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Now Enrolling: Stages! Conservatory

An 8-week theater intensive for students ages 7-12 and 13-17. The STAGES! Conservatory will be held during the 2017 fall semester after school at Art House Productions. 

Students will learn about the many different aspects of performing and working in the theater and will have the opportunity to train with working professionals from the New York and regional theater scene. 

At the end of 8 weeks, our young performers will have developed new skills in acting, improv, dance, singing, and devised theater (creating their own work)! There will be a presentation of these skills for family and friends! 

8 weeks l October 2nd - November 22nd
Mondays and Wednesday: 4pm - 6pm
Art House Stages! Jr. students will explore improv, theater games, and team-based scene work. 


8 weeks l October 2nd - November 22nd
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays: 4pm to 6pm
Art House Stages! students will explore sessions designed to engage in the active exploration of Music in Theater, Movement in Theater, Acting 101, and Devised Theater to develop their theater skills and cultivate their art making.


Joel Esther - Musical Theater
Joel is a Composer, Music Director and Teaching Artist living in Harlem, New York City. He is a Master Teaching Artist at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, where he regularly facilitates professional development and further training for teachers and fellow teaching artists. In the classroom, he facilitates a choral-focused program, Urban Voices, an Opera-Creation program, Students Compose Opera, and a teacher-focused Opera-creation partnership (Teaching Through Opera). Through the Trinity Church at Wall Street, Joel brings music outreach programming to the many sites of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), Hour Children, and others. He facilitates student composition with The Little Orchestra Society, and previously was on roster with Disney Theatrical Group. He has coached and led workshops for numerous NYC-based musical improv teams. He holds a B.M. in Music Directing and Vocal Performance and Opera from Northwestern University, with a Certificate of Performance in Musical Theatre. He is a Joseph L. Siegel Musical Theatre scholarship award recipient.

Adin Walker - Movement in Theater
Adin graduated from Princeton University where he founded WINDOWS, a collaboration with teen residents of the Triad and Rainbow Houses in Ewing, NJ to explore Shakespeare through movement and slam poetry. Adin teaches movement workshops throughout New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, and is a certified Power Vinyasa Yoga Instructor with Yoga to the People. Recent projects as director/choreographer include One Arm (Chautauqua Theater); Pin* and the Blue Fairy (Drama League Artist-in-Residence, Dixon Place); Jacqmin Family in the Petrified Forest (Source Festival); Gruesome Playground Injuries (TheaterLab NYC), Rent and Singin' in the Rain (Princeton/McCarter). Adin choreographed the Off-Broadway premiere of Normativity (dir. Mia Walker, NYMF) and, as movement director, has collaborated with directors Alexandru Mihail, Ethan Heard, Tracy Bersley, Kristy Dodson, and Whitney Mosery. Adin trained at the CityDance Conservatory, the Washington School of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and

Mason Beggs - Devised Theater
Mason is a Director and Educator based out of Jersey City, NJ. He is the Head of New and Devised Theatre for The New School's Summer Intensive and teaches as an adjunct for both The New School and Saint Peter's University where he also serves as Drama Director. Recent directing credits include: The Handless Maiden, The House of Atreus, Commit, Little Black Dots, Font of Knowledge, Dark Fable (Art House Productions), The Drowsy Chaperone, Medea, What Lurks, The Wild Party, Dracula, Into the Woods, Spelling Bee (Saint Peter's University), R/evolution (NYU Tisch School of the Arts), The Other Millay (New York Theatre Workshop), Show Me Real (PTC Performance Space/NYMF), Fast in Fire (Theatre for the New City), Stranger in My Body (The Cell Theater), Psalms 4:Japan (Theatre 80), The Bear: A Tragedy (Lion Theater).

Kristy Dodson (Program Manager) - Acting 101
Kristy is a theatre maker and director of new works for the theatre. Most recently, she directed Georgina Escobar's The Beacons for the Clubbed Thumb Summer Works Reading Series as well as Littleghost by Liza Birkenmeier for Stable Cable Lab Co's Reading Series. She was one of six directors selected for the 2016 Lincoln Center Directors Lab for a workshop of a new play in development and was the Founding Artistic Director of Overturn Theatre for 8 years. Her work has been presented and developed at: Lincoln Center Theater, The McCarter Theater at Princeton University, Dansearena Nord, Ensemble Studio Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Playhouse, Theatre Row, 3LD, among others. She is also a dedicated teaching artist and disability advocate. Much of her work involves differently abled themes and casting. Her teaching and directing techniques focus on steering away from a universal body and mindset associated within narratives. She is a regular teaching artist at Princeton University, Wagner College, and many other noted artistic institutions. She is a proud (honorary) member of the Dwarf Artists Coalition and frequently collaborates with individuals and cultures identified with unique genetics. Kristy holds a MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Acting from Purchase Acting Conservatory.

We especially encourage students of diverse backgrounds and varying abilities to apply. Scholarships are available. Please direct scholarship inquiries to

Art House strives to be accessible. We invite students, teachers, kids, families, the JC community and beyond, to play, learn and engage in the arts. If your child is differently-abled or you have any additional questions about STAGES! please contact STAGES! program manager, Kristy Dodson at[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A128841263846975%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

Earlier Event: August 21
Final CAW for Art!!!