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Acting Classes and Summer Theatre Camp for Kids & Teens in Orange County, CA

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Aug 12-16th
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for our full scale Fall Musical, Cinderella

Ages 5-14
Rehearsals start August 26th
Performances held Nov 15-17th

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Here at Acting Academy for Kids (AA4K) we provide kids and teens a way to experience the performing arts in a fun and engaging way led by professionally trained educators in their respective fields. As credentialed and professional educators with Master’s Degrees in Education, the founders, Stephen and Maggie Zygo, envisioned a dynamic learning environment where families could bring their kids to make new friends, grow new skills, and walk away with a new sense of confidence. Over the past ten years, Acting Academy for Kids has done just that! With over 15,000 Orange County students that have made AA4K their home to grow as performing artists, Stephen and Maggie are beyond grateful for their amazing team of  leaders, generous families and inspiring students!

We have so much to offer!

  • Summer Camp
  • After School Programs
  • Audition Prep
  • TV & Film Classes
  • Musical Theatre
  • Piano Lessons
  • Vocal Lessons
  • Glee Club
  • Acting Classes
  • Shakespeare Training
  • Music Theory
  • Private Lessons

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Why Choose Acting Academy for Kids?

Acting Academy for Kids sets itself apart from other studios and performing arts programs in several ways. Founders Stephen & Maggie Zygo both hold Masters’ Degrees in teaching, and they bring onto the AA4K team instructors who possess two distinct qualifications:

AA4K teachers are typically both professional educators as well as professional performing artists. Since our staff’s central purpose is to educate your son or daughter, we bring on the best teachers in town, not just the best performers. Teaching is a craft and talent that requires education and experience. That is why our teachers are actually real teachers (most hold valid CA teaching credentials). Because of our staff’s dynamic backgrounds in the arts and their dual areas of expertise, they are able to equip students with the tools they need to succeed in the performing arts.

AA4K programs are held at a genuine Playhouse, with performances taking place on the theatre’s mainstage with professional lights, sound, seating, and costumes. In addition to a real theatre experience, our flagship location, The Z Playhouse, is located at the Vista Paint Plaza in Mission Viejo. Our second location utilizes the Performing Arts Center at Community Roots Academy.  And our third location is at Lyceum Village in Irvine.  See our locations page for addresses and directions.

AA4K’s unique school programs will always be held within a school auditorium able to fully function as a real theatre.

  • School Musicals
  • School Plays
  • Drama Teachers / Music Teachers

    AA4K will bring theatre or musical theatre to YOUR SCHOOL! Whether your school is looking to host a full-scale musical or perform a Shakespearean play, AA4K can help you achieve your performing arts educational goals. We will partner with your school and execute a program to meet your needs. Fundraising is a huge part of any school’s goals. We helped one organization raise $6,000 in one weekend! Why not let yours be next! AA4K can also provide CA credentialed drama and music teachers with either our own curriculum or a curriculum that is specifically tailored to meet your school’s needs.

    Administrators: Why go through the headache of hiring part time teachers when you can easily contract one of our dynamic educators to enrich your students’ lives with the performing arts?

    Contact us today for a quote!

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