Classes

Secret Theatre Academy (STA)
Registration for Spring/Summer 2019 Term is now closed, but you will be able to register for Fall/Winter 2019 very soon!
Check back here in July.
We’ve been providing classes for the LIC community since 2011 for ages 6-17. Our Musical Theatre and Junior Drama Teacher, Mary Lauren, has been with us for over 4 years now, and loves to help students develop and grow. Richard Mazda, our founder, also teaches Senior Drama and Film for the Academy. We also provide individual coaching for those of our students preparing for their performing arts school auditions.

Dress Rehearsal for ALL Classes will be on Saturday (June 15th, 2019).
Performances: Saturday & Sunday (June 22nd & 23rd, 2019)

Drama (Junior)
Ages: 6 – 10 | Days: Saturdays | Time: 9:45am – 11:00am
Young performers build confidence and begin to develop their skills as stage actors. In this class, teacher Mary Lauren leads a mixture of drama games, scene analysis, and character exploration guaranteed to bring even the shyest first-timers out of their shells. We have been thrilled to see our students excel not only onstage, but in every area of their lives. Junior Drama students consistently acquire improved public speaking skills, greater social confidence, and an instinct for team work. Final showcases are at the end of the semester, and all classes perform.
Drama (Senior)
Ages: 11 – 17 | Days: Saturdays | Time: 12:15pm – 1:30pm
For more experienced performers (although it’s open to all levels), this intermediate/advanced acting class is taught by ST Founder Richard Mazda. Students will build out their “performer’s toolbox” with techniques from several acting philosophies while strengthening their bonds as an ensemble. Our students excel not only onstage, but in every area of their lives. Final showcases are at the end of the semester, and all classes perform.
TV/Film Drama (Senior)
Ages: 11 – 17 | Days: Sundays | Time: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Our theater’s founder and artistic director Richard Mazda teaches this class for young performers interested in acting in film/television projects. Students will learn about the differences in technique when acting for the camera, and work as a group to produce a short ensemble film to be screened at the end of the semester.
Broadway Musical (Senior)
Ages: 11 – 17 | Days: Saturdays | Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm
In this class, students will work to improve their individual skills as actors while also honing their dancing skills and practicing healthy vocal technique. Students of all experience levels are welcome to join this class where building ensemble, taking risks, and creative storytelling are key. Final showcases are at the end of the semester, and all classes perform.
Broadway Musical (All Ages)
Ages: All Ages | Days: Tuesdays | Time: 3:30pm – 4:40pm
In this class, students will work to improve their individual skills as actors while also honing their dancing skills and practicing healthy vocal technique. Students of all experience levels are welcome to join this class where building ensemble, taking risks, and creative storytelling are key. Final showcases are at the end of the semester, and all classes perform.

Tap Dance (All-Ages)
Ages: All Ages | Days: Wednesdays | Time: 3:45pm – 4:50pm


So many classic and contemporary Broadway shows feature this unique dance style, and Mary Lauren is here to help beginners (and intermediate dancers) of all ages brush up on their shuffles, stamps, and time steps. Get a leg up for future auditions and most importantly, have fun! Final showcases are at the end of the semester, and all classes perform.

Photo Credits
Eight Tales of Pedro – Photo taken by┬áHunter Peress.

Rest of the performance photos were taken by Reiko Yanagi.

For any inquiries, please contact Tara M. Schmitt at sta@secrettheatre.com.

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