Bay Area Children's Theatre Academy

Our award-winning theatre classes ignite the spark that lives within every child as they learn to access their creativity by telling stories through song, dance and dialogue. Our performance and training programs teach teamwork and boost self-confidence via ensemble work and serious fun! We design our curriculum to challenge and excite children at all levels - from the kindergartener who wants to learn how to act out her favorite story to the high schooler looking to study theatre in college. Witness your child's transformation as they leap onto the stage and beyond!

GRADES K - 1st
Step on stage! Your child will rehearse and perform an exciting play based on classic children's stories. We'll sing, dance, and use our voices to tell stories using original, age-appropriate scripts. A fun, supportive introduction to theatre and character development!

GRADES 2 - 5th
Students will bring to life a full musical...starting with a fun and easy audition process, into rehearsal and then on to show day! Each student will experience the joy and magic of working together as a team in costume to sing and dance their way through a great story. Our young actors will learn the importance of ensemble, beginning acting, singing and dance technique and play theatre games which ignite creativity and imagination while teaching the focus required to put on a musical.

GRADES 5 - 8th
Our older students will hone their craft by learning more advanced acting, singing, and dancing technique while rehearsing a terrific musical! Ensemble and team work will be the focus as our students learn more complex production numbers. If your student is new to theatre, our skilled Teaching Artists will work to make sure that every child feels welcome and learns the skills to put on a show. Being a part of a production will help children build self-confidence, creativity, and personal responsibility.

Grades 4 - 8th

A “must” for any young performer! Whether it is acting out the lyrics of a song, telling a story through dance or performing a scene, every performer needs a foundation in acting. While playing hilarious improvisation games and exploring short monologues and scenes, students will learn powerful acting skills

This is the dance class you’ve been looking for! Students will develop their dance skills in every genre of musical theater dance. From ballet, which is the core of all dance, to the high energy fun styles of jazz, tap and hip-hop, dancers of all levels will benefit from this class. With an emphasis on technique, coordination and confidence, you’ll leave this class ready for any production or dance audition.

Develop your singing skills and vocal confidence! Students will learn how to read music, rehearse songs, and build their repertoire, all while learning vocal versatility that will help them in auditions and on stage. Learn the skills you need to stand out!

Imagine taking a bow at a national theatre festival after performing for other musical theatre students, teachers, and Broadway pros!
That’s the experience students ages 9–18 will have as members of Advanced Performers, the Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s award winning musical theatre team!
Our Advanced Performers develop musical theatre skills and create in-depth ensemble-driven works guided by BACT specialists in dance, voice, and creative storytelling. We complete our competitive-level training, by traveling together to the Junior Theatre Festival West in Sacramento where leading professionals critique the team’s performance of an excerpt from our show. We apply their insights and guidance to the final, full-scale performance for family and friends.

Junior Theatre Festival
The Junior Theatre Festival West brings students, teachers, and outstanding musical theatre professionals from all over the United States together in Sacramento to celebrate musical theatre and learn from each other. Produced by the Junior Theater Group and iTheatrics, the festival attracts thousands of participants each year! Student groups perform a 15-minute selection from a Broadway Junior Collection® musical for adjudication, participate in workshops, watch other groups perform, and enjoy performances by Broadway and Disney stars.

Our performance-based classes give children special opportunities and experiences that can build their self-confidence, impart self-reliance, and prepare them for success in the adult world ahead. They learn that they can stand up in front of a group and give a speech or sing a song. They gain the skill to speak up and sing out. And, just as in the world of sports, they participate in defining and achieving goals as a member of a well-trained, well-prepared team. We emphasize teamwork and a focus on the ensemble in all our programs, for that is precisely what actors must do to win hearts and minds on stage.

Our teachers challenge students to achieve their very best, based on their abilities. They set high and achievable standards for behavior and performance, and they always make classes fun!

When kids are having fun they are happy and engaged. We build upon this base of fun and engagement to impart exciting new skills, encourage creativity, and help students learn and appreciate the art and craft of theatre.


Little Performers Camps (Entering K - 1st Grades)

Play games, sing songs, create characters, tell stories!

In this one-week camp, we will explore theatre through fun activities that will help teach the basics of drama while engaging the imagination. The camp will finish with a final sharing on the last day of camp where all campers get to show off their new skills.

Locations: Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Ramon

Musical Theatre Camps (Entering 2nd - 8th Grades)

Step on the stage!
This fast-paced musical theatre camp takes students entering second - eighth grades through daily fun and engaging rehearsals as we prepare for a fully produced show. Working with a director, choreographer, and music director, campers learn vocal technique, basic dance vocabulary, and storytelling. Staff place an emphasis on building a strong ensemble who support each other on and off stage and use the craft of theatre to help campers build life skills such as creative thinking and problem solving, empathy, and self-confidence. In addition to rehearsals, campers play theatre games and have outdoor breaks for snack and lunch.

Locations: Alameda, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Livermore, Oakland, Pittsburg, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Ramon, Sunnyvale

Improv Camps (Entering 3rd-6th Grades)

These one-week sessions focus on improvisation and storytelling. We will dive into the collaborative world of creating an original piece of theatre from the ground up! Through basic improv skills, theatre games, story building workshops and artistic collaboration, our actors will construct their very own unique theatre experience. Each week will culminate in a final showcase for friends and family. Emphasis will be placed on building a strong ensemble and exploring artistic creativity.

Locations: Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Ramon

Broadway Dance Camps (Entering 2nd-8th Grades)

Dance into the spotlight in our brand new one-week Broadway Dance Camp! Your student will be introduced to the fundamentals of jazz technique and explore storytelling in the classic Broadway style. There will be a presentation of the dances learned on the last day of class. This camp is open to students in 2nd-8th grades. All skill levels welcome!

Locations: Oakland and San Ramon

Teen Performers (Entering 8th-12th Grades)

Step onto the stage this summer in our brand NEW Teen Performers Camp!

This exciting new camp will push our teen actors to refine their musical theatre skills in a challenging 3 week rehearsal process, culminating in a FULL LENGTH production! Teen Performers will get the chance to work with high level Industry Professionals and elevate their skills to a whole new level in dance, voice and acting! Join us for this exciting new full day camp and journey!

This camp is limited to 25 actors. Enrolled students will be provided with songs and sides 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp. Auditions and Callbacks will take place the first two days of camp, and every actor who enrolls in camp will be cast in the show.

Locations: Berkeley and San Ramon

Brighten up your child's holiday break with our new Winter Break & Spring Break Theatre Camps in Oakland and Berkeley!

These day camps are for Grades K-5 and will get young actors on their feet and into an educational day of theatre! Each day, we will explore a different theme through acting exercises, storytelling, crafts, and music!

**NO refunds will be issued for class cancellation or class performance cancellation due to illness, natural disasters or other acts of god.

Bay Area Children's Theatre  |  Phone: 510-296-4433  |  info@bactheatre.org