Acting Department

MJPAA is now offering a full acting curriculum that will train the beginning actor through the working professional.  It is our goal to both expose students to the joy of theatre and to enhance their educational experience to include enriching performing arts experiences.  Classes are offered in Acting, Drama, Improvisation, and On-Camera Technique.  We offer a solid acting approach that the young performer can easily utilize in all mediums of the theatrical arts. We also offer adult acting, on-camera classes, performances, and private lessons for all ages. Students will learn skills that will enhance their personal development and increase their confidence and self-esteem.  The students will be learning skills that will enhance any future occupations or educational endeavors. The Actors Training Program here at the academy is devoted to training students for theatrical and/or commercial productions. The program has established innovative learning techniques to prepare students for stage, film, television, and commercials. The Florida Entertainment and Commercial Industry has grown over the last decade and there is presently a demand for trained, talented, and disciplined talent.  We believe that the only limit placed on young talent is that of their imaginations.



Acting/On Camera & Creative Drama: Grades 2 - 5 

Saturday 11:00 - 12:00 

Ages 7-11. This class will focus on training the student in various genres of theater, including storytelling, improvisation, character development and On Camera Acting. Students may be invited into a musical production by audition. Designed for the novice as well as students who have had previous exposure to acting. Students may perform in the Music Recital in May.


Acting: Grades 6 - 8 

Thursday 7:30 - 8:30pm 

Gr 6 to 8. Calling all future stars to join us in this exciting class. This course serves as a primer class to all aspects of drama and theatre with a concentration in acting for both the stage and screen. The class will cover audition and improvisation techniques as well as solo and ensemble acting


Acting: Grades 9 - 12 

Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm 

Gr 9 to 12. This class is for the novice or experienced actor who wishes to explore acting for stage or screen. The course includes individual acting skills as well as ensemble techniques. Students will work on improvisation, character development, stage presence, speech, diction, audition techniques as well as solo and ensemble acting. Perfect for the teen who wishes to try drama in a comfortable supportive environment. Also great preparation for the student who wishes to perfect their acting skills for advance placement in school and college programs. A great way to build confidence for any future endeavor that requires speaking in front of people including Thespians, speech and debate as well as college and job interviews


Acting: Adults Ages 18 & up 

Monday 7:15-8:45 pm 

  Adults can explore this class just for fun, or to sharpen their skills in a comfortable yet challenging atmosphere. Whether a beginning actor or returning professional, this class will integrate curriculum adapted specifically for the individual performer. We will offer training for both stage and screen. The class also incorporates many improvisation techniques that will help build confidence and performance skills for all occupations: hold better meetings, perform better at job interviews and speaking in front of groups. May accept 16 and 17 year old students by invitation or audition and with parental approval. This class offers great experience at any level.



Acting: Open Improvisation & Games: Ages 7 & Up 

Saturday 12:00 - 1:00pm 

 Training in acting and improvisation for the performer who wants to learn improvisation and warm-up techniques for auditions and to improve self-esteem and build confidence. This should be considered an acting technique training class to enhance character development, etc.








Acting:  Musical Theatre Production 

Class Act - T3 Theatre Company Troupe 

Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 pm 

(By Audition Only to Perform: Annie, Jr. & Musical Theatre Showcases) 

Cast members will be part of the Class Act - T3 Theatre Troupe, and the rehearsal / classes will meet on Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  This program is perfect for the budding musical theatre performer, and it will provide the opportunity for training with professional musical theatre instructors.  Participation will allow the student to grow as an individual triple threat performer as well as a strong ensemble member.  In addition to the ANNIE, JR. production and performances, opportunities will include Community Performances, Educational Outreaches and Special Events.  Students will participate in the Musical Theatre Performance, the Annual Spring Music Recital, as well as various Cabaret and Showcase Opportunities.  Time and financial commitment will be determined by the size of the role, number of costumes, and the amount of rehearsal necessary for the role.  More information will be provided once the cast is selected.




Ages 5 to 18

$15 Audition Fee

By Appointments & Membership in

Class Act - T3 Theatre Company Troupe

Presented by Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theatre

in Residence at Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy


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