KidsAct! & TeensAct!

Awaken your child’s imagination with a one-of-a-kind camp in the Berkshires.

Winner of the Berkshire Family Favorite Theater Class!

KidsAct! for ages 7-10

Join Barrington Stage Company for an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10. This two-week theatre camp will focus on building acting and improvisation skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. This summer, each two-week session will feature a different theme to offer inspiration for our plays!

  • Brave acts that changed the world!
  • Funny Families!
  • Songs by Stephen Sondheim
  • Heroes and Villains

Our performing arts intensive camps are a training ground for future performing arts professionals. Students learn all aspects of theatre and what it takes to create quality productions. KidsAct! has been bringing the professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 1999. Winner of the Macaroni Kid 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires. Register for KidsAct! today and study with the best.

KidsAct! provides training in:

Acting * Improvisation * Character Development * Playwriting * Performance * Choreography * Singing

KIDSACT! SUMMER SESSIONS:

Click on the session dates you would like to register for.

SESSION ONE: JUNE 24-JULY 6*

SESSION TWO: JULY 8-JULY 19 — session is currently full. To be put on a wait list, please click here.

SESSION THREE: JULY 22-AUGUST 2

SESSION FOUR: AUGUST 5-AUGUST 16

All camps run Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM

Summer Tuition: $525**

$25 Sibling Discount available. Please contact education@barringtonstageco.org for details.

*Camp is not held Thursday, July 4th, and the final day of the program is a Saturday.
**Price includes t-shirt and video of performance

For information contact Jane O’Leary, Director of Education, at 413-499-5446 x117 or education@barringtonstageco.org

TeensAct! for ages 11-14

Our exciting new program designed for ages 11-14 focuses on building performance skills through coaching and individualized attention. This summer, each two-week session will feature a different theme to offer inspiration for our plays!

  • Brave acts that changed the world!
  • Funny Families!
  • Songs by Stephen Sondheim
  • Heroes and Villains

At the end of the week, students will perform in a special performance at Barrington Stage Company.

Training in the TeensAct! program prepares students for our acclaimed Youth Theatre program. TeensAct! provides the professionalism of Barrington Stage for budding young performers!

Our performing arts intensive camps are a training ground for future performing arts professionals. Students learn all aspects of theatre and what it takes to create quality productions. KidsAct! has been bringing the professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 1999. Winner of the Macaroni Kid 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires. Register today and study with the best.

TeensAct! provides training in:

Acting * Improvisation * Character Development * Playwriting * Performance * Choreography * Singing

TEENSACT! SUMMER SESSIONS:

Click on the session dates you would like to register for.

SESSION ONE: JUNE 24-JULY 6*

SESSION TWO: JULY 8-JULY 19

SESSION THREE: JULY 22-AUGUST 2

SESSION FOUR: AUGUST 5-AUGUST 16 — session is currently full. To be put on a wait list, please click here.

All camps run Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM

Summer Tuition: $525**

$25 Sibling Discount available. Please contact education@barringtonstageco.org for details.

*Camp is not held Thursday, July 4th, and the final day of the program is a Saturday.
**Price includes t-shirt and video of performance

For information contact Jane O’Leary, Director of Education, at 413-499-5446 x117 or education@barringtonstageco.org

JANE O’LEARY (Director of Education) joined Barrington Stage in September 2015 as the director of the Playwright Mentoring Project and KidsAct! programs. Prior to joining BSC, Jane earned her Masters in Applied Theatre at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Having studied Drama as an undergraduate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jane studied at Stella Adler Studios as well as Playwrights Horizons. A former teacher and director at Gotham City Improv, Jane has performed, produced and directed countless Improv shows in NYC at Gotham City Improv, The Magnet, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The PIT. As a teaching artist, Jane has worked with the Creative Arts Team (NY), Broadway Classroom (NY), NYC Children’s Theater (NY) and Mosholu Montefiore (NY). A member of Actors’ Equity, Jane has performed in many productions regionally and in NYC.

MICHAEL DOWLING (Associate Education Director) first came into BSC’s Education Department as a PMP playwright where he worked for many years with the youth from the community. Mike graduated from NYU where he studied with David Mamet and William H. Macy at The Atlantic Theater Company. After graduation, he returned to the Atlantic and was the associate producer for The New Works series where new short plays are written and produced for specific actors. As an educator Mike has taught The Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique at New York University, University of Albany, Simon’s Rock and youth theatre programs throughout the Berkshires. His writing has won awards at St. Louis Rep, Hampton’s Film Festival, LA International Film Festival, The Palm Beach Film Festival and The Austin Film Festival. He is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Playwriting Fellow.

SAM LAFRAGE (Lead Teacher) is the founder and Artistic Director of Ragtag Theatre Company. Winner of the Best Performing Arts Company (KidsPass Parent’s Choice Award), Ragtag Theatre Company is a group of diverse artists dedicated to creating fresh and inclusive theatre for families. Inspired by Commedia dell’Arte, their drag-infused “fractured fairytales” have been empowering and inspiring audiences of all ages. Their most recent production of Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella just completed a three-week tour with Redhouse Arts Center after a sold-out limited engagement run which won the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. Other past productions have been named “Best Holiday Show for NYC Kids” (Mommy Poppins) and “A Must-See” (Out Magazine). Both of his plays Rapunzel (OBA Nom Best Family Show) and Cinderella (OBA Winner Best Family Show) ran Off Broadway at the Soho Playhouse, McGinn/Cazle, and Theatre Row, NYC, and (so far) have been produced by 7 different companies in 4 different states.

GAYLAN PALMER (Music Director) is delighted to be returning as music director for KidsAct! and TeensAct! She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and music education as well as the Boston Conservatory with a master’s degree in musical theatre. Due to her passion for music and musical theatre, and a strong desire to nurture and support children, she has been teaching chorus and music directing for theatre productions in public schools for 26 years, primarily in middle and high schools. She teaches piano and voice privately, and in her spare time loves being outside, hiking, gardening and being around animals.
SOPHIE KITCH-PECK (Assistant Teacher) is excited to be joining the KidsAct! and TeensAct! staff. She is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College where she is a double major in Theatre Arts and Religion. At Mount Holyoke she has been involved in a number of productions, most recently serving as the Assistant Director on The Importance of Being Earnest. She previously worked for Pennsylvania Youth Theatre as a drama teacher for their Adventure Camp serving children ages 3-7.
EDEN HELSTON (Assistant Teacher and Choreographer) is a dance teacher from Bakersfield, California. She is currently studying Theatre Arts at Bakersfield College and participates in local theatre in her free time. She is thrilled to be working for Barrington Stage Company and the KidsAct! program this summer.