2019 Classes


Academy classes, workshops, and master classes offer students a learning experience that engages their imagination with the art making and innovation of theatre. Ages 5-18 get hands-on education, developing skills and knowledge across various departments from rehearsal and backstage, to acting and music. These environments provide a fascinating look at the process of producing theatrical performance. Click on the buttons below to find out more about upcoming opportunities.

All Classes are at Saint Street Studio (2613 Saint Street, Houston, TX 77027)

For more information, contact us at (713) 439-0181 or performingartsacademy@adplayers.org


fall classes



Instructor: Lyndsay Sweeney // Saturdays; Sept 7-Oct 12 // 9:00-9:45am // $150

ACAD Prep is a creative drama class which engages participants in characterization, body expression, and creative movement.  Focus is on building natural curiosities, sparking imaginations, and providing opportunities for verbal and physical expression. 


ACADEMY 103: Level 1 ACADEMY 103: Level 2

(ages 4-6 or first-time tappers up to age 8) (ages 7-9* Placement based on completion of skills of Level 1.)
Saturdays 11:45am-12:30pm Saturdays 9:00-9:45am

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style, and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.

Instructor: Camille Thrash // Saturdays; Sept 7-Oct 12 // $150


ACADEMY 104 - Ages: 5-8

Instructor: Lyndsay Sweeney // Saturdays; Sept 7 - Oct 12 // 10:00 - 11:30am // $200

ACAD 104 synthesizes all Academy I skills allowing students to define and demonstrate acting techniques. Literary elements are incorporated for the exhibition of reactions to language and human relationships within an ensemble connecting sensory, emotional, and cognitive skills.



Instructor: Becky Richert // Saturdays; Sept 7 - Oct 12 // 11:45am-1:15pm // $225

ACAD 201 Performance-based course which engages participants in characterization, body expression, and creative dramatizations utilizing the technique of theatrical elements of song, dance and acting. 



Instructor: Ouly Niang // Saturdays; Sept 7 - Oct 12 // 1:30 - 3:30pm // $250

Fluidity of motion is achieved through basic dance combinations of  grapevine, ball-change, plie, tendo, pirouette and more. Students discover the excitement of moving in ensemble to a musical piece to enhance an onstage dialogue/story.  Core concepts include: expressive movement, body language, storytelling, characterization,spatial awareness, dance for the stage, timing, rhythm, and focus. 


TUITION PAYMENTS: All tuition payments are due IN FULL at the time of registration. If you would like more information about scholarship offerings please email performingartsacademy@adplayers.org.

CANCELLATION POLICY: We understand that unexpected conflicts may arise and encourage you to communicate with Academy Staff as soon as they occur. In the event you must cancel your enrollment, you will be charged a $25 processing fee. We are unable to offer any refunds after the first two dates of any class/camp. In the case that a student must drop by the second class, a partial refund may be issued or credit given towards a future Academy class. All requests for cancellation must be made in writing up until the second session and submitted to Academy Finance Associate, Paige Thomas (paige@adplayers.org). An address of where to send payment reimbursement and a recipient name must be included in the formal request. Refunds will be issued within 21-30 days of the request.

For More Information, Call 713.439.0181 or E-mail performingartsacademy@adplayers.org