Theater Classes for Kids in Westchester
Westchester has more than its fair share of theater opportunities for kids—from afterschool classes to summer camps. Westchester’s best kids’ theater classes not only help kids acquire artistic skills, but they also bolster self-confidence and inspire kids to grow. In fact, even if your kid is not a natural thespian, these performing arts classes for kids in Westchester might be a great chance to expose them to new horizons.
No Limits Performing Arts Studio offers a variety of dance and performing arts classes at The Play Place in Elmsford. These theater classes teach kids to how to act — and how to work together in a group setting. The studio also aims to help students develop connections and relationships with their peers.
The Sandbox Theater in Mamaroneck teaches performing arts classes (acting, musical theater and dance) that improve kids’ confidence and show them how to be part of a team. The theater prides itself on helping children develop strong friendships, adapt to new situations and accept change. The Sandbox Theater also offers performing opportunities for kids in grades K-12 and a variety of summer camps.
The Broadway Training Center of Westchester in Hastings provides classes (six-days a week during the school year and summer) in acting, voice, dance and performance ensembles for grades K-12. No experience is necessary for any age. The teachers are established industry professionals who focus on the joy of accomplishment and the enrichment of personal expression through classroom and performance work.
The Play Group Theater in White Plains has year-round classes for all ages including design/tech, improvisation and community cabaret. The theater inspires kids to be creative, innovative and compassionate, with an emphasis on accessing their own imagination and defining their own artistic voice. They also want kids to make meaningful friendships, find mentors who will guide them throughout their lives and create work that will grow as they do.
Star Kidz started in 2001 and now has locations all over Westchester. Star Kidz’s owners believe in nurturing each child’s needs, which allows students to focus without getting bored. Their pro-taught classes (for PreK – 10th graders) include singing, dancing and acting, and different combinations of those skills. They also offer holiday and summer camps.
Artistree in Mamaroneck offers programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers through high school. Classes include singing, dancing and acting — and some are a combination — which conclude in fun performances. They also teach some unique classes like jazz-dance and on-camera technique, plus camps during spring break and summer.
The independent movie theater, The Picture House in Pelham, hosts a local improv performance group. After auditions at the beginning of the school year, a group of 12 students in grades 8-12 is chosen to meet weekly for free evening classes in improv and sketch comedy. The group then performs on the first Saturday of every month.
There are so many talented young performers in Westchester, and many kids who haven’t yet found their calling. Check out these inspiring theater classes for kids — and keep an eye out for upcoming kids’ performances in Westchester.