ARC Program

ARC Program

ARC Theatre Program: A company of young performers developing their craft.

What is the ARC Theatre Program?

The ARC Program is a new project by John Rao for youth 13-25 to develop skills in the performing arts. Young performers participate in three auditions (singing, acting, and dancing) to join the program. ARC Program members then work with John and other mentors to  develop skills, methods, and practices for on stage, behind the scenes, and leadership. To date, ARC members have worked with Chuck Herriott, Paul Wilson and Laura Huckle. And later this winter, will work with Pamela Pittman, Danielle Irvine, Martin Vallee, and Anahareo Dollee. At the end of the year, ARC program members are eligible for the James D. Boone Memorial Award. You can learn more about Jim Boone, here.

Performers, like characters, grow and change over time. This program is about helping young performers build their skill set and giving them access to mentors who can help them at the beginning of their performance story.

“There are absolutely no fees for those selected for the program,

the cost of this program is time.

AOR Presents is committed to creating opportunities for new and emerging talent. Over the years, we have produced a number of mentoring projects designed to develop skills for young performers from ages 13-25. We’ll continue that tradition with a new focus.

Are you passionate about acting? Dance? Musical Theatre? Are you trying to develop as a triple threat? Want to work with industry professionals? Want to learn about how shows are produced behind the scenes? We want to help. This is an exciting new program for performers aged 13-17 and 18-25.

Performers will audition to be a part of this performance company. Once accepted, company members will work with professional actors, choreographers, directors, and technicians on a series of workshops to develop their skills and process.

Once through the first performance studio series, students will then be a part of a mainstage production.

As of 2019, performers accepted into the ARC Program will be automatically eligible for awards/scholarships including the James D. Boone Memorial Award.

Sign up to audition here for 13-17 year olds and here for 18-25 year olds.

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