Studio Luna

Summer Camps & Teen Intensives

Luna Fantasy Factory

August 6th-10th
Ages 7-11
Instructor: Nadine Bernard

Campers will journey into the fantasy of their imaginations and find their Luna Selves - the theater artist within who can spin stories, create with other young artists, and write, act, and direct as they see their imaginations come to life. In an immersive experience, campers will travel through the universe to discover which moon houses their Luna Self, as they create and embody this character. Through theater games, creative dramatics, improvisation, and Playback Theater, the campers will create characters and develop scenes around the themes central to their Luna Selves:

  • RESPECT for their own and other artists' ideas
  • EMPATHY for each other and the characters they create and perform
  • CONNECTION to the people and issues in their community
  • TRUTH - portraying honest emotions and human behavior

And, most importantly, they will soar with the possibilities of their IMAGINATIONS!

Summer Intensive

Creating, Performing and Producing New Work

July 9th-20th
Ages 11-17
Instructor: J. Stephen Brantley and Ari Laura Kreith

Do you want to write, direct, produce and/or act in original plays and musicals? Are you interested in creating theatre about issues that matter to you? Plays that make you laugh? New musicals that feature the perfect-for-you role? In this 2-week intensive, we'll explore various approaches to creating new work for the theatre. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand as playwright, director and actor. We'll explore site-specific creation, different structures to organize devised work, and scripted creation. A final performance will showcase everyone's work.

Meet Our Teachers

Ari Laura Kreith
Ari Laura Kreith is the incoming Artistic Director of Luna Stage. As founding Artistic Director of Theatre 167 in New York, she conceived and directed The Jackson Heights Trilogy (167 Tongues, You Are Now The Owner Of This Suitcase, and Jackson Heights 3am) - three full-length plays collaboratively written by 18 playwrights featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in 14 languages, inspired by the world's most diverse neighborhood. Other directing highlights include world premieres of Mourning Sun (NYC/Kampala, Uganda), Pirira (Theatre 167/Off-Broadway), Tina Howe's Singing Beach (HERE), and the European premiere of Adam Guettel's Myths and Hymns. She has created commissions/site specific work at Queens Theatre, the New Ohio, Queens Museum, NY Transit Museum, Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio, and is a current NJ Women Playwrights Fellow. Ari has taught acting to students of all ages at Barnard Pre-College, NYU, University of California at Davis, and Vacaville Performing Arts Center, and was a founding faculty member of Natomas Performing Arts Magnet School in California. BA: Yale University. MFA: University of California at Davis.
Nadine Bernard
Nadine Bernard is a professional playwright, actor, theater educator, and coach, and is currently working toward becoming a registered Drama Therapist through the National Association of Drama Therapy. Nadine has taught acting, improvisation and creative dramatics to undergraduates at Lehman College, middle school students at the Montclair Cooperative School, elementary school students in Ann Arbor Michigan, and throughout schools in NJ. This year, she is working with Jewish Family and Children's Services of Clifton/Passaic to help senior citizens write and perform their life stories; she has taught Telling Your Family Stories through Common Ground Family Camp in Vermont; and she has worked for Story2 - coaching high school seniors to write their college entrance essays. Last spring, she led the Hero Workshop using therapeutic drama to help children with learning disabilities develop socio-emotional skills. She leads Sibshop Montclair, a peer support group for siblings of children with special needs, incorporating creative arts therapy. Previously, she co-directed a theater camp in Montclair which fostered socio-emotional development and creativity. Affiliations: SAG/AFTRA, the Dramatist's Guild, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. BA: Cornell University. MA Child Clinical Psychology: University of Denver. MFA Theater: Sarah Lawrence.

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.

Upcoming Calendar

October 4 - October 28, 2018

by J. Stephen Brantley

November 29 - December 16, 2018

by Camilo Almonacid

January 31 - February 24, 2019

by Christina Gorman

April 4 - April 28, 2019

by Gabriel Jason Dean