Tri- State's Children's Acting Class

Tri- State’s Children’s Acting Class



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Class registration NOW -January 9, 2017

TEENs, ages 13-17 Maximum enrollment: 10 Students per class. WINTER classes  held once a week, 6PM-8PM, on Monday or Tuesday for a total of ten sessions, JANUARY-MARCH, 2017. No experience necessary. Each student will work at his or her own level and with the other students.  The classes will be hands on, learn by doing, covering stage movement, voice, script analysis, and performance technique. Monologue and scene study for performance included. TEEN  CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE SPRING BOARD SHOPPES BUILDING, 145 SPRING ST., NEWTON, NJ 07860 OR THE SUSSEX COUNTY ARTS AND HERITAGE COUNCIL, 133 SPRING ST.  . Master teacher, professional actor and director Paul Meacham will guide classes. Register now-September 19 at 973-383-0510. fee:$230.

PaulMeachampic08210bPAUL MEACHAM –founded TRI-STATE ACTORS THEATER, a non-profit professional theater company, in 1988  He has directed many of its productions including Brian Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has staged many children’s plays and musicals, including Winnie the Pooh; Charlotte’s Web, The Wind in the Willows and Hey Ho, Pinocchio and has directed the Intern Training Program for Tri-State Actors Theater for twenty-eight  seasons.  He has directed and appeared professionally as an actor for over fifty years, including Off-Broadway: After The Fall; Fighting Bob, which he also produced; and The Passion Of Dracula.  As a member of the Classic Stage Company, he performed in Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Homecoming, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Woyzeck, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead and other classics.  At Tri-State, he has played Ebenezer Scrooge in the theater’s annual production for eleven seasons; most recently he played the title role in Clarence Darrow.  A founding member of the WPA Theater in New York, he wrote and directed the musical, Charlatans, directed Tevia Abrams’ And No Ceremony, and performed in many of WPA’s innovative and experimental works.  He has appeared in TV commercials, on daytime series and in theatrical films, including Sidney Lumet’s Prince Of The City. Mr. Meacham adapted and produced Edgar Allen Poe’s William Wilson for public television in Tennessee. He has performed in regional theaters across the country, including Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Barter Theater, Pennsylvania Stage, Cohoes Music Hall, George Street Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Missouri Repertory Theater, and New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. He has worked with both New Dramatists and the Eugene O’Neill Center in the development of new plays, and established Tri-State Actors Theater’s New Plays Reading Series in 2000. Several of these new works including Sean O’Leary’s Rain in the Hollows, Judilee Oliva’s On the Showroom Floor, Tevia Abrams’ Erica’s Last Mission,  and Susan Goodell’s Heels Over Head were subsequently selected for premiere productions at Tri-State. Mr. Meacham developed the theater program at Wallkill Valley Regional High School in New Jersey where he directed many theatre productions and established a young playwrights festival. During recent years he was instrumental in saving the 1917 Crescent Theater, which became the home of Tri-State Actors Theater for seven seasons, and succeeded in having the venerable theater listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Buildings. He holds a BS in Education  and an MA in Theater from the University of Tennessee, and has accumulated over sixty hours of additional graduate credits in Theater and Television from Michigan State University and other institutions. Mr. Meacham is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

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ADVANCED ACTING WORKSHOP ages 18 and up.  Maximum enrollment: 10 Students. Under the direction of master teacher Tara Bowles, professional actor, for adults with or without acting experience. Stella Adler Technique and exercises. Scene study. 7-9PM. Workshops will be held once a week, 7PM-9PM, on Monday for a total of ten sessions, JANUARY 16-MARCH 20, at the Ox Bow Stables, 39 Orts Rd., Hamburg, NJ( Just off Rt. 94 South)….  Register Now -JANUARY, 2017…. Fee: $275.00.


Ms. Bowles has worked as an actress, director and a teacher of acting. She studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and taught for Miss Adler in NYC and Los Angeles.  She also taught at the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and the L’Ecole Cantonale D’Art, a school for film makers in Lausanne, Switzerland. She first appeared with the acting company  as Mrs. Dubose in  TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD during our first season at the Crescent Theater, has appeared in TAT’s New Plays Readings Series and was Esther Franz in Arthur Miller’s THE PRICE.      Ms. Bowles portrayed Eula Louise in NIGHT DUTY, an original play she directed for the Gotham Players in NYC.  Other NY productions include PENTHOUSE LEGEND, THE COUNTRY WIFE, FOOL FOR LOVE, and WAITING FOR LEFTY.  Ms. Bowles currently conducts the  workshop for advanced acting  at Tri-State Actors Theater and serves on our Board of Trustees.

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CHILDREN’S CLASSES, ages 6-12 Maximum enrollment: 10 Students. Under the instruction of Patricia Meacham, theatre professional and teacher. Individual attention to each student; creative dramatics, games, Parents Participation Day. Fall classes(total of 6) held 0n Saturday, JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 25 at the Spring Board Shoppes Building, 145 Spring St., Newton, NJ, 07860 or the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council,  133 Spring St.    Total of six sessions. Registration: Now-JANUARY 20,2017. Fee: $225.00


A long-time educator and theater professional, Ms. Meacham has worked with children in theater and education for over twenty years and has guided youngsters in many acting and puppetry workshops in Sussex County. She has served as Tri-State’s Managing Director since 1988. She began her theatrical career as a walk-on and stage hand in dinner theatres. Mrs. Meacham entered arts management through the box office/administrative staffs of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Carnegie Hall, Mercer Arts Center, the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center, as Assistant to the Subscription Office Manager for NY City Opera and NY City Ballet, at the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra. She honed her management and marketing skills as an Administrative Assistant for five years at the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. Ms. Meacham returned to the stage in Season 2006 as the Matron in  A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and serves as resident costume consultant and designer for Tri-State.

Register now via phone (973-383-0510) or in person.

Interested parents, teens, and adults may contact Tri-State Actors Theater by calling or texting  973-383-0510.