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Classes & Workshops

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MINDFULNESS

What sets JPAS apart is the
practice of acknowledging and accepting
our own feelings and thoughts to help our
students be in the present moment
and allow them to have a better sense of self.

PERFORMING ARTS SKILLS

Whether it be acting, dance, film, or musical
performance our programs are designed to
teach and challenges our students to
ignite and foster artistic expression
and their individual talents.

LEARN FROM THE BEST IN DFW

We work with the finest in the performing arts
industry from Broadway across the map to DFW.

COMMUNITY-BUILDING

We love expanding our existing program
to help reach more young minds and
quench their thirst for the arts while
empowering children to dig
deep, dive in, and have fun!

LIFE SKILLS

We focus on building our students
self-confidence and consciousness
because we believe inner
strength is a key to growth. 

Get the education young actors need to advance their performing arts skills, unleash their inner artist, and land their desired roles.  JPAS classes and workshops all begin with meditation and end with an appreciation circle as we fuse mindfulness into the Arts. We have various engaging classes and workshops for children ages 3- 6 (JPAS Jr.)  and ages 7-18 (JPAS).

Children will learn from and work with some of the finest industry professionals. Kids and teens, get ready to be in touch with your inner artist, build your confidence, learn skills, and have fun along the way! In addition to the classes below, check out our JPAS Connect page for creative, fun, and binge-worthy activities.

If you want to speak with Alise for a one-on-one consultation, click here.

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If the JPAS class you are interested in joining has already begun and online registration is no longer available,
please email arobinson@jccdallas.org your request; she would be happy to assist you. 

Sundays, September 18 – November 13 (No class on September 25)

The annual Broadway Revue is here! Ms. Kristin and Ms. Skylar are ready to sing, dance, and be dramatic with you. We’ll take you through time with selections from Broadway musicals from different ages and decades with a fun twist. We can’t wait to make theatre magic with you!  The class culminates with a showcase for family and friends!

Time:  3:30 – 6pm
Showcase: November 13| Time: TBA
Price: $355 for Members | $445 NonMembers
Artistic Staff: Skylar Duvall and Kristin Spires

Wednesdays, September 21 – November 16 (No Class October 5)

Learn to dance together in an 8-week partner dance workshop! Students will learn to dance the basic rhythms of 6 various partner dances from around the world, from Waltz to 2-Step, while also exploring the culture they come from. We may even “dress’ to the theme we are learning! Students will learn to lead and follow techniques and proper partner dance etiquette. By the end of the class, students will feel comfortable and confident in their own skin AND on the dance floor!

Time: 5-6pm
Price: $195 for Members  | $245 NonMembers
Artistic Staff: Meagan Muscato and Logan Buetel

Thursdays, September 22 – November 10 

“All the world’s a stage,” said Shakespeare, “And we are merely players in it.”  
Now the stage can be YOURS in this interactive, hands-on class where beginning, intermediate and advanced “players” are welcome!  Learn the basics on stage that define an actor’s foundation, and we will begin our deepen journey into acting. Take this class to pave the way for fun, safe, creative exploration in a collaborative environment where being yourself IS the best you can be!
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Price: $195 for Members | $245 NonMembers
Artistic Staff: Jennifer Patton

Sundays, October 2 – December 11 

“Come “Play” with us! Our Fall stage play will explore comedic and dramatic aspects of the theatre. We will work on character, telling the story clearly, and using our authenticity to communicate and hopefully entertain, enlighten and engage our audiences this fall. The class will culminate at the end of session one or two-act performance for family and friends!
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Price: $315 for Members | $395 NonMembers
Artistic Staff: Linda Leonard 

Mondays, October 24 – December 12

Lights, camera, action!  If you’ve dreamed of being on a TV show, commercial, or in a film, we can help!  Actors will use monologues and scenes. Commercials and improv to develop on-camera acting techniques, so our actors are prepared for any audition. Get filmed and watch playbacks too!  It will culminate with an agent showcase for parents to attend as well. 
Time:  4:30 – 6pm
Price: $265 for Members  | $335 NonMembers
Artistic Staff: Linda Leonard

Tuesdays, October 25 –  December 13 (No class on November 22)

Jazz is a high-energy, expressive style of dance where creativity and self-expression are highly encouraged. In this class, we will learn dance fundamentals that you can take to any dance class or musical. We will also learn different jazz styles like Broadway, classical, commercial, and Jazz-pop. Get ready to high kick, leap, and (of course) jazz square with me this fall!
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Price:  $195 for Members  | $245 NonMembers
Artistic Staff: Skylar Duvall

Mondays, November 7 and 14

Ready to get behind the scenes!  This workshop will be hands-on and will discuss and explain a stage manager’s role in a theatrical production. Some of our fun activities include discussions about the stage manager’s involvement in a production (pre-rehearsal through performances). Learning blocking notation for a scene from a published play, you will get to practice calling technical cues from a Broadway musical number as a group!
Time: 4:30 – 6 pm
Price: $75 for Members |  $95 Non Members
Artistic Staff: Morgan Draper

Wednesdays, November 30 – December 14

Learn from the best! Join Broadway Star Jeremy Landon Hays for this three-week audition workshop at the J! This is a great opportunity for young actors to learn how to become more comfortable in one of the hardest parts of performing arts.
Time: 4:30 – 6 pm
Price: $150 for Members | $190 NonMembers
Artistic Staff: Jeremy Landon Hays
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Purchase a package of 4 private, 30-minute, or 1-hour acting lessons.  Must be used within three months of purchase.  You must give a 24-hour notice for cancellations to be fully charged for the session.

Package of 4, 30-minute private lessons
Price: $160

Package of 4, 1-hour private lessons
Price: $275

Purchase a package of 4 private, 30-minute, or 1-hour base lessons.  Must be used within three months of purchase.  You must give a 24-hour notice for cancellations to be fully charged for the session.

Package of 4, 30-minute private lessons
Price: $160

Package of 4, 1-hour private lessons
Price: $275

Purchase a package of 4 private, 30-minute, or 1-hour piano lessons.  Must be used within three months of purchase.  You must give a 24-hour notice for cancellations to be fully charged for the session.

Package of 4, 30-minute private lessons
Price: $160

Package of 4, 1-hour private lessons
Price: $275

Purchase a package of 4 private, 30-minute, or 1-hour guitar lessons.  Must be used within three months of purchase.  You must give a 24-hour notice for cancellations to be fully charged for the session.

Package of 4, 30-minute private lessons
Price: $160

Package of 4, 1-hour private lessons
Price: $275

Purchase a package of 4 private, 30-minute, or 1-hour voice lessons.  Must be used within three months of purchase.  You must give a 24-hour notice for cancellations to be fully charged for the session.

Package of 4, 30-minute private lessons
Price: $160

Package of 4, 1-hour private lessons
Price: $275

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SKYLAR DUVALL

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About Skylar

Skylar Duvall began teaching dance in 2009 and joined JPAS in 2017 with the production of Shrek Jr.  She is a graduate of KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Program and is pursuing a degree in education. She has dedicated her life to enriching kids’ lives in and out of the classroom. Skylar says, “Dance is an art form that allows kids to express their creativity and teach them discipline and is a fun way to stay active. I am excited to continue this work and share my passion for dance and theatre!”

LOGAN BEUTEL

Logan Beutel

About Logan

Logan Beutel is a senior at Southern Methodist University majoring in Theatre with an emphasis on acting. He is also a ballroom dance instructor at Lone Star Ballroom. Logan is so grateful for the opportunity to return to the J  and teach dance to our JPAS family. He is ecstatic to help JPAS performers become the best dancers they can and introduce them to all styles of dance!

LINDA LEONARD

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About Linda

Linda Leonard (Performance Director) has directed at the JCC since 2000. She has been a professional director, choreographer, teacher, actor (AEA, SAG/AFTRA), singer, and dancer for over 45 years, here in the Metroplex and NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and abroad. Linda was in the Broadway national tour of Cats. Linda has directed or choreographed for WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Echo Theatre, CitiRep, and Theatre Three in Dallas and Fort Worth. Linda was the Education Director for WaterTower Theatre (3 years), is a professor at KD Conservatory, and her credits include award-winning roles such as Ann Richards (Critics Forum and Column Awards) and Aurora in The Kiss of The Spiderwoman (Leon Rabin, Column and Critics Forum Awards). Linda also has numerous credits in film and television, is represented by The Horne Agency in Dallas/LA, and directed a web series about autism, “Saving Hope”, which premiered in March of 2019. Linda is dedicated to the process of creativity, nurturing, and empowering young artists in every aspect of the arts. She resides in Dallas with her talented husband, actor Bill Jenkins. She is grateful to Alise Robinson for all her wonderful work with JPAS.

MEGAN MUSCATO

Megan Muscato

About Megan

Megan Muscato is thrilled to be back at the J this fall! Her previous JPAS credits include stage managing for the Spoonful of Sugar cast’s production of Mary Poppins last spring and counseling StarQuest in 2021. Megan is a Theatre major and Musical Theatre minor outside of JPAS at Southern Methodist University. She is also a competitive ballroom dancer and a dance instructor at Lone Star Ballroom. With a creative spirit and knack for people, Megan hopes to pursue theatre education in the near future. Special thanks to Alise Robinson and the JPAS community for kickstarting her dreams.

JENNIFER PATTON

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About Jennifer

Jennifer Patton returns this Fall, working with JPAS and all the lovely humans involved.  Jennifer works professionally as an actor, stage manager, and designer, and she enjoys sharing her talent, knowledge, and passion for the arts with youth. Jennifer loves being part of the magical JPAS experience and the second home Alise has created for our students and for the JPAS artistic staff.  Jennifer looks forward to providing a creative, safe space and supportive, empowering JPAS environment so all our students can call creatively shine!

KRISTIN SPIRES

Kristin Spires, Voice Specialist and Music Director

About Kristin

Kristin Spires (Music Director) is a professional music director, actress, singer, and voice teacher in the DFW area. She’s also the teacher for JPAS Jr, Creative Drama, and Musical Storytelling here at the J in addition, Kristin recently music directed our JPAS Spring Production of Mary Poppins JR, Camp StarQuest’s production of High School Musical JR, and Camp StarPower’s original production, Into the Art.  In addition, her music directing credits number over 60 shows at theatres, including Circle Theatre, the summer youth camp at Theatre Three, Plaza Theatre, Mainstage Irving Las Colinas, and OhLook Performing Arts. In addition to community and professional theatres, she has worked with several high school theatre programs, including J.J. Pearce HS, Nolan Catholic HS, and Arlington Heights HS. Kristin is also at home on the stage. Favorite roles include Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Huge thanks to Alise for her incredible belief and support

ERIC KEYES

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About Eric

In Eric Keyes you not only have a great teacher but a doer. Eric has performed all over the world and has put out 6 albums of original music including his last Solo album “Back in Blue.” He has recorded with guitar greats Allan Holdsworth & Clint Strong. Eric teaches by example so you can learn to trust your ears and your instincts. He has a completely original method called “The Invisible Guitar.” Using this method students learn in a fun, encouraging environment that will inspire them to be the best they can be.

MORGAN DRAPER

Morgan Draper

About Morgan

Morgan has been performing since she was ten years old. Morgan is originally from Port Charlotte, FL. Getting accepted as a Finance major, she attended the University of Florida for two years. During that time at UF, she realized Theatre was what she professionally wanted to pursue. Morgan is currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre: Acting and a Minor in Psychology at Southern Methodist University. She will be a junior at SMU this August.

LIZZ CARR

Liz Carr - Assistant Director

About Lizz

Elizabeth Loyle Carr is excited to be working with these great young creators and actors. Elizabeth graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a MA in Stage Management.  She has worked on productions in California, Wales, Scotland, and England before moving to Dallas four years ago.

JEREMY LANDON HAYS

Jereny Landon Hays

About Jeremy

Jeremy Landon Hays is an actor, singer, writer, director, and producer. His television appearances include a recurring role on “The Oath” (Sony Crackle), “Leverage: Redemption” (IMDb TV), “Bull” (CBS), “FBI” (CBS), “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “The Blacklist” (NBC) “Turn: Washington Spies” (AMC) and the soon to be released Scott Rudin film Compliance for FX starring Mary Louise Parker. Jeremy is also set to appear in a new independent film, Sometime Other Than Now, starring Kate Walsh, Donal Logue, and Amy Hargreaves. Jeremy recently played the role of Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. He made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Les Misérables. He went on to originate the role of Enjolras for the 25th Anniversary production at Paper Mill Playhouse and the subsequent national tour. He performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival as a soloist in Play It Again, Marvin, a musical review of the music of Marvin Hamlisch. He toured the U.S. as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats. Regionally he has starred in productions of Into the Woods, Hair, Camelot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma! and West Side Story. Jeremy is proud to have represented Les Misérables on “The 85th Annual Academy Awards” hosted by Seth MacFarlane as well as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Jeremy is directing a new play bound for off-Broadway, The Hollow, written and performed by John Rapson. The Hollow is a one-man adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Jeremy is producing a new Broadway play, Paulette, by novelist Mary Adkins (When You Read This). The play is currently in development in New York City.  Jeremy has penned the book Everything in the Dim Light, a new Broadway musical developing music and lyrics by The Bones, adapted from the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd.  Jeremy has also written two television pilots. Buried Deep is a modern western drama series set in rural Oklahoma. Take the Black is a comedic, mockumentary series about a down-on-their-luck band of cater waiters who the CIA has recruited.
Jeremy also founded the non-profit, non-partisan organization Broadway Votes which promotes voter registration and political involvement in the Broadway community. @jlandonhays

MORGAN DRAPER

Morgan Draper

About Morgan

Morgan has been performing since she was ten years old. Morgan is originally from Port Charlotte, FL. Getting accepted as a Finance major, she attended the University of Florida for two years. During that time at UF, she realized Theatre was what she professionally wanted to pursue. Morgan is currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre: Acting and a Minor in Psychology at Southern Methodist University. She will be a junior at SMU this August.

LIZZ CARR

Liz Carr - Assistant Director

About Lizz

Elizabeth Loyle Carr is excited to be working with these great young creators and actors. Elizabeth graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a MA in Stage Management.  She has worked on productions in California, Wales, Scotland, and England before moving to Dallas four years ago.

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The JPAS Experience at Levine Academy

JPAS is offering some fabulous performing arts enrichment classes taught by our JPAS staff hosted at Levine Academy – classes are open to everyone. You DO NOT need to be a Levine student to attend.

Playwrights Perform
Unleash your creative power by writing and performing your own show! Students get the amazing opportunity to form an acting company and write a play through brainstorming, improvisation, and work-shopping scenes. Students rehearse together before proudly sharing their creation with the world on the last day of class, complete with costumes, music, and much dramatic flair!

  • Tuesdays, January 28 – April 7
  • 3:30 – 4:20 pm
  • $300
  • Teacher: Avra Aron

Improv-sational
An introduction for anyone who wants to learn the power and fundamentals of improvisation…the basic tools, rules and philosophy through games, drills, and simple scenes. Experience the power of play, and the excitement of improvisational fun in a safe environment. A strong foundation in improvisation sharpens acting abilities and promotes creativity and personal growth.

  • Mondays, January 27 – April 6
    • No class Feb. 17
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • $275
  • Teacher: Avra Aron

The JPAS Experience at Levine Academy

JPAS is offering some fabulous performing arts enrichment classes taught by our JPAS staff hosted at Levine Academy – classes are open to everyone. You DO NOT need to be a Levine student to attend.

Playwrights Perform
Unleash your creative power by writing and performing your own show! Students get the amazing opportunity to form an acting company and write a play through brainstorming, improvisation, and work-shopping scenes. Students rehearse together before proudly sharing their creation with the world on the last day of class, complete with costumes, music, and much dramatic flair!

  • Tuesdays, January 28 – April 7
  • 3:30 – 4:20 pm
  • $300
  • Teacher: Avra Aron

Improv-sational
An introduction for anyone who wants to learn the power and fundamentals of improvisation…the basic tools, rules and philosophy through games, drills, and simple scenes. Experience the power of play, and the excitement of improvisational fun in a safe environment. A strong foundation in improvisation sharpens acting abilities and promotes creativity and personal growth.

  • Mondays, January 27 – April 6
    • No class Feb. 17
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • $275
  • Teacher: Avra Aron

JPAS Presents...Art Experiences with Susan

Art Experiences is an innovative choice-based art program that offers students the opportunity to respond to their own ideas and interests through artmaking. Working at their own pace, students learn problem solving, independent thinking, cooperative learning, and persistence through creative discovery. Veteran art teacher Susan Stein guides the community of student artists, determines their needs, creates structure and introduces a large variety of new mediums and techniques.

Instructor: Susan Stein earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has 20 years of teaching experience

Class size limited to 10.

Mondays, January 11 – March 8 (in person)
Time: 4:30 – 5:30
Ages: 8-12
Price: $215 members | $270 nonmembers
$50 supply fee

Tuesdays, January 12 – March 9 (in person)
Ages: 5-8
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Price: $215 members | $270 nonmembers
$50 supply fee

Mondays, March 22 – May 17 (in person)
No class: March 29
Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm
Ages: 8-12
Price: $190 members | $240 nonmembers
Supply fee: $50

Tuesdays, March 23 – May 11 (in person)
Ages: 5-8
Time: 4:30 – 5:30
Price: $190 members | $240 nonmembers
Supply fee: $50

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