Classes for Children and Adults

Creative Acts AcademyCAA Summer CampCAA Adult PlaywritingImprovisation (Grades 7-12)Getting Ready to Audition
The Creative Acts Academy (CAA) at Writers Theatre is committed to nurturing independent thinking and artistic and personal development through the literary and performing arts. At the Creative Acts Academy, students are members of a community where self-expression and creativity thrive and every person is a valuable part of the whole. CAA strives for artistic excellence while emphasizing the creative process, both of which are vital to the personal, social, and academic evolution of students of all ages.

CAA instructors are highly experienced, professional artists who are perceptive, dynamic in the classroom, and committed to developing the skills of their students through practice and education.

Click through the tabs on the left to find out more about our CAA class offerings or read up on the latest CAA happenings on our CAA blog.

What do we offer?

We offer both one-week and two-week Creative Academy Summer Camp sessions in various disciplines and for different age groups. Learn more about each class by clicking on each class name and look at the schedule below to find out when those classes are available!

Acting Workshop Intensive (two weeks)
Improvisation (one week)
Playwriting Intensive (two weeks)
Playwriting (one week)
Performance (one week)
Musical Performance Intensive (two weeks)
Playmakers (two weeks)


Adult Playwriting Workshop

This is a basic workshop class where students share work in a supportive environment. The class is taught by Writers Theatre Artistic Director and 2012 NJ State Council on the Arts Playwrights Fellowship winner, John Pietrowski. Enrollment is open to students of all levels of experience, classes will provide exercises to beginners working on their first play as well as experienced writers who are further down the road.

All classes are held in our administrative offices at 28 Walnut Street in Madison, NJ and we offer a discount for returning students.

Please note: If class attendance numbers are not met by registration deadlines, classes will be canceled. Don’t delay; register today!


Spring 2018 Session
Mondays, 7 PM to 10 PM
April 16 – June 25, 2018 (no class on Memorial Day)

Sign up for Spring 2018 Adult Playwriting here.


Tuition is $275 ($250 for returning students)
Returning student code= Return250

Can’t join this class on the first day? Pro-rate options are available for late starts.

Improvisation is a skill valuable to both writers and actors, and is an art form in itself. This class will focus on improvisation in comedy, as well as its use as a tool for performers to improve their spontaneity and for writers to create more realistic and vibrant characters. Final workshops will include improvisational exercises, comic improvisations, and acting improvisations on situations in both new and classic plays.

This class will meet on Saturdays from 10 AM – 12 PM.
The following are the scheduled class dates:

October 14
October 21
October 28
November 4

November 11
November 18
December 2
December 9

The cost is $200 per student.

To register, please call our Education Department at (973) 514-1787 x21 and leave a message with the name of the parent, the name of the student taking the class, and the parent’s email address and phone number. Our Director of Education will be in touch with more information after receiving your message!

Whether you’re auditioning for college theatre programs, professional theatres, high school, or community theatre productions, good audition skills are a must, and practice with good guidance is the only way to get there. This four-session intensive will improve your ability to select and present monologues and songs that will show you off at your best. The final class will consist of a simulated audition and subsequent critique session.

This is an ongoing class, and each class is individually scheduled with Jim Ligon, the instructor. If you’re interested , please fill out the form below and Jim will reach out to you to set up a mutually convenient date and time.

Information Getting Ready To Audition Student Information

  • What school do you currently attend?
  • What grade are you in?
  • Tell us which schools you're interested in applying to and what major(s) you're considering there.
  • Please let us know what dates and times would work best for you. While these dates/times cannot be guaranteed, they will help move the conversation forward in finding a mutually convenient time.