Summertime Youth Drama Camp


Mile Square Theatre’s Drama School announces its Summertime Youth Drama Camp, with programs for Pre-K through 9th Grade. The summer camp will take place during the first two weeks of August.

Creative Drama Programs for your kids!

The camp provides half-day (9am-noon) Creative Drama programs for Pre-K (4-yearolds)/Kindergartners (Creative Drama I) and for 1st and 2nd Graders (Creative Drama II).

Your young actors will spend their mornings doing theatre games and storytelling theatre in a fun and supportive environment, led by our experienced faculty. Creative Drama II will present a mini-production at the end of the two-week camp.

Creative Drama I Pre-K ((4-year-olds)/Kindergartners) is a place where students will explore their imaginations, bodies, voices, and senses. They’ll read stories and act them
out incorporating music and props. They’ll be given basic movement, body awareness exercises, vocal exercises, and do some drawing too! They’ll have a great time and become more confident expressing themselves individually and within an ensemble.

Creative Drama II (1st and 2nd Graders) Students and teachers alike will enjoy two weeks of game-playing, story-telling, dancing, and theatrical exuberance. We will work together to tell stories with words, movement and lots of imagination. Special emphasis will be placed on expression, team-work and having FUN. At the end of the program students will have the opportunity to share their new story-telling skills with an audience by performing selections from Shel Silverstein’s “How Did It Go?” for family and friends on the Monroe Theatrespace stage.


Performance Programs are full day (9am-4pm) camps for 3rd to 5th Graders and 6th to 9th Graders.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The 3rd to 5th Graders will rehearse a mini-version of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adapted and directed by MST Drama School teacher Lauren Singerman.

The Arrogant Kickapod
The 6th to 9th Graders will present The Arrogant Kickapod, a whacky comedy about kids at a summer camp, written and directed by Mile Square Theatre Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. Both performance programs will present performances on the Monroe Theatrespace stage on August 13 and 14.

Read more about the Faculty – after the jump!


Members of MST Drama School’s faculty are experienced theatre educators and will provide your child with a rich, fun, and rewarding experience.

Marissa Joy Ganz (Creative Drama I Lead Teacher)
Marissa was part of the world premiere and 1st national Broadway tour of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, originating the role of Susan. She appeared in the North American tour of THE BOYFRIEND, and was seen in the European tours of THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and HAIR. For the past 10 years, she’s been teaching musical theatre, dance, and gymnastics at many studios across the tri-state area.

Jennifer Ring (Creative Drama II Lead Teacher)
Jennifer is an actress, writer and teaching artist, currently working with the New Brunswick Theater Festival. She teaches classes for NBTF through the Perth Amboy Department of Recreation and at New Brunswick High School. She has also taught acting, voice and speech at the college level and is a founding company member of Red Stage Theatre Company in Burlington, VT. Jen holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and a BA from the University of Maryland.

Vivian Hasbrouk (Costumes for Performance Programs)
Vivian is a conservatory trained actor (BA-cum laude—Movement Theater / Social Dynamics). She has 20 years experience teaching theatre, dance, & movement to kids and adults at NYU, Hofstra University, AcTeen, Children’s Theater Association, One-on-One Studios, Theater Barn, Interborough Repertory Theater, and Hoboken Children’s Theatre. She is also a director for 2 award-winning children’s theater companies.

Chris O’Connor (Writer/Director of The Arrogant Kickapod)
Chris is Artistic Director of MST. He holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University. A faculty member at Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School for 10 years, Chris has also taught at Hoboken Children’s Theatre, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Colgate University, and is currently the Interim Head of MFA Directing at Rutgers University. His plays for young people have been produced in theatres and schools in the northwest.

Lauren Singerman (Director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
As a teacher and dialect coach, Lauren has taught at Ellis Island Theater, Hoboken Children’s Theater, Hoboken Historical Museum, and ACTeen. As an actor, Lauren has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Vital Theatre Company, The Artful Conspirators, and Kitchen Theatre Company, among others. Lauren holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.

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