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Arts education programs at Forestburgh Academy this summer

Providing the highest level of artistic growth to those young artists

Arts education programs at Forestburgh Academy this summer

The Forestburgh Academy offers arts education programs that are designed to educate and enrich 5-18 year old young artists and to provide the highest level of artistic growth to those young artists with a strong passion for the performing arts. 


Young artists gain one-on-one mentorship with New York City based, working theatre professionals helping to develop each young artist into a well-rounded performer while fostering connection and collaboration with their peers in a safe and supportive creative environment. 

Each year, the FBP Academy host a series of workshops, including the Spring Break Audition Workshop, Summer Sessions at FB Academy, a Fall into the Arts Program, as well as one-on-one training opportunities.   

After the popularity of last year’s summer programs, the Forestburgh Playhouse Academy is thrilled to return to the garden for Summer Sessions at FB Academy!  

This musical theatre intensive is designed to educate and enrich 8-18 year-old young artists who love to sing, dance and perform. Throughout the week, young artists’ talents will be fostered as they receive in-depth exposure to all facets of the theatrical world including costume and set design, learning professionally choreographed dance routines, exploring vocal technique, acting instruction, and master classes. 

Young artists will work one-on-one with working NYC based directors, choreographers, and music directors. The week will culminate with an original production for all their family and friends to enjoy.  The dates of the program are July 10-17 (Session 1) and July 17-24 (Session 2).  Times: 9:30-5PM.  Tuition: $500/session or $950 for both Sessions.  For more information, click here or call 845-794-2005. 

The Forestburgh Academy has worked to create programming for young artists that meets the moment. In Fall of 2020, the Forestburgh Academy hosted one of the first outdoor, socially distanced arts education programs in New York State, safely giving young artists a place to connect and create even in the most challenging of times. In Summer and Fall of 2021, the Forestburgh Academy returned offering in person programming to approximately 100 young artists in 3 programs. In 2022, year round arts education programming is now being offered to the youth of upstate New York and beyond. 

The Forestburgh Academy is committed to keeping arts education accessible to any young artist that would benefit from participating in the program. This accessibility is critical due to the fact that the Playhouse is located in Sullivan County, NY, which is consistently ranked as one of the top three economically depressed counties in the State of New York. Additionally, the diminishing arts education opportunities offered by surrounding school districts increases the urgency for the Playhouse to find ways to provide free and/or low-cost options for young artists interested in the performing arts.  

In 2021, the Forestburgh Academy offered over 20 scholarships for our programs.  Indeed, current goals are to increase our scholarship and financial aid offerings in 2022 and the years to come, effectively ensuring that our arts education programming remains accessible to all. The Forestburgh Academy has had great success partnering with local schools and teachers to award scholarships to interested students in traditionally under-resourced communities in New York. 

Spotlight: Forestburgh Playhouse Academy Alumni and Parents  

Below are quotes from the parents and students of the Forestburgh Academy’s 2021 programming sharing the impact the Forestburgh Academy has had on their lives.  

"Thank you so much for providing such an amazing experience for not only my child but also all the children you have guided in these two weeks. [He] has learned so much and it is truly the happiest that he has been in a long time. You were his beacon in the storm." (From a parent)  

"Thank you so much for the vision you pour into this camp. Your kindness has changed my life, and I would love to express how much that means to me. Sadly, that is not possible. Your guidance exceeds that. I was in a really dark place when I arrived at your camp and your instruction turned that all around. Not only have I made so many new friends, I have found my people. No words can express how happy that makes me feel. All I can say is I owe my happiness to you and that I wish it wasn't over so soon." (From a young artist) 

"I would like to express my gratitude for this amazing week. In just one day I saw so much life and happiness back in my kid. I knew that she loved performing and would love this program, but I didn't know how much it would help her. COVID really made her have some serious social anxiety and she became so shy. This experience has brought her back to her normal, bubbly, outgoing, silly self. Thank you so much. Words cannot express my appreciation." (From a parent)

About The Forestburgh Playhouse  

The Forestburgh Playhouse is a 76-year old performing arts organization located in Forestburgh, New York, between the Delaware River Valley and the Catskills. Beginning in 1947, producers from the Provincetown Playhouse in NYC's Greenwich Village, started summer residencies as the Forestburgh Summer Theater, featuring classic plays and a drama school. In 1980 the venue re-branded as the Forestburgh Playhouse and shifted towards offering Broadway musicals from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

This summer, the Playhouse will present a production of Alice in Wonderland for families, that will run every Thursday and Saturday at 11AM starting July 7th.  In addition, the Playhouse will present blockbuster musicals and plays on its mainstage including: Mamma Mia, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten, and more.  The Playhouse also presents dinner cabarets throughout the week and in the Fall offers a series of concerts and shows, including The Rocky Horror Show throughout October.  For more information about the Playhouse and its shows, go to  

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