Studio Luna

Classes for Kids and Teens

Welcome to StudioLuna! Our theater classes include acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and playwriting. Our focus is on process, encouraging creativity, building confidence, gaining new skills, and having fun! We offer classes for young kids, teens, homeschool students, and adults. Our teachers are working actors, directors, and playwrights, who are eager to share their skills and experience.

Little Luna: Improv & Storytelling (Grades K-2)

Price: $152
Instructor: Joann Merrigan
Saturdays, 10-11am (10/19-12/14) OR Sundays, 12:45-1:45 (10/20-12/15)
This class introduces acting and improvisation skills for our youngest students! By exploring characters from their favorite stories and inventing characters of their own, kids will stretch their imaginations and develop confidence as performers. This imaginative storytelling and creativity workshop is a fabulous introduction to the world of theatre!
LittleLuna: Improv & Storytelling (Ages 5-7)

Musical Theatre

Sing Luna offers Musical Theater classes for all ages.

Sing, dance and act! Our musical theatre classes are perfect for triple threats in the making! Young performers will learn vocal technique, explore character-based song interpretation, and learn and perform choreography to songs from Broadway and other popular musicals. Students will discover their individual talents, and collaborate with others on group numbers.

Little Luna: Musical Theatre (Grades K-2)

Price: $184
Instructor: Joann Merrigan
Accompanist: Maryanne Zarbetski
Saturdays, 11am-12pm (10/19-12/14)

Musical Theatre (Grades 3-5)

Price: $184
Instructor: Marlaina Powell
Accompanist: Maryanne Zarbetski
Saturdays, 10am-11am (10/19-12/14)

Musical Theatre (Grades 3-6)

Price: $252
Instructor: Marlaina Powell
Accompanist: Maryanne Zarbetski
Thursdays, 4pm-5:30pm (10/24-12/19)

Musical Theatre (Grades 6-9)

Price: $252
Instructor: Joann Merrigan
Saturdays, 12pm-1:30pm (10/19-12/14)
 
Musical Theatre (Ages 7-9)

Acting & Improv (Grades 3-5)

Price: $152
Instructor: Nicolette Lynch
Saturdays, 11am-12pm (10/19-12/14)
This is a fun-filled opportunity for students to develop their performance skills through improvisation, theatre games, and performance of scripted scenes. They will also stretch their imaginations by writing and acting in original short plays. A final share for parents and friends will showcase everyone's work.

Improv & Theatre Games (Grades 2-5)

Price: $117
Instructors: Nicolette Lynch (Sat.), Chris Kuiken (Sun.)
Saturdays, 12-12:45pm (10/19-12/14) OR Sundays, 1:45-2:30pm (10/20-12/15)
This is a fun-filled opportunity for students to develop their performance skills through improvisation and theatre games. Through movement work, group activities, and individual exercises, they will learn to think on their feet, developing self-confidence and creativity. One of our most popular classes.
Creative Drama (Ages 8-10)

Improv & Theatre Games (Grades 6-9)

Price: $117
Instructor: Nicolette Lynch
Saturdays, 12:45-1:30pm (10/19-12/14)
Young artists will have a blast learning how to think on their feet in this new class for Middle and High School students! Through scene work, movement-based activities, and group exercises, participants will hone their improvisation skills, boost confidence and make new friends. A great class for serious young acting students looking to improve their craft, and for beginners looking for a fun way to explore their creativity on the stage.
Improv (Ages 11-13)

Musical Workshop Phase 2 (Grades 9-12)

Audition Only. Free (limited number of spots)
Instructor: Tony Scheitinger
Sundays, 12:30-2:30pm (9/29/19-3/1/20)
Musical Workshop: Phase 2 is a program dedicated to the development of an ensemble piece of a contemporary musical theatre to be curated and cultivated by writer/director Tony Scheitinger. The workshop is open to high-school-aged actors, singers, dancers, musicians and storytellers who are ready to roll up their sleeves, take some risks and activate their creative spark through a combination of games, improv, composition and discussion. The sessions will be held at Luna Stage on Sunday afternoons starting on Sept. 29 and running through March 1. Admission is by audition only.
Auditions will be held at Luna Stage on Sept. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Performers should prepare a short song to be sung a cappella, and anything else you want to do that best showcases your talent (a short monologue, a joke, play a musical instrument).
Creative Response Team (Ages 12-18)

Creative Response Team (Grades 7-12)

FREE (space is limited)
Instructor: Nicolette Lynch
Thursdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm (10/24-12/19)
Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to write a short play and perform it? Creative Response Team is a collaborative playwriting/acting workshop culminating in monthly performances, inviting teens to respond creatively to issues facing them and their communities. Each cycle culminates in a sharing of original work for an invited audience.
Enrollment is at the discretion of the instructor.

Luna Theatre for Homeschool Students

12-Week Session
Price: $750
Instructor: Faith Blasi
Tuesday 10:00am – 12:30pm (9/17-12-17)
OR Wednesday 10:00am – 12:30pm (9/18-12/18)
(Full year/second-semester option - details coming soon)
The Homeschool course of study is in alignment with New Jersey Learning Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts.
In this 12-week course, students will explore four distinct aspects of theatre, culminating in a final sharing for family and friends.
Weeks 1-3: Choreography and Movement
Weeks 4-6: Masks
Weeks 7-9: Puppetry
Weeks 10-12: Devised Theater - Culminating in a final share
Each lesson will include acting exercises and theatre games. Students will also learn about the history and application of each content area. This program will foster acting skills, confidence, creativity, movement skills, and encourage integrated observation and self-reflection. As the units progress, students will have the opportunity to invite family and friends to observe their work.
Class Schedule:
10:00 - 11:00 Warm-Ups and Acting Exercises
11:00 - 11:25 Contextualizing the Work
11:25 - 12:15 Unit Topic
12:15 - 12:30 Team-Building Fun, Closing Circle, and Prep for Next Class

Meet Our Teachers

Faith Blasi
Faith Blasi holds a Masters in Educational Theater from New York University ('12) and a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has thrived on stage since she was a child and has made it a priority to offer the world of theater to others, especially children. In pursuit of developing her own theatrical skills, she discovered she LOVED teaching and directing. She is a long-time educator in theater and related arts in schools and communities in New Jersey, and has worked with grades K-12 and adults. Most recently, she served as a Drama teacher in Montclair Public Schools where, besides teaching, she was able to hone her playwriting and directing skills as well. She has a particular interest in using theater to bridge the gaps folks sometimes experience navigating the challenges of life, such as building healthy relationships, self-esteem and efficacy, and making sense of challenges and conflict they see around them. She is delighted to be a part of Luna Stage and their commitment to meaningful theatrical "work."
Chris Kuiken
Chris Kuiken is the Artistic Associate at Luna Stage. He recently directed Ramón Esquivel's Luna for StudioLuna's Teen Summer Performance Conservatory. He was the assistant director to Ari Laura Kreith for Luna's Mainstage productions of Heartland and Pirira. Chris also directed various works for Luna's New Moon Series, as well as New Jersey's One-Minute Festival. As a teaching artist, Chris has mentored young artists for StudioLuna's Youth Creative Response Team and Valley Stories Project.
Nicolette Lynch

Nicolette Lynch is a NJ-based actor, writer, director and teaching artist. After graduating from Drew University, where she studied Theatre Arts and Creative Writing, Nicolette spent two years on the high seas as an Entertainment Host/Performer with Disney Cruise Line. Nicolette is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and her work includes performances in plays such as Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. You can also stream Nicolette in films on Amazon Prime or catch her in the new BRIC TV series, SAUCE, premiering Fall 2019.

As a teaching artist, Nicolette focuses on cultivating a safe and supportive environment that enables her students to push past fear, to grow, and to explore/enhance all of their creative capabilities. To connect/learn more visit www.nicolettelynch.com.

Joann Merrigan
Joann Merrigan has been inspiring children to discover their gifts, believe in their dreams, realize their limitless potential, and shine bright for over three decades. A true believer in the transformative power of the arts, Joann has an extensive background in stage experience including NJPAC, the Forum Theatre, and various off-Broadway venues. She studied modern dance and musical theatre at Montclair State College where she received a BA in Speech and Theatre. Joann taught ballet and acting at the Children's Theatre Workshop/Peppermint Players for 14 years under the direction of Marie Thomas Foster. Now celebrating her 12th summer as founder and Artistic Director of Sundance Theatre Camp, Joann also serves as Creative and Performing Arts Program Director at the Sundance School in North Plainfield, Joann is thrilled to be joining the dynamic team of arts educators at Luna Stage!
Marlaina Powell
Marlaina Powell is a proud product of Howard University, The City College of New York and New York University's Prestigious Steinhardt School where she received her Master of Music in May of 2016. She is a member of both Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Marlaina's favorite stage credits include Disney's The Lion King (Broadway), and Smokey Joe's Café (Broadway), The Civil War (National Tour), Ain't Misbehavin' (National Tour) NUNSENSE!, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, and A... My Name Is Alice. Most recently, Marlaina was featured in Disenchanted! as The Princess Who Kissed The Frog at The Women's Theater of New Jersey's Parsippany Playhouse. Marlaina will begin her run in the Off-Broadway musical Sistas, at the St. Lukes Theater on September 21, 2019. Proud wife and mother to Stephen, Sinclair Adina and Simone Alexandra.
Tony Scheitinger
Tony Scheitinger is a West Orange–based composer/writer/director/actor. He has performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the International Meeting and Symposium of Greek Drama, and appeared in numerous productions as a member of LaMama's Great Jones Repertory Company, including the Obie Award-winning Fragments of a Greek Trilogy. His compositions have been performed at LaMama, the Women’s Experimental Theatre, Bayside Korean Arts Collective, NYU's Tisch Mainstage, NYU's Creative Arts Team, Opera Sacra and the Vancouver International Children's Festival. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Tony studied at the Playwright's Horizons Theatre School and the Actors and Directors Lab. He worked extensively with Elizabeth Swados and playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie, is a member of the BMI workshop and a three-time Broadway Show League All-Star.

Schedule and instructors are subject to change. At Luna we want to bring you the highest quality of instruction so our teachers are all working professionals. The downside to this is that they are in demand, and sometimes they get jobs that conflict with our classes. If there is a change in instructor for a class, we will do our best to notify parents ahead of time.