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The stage promises transformation. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts illustrates that when children are introduced to the stage, it transforms not only their talents but also their sense of self.
“We want to make sure we’re teaching students excellent theatrical skills, but we also feel very passionate about making sure our students self-actualize into positive human beings,” says Julie Rowe, the director of education at Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Students perform in Hairspray | Photo by Jen Vasbinder
The conservatory was established in 2007 with the goal of providing theatrical education in a safe, supportive environment. It hosts summer musical theater and dance camps, group and private lessons, and six shows each year. Every production takes place on the Maltz’s main stage, and students are also able to audition for professional performances as part of the First Step to Stardom initiative. Combine that with master classes taught by visiting artists, and you have the recipe for success.
In addition, the conservatory has two stellar programs that allow students to experience life as a theatrical professional. Through the Youth Artists’ Chair program, students produce a full show themselves, from the directing to the set design to the acting. Similarly, the Youth Touring Company is composed of 35 young stars in grades 5 through 12 who travel the region, bringing the joy of performance with them wherever they go.
Matthew Paszkiet in the Youth Artists’ chair production of Hamlet. | Photo by Tim Pereira
Finally, a new enterprise introduced this year aims to help young adults make the transition into professional actors. The Professional Training Program is an audition-only, two-year certificate curriculum that trains for careers in theater, musical theater, film, and television.
All of these elements set the Maltz Conservatory apart from the pack and result in a vibrant arts education. That’s one award-winning way to steal the show.
Want to learn more? Read our Q&A with Julie Rowe here.