Each class is designed to challenge and inspire students at whatever point they are in their creative process. The emphasis is placed on developing kids as artists, and kids as kids. Within each class, students are receiving conservatory level training, while they are building skills in teamwork, camaraderie and self-esteem. At PGT, artistic development and personal development are of equal importance. Within each class, and overall throughout our classes, we ask our students to embrace the discipline of the arts, while remembering that it is all about fun. Classes are structured and, at the same time, spontaneous. Our students are challenged with complex work at an advanced level, while silly theatre games are sprinkled throughout each class. We ask students to take their work seriously, while we infuse each class with laughter. In essence, we see the artists they can become, while we celebrate the children they are.
Meet the Director
Jill Abusch (artistic director) is co-founder, and camp director of The Play Group Theatre. As artistic director, Jill has guided PGT’s innovative theatre programs from their inception. She is proud to have directed the Teen Conservatory summer writing program for several years. She has taught a variety of classes and has gone into schools and camps to train teachers on the use of drama in the classroom. Jill studied acting and directing at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Classical Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a B.F.A. in Drama.
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