Folds (AppCo17) is an Atlanta-based actor, dramaturg, and musician. He is a proud graduate of Kennesaw State University’s Department of Theatre & Performance Studies. In his time in the apprenticeship, he had the pleasure of working on the Suzi-winning productions of The Bridges of Madison County (Michael u/s/Ensemble) and The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Middle Goat), as well as Grace for President (Robby) and Reindeer Games 2017 (Co-Music Director). He immediately followed the apprenticeship with the AppCo Alumni Series production of A New Brain (Richard), which he also had the distinct privilege to act as dramaturg, as an instrumentalist, and as assistant music director. Additional Atlanta credits include: the one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar (Out Front Theatre Company/ART Station), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Zero Circle Theatre Company), and Damn Yankees (Theatre Buford). As of summer 2018, he can also be found behind the desk at the Aurora box office as well as a performer at Georgia Aquarium. Huge thanks always to everyone at Aurora, but especially Anthony, Ann-Carol, Justin, and Jaclyn.
Casey Gardner (AppCo15) works primarily as the promotional and production photographer for many theatres in Atlanta including Aurora Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Actor’s Express, Theatre Buford, The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Found Stages, and The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival (founded by fellow alumni Benjamin Taylor Davis) among many others. Her photos can be found in American Theatre Magazine, Encore Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Showguide and all over social media. Her most recent stage credit is The Secretaries at Out Front Theatre but you may have seen her in Mary Poppins on the Aurora stage in 2014. You can see her newest work at caseymgardner.com or on socail media at @caseygardnerphotos.
Renita James (AppCo13) is a proud member of the graduate class of Appco 2013. It was duringthat year that she furthered her love of educational theatre while performing in Unnecessary Monsters and teaching several classes and workshops. Upon completion of the apprenticeship she went on to perform at Stone Mountain Park, Stage Door Players, and Peach State Summer Theatre. She spent time performing and teaching in a variety of settings, including an educational tour with the National Theatre for Children and a starring role in FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life. Most recently, Renita was a Teaching Artist Fellow with Metro Theater Company in St. Louis, Missouri. In this fellowship, she taught theatre in residencies and school-based classes, as well as developed and performed in a Theatre for the Very Young piece. Her work focused on using arts integration to address social justice issues and to build community. Renita currently works full-time at Aurora Theatre Company as the Education Coordinator.
Jacob McKee (AppCo16) is a recent graduate of Aurora’s 2015-2016 Apprentice Company. While an apprentice, Jacob enjoyed many invaluable experiences, including playing Tim Tesla in the world premiere of Tim Tesla and the Terrific Time Machine and assistant directing Into the Woods. He also served as an understudy for Wit and I’m Not Rappaport. Post-apprenticeship, Jacob will be appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Tavern in July and is directing Dani Girl for the 2016 AppCo Alumni Series. Jacob is so very thankful for his year at Aurora and for the mentors he was blessed to find there: Jaclyn, Justin, AC, Anthony, and the whole staff.
Valerie Medoff (AppCo18) is a proud alum of AppCo18! Valerie graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Theatre and Communication in 2017. Favorite credits include Wizard of Oz (Alliance Theatre), Rhythm and Grooves (Six Flags), as well as Ripcord, Mamma Mia!, Cinderella: The Remix, Maytag Virgin, Christmas Canteen 2017, Abigail/1702, Goosebumps, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame from the Aurora Theatre 17-18 season. You can find Valerie next at the Alliance Theatre for Small Mouth Sounds, Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience. Much love to all AppCo past and future!
Benjamin DeWitt Sims (Appco16) is an Atlanta based actor and singer. He has appeared in many productions and projects in and around Atlanta. Recent credits in Atlanta include The Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre), Hunchback of Notre Dame, In the Heights, Into the Woods (Aurora Theatre), Strait of Gibraltar, One and Only Ivan (Synchronicity Theatre), and Georgia Aquarium as an Atmosphere Performer. Benjamin is a proud graduate of Young Harris College with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. When Benjamin isn’t involved in a production, he is a fiery bartender/host by night and substitute teacher by day. He is currently working his first cruise ship contract aboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Classica as a Vocalist. Benjamin is ecstatic and grateful for so many opportunities to do what he loves the most and would like to thank God, family, and friends (given and chosen) for their support. (Instagram: benjamin_performs)
Suzanne Stroup (AppCo14) is an actor/singer/educator in the Atlanta area. She was a member of the 2013–14 Aurora Theatre Apprenticeship Company, and was seen there in Prelude to the 4th Concert, Peter Pan & Wendy (Wendy), The Cat in the Hat (Kitten/Thing 2), and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Sam US/P). She has since been fortunate to work with the Aurora Theatre, Gypsy Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, as well as the One-Minute Play Festival and the education department at Alliance in many capacities. This summer you can see her as Ariel in Aurora’s Concert Version of The Little Mermaid! suzannestroup.com
Michael Jared Tarver (AppCo13) is an Atlanta born actor who is proud to call this market, and Aurora Theatre specifically, his home. He is filled with gratitude for the lessons taught to him and the oportunities given to him by the staff at Aurora Theatre as an apprentice and now, in his third year, as The Storyteller in A Christmas Carol. Previous roles include Dave Bullanski in All Childish Things (Aurora), Little John in Robin Hood (Aurora), Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Tavern) and Little Tuna in Den of Thieves (Fabrefaction). Up next he will be directing in the short play festival at Aris Theatre!
Dane Troy (AppCo14) graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013. At Aurora he worked on: Terror on the Trail, Peter Pan, Lombardi (us/p), Tamer of Horses & The AppCo Showcase. In the year following graduation, Dane was afforded the opportunity to work with Alliance Theater, Horizon Theatre, Theatrical Outfit & Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. In efforts to further his comedic training, Dane moved to Los Angeles in August 2015. He has since immersed himself in long form improvisation programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade: Los Angeles (graduate), iO West (level 4), & the Groundlings (intermediate). Dane has appeared in a few commercials (Coca Cola, Georgia Lottery, Starbucks & eBay (national)) & also made his Television debut on the Amazon Prime show Hand of God as Freddie Hampton (Season 2 Episode 203 & Episode 206).
Tim Whitson (AppCo15) graduated from the Aurora Apprentice Company in April of 2015. While there he worked in several capacities but most notably he played an ensemble role in Mary Poppins and Luigi in The Explorers Club during the 2014-2015 season. The rest of the 2015 found him performing at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Peter Pan playing the titular role among others and performing as Nutty in The Littlest Christmas Tree at Stone Mountain. Currently he is directing a world premiere, multi-lingual adaption of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe aboard the MV Logos Hope. The MV Logos Hope is an internationally known ship that travels around the world bringing knowledge, through selling over 5,000 titles of books, help, by bringing fresh water and reading glasses, and hope to thousands of people every year. He is proud to be working on this unique production with his wife and with the crew of over 350 people from 60 nationalities. He is excited to return to the Atlanta area in 2017 and continue his career as an actor, director and theatre artist.
Intern at Aurora
Aurora Theatre opens its doors for Undergraduate Interns to learn and experience the value of storytelling through live theater. It takes a village to bring a show from the page to opening night and as an intern you will have the opportunity to learn how the Aurora village operates. Each internship is a semester-long program where you will collaborate with Aurora professionals and Apprentices and be exposed to the inner-workings of a professional live theater. An internship with Aurora Theatre is a great way to apply practical knowledge and skills and prepare you for potential employment in Georgia’s growing creative industries.
We currently offer internships in:
and a General Theatre Internship
Our internships are geared towards class credit and are unpaid.
Aurora Teen Nation
Aurora’s Teen Nation is a tuition-free program for Teens interested in the arts! All students are welcome to join. They will be invited to special events just for them, and learn more about the world of professional Theatre! Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 season. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application.
This program was designed for teens who are craving more exposure to the world of professional theatre. They will be led by Education Coordinator, Renita James. Aurora Teen Nation will provide:
- Sneak peak to a final preview of performances.
- Pre-show activities tend to include: Theatre Games, discussions related to the themes of the show, and time to socialize with other Gwinnett Teens with a passion for Drama!
- They will be required to volunteer once a month at the theatre, where they will learn front of house operations and get to see shows while helping out.