Theater Arts Summer Program

School of the Arts & The Creative Place International


Acting for Adults

Minimum Enrollment: 10

The eight two-hour sessions will provide an intellectual, emotional and physical approach to creating a character through script analysis and fundamentals of acting. The focus will be on the preparation of a monologue and scene study work.

An opportunity to audition for a part in the CPI's Play Reading Festival.

Creative Dramatics

Ages 7 to 11

Minimum Enrollment: 8

Interactive drama guiding children through improvisation and role playing. Designed to teach acting skills and to encourage self confidence.




Mary Jane Hansen is an accomplished playwright, actor and teacher continuing a commitment to educate and encourage young people on stage and in the classroom, a calling that she first pursued at age sixteen as a tutor, peer educator and a brief stint as a Youth Commissioner of Human Rights in New York City. One of the founders of The Creative Place International, her plays have been performed for audiences young and old in the Capital District, New York City and internationally. Above all, she seeks to support budding activists and introspective artists as they work to make meaning of life’s events.

Anny DeGange Holgate is a choreographer, actress and singer who first trained as a dancer at the Juilliard School in New York City and toured with the Martha Graham Modern Dance Company. She has performed in many musicals on Broadway, including Evita, Les Miserables, Roza and Raggedy Ann. Ms. DeGange Holgate has choreographed numerous regional theatrical productions and has been an instructor in various college residencies. She also toured for a year with the “Artists in the Schools” program. At her own studio in New York City, she offered classes for everyone from toddlers to senior citizens.

Patricia B. Snyder is a recognized authority on arts in education and the founder of The Empire State Youth Theatre Institute, one of the nationʼs first theaters for young audiences to use the live theatre as a teaching tool. Dr. Snyder has produced or directed hundreds of theatrical productions, including shows that have played Broadway, Off Broadway and on the road. An Emmy Award winner and one of the founders of The Creative Place International, she is the recipient of the Childrenʼs Theatre Foundation of America Medallion for lifetime achievement. Dr. Snyder believes passionately in the importance of supporting young artists whose talent can grow in the process that gives life to a new play.



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