Acting & Film Classes

Classes for children and adults focus on a variety of skills, from vocal diction and projection to scene and monologue preparation. Musical theater classes help students learn to personalize their performances and develop vocal technique and confidence on stage. Individual technique classes and audition preparation classes are also available, allowing students to personalize their instruction.  

Fearless Filmmaking

For those who film on their phones or ipads, this class will help you take your home projects to the next level. Under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Stephen Dest (Blind, My Brother Jack, I Am Shakespeare), students learn important techniques (project planning, production, editing and character development) to make their films come alive. Students have the great benefit of working in a school filled with musicians, dancers, students and families to provide amazing content for their films.

Musical Theater Workshop

Ages 8-12, Ages 13-18    In this weekly program, students develop the skills needed to thrive in any musical theater setting. For the first half of the year, classes will focus on vocal coaching, improvisation, comedy, monologues and multiple dance genres - helping to prepare students to share their work in an exciting year-end performance. In the second half of the year, students will experience the audition process and all the ins and outs of rehearsing and presenting a musical.  A Musical Theater production will be presented in a theater setting.

  •  Age 8-12

This is a great introduction to the world of musical theater. Dance, voice, and drama basics are incorporated in this fun and exploratory class. Students attend a 45 minute NMS Children’s Chorus (where they will gain valuable singing techniques in a fun, energetic atmosphere) from Sept.-Dec. followed by 60 minutes of dance and drama activities that build a strong foundation of skills and confidence. Participants will have small group, show-specific vocal coaching from Jan.-June,

  • Age 13-18

Students in this course work towards the integration of voice, dance & drama - building the skills and confidence which will help them to achieve a dynamic performance. Students attend a 60-minute group vocal coaching session (where they learn proper vocal technique in a fun and focused ensemble class) followed by a 90-minute dance and drama class (where they build skills through dance combinations and theatrical exercises). Students will polish their skills in preparation for competitive auditions and performances. This more focused approach propels the students’ expressive freedom and confidence.

Practical Acting

Ages 13 and up. This complement to Scene Study focuses on auditions and other challenges faced by actors, both amateur and professional. Address your needs with highly individualized attention in a supportive group setting. No experience necessary.

Scene Study

Our Scene Study Classes are led by Award-Winning Filmmaker Stephen Dest. In this workshop environment, students work on selected scenes and monologues, learning to create a natural environment for the scene and find the appropriate energy needed for each character. “On Camera” acting is explored as well. Each term ends with a performance for an invited audience of friends and family and culminates with a short informal film - where students can see their work on camera!. No experience necessary.

Scene Study for Adults

Our Scene Study Classes are led by Award-Winning Filmmaker Stephen Dest. In this workshop environment, students work on selected scenes and monologues, learning to create a natural environment for the scene and find the appropriate energy needed for each character. “On Camera” acting is explored as well. Each term ends with a performance for an invited audience of friends and family and culminates with a short informal film - where students can see their work on camera!. No experience necessary.