We are proud to announce the nominees for ‘Best Theatre Education Program for Young Artists’ as part of MD Theatre Guide’s Best of 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards!
The awards are designed to honor local performing arts, entertainment and education organizations for their creativity, talents, and contributions across MD, DC, and Northern, VA.
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Best Theatre Education Program for Young Artists
The five nominees are listed in alphabetical order.
Nominee #1: Adventure Theatre MTC.
Location: Rockville, MD.
Education Director Kathryn Hnatio says, “The Academy is proud of its rich academic offerings that complement the Maryland State Voluntary Curriculum and National Standards, providing a challenging outlet for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful performers – including self-discipline, teamwork, problem solving, and self confidence. ATMTC Academy Alumni have numerous Broadway, national tour, TV and film credits.”
Nominee #2: Children’s Playhouse of Maryland.
Location: Essex, MD.
CPM provides workshops, summer camps and performing opportunities for young performers ages 6 – 18. Children’s Playhouse produces four musicals and one play each season. It has been in existence since 2001 and was originally called The Young People’s Players, part of the operation of F. Scott Black’s Towson Dinner Theater. The dinner theater eventually closed and Diane Smith, the artistic director, recognizing a good thing, wanted to keep the students together.
Nominee #3: Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts.
Location: Columbia, MD.
Founded in 1972 by Toby Orenstein at the invitation of visionary developer Jim Rouse, for over 40 years CCTA has educated through the arts by creating theatrical experiences that inspire thought, action, creativity and change. CCTA’s programs can be divided into three main areas: The Conservatory, Theatrical Arts Productions, and Outreach Programs. Today CCTA employs more than 80 teachers, directors, writers, actors, musicians, technicians and consultants under the guidance of two full-time and 4 part-time staff members.
Nominee #4: Lumina Studio Theatre.
Location: Silver Spring, MD.
Since 1997 Lumina has worked with over 600 young actors and enjoys a 95% retention rate from season to season. Some alumni have gone on to major in theatre and attend prestigious theatre schools such as NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Lumina provides a disciplined and rigorous professional setting where actors are trained in a comprehensive performance focused program of theatre arts based on Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech and Drama techniques. The techniques of Stella Adler and Michael Chehkov are also demonstrated and put into practice.
Nominee #5: Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts.
Location: Washington, DC.
Through courses, camps, and programs, The Theatre Lab enrolls over 1,500 kids, teens, and adults a year. Offerings target beginners and veterans alike through a wide range of classes designed to fit busy schedules—summer camps for kids, Saturday acting classes for teens, acting or playwriting classes for rookies, public speaking for non-theatre professionals and more. Their distinguished faculty comprises top-notch, working theatre artists who perform, write, or direct theatre around town. “From the horse’s mouth” is how students describe tips they get from their talented faculty.
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