Studio Luna

Kids and Teen Acting Classes

Ages 4-17
Fall Session
Saturdays | 9 Weeks | Sept 15-Nov 10

Little Stories

Ages 4-6
Saturdays | 9am - 10am
Instructor: Elena Dones
$85 - 9 weeks
In this class, young students and first timers will be given the opportunity to work on acting and improvisational performance skills through stories they already know, as well as with stories we create during class. Students will play characters from their favorite stories and go on adventures as we create the world of the story with our imaginations and whatever we have on hand. As they get more comfortable, we will begin to create our own stories in the same fashion, creating an imaginary world we can live and thrive in as characters who must problem solve, work together, and create.
Little Stories

Little Luna

Ages 5-7
Saturdays | 10am - 11am
Instructor: Danielle Thompson
$85 - 9 weeks
In the Little Luna program, young performers discover the creative elements of drama through a basis in story-telling. Through fun games and exercises, Little Luna participants learn about different theatrical elements (sets, costumes, props, scripts, etc.) and how they combine to create a performance. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.
Little Luna

Musical Theater

Ages 7-9
Saturdays | 10am - 11am
Instructor: Elena Dones
$137 - 9 weeks
Luna's Musical Theater Class allows children of all experience levels an opportunity to discover their individual talents, creativity and performing interests while exploring the basics of Musical Theater (acting, singing and dance). Young performers work collaboratively to explore vocal technique, character-based song interpretation, and choreography from Broadway musicals. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.
Advanced Musical Theater

Musical Theater Scene Study A

Ages 7-10
Saturdays | 11am - 12pm
Elena Dones
$137 - 9 weeks
This class is for those who are interested in musical theatre performance at a higher level. We will focus more on solo/small group performance, scene work, and a more advanced repertoire of songs. They will develop acting skills with dialogue and song, and learn choreography to work towards performance. Students will have the opportunity to audition for solos during the class.
Musical Theater Scene Study A

Creative Drama

Ages 8-10
Saturdays | 11am - 12pm
Instructor: Danielle Thompson
$85 - 9 weeks
The class is specially designed with creative minds and play as the focus. Through the use of theatre games and mini-performance workshops, young actors receive a comprehensive study of the various aspects of acting and performing. Topics include voice and speech, character development, creative expression through movement and solo and group improv, just to name a few. Actors will have an opportunity to perform for each other every class, and will work together to develop self-confidence, team/group dynamic, body and spatial awareness. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.
Creative Drama

Advanced Musical Theater

Ages 9-14
Saturdays | 9am - 10am
Instructor: Daryl Stewart
$137 - 9 weeks
This musical theater class offers experienced theater students an opportunity to strengthen their individual talents, creativity and performance skills while exploring the world of Musical Theater (acting, singing and dance). Young performers will gain confidence through collaboration and extensive vocal work, character study, acting and dance training. The class will culminate in a sharing for friends and family. Prerequisite: Two years of prior training and/or instructor permission.
Advanced Musical Theater

Musical Theater Scene Study B

Ages 10-13
Saturdays | 12pm - 1pm
Instructor: Elena Dones
$137 - 9 weeks
This class is for those who are interested in musical theatre performance at a higher level. We will focus more on solo/small group performance, scene work, and a more advanced repertoire of songs. They will develop acting skills with dialogue and song, and learn choreography to work towards performance. Students will have the opportunity to audition for solos during the class.
Musical Theatre II

Improv

Ages 11-13
Saturdays | 12pm - 1pm
Instructor: Danielle Thompson
$85 - 9 weeks
Young artists will have a blast learning how to think on their feet in this new class that incorporates scene work and movement-based and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation. Participants will gain self-confidence and improve their focus and listening skills. A great class for serious young acting students looking to improve their craft, and for beginners looking for a fun way to explore their creativity on stage.
Improv

Teen Scene Study

Ages 13-17
Saturdays | 10am - 11:30am
Instructor: Marlaina Powell
$150 - 7 weeks
This class takes place at The ValleyArts Community Gallery (a couple of blocks from Luna)
In this class, teen actors will rehearse and perform contemporary theatrical scenes. They will identify the who, what, where, when, and why of a character, and explore how to apply a back story that is relevant and believable. Emphasis will also be placed on learning to make interesting and effective physical, emotional, and vocal choices, and on discussing and critiquing constructively in a fun and safe environment.

Please note:
This class runs for 7 weeks from Sept 15-Nov 10; the class will NOT meet on Oct 6 and Nov 3.

Thank you to ValleyArts for offering us the use of their beautiful space! Click for directions.

Meet Our Teachers

Elena Dones
Elena Dones holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a B.A. in English/Theatre from Lafayette College. She teaches drama full time at Arts High School in Newark and has directed a variety of plays and musicals. She runs the Musical Theatre Club in addition to working and directing through the Drama Department. Elena taught at Luna Stage, The Institute of Music for Children, and All Children's Theatre in NJ, as well as Beyond the Fourth Wall in Cambridge, MA. At Arts High, she participates in residencies with NJPAC, Papermill Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, NJ Youth Theatre, and Circle in the Square Theatre. She encourages students to create and devise original work, and directed an original piece for Teens on Broadway at Circle in the Square. She has performed in NJ, PA, MA, and NYC and is a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. She's thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Luna Stage and to bring theatre to young lives!
Danielle Renee Thompson
Danielle Renee Thompson first began her theater training at Newark's Arts High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Danielle recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of the world premiere of My Occasion of Sin by Monica Bauer directed by Frances Hill at Urban Stages Theater in NYC. Additionally, over the past couple of years, she has been touring a one women show, Warriors Don't Cry by Eisa Davis, directed by Trazana Beverly in New York and Connecticut through the Urban Stages Outreach program. When Danielle is not on the stage, she is off sharing her love for arts education in the classroom. She has been an acting teaching artist for New Jersey Performing Arts Center since '05 for programs like the Summer Youth Performance Workshop and the Young Artist Institute. She also teaches theater, performance technique and ballroom dance for the In-School residency programs at NJPAC.
Daryl L. Stewart
Daryl L. Stewart is an actor, director and teaching artist. Stewart's regional music theater credits include Gershwins' My One & Only, The Wild Party, Disney's Aida, Carousel, Ragtime, Into The Woods, Stepshow (NYMF) and Five Guys Named Moe. Director/choreographer credits include: The Wiz, Once On This Island, Annie, Seussical, Once Upon A Mattress, High School Musical, Fame and Disney's The Lion King Experience. Education: New York University, New York Conservatory for Drama and Papermill Playhouse Conservatory. Stewart serves on the faculty of several arts organizations including NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Luna Stage Theater Co. and Institute of Music. He is the 2014 Urban League YP Honoree for the Arts, Two-Time Papermill Rising Star Nominee and a 2013 BMC Award Nominee. iamdarylstewart.com | @thedarylstewart
Marlaina Powell
Marlaina Powell is a Broadway performer and recent recipient of a Master of Music degree from New York University's Steinhardt School and is a 20-year member of Actors Equity Association. Favorite stage credits include Disney's The Lion King (Broadway), and Smokey Joe's Café (Broadway), The Civil War (National Tour), Ain't Misbehavin' (National Tour), NUNSENSE!, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, and A My Name Is Alice. Most recently, Marlaina appeared in Abram Hill's On Strivers Row at the Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse. Look for Marlaina in the upcoming film MIDNIGHTS, which made its debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. For more news and information, please visit www.marlainapowell.com.

If you are looking to continue older student's arts education? Try our Teen Classes. Click here for more info.

Schedule and Instructors are subject to change. At Luna we want to bring you the highest quality of instruction so our teachers are all working professionals. The downside to this is that they are in demand, and sometimes they get jobs that conflict with our classes. If there is a change in instructor for a class, we will do our best to notify parents ahead of time.

Upcoming Calendar

Oct 4 - Oct 28, 2018

MainStage
by J.Stephen Brantley

Nov 29 - Dec 16, 2018

MainStage
by Camilo Almonacid

Jan 31 - Feb 24, 2019

MainStage
by Christina Gorman

Apr 4 - Apr 28, 2019

MainStage
by Gabriel Jason Dean