A BIT ABOUT ACT-1
"We have seen theatre transform every single student that has walked through ACT-1's doors (and there have been hundreds)! When a child is accepted, understood and nurtured there is a profound sense of trust. On stage, that trust becomes transcendent. Our goal is that every child who completes our program leaves with a passion and respect for theatre arts, as well as self-awareness and confidence they have never known.
You - the parents and families, are a huge part of that success! We love to see parents and siblings around the theatre, creating a wonderful sense of community, support and memory-making. Your children will look back and recall that ACT-1 felt like a loving family a second home.
We also believe that good communication is very important to a successful program/production. Chera is the morning lark and Sierra is the night owl, so we are available to take your questions pretty much anytime, and look forward to helping you have the BEST experience possible."
Chera Marks & Sierra Fisk
Artistic Director & Managing Director
To see all the productions we've done in the past, click here!
MISSION AND HISTORY
ACADEMY FOR CHILDREN'S THEATRE is located in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles County but serves children all over the San Fernando Valley. We are an educational organization founded in 2009, dedicated to providing a NURTURING and CREATIVE environment for young adults ages 3-18 to perform in musical theatre. The Academy's goal is to help develop well-rounded and confident actors, singers and dancers. Equally as important to us is to provide a safe space for our artistic youth to build themselves a supportive community, create a strong work ethic, and grow in compassion and kindness. Not all of our students end up with a career in the arts, but they will take these traits with them into whatever they do!
What is unique about our company is that we prefer to keep our production size limited (usually just 15-25 in a cast) so that we can give individual students more attention and so they won't get lost in the shuffle of a huge production. This way we can recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of each student, and get to know each and every one of them on a very personal basis.
At ACT-1, we promise that providing a high quality and creative learning experience in the theatre arts will contribute to your child's personal growth and carry them through life.
Performing live has affected our students tremendously, by:
* Building their self confidence
* Teaching them to work as a team and seek connection with their peers
* Forging self-expression through taking risks in a safe environment
* Teaching them to trust and interpret direction from instructors
* Practicing professionalism, accountability & responsibility
* Strengthening their listening skills
* Instructing them how to speak in front of a group and project their voices
* Teaching them vocabulary, history, storytelling, subtext, and communication, which helps students in their academic life.
To read some personal testimonials from parents and students, click here.
JESSICA REINER HARRIS