Youth Classes

Ignite Belonging.

Be curious, be creative, be YOU! At American Stage, we provide a quality performing arts education in a positive and empowering environment giving young people the tools to be fearless, focused, and flexible on stage and in life. Studying theatre does not only help students become accomplished and confident performers and communicators, it also strengthens creative, intellectual, and emotional growth.

All experience levels are welcome! We believe in fostering an accessible environment that encourages a sense of belonging, discovery, and collaboration. Our teaching artist staff consists of working theatre professionals who have a passion for teaching, and are trained in key methodologies, cultural competency, and inclusion.



Fall 2021 Session
Details Below!

Financial Aid Applications are closed for Fall Classes 

Grades 6-12 | Courageous Changemakers

Acting – Playwriting – Character Analysis – Devised Theatre

Led By: Matt Acquard and Jessy Minson

Dates: Saturdays, September 25 – December 18
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: American Stage
Price: $265

From Ancient Greece, to the Harlem Renaissance, to Broadway, and beyond. Young artists will elevate their acting technique, heighten music & movement skills, and explore playwriting & devised theatre-making, as they learn about the many cultural origins and movements of American theater and stories of historical figures who have over come the odds. Through self-written monologues and scene-work, students will bring the inspirational characters they most admire to life.

In this session students will: 

  • Explore a variety of devising and writing techniques to create a meaningful story

  • Discover the strength that these historical figures had and find their own strength within themselves

  • Develop and write monologues and scenes inspired by the courageous characters in their own lives.

  • Develop a piece of theatre they feel is important for our community to experience.

  • Create and maintain a collaborative and cohesive ensemble

  • Cultivate dynamic and bold characters with a clear perspective and view on life

Who should attend: This session is designed for students who are in 6th through 12th grade. It is awesome for students who enjoy learning about strong characters throughout history, enjoy creating and writing poignant stories, believe in the power of art, and desire to be more empowered to be courageous themselves. Additionally, it’s an opportunity to create a piece of theater that is unique to this class and the ensemble that they build.

Grades K-5 | Adventures Abroad!

Acting – Movement – Play-Making 

Led By: Denee Lortz and John Perez

Dates: Saturdays, September 25 – December 18
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: American Stage
Price: $265

Explore the fundamentals of acting as we bring to life the worlds and characters inspired by popular children’s stories from around the globe. Students will also learn about different cultures and traditions, as well as story-structure, playmaking, and ensemble collaboration.

In this session students will: 

  • Explore stories and cultures from around the world
  • Create bold and dynamic characters. 
  • Discover how to make strong acting choices using their voice and body
  • Collaborate as an ensemble to devise a story inspired by the stories learned around from around the world
  • Curate a final sharing that is dynamic and inclusive of many different styles of dance, theater, and music.
  • Develop an ensemble culture and demonstrate personal responsibility and commitment to a collaborative process. 

Who should attend: This session is designed for students who are in Kindergarten through 5th grade. It is an awesome class for students who love storytelling, travel, and learning about the world, as well as creating bold and dynamic characters. 

Financial Aid through our Sponsor-A-Student Program

Thank you for your interest in American Stage’s SPONSOR-A-STUDENT Financial Aid program!

EVERY child should have access to a high quality arts education. Seeing theatre, and participating in theatre-making empowers us to be bolder, wiser, and more compassionate on stage and in lifeOur SPONSOR-A-STUDENT program provides financial support for young people to experience theatre and playmaking across our programs. At little to no cost, children and teens have the opportunity to attend Youth Programs.

Para más información sobre la solicitud de ayuda financiera en Español, por favor envíanos un email a o llamanos al (727) 823-1600, extensión 212.

Applying for Sponsor A Student is easy!

  • Fall 2021 Applications Are Due Monday, September 13th
  • After completing an online application, you will receive an email confirming receipt.
  • After applications close, you will hear from us (via the email you provided on your application) to confirm if you have received a Sponsor A Student financial aid package. This email will also include next steps on enrolling and preparing for the session.

Important Reminders:

Every Sponsor A Student application requires support materials be uploaded or mailed. Applications cannot be processed until we receive both support materials. Required support materials are:

1. Send in One of Following Options:
Statement of Interest: A brief (1/2 – 1 page) letter or video (30-60 seconds) from your student answering the following questions:
– Why do you want to attend the program?
– What do you hope to gain or learn through our programs?
– What do you think you can bring or give to this program?
– A sample of the student’s artistic work (a piece of writing, poetry, drawing, video of a performance, a song they like to sing, a joke they enjoy telling, etc.). Photos and scans of original documents are great. Please note that the artistic piece can be a work in progress and does not need to be polished. Our main goal is to the see the student exercising their creative expression.
– A letter/statement of recommendation from the student’s teacher about why they see them an excellent fit for this program.

2. Select one of the following to prove your annual income (Please blur or black out your social security number before including):
– Your most recent household tax returns (2019 or 2020)
-4 Pay Stubs
-Letter from your employer
-Disability Insurance
-Unemployment Documentation

Tips for a great application:

  • Be specific. We want to get to know you and your student! The more information you provide, the better! When describing your family’s need in the application, provide as many details as possible (Why are you applying for financial aid, what is your current financial situation, etc.), so that we can award aid accordingly.
  • Be prompt. Be sure to submit your application on time! Late applications will likely not be processed.
  • Be precise. Be sure to complete each section of the application as accurately as possible.

Applications for Fall Youth Classes are now Closed 

Other Community Sponsored Funding Support Opportunities

Creative Pinellas Arts Summer Camp Grant

The Creative Pinellas Arts Summer Camp Grant was created to make it possible for young people in Pinellas County to have high quality arts and cultural experiences at Pinellas County area summer camps.

St. Pete Arts Alliance Funding Futures

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Student Award program is designed to identify and encourage talented low-income emerging artists ages 10-17 in Pinellas County, seeking St. Petersburg programs in dance, music, jazz, voice, theater, digital arts, writing, photography, cinematic arts, visual arts, or literary arts.

Things to Know

Youth Program Policies and FAQs

A 10% discount is available for Military family members and Teachers (with ID). Call the Education Department to apply this discount – 727-823-1600 x 212.

Each camp culminates in a final sharing on the last day of the session.

The most current COVID-19 safety procedures will be implemented throughout classes, and required of family and guests attending Final Sharings. Our youth program safety protocols include, but are not limited to:

  • Complying to CDC recommendations for educational organizations as a baseline for safety protocols. We will institute additional safety measures as needed.
  • All teaching artists are vaccinated & tested weekly for COVID-19.
  • Masks & social distancing are required for everyone in the classroom.
  • Heightened cleaning procedures are implemented prior the start of each class period.

Read the full American Stage COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan here.

Si hablas Español y quieres más información sobre los programas de teatro de American Stage, por favor envíanos un email a o llamanos al (727) 823-1600, extensión 212. 

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department at