Musical Theatre Workshop

Monday, August 13,  10am – 3pm

Grades 5-12       Class Limit: 25

Tuition: $40

Spend a day learning what it’s like to rehearse for a Broadway musical.  In this one day workshop, students will have the unique opportunity to learn a song, choreography and scene from a Broadway show all taught by award winning Broadway actress, Denise Summerford.  Participants will put it all together in a sharing for parents and friends at the end of the class and get to ask questions in a super fun Q&A all about the business of show.

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Technical Theatre Workshop

Tuesday, August 14, 10am-3pm

Grades 5-12       Class Limit: 20

Tuition: $30

Shadowland Technical Director Josh Christensen will lead students through a day of basic set construction and painting techniques, including pieces that will be used during the live performances of our Shadowland Academy fall acting students.

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Wednesday, August 15, 11am-1:30pm

Grades 7-12      Class limit: 20

Tuition: $30

Award winning actress, and former Saturday Night Live member, Denny Dillon will lead students through a day of introductory improvisation techniques and theatre games.

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Acting Workshop

Thursday, August 16, 10am-3pm

Ages: 15+         Class limit: 20

Tuition: $30

Understanding a Scene - Quick & Easy!

Brendan Burke, Artistic Director of Shadowland teaches a class of how to approach a scene and make it act able.  Using Uta Hagen's nine questions students will how to quickly analyze a scene for their best success. 

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Acting for Film & TV

Friday, August 17, 10am-3pm

Grades 7-12         Class limit: TBD

Tuition $30

Students in this class will work with Wayne Pyle of Hudson Valley Casting to learn the techniques used by professional actors who work on films and in television. Students will do acting exercises, tell stories, work on auditions and act in scenes in front of the camera. Mr. Pyle is a union actor and acting coach who has appeared in over 30 films and television shows.

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Playwriting Workshop

Saturday, August 18, 10am-3pm

Ages:  All         Class limit: TBD

Tuition $30

Taught by Melisa Annis. 

Writing with a map: Get those words on a page! This workshop will focus on starting a play from the development of an idea, character development and to the beginnings of structure so that when you leave this workshop you will have a solid guide, or road map for your first play. Utilizing playwriting exercises to stimulate the creative flow of ideas, sharing experiences, sharing pages and taking inspiration from source materials; by the end of this 5 hour class, we hope to have dispelled the fear around putting words to page, so that you will walk out with the first 10 pages of your new work.

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Enroll today for the Fall Production


To be cast in the Fall production, students must make a deposit of $50 and enroll by July 15, 2018.  

*We are unable to make any exceptions to this policy.*

FALL SEMESTER of the Acting Academy


The Fall Semester will begin in mid-August (start date TBD) and our classes run for 10 weeks, culminating in a performance on Shadowland’s main stage!  

To be cast in the Fall production, students must make a deposit of $50 and enroll by July 15, 2018.  *We are unable to make any exceptions to this policy.*

Instructor, Andy Walter, will divide the students into class groups based on enrollment, so after we receive all of the registrations on July 15th, you will be notified of your class time.

CLASS TIME SLOTS (dates/times are subject to change)

Acting 1: Saturday 9:00am-10:00am

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 2: Saturday 10:15am-11:15am

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 3a: Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm

Acting 3b: Saturday 1:15pm-2:30pm

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 4a: Monday 6pm-7pm

Acting 4b: Monday 7:15pm-8:30pm

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.

PERFORMANCES (dates subject to change)

Acting 1: Sunday, October 28, 2018

Acting 2: Saturday, November 3, 2018

Acting 3a & 3b: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Acting 4a & 4b: Saturday, November 17, 2018 


Fall tuition is $125 per child, $225 for two siblings, $300 for three siblings, plus a $40 production fee.  Please make checks payable to Shadowland Artists, Inc. and note Academy on the check memo line.  


A limited number of scholarships, based on financial need, are available.  To apply for a scholarship, please request an application by calling (845) 647-5511.

ABOUT Shadowland Academy

Young artists. Made in the Hudson Valley.

Shadowland Academy offers classes for youth in many aspects of the theatre arts, including acting, voice, movement, stagecraft and writing.   

By studying theatre arts students develop a deeper appreciation of literature and the arts, as well as, improve their understanding of the human condition.  Our classes instill the importance of both group and individual responsibility, enhancing our students ability to work well within a group and to strive independently.