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Theatre Acting Overview

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Theatre Department offers a focused, high-level, quality education to dedicated Actors and Technicians interested in pursuing advanced studies of Theatre Acting, Musical Theatre, and Technical Theatre. Students focusing on Theatre Acting receive a college-preparatory curriculum, where they take a wide variety of courses designed to prepare them for the future.


Program Curriculum 

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Theatre Program focuses on all aspects of the craft of acting from fundamentals to advanced techniques. Each grade level offers its own unique acting class, exposing students to different approaches and styles every year. Over the course of the 4-year program, students have the opportunity to study improvisation, Shakespeare, theatre history, movement styles, audition technique, stage makeup, scene study, business of acting/musical theatre, and other exciting topics. Acting Conservatory students have the opportunity to perform in plays produced by the Theatre Conservatories, classroom recitals, special events, and showcases.


Program Outcome 

The Acting Conservatory trains students to become serious performing artists with the skill sets necessary to pursue a professional career in the industry, attend a prestigious college/university in a major of their choice, and/or participate in an arts school or conservatory program. The Conservatory's caring and dedicated faculty members focus on developing students into great actors by instilling principles of confidence, presence, focus, creativity, imagination, persistence, listening, and understanding. The Conservatory encourages the development of practical life skills beneficial to students’ futures regardless of the post-graduate path they choose to follow. While in the program, students develop strong communication, creative thinking, collaboration, leadership, problem solving, conflict management, and time management skills.

Program Accolades 

The Las Vegas Academy Theatre Program has a long history of being a leader in the Arts community.  Recent Awards include:


Spotlight Award: Audrey Freund (Las Vegas Academy, Something Rotten)


Arts Educator of the Decade, Megan Scalise (Broadway World)


Best Actor: Joey Cooper (Las Vegas Academy, Kiss Me Kate)

Best Costume Design and Construction: Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (Kiss Me Kate)

Best Ensemble: Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (Kiss Me Kate)


Best Actor: Cole Duffy (Las Vegas Academy, Dogfight)


Spotlight Award: David Wade and Nikole York (Las Vegas Academy, Cinderella)


Best Actor: Deimoni Brewington (Las Vegas Academy, Footloose)

Spotlight Award: Jessica Vanek (Las Vegas Academy, Rent)


Best Actor: Deylan Dean (Las Vegas Academy, Aida)

Spotlight Award: Ja’Keetrius Woods (Las Vegas Academy, Aida)


Spotlight Award: Aurora Watts-Esquibel and Nathaniel Harlan (Las Vegas Academy, In the Heights)

National Thespian Mainstage Performance of Of Mice and Men


National Thespian Mainstage Performance of Big River


Las Vegas Broadway World Awards:

2013-Best Show By A Local Theater Group (Oklahoma - Las Vegas Academy - Lowden Theater)

2014-Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical (Jekyi Post - In the Heights - LV Academy Theatre - Lowden Theater)

Best Performance in a Play (Off-Strip) (Marisa Caddick - LVA Black Box Theater)

2018 Best Ensemble Cast (SCAPIN - Las Vegas Academy)

Best Leading Actor in a Play (Dalen Todorov - SCAPIN - Las Vegas Academy)

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