Studio Luna

Classes for Kids and Teens

Little Luna: Improv & Storytelling (Ages 5-7)

Young students will learn acting and improvisational performance skills, playing characters from their favorite stories and inventing stories and characters of their own. Through imaginative storytelling, participants will create worlds to live in, and characters who problem solve, work together, and create.
LittleLuna: Improv & Storytelling (Ages 5-7)

Musical Theatre (Ages 7-9)

All experience levels will work to discover their individual talents, creativity, and performance interests while exploring acting, singing, and dance. Young performers will collaborate to practice vocal technique, character-based song interpretation, and choreography from Broadway musicals.
Musical Theatre (Ages 7-9)

NEW! Acting Exploration (Ages 7-9)

Through games and scene work, young actors will investigate the various tools used in developing character work for performance. By exploring different characters, plays and activities, students will improve skills related to group dynamics/social interactions, self-confidence, and creative thinking.

Creative Drama (Ages 8-10)

Through games and mini-performance workshops, young actors will investigate the various aspects of acting and performing. From voice and speech to character development, creative expression through movement to solo and group improv, participants will perform for each other every class, and work together to develop self-confidence, team/group dynamics, and body/spatial awareness.
Creative Drama (Ages 8-10)

Improv with Danielle Thompson (Ages 11-13)

Young artists will have a blast learning how to think on their feet in this new class that incorporates scene work, movement-based activities, and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation. Participants will gain self-confidence and improve their focus and listening skills. 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 stage.
Improv (Ages 11-13)

Creative Response Team (Ages 12-18)

A new collaborative playwriting/acting workshop culminating in monthly performances, CRT invites teens to respond creatively to issues facing them and their communities. The project will support students in honing their artistic skills, responding creatively to challenges, and becoming leaders in their community.
Creative Response Team (Ages 12-18)

Meet Our Teachers

Elena Dones
Elena Dones holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a B.A. in English/Theatre from Lafayette College. She teaches drama full time at Arts High School in Newark and has directed a variety of plays and musicals. She runs the Musical Theatre Club in addition to working and directing through the Drama Department. Elena taught at Luna Stage, The Institute of Music for Children, and All Children's Theatre in NJ, as well as Beyond the Fourth Wall in Cambridge, MA. At Arts High, she participates in residencies with NJPAC, Papermill Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, NJ Youth Theatre, and Circle in the Square Theatre. She encourages students to create and devise original work, and directed an original piece for Teens on Broadway at Circle in the Square. She has performed in NJ, PA, MA, and NYC and is a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. She's thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Luna Stage and to bring theatre to young lives!
Danielle Renee Thompson
Danielle Renee Thompson first began her theatre training at Newark's Arts High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Danielle recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of the world premiere of My Occasion of Sin by Monica Bauer directed by Frances Hill at Urban Stages Theater in NYC. Additionally, over the past couple of years, she has been touring a one women show, Warriors Don't Cry by Eisa Davis, directed by Trazana Beverly in New York and Connecticut through the Urban Stages Outreach program. When Danielle is not on the stage, she is off sharing her love for arts education in the classroom. She has been an acting teaching artist for New Jersey Performing Arts Center since '05 for programs like the Summer Youth Performance Workshop and the Young Artist Institute. She also teaches theatre, performance technique and ballroom dance for the In-School residency programs at NJPAC.
Daryl L. Stewart
Daryl L. Stewart is an actor, director and teaching artist. Stewart's regional music theatre credits include Gershwins' My One & Only, The Wild Party, Disney's Aida, Carousel, Ragtime, Into The Woods, Stepshow (NYMF) and Five Guys Named Moe. Director/choreographer credits include: The Wiz, Once On This Island, Annie, Seussical, Once Upon A Mattress, High School Musical, Fame and Disney's The Lion King Experience. Education: New York University, New York Conservatory for Drama and Papermill Playhouse Conservatory. Stewart serves on the faculty of several arts organizations including NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Luna Stage Theatre Co. and Institute of Music. He is the 2014 Urban League YP Honoree for the Arts, Two-Time Papermill Rising Star Nominee and a 2013 BMC Award Nominee. | @thedarylstewart
Marlaina Powell
Marlaina Powell is a Broadway performer and recent recipient of a Master of Music degree from New York University's Steinhardt School and is a 20-year member of Actors Equity Association. 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 appeared in Abram Hill's On Strivers Row at the Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse. Look for Marlaina in the upcoming film MIDNIGHTS, which made its debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. For more news and information, please visit

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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.