Acting for Life! Support your ACT!
5220 Village Creek Dr, Plano, Texas 75093 ~ 214-810-3228      
Jamey Jamison, Executive Director       A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

General Information

Join our community and enjoy the excitement of performing! We offer classes throughout the year, camps during summer and selected weeks in the fall, winter, and spring, and private lessons in a variety of areas taught individually by some very talented ACT staff and members. Ages 6-17 are welcome; please be advised that age ranges vary from class-to-class. We are delighted to help new and experienced individuals with their artistic passions. If you have additional questions please contact us 214-810-3228.

Along with donations from our community of generous supporters, we rely on tuition payments and ticket sales to "keep the lights on." Actors under the age of 18 who participate in our productions are considered students and are required to pay tuition. Actors 18 and over do not pay tuition, but are required to sell a minimum number of tickets to their shows.

All actors agreeing to perform in ACT productions must sign contracts (or have the contract signed by a legal representative such as a parent or agent) that detail all obligations. Participation will not be allowed without a contract.

CAMPS, CLASSES, AND PRIVATE LESSONS

Camps: are one- or two-week full day sessions (Spring, Summer, and Fall) and culminate with one or more final live performance(s) for friends, family, and the public (depending on the production). All participants are given speaking and/or singing roles. Sessions are usually held from 9-5.

Classes: usually take place once or twice weekly, and tuition varies depending on the nature of the production. These can be
A non-refundable deposit is due upon registration, and tuition must be paid in full before the first class. Refer to the Registration and Tuition pages at the links above for additional information. Payment plans may be available, and discounts are available when you enroll siblings.

Important: ACT production classes and camps are comprehensive and immersive in nature and require a committed involvement in the production from the ground up--everything from constructing and tearing down the set, costumes, make-up, timely attendance at rehearsals and performances, study and memorization of lines and blocking, and, importantly, building an audience. In most classes and camps, ACT students receive 10 free tickets that can be used for any of the productions' matinee shows.

Many non-camp productions have a tech week Monday-through-Thursday evenings of the week of the opening. Set builds are also required and usually occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings the week prior to opening. Failure to participate in set builds results in forfeiture of the 10 free student tickets.


A variety of private lessons in voice, dance, music are also available from a number of fine instructors. Scroll down for more information.


Currently Available Camps & Classes:

Most ACT camps run from 9:00-5:00 (1 hour before/after care may be available at an additional cost) and students are expected to bring their own sack lunch with bottles of water. Details specific to each camp will be provided in advance as the camp date nears.

ACT premium members may enjoy additional significant discounts on certain tuition prices. CLICK HERE for additional information.

Snow White the Musical
Production Class

Tuition Price: $350.00


Director: Gloria Gonzalez

Rehearsals: TBD

Show run: May 26 - June 4

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Broadway Camp
1 Week Summer Camp, Jun 5 through 9

Tuition Price: $200.00


Director: TBD

Performance on Friday the 9th at 5:00pm

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Charlotte's Web
2 Week Summer Camp, Jun 5 through 16

Tuition Price: $400.00


Director: Tressa Korson

Performances: Weekends of Jun 16 and Jun 23

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Beauty and the Beast
2 Week Summer Camp, Jun 19 through 30

Tuition Price: $400.00


Director: TBD

Performances: Weekends of Jun 30 and Jul 7

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The Wizard of Oz
2 Week Summer Camp, Jul 5 through 14

Tuition Price: $400.00


Director: Jamey Jamison

Performances: Weekends of Jul 14 and 21

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To Be Announced
2 Week Summer Camp, Jul 17 thru 28

Tuition Price: $400.00


Director: TBD

Performances: Weekends of Jul 28 and Aug 4

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To Be Announced
2 Week Summer Camp, Jul 31 through Aug 11

Tuition Price: $400.00


Director: TBD

Performances: Weekends of Aug 11 and 18

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Broadway Camp
1 Week Summer Camp, August 14-18

Tuition Price: $200.00


Director: TBD

Performance on Friday the 18th at 5:00pm

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The Addams Family
Production Class

Director: TBD Rehearsals Weekly, days/time TBD

Tuition Price: $350.00

Performances October 20-November 5th

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Steel Magnolias
Production Class

Director: TBD Rehearsals Weekly, days/time TBD

Tuition Price: $350.00

Performances November 10-19

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RED: The Red Riding Hood Musical
Production Class

Director: TBD Rehearsals Weekly, days/time TBD

Tuition Price: $350.00

Performances November 24-December 3

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Internships

If you have participated in a tuition-based show and performed at least one production in the last year you may be eligible for an internship at one of our camps.

ACT expects those accepted to intern to be responsible, trustworthy, hard working, polite, and to represent the theatre in a positive manner. Interns keep an account of hours worked on a standard timesheet. Credited intern hours may be applied to 1/2-off future tuition in an upcoming production.

Requirements:

1. 13 years old or older (exceptions have been made to this based on a person's maturity level and work ethic).
2. Commit to work a minimum of 2 weeks/one full summer camp.
3. Be present from 8:45 to 5:15 daily. Must be here each day, all day.

Responsibilities:

- Assist the camp directors in supervising the campers. Be supportive, friendly, and willing. Set a good example.
- Interns do a little of everything including: clean up, bathrooms, kitchen, floors, yard work, painting, lead and participate in all camp activities, office work, find the teacher's cell phone/keys, supervise lunch and snack breaks, prepare and run Friday water wars, participate in set builds, and many other random things that go into running the theatre.
- If needed, interns can be cast in the camp production.

Rules:

- Interns will be interacting with the campers, helping the director, or doing theatre chores all day.
- Interns get a 30 min lunch break and 15 min break each 8 hr day they work.
- Cell phones are to be used ONLY on your break time, and NEVER while you are with the campers or working around the theatre.
- In the event the director does not need you, interns report to the office staff for job assignments.

E-mail Jamey (jamey@artcentretheatre.com) with your request and stating your availability. We need your commitment in writing so we can plan adequate coverage.


Private Lessons

We are proud to offer a variety of ways to explore and improve your artistic expression. Each of our instructors schedule their own private lessons for your convenience. It's a great way to expand your repertoire and improve your skills at an affordable price!

Our instructors offer voice, musical instrucments, dance and drill team, stage combat and stuntwork, coreography, acting and more!


Jess Nordberg

Improv

Jess Nordberg's professional career began with a murder mystery group in Branson, Missouri, where she directed and performed in many productions. She is proud to have attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, where she trained with some of the industry's most talented and respected instructors. While her experience ranges from acting for film to Shakespeare, Jess has a love for comedy and improvisation that she is looking forward to sharing with her students.

"I strongly believe that practice makes prepared and you will often here me say, 'Again!' As a teacher and director, it is my job to ensure my students and performers have all the tools they need to be successful. I hope to encourage each person to develop self confidence, a sense of presence and the utmost respect for others while on and off the stage."

Group and individual lessons are available. To inquire about pricing and times please contact the theatre at 214-810-3228 or email lessons@artcentretheatre.com.



Meghann Dodd

Coreography, Dance, and Drill Team Prep

Meghann was a "Jamey's kid" way back when she was 13 - she returns to us to help out with the Kindergarten and up shows. With 23 years of dance background she offers expertise in dance, drill team, and choreography. She has been a studio dancer, drill teamer, semi-pro cheerleader in the TUFL and was an All American dancer! She is a former pageant queen holding titles of Miss Collin County USA 2005 and Miss Plano USA 2006. Meghann was also awarded Miss Congeniality at both the Miss Dallas USA and Miss Texas USA pageants! She is a teacher/cheer coach in the Plano ISD and her soft touch is a boon to all of ACT.

To inquire about pricing and times available please contact the theatre at 214-810-3228 or email lessons@artcentretheatre.com.



Kathy French

Voice

Kathy French has been singing, playing piano, and performing since childhood. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from the University of North Texas in 1992. Then she taught middle school choir for 15 years (5 in Garland and 10 in Plano), establishing a state-wide reputation as a successful choral director as defined by TMEA, TMAA, TCDA, and UIL. In 2008, Kathy embarked on a new journey to work for herself. She is currently in demand as accompanist, voice teacher, piano teacher, clinician, judge, musical director and director. She also owns a Mary Kay business. As an adult, she has directed many shows over the years ... favorites include "HONK!," "Hello Dolly!," and many others (that don’t end in exclamation marks). Favorite performances include Narrator in "Rocky," Rona in "Spelling Bee," and Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus." Kathy lives in Plano with her husband, Brian and their 3 fur babies.

To inquire about pricing and times available please contact the theatre at 214-810-3228 or email lessons@artcentretheatre.com.


Taylor Roberts

Improv

Taylor has been acting for over 13 years in the Dallas and Los Angeles areas. She has received accreditation from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in studio and on stage acting, this included multiple acting classes in improv, on camera and classical. At AMDA she also received vocal training for dialects, as well as training in stage combat; including hand-to-hand, rapier and dagger, and broadsword. She has returned to Dallas to share the knowledge she has gathered, and continue her passions by working with the children and adults of Plano.

To inquire about pricing and times available please contact the theatre at 214-810-3228 or email lessons@artcentretheatre.com.



Jamey Jamison

Acting

Jamey Jamison has taught workshops for college, high school and community classes on subjects ranging from Acting, Make-up, stage combat, theatrical lighting, puppetry, art, drama, improv, and the list goes on!

After college and a few years touring with the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre and the Brooklyn Theatre Company, Jamey landed in New Orleans where he spent time with Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans and then went on to work at various other artistic ventures. It was not until he moved to the Metroplex that he found his passion for teaching Children's theatre and working with youth. He has been doing it ever since and has not looked back. Acting classes with Jamey are $30 for a half hour lesson.

To inquire about pricing and times available please contact the theatre at 214-810-3228 or email lessons@artcentretheatre.com.



Katrina Williams

College Admissions Counseling and Preparation

ACT is incredibly fortunate to have Katrina Williams, former Director of Recruitment and Admissions, College of Engineering and Recruitment Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan in our community to help our 8th through 12th grade youth (and their parents) navigate the complex college admissions process.

Katrina has a Master of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Technology and a BS of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Eastern Michigan University, and served as Director of Recruitment and Admissions, College of Engineering and as Recruitment Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan.

Katrina developed the Demystifying College Admissions workshop series during her time at the University of Michigan. Over the years, she's held numerous roles in admissions offices, sat on scholarship committees, and participated in Harvard's Summer Institute for College Admissions. Having read thousands of applications and college essays, interviewed hundreds of students for scholarships, served on admission committees, and welcomed new students every year as they begin their college journey, she's well equipped to provide sound advice for those considering college.

To inquire about pricing and times available please contact the theatre at 214-810-3228 or email lessons@artcentretheatre.com.


David Wong

Violin and Viola

David Wong is the founder and music director of both the Plano International Youth Orchestra (PIYO) and the Elite Cultural Center at Richardson. The PIYO’s predecessor, the Dallas Chinese American Youth Orchestra (DCAYO), was the first full-size youth symphony orchestra among Asian communities in the United States. Notable performances included the Meyerson Symphony Center in 1995, the opening ceremony for World Cup ’94 soccer in Dallas, the Dallas Multi-Cultural Festival in 1993, and the 1992 Mrs. USA Pageant in Plano (televised by CBS).

A Dallas-based musician dedicated to educating young students, Wong also founded the North American Elite Youth Orchestra (NAEYO) in 1995 by recruiting a group of talented young musicians from across the country. For eight years they performed in domestic and international concert tours, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Singapore, Taiwan and China. These major concerts were marked by the production of 11 compact discs and DVDs. Wong also served as guest conductor of several Chinese symphony orchestras (including Henan, Xia-man Chengdu Opera House Orchestra; Beijing Central, Sichuan, Guangzhou, Xi-an, Wu-an, Guangxi, Nanjing Conservatory) and the University of Central Oklahoma Orchestra. His ideas and achievements in blending eastern and western musical styles, training young musicians, and promoting cultural exchange between Americans and Chinese, have been recognized by city arts commissions locally and by governments internationally. He was honored as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 1993 by Taiwan, and in 1996 received the Music and Culture Award from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. He also received the 14th Annual Golden Eagle Award from Tamkang University (Taiwan) in 2000 and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Central Oklahoma.

To inquire about pricing and times available please contact the theatre at 214-810-3228 or email lessons@artcentretheatre.com.

ATTENTION SCOUTS!!

ACT can help with earning your badges for the arts! Talk to your troop leaders about this great opportunity - we offer workshops in a variety of artistic areas for scouts of all ages:

ACT has artisans, performers, actors, directors and technicians on staff with an accumulated knowledge of 300 plus years in theatre and the arts. If it has something to do with artistic endeavors - we can make it work!

All workshops last 2 hours and cost $150 for up to 12 ($10 per for each additional child). Contact the theatre for complete information and to schedule your workshop!


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