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Performance and hands-on technical theater classes range from beginning to advanced levels; from drama to musical theater; and from theory to craft and technique. 

 Classes take place in Usdan’s extraordinary Lemberg Drama Center, which includes an air-conditioned indoor theater, two outdoor theaters, rehearsal studios, and costume, prop, and set shops. Students have several opportunities to experience the full cycle of staging and performing a play or musical.

MAJORS

Drama Lab; Introduction to Musical Theater; Musical Theater; Stagecraft 101; Theater Adventure; The Usdan Troupe

MINORS

Actor’s Craft; Audition Boot Camp

The Lemberg Drama Center houses an indoor air-conditioned theater, an outdoor amphitheater, 6 rehearsal studios, costume and set shops and dressing rooms. This extraordinary complex is the site of classes for students (grades 2 to 12) who participate in a program designed to increase acting skills, as well as offer performances in Usdan's theaters.

2016 Faculty

Repertory Theater

Michael Schwendemann

B.A., Queens College, M.F.A., University of Alabama. Faculty, Theater Arts Director, Huntington High School.

Audition Bootcamp, Actor's Craft

Erica Giglio-Pac

Chair, Theater Arts

James Incorvaia

B.A., M.S., Hofstra University, M.F.A., Columbia University. Director: Lovers and Other Strangers, King Lear. Performances: My Fair Lady, Oliver, Once in Wonder, Antigone, Fiorello, Guys and Dolls, Zorba. Faculty, Harborfields School District.

Drama

Richard Bassin

B.F.A., Adelphi University. Broadway: Miss Saigon. Europe: West Side Story. Director and choreographer.

Musical Theater

Andy Roninson

Musical Theater

Ben Boecker

Musical Theater

Carolyn Popadin

B.F.A., Brooklyn College. Theater Director, Broad Hollow Theater, Arena Players. Drama consultant, Brooklyn Council Center. Performer, regional theater.

Musical Theater

Christopher Drobny

Musical Director at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre of Boston. Former Faculty, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Dance faculty, Pace University.

Musical Theater

Erica Nottingham

B.M., Indiana University. M.M., University of Colorado. Faculty: Northport-East Northport Schools.

Musical Theater

James Beneduce

M.F.A., University of Delaware. Professional actor. Member of Actor’s Equity. Television, Regional Theater, and Shakespeare Festivals. Theater Chair, Five Towns College. 

Musical Theater

Jeffrey Hoffman

B. Mus., Manhattan School of Music. BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Founding Director, Sinfonia Celestis. Director, Liederkranz, Downtown’s Access Theatre, the Mint Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, the Riverdale Y.

Musical Theater

Les Dweir

Artistic Director, Silver Creek High School Theatre Company, Theatre Arts In Education. Musical Director, Next Stage Theater in Denver, Colorado. Choral accompanist.

Musical Theater

Marie Zemalkowski

NYU. Actress, singer in Tommy, Schoolhouse Rock Live!. Faculty, NYC schools.

Musical Theater, Drama

Warren Bloom

B.A., Brandeis, M.M., University of Miami, M.A., CUNY Hunter. Musical Director and Arranger, Minimum Wage at Fringe Festival, NY and Off-Broadway, and The Hyannis Sound, in Cape Cod. Faculty, NYC Schools. Member: Contemporary A Capella Society.

Musical Theater, Intro To Theater

Hosun Moon

B.A., Yon-Sei University, M.M., D.M.A., SUNY Stony Brook, M.A., Manhattan School of Music. Faculty, Five Towns College. Director of Music, North Country Reform Temple.

Musical Theater, Intro To Theater

Rob Gallagher

Repertory Theater

Valerie Sciarra

Theater

Marie Danvers

M.F.A., Stony Brook University. Member of Actor’s Equity. Performer, Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera.

Theater Adventure

Carol Prisamt

Theater Adventure

Josh Kant

Theater Choreographer

Christina Pawl

B.F.A., Texas Christian University. Broadway performances in Cabaret, Meet Me in St. Louis, South Pacific. Regional: Cabaret at Engemann Theater. Appearances in regional theater, film, and television.

Theater Costumer

Sherry Kfare

B.A., Pace University, M.A., Brooklyn College. Staff costumer for theaters and schools. Faculty, Five Towns College. 

Theater Costumer Assistant

Amelis Escalante

Theater Costumer Assistant

Chrissy Menfi

Theater Costumer Assistant

Jenna Caretsky

Theater Scene & Tech

Charles Kirby

B.F.A., Syracuse University, M.F.A., New York University. Set and lighting designer, technical director, inventor of LIGHTBOX teaching tool. Faculty, Collegiate School.

Theater Scene & Tech

Dan Sussman

Theater Scene & Tech

Erica Miller

Theater Scene & Tech

Eugene Rossi

Theater Scene & Tech

Ken Gilbert

Theater Scene & Tech

Liz Jefferey

Theater Scene & Tech

Phillip Jordan

Theater Scene & Tech

ToniAnne DiFilippo

Theater Scene & Tech

ToniAnne DiFilippo

Theater Tech

Debra Warlan

A.A., Fashion Institute of Technology, B.A., Long Island University. Freelance painter and jewelry designer.

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Art

Students learn from working artists specializing in their field of focus. Each studio is tailored to its medium with materials, equipment and software. Students feature large skylights, as well as courtyards that take advantage of natural light and the inspiration of nature. The camp’s art gallery mounts student, faculty, and visiting-artist exhibitions.

MAJORS

Animation; Architecture Design; Art Adventure; Building with Minecraft; Ceramics; Comic Art; Experimental Animation and Cartooning; Filmmaking; Metalsmithing; Open Studio for 2D Art; Open Studio for 3D Art; Painting & Drawing; Photography; Sculpture; Sewing & Fashion Design; Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little Sun;  Video Game Art & Design

MINORS

Comic Art; Lego Design; Life Drawing; Mobile Photo and Video; Painting & Drawing; Photo and Video for Social Media; Photography; Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little Sun

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Chess

Designed to meet the individual needs of each student, our chess program offers classes for beginning to advanced players.

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Creative Writing

Small-group writing workshops take place in studios that open into the woods, for an inspiring setting. Students contribute to and shape the summer’s final project—a new issue of Usdan’s literary magazine—and also have opportunities to read their work as part of the camp’s daily Festival Concert Series.

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Dance

Dance instruction is rigorous but caring. Studios are spacious and mirrored, with soft floors and generous skylights that give an open-air effect. In culminating performances for the entire community, including friends and family, each class presents a new piece of choreography on Usdan’s main stage.

MAJORS

Ballet; Dance Adventure; Hip Hop; Introduction to Dance;
Usdan Dance Ensemble: Ballet, Ailey and Graham Techniques (four-period, full-day)

MINORS

Ballet; Contemporary Dance; Dance Adventure; Dance Lab; Hip Hop; Jazz; Pilobolus: Moving and Making; Tap

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Music

Faculty members teach with love and aim for the highest standards. Ensembles, practices, and classes take place in the camp’s studios, sized for each group and specialty. Performing in the amphitheater and in their studios, ensembles present their summer’s work to family, friends, and the Usdan community.

MAJORS

Classical Guitar; Classical Piano; Concert Band; Jazz Ensemble; Junior Chorus; Orchestra; Senior Chorus

MINORS

Band; Chamber Ensemble; Folk Guitar; Jazz Ensemble; Junior Chorus; Orchestra; Senior Chorus

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Nature

Our hands-on nature programs include garden and forest exploration and nature as science, art, and craft.

Majors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food

Minors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food

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Discovery

Usdan’s Discovery Program introduces students to the arts in several disciplines and media. Play and exploration are at the heart of Discovery, where children enjoy music, art, dance and swim multiple times a week. Additional activities draw from Usdan's diverse offerings, such as theater, nature, archery, chess and photography.  Discovery campers attend select assemblies performed by professional and student artists. Throughout the week, they are also given opportunities to choose activities based on their own interests. With the Discovery Center as a base, campers have their own small group and college-age counselor to guide them throughout their adventurous day.

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Recreational Arts

A recreational activity is assigned to one period daily and is an opportunity for you to enjoy and experience a recreation or chance to move.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY

Archery; Contemporary Dance;  Dance Adventure; Dance Lab; Games, Hoops, and Nets; Instructional Swim; Jazz Dance; Pilobolus: Moving and Making; Quidditch; Tap Dance;  Tennis; Yoga

 

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Theater

 Classes take place in Usdan’s extraordinary Lemberg Drama Center, which includes an air-conditioned indoor theater, two outdoor theaters, rehearsal studios, and costume, prop, and set shops. Students have several opportunities to experience the full cycle of staging and performing a play or musical.

MAJORS

Drama Lab; Introduction to Musical Theater; Musical Theater; Stagecraft 101; Theater Adventure; The Usdan Troupe

MINORS

Actor’s Craft; Audition Boot Camp

For detailed class descriptions photos, and videos, please visit our classes offered page.

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