The benefits of theater go well beyond what you’d imagine. Performing on stage is a creative activity that builds self esteem and poise, but what you learn along the way is equally important.
At Lights, Camera, Acting! we have fun while developing the following skills:
- cooperation and teamwork
- self control
- goal setting and focus
- empathy for others
- communication skills
People with these characteristics have a presence, and others naturally look to them for leadership. With this gift, you will become a stronger person who can accomplish just about anything you set your mind to.
And, theatre has that extra something you don’t find often enough in life– imagination. Albert Einstein once said that, “Imagination is more important than knowledge” and he certainly proved that to be true! So why are so few of the things we and our children do rooted in imagination?
The theater offers this imaginative ability to tell a story with our voice and our bodies, to travel to another time and place, and to be another person. We get to step outside of our daily routine and express ourselves in different ways. The wall flower is suddenly the class clown, and the one who never speaks up is the center of attention. We move in new ways, use our voices differently, and have more fun than we usually do.
Why choose this particular program — Lights, Camera, Acting! Theater Fun for Everyone?
In our classes, we will definitely discuss and learn theatre skills, but getting a part in a soap opera or on a commercial is not the primary objective. The purpose of taking part in this program is to have an experience with theatre that teaches us about ourselves and all of the things that we can accomplish.
In class, we’ll play theatre games, practice improvisation, and have tons of fun. In some of our classes, we’ll also get ready for a production that we have completely created as a class. From the costumes, to the set, to the acting itself, everyone has a hand in it all. Throughout the year, we offer many different programs that will appeal to children and adults with lots of different interests.
Not everyone that takes part in this program will want to become a professional actor. In fact, most won’t. We’re not here to create the next Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks, we’re just here to have FUN!
I’ve been involved in theatre and education for twelve years and there’s a reason I feel so passionately about Lights, Camera, Acting! Theater Fun for Everyone. I was extremely shy and introverted when I was younger. My parents sent me to a speech therapist because I barely even opened my mouth when I spoke. Then, I made a spontaneous decision at summer camp that changed my whole life. I got up on the stage at talent night and sang “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. To this day I have no idea why I did that (and I was probably awful) but the way I felt afterward was something I’ll never forget. If I could do that, I could do anything!
I received a B.A. in theatre arts and an M.A. in Education from Rutgers University and acted in small theaters and independent films in New York City. But during every class I took, every play I did, and every scene I shot, I imagined creating a fun and accepting environment for others to gain confidence and experience too. I’ve taught children’s theatre classes, run theater programs at summer camps, and worked with up-and-coming stars of all ages. Lights, Camera, Acting! is the fulfillment of a dream, and I hope you and your family will join us in becoming the best we can be!
Acting/Improv/Musical Theatre Instructor/Marketing Consultant
Amanda is a graduate of Arcadia University, earning a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English. She has been extensively trained in: acting, vocal performance, and several modes of dance-ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. She has performed in local Community Theaters, as well as, numerous college productions. Amanda is very grateful to have the opportunity to be employed with Lights, Camera, Acting! so she can share her love and knowledge of the arts with young eager minds!
Adult Improv Instructor
Dave Levy is an elementary teacher in Central Bucks School District and has been teaching, coaching, and working with kids for over 20 years. He has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and an M.S. in Educational Development from Wilkes University. Dave performs improvisational comedy in LCA’s Unusual Suspects Improv Troupe. Additionally, he teaches our Improv 101 adult crew. Dave has performed in several recent productions at Town and Country Players in Buckingham. He lives in Chalfont with his wife and two daughters.
Acting/Improv/Musical Theatre Instructor
Kira Coviello is a mom to 3 sweet little girls, and also happens to be an award winning actor, dancer and choreographer. She is a proud member of the professional stage actors union, Actors Equity Association.
Kira has been a theatre and dance teaching artist with Walnut Street Theater, The Media Theatre, and several dance studios for many years. She is a Dorothy Hass Acting Fellowship recipient and has performed with The Walnut Street Theatre in their productions of Carousel, 42nd Street, and A Christmas Carol. She also choreographed the Walnut Street Theatre/Please Touch Museum production of Berenstain Bears, and was their resident choreographer for Camp Walnut. Kira has also performed with Brat Productions, The Mac-Hayden Theatre Cats (Victoria), and performed with and choreographed for Snug Harbor Cultural Center in NYC. She was featured in The Media Theatre’s productions of Thoroughly Modern MIllie, The Buddy Holly Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and choreographed their production of My Fair Lady.
Kira received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Musical Theatre Performance and Dance from Wagner College in NYC, one of the highest ranked musical theatre programs in the country. At Wagner, she received the Nathan and Ruth Wolff award for academic achievement and excellence in dance, and an Irene Ryan Nomination. She performed featured roles in many of their productions. Her dance education comes from The American Academy of Ballet, Anglo American Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Scranton, Scranton Civic Ballet, Devine School of Dance, and Koresh.
Kira is thrilled to join the Lights, Camera, Acting! team, and is excited to bring lots of positive energy, creativity, and confidence to her students.
Adult Improv Instructor
Mr. Sean is the superhero alter-ego of mild-mannered Sean Curran. Sean has been improvising his whole life, and professionally for over a decade with ComedySportz in Philadelphia. He has performed in cities all across the country and has received training from some of the most respected names in the world of improv comedy. Sean has been teaching improv for over three years, with an emphasis on positivity, fun, and creating a safe and comfortable environment. Sean believes that improv and the power of “Yes, and!” can save the world!