STUDIO CLASSES

Weekly classes 1-2 hours long for grades 1-12…

  • Class sizes are small to insure a safe and nurturing environment. This allows students to explore more freely as well as to receive individual attention.
  • Classes consist of improvisation games, scene study, movement, technique, character development, audition preparation, voice and diction, and an opportunity to build self-confidence
  • Family and Friends observation day will be during the last class of the session

Fairfield Performing Arts Studio Summer Camp consists of acting, singing, and dancing instruction! Campers are split into three groups, by age, and rotate to three different classes throughout the day. The camp provides a physically and emotionally safe environment to provide optimal conditions for growth and learning as both an actor and a person all while having a fun, exciting, and inspirational experience. A typical day consists of group warm ups and dance; acting classes, voice classes, and dance classes; a snack and lunch; improvisation and theater games; stage makeup and costuming; prop and set design art sessions; and of course, staging and rehearsing the musical.

For students looking for more in-depth training, Jennifer Kenny teaches specialized sessions. The curriculum is designed to provide actors with beginning and intermediate professional theatre training. Actors will focus on: monologue study, scene study, audition preparation, character development, sense memory, improvisation, dialogue, subtext, voice and diction, theatre vocabulary, and techniques necessary for professional or upper-level theatrical productions.

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Fairfield Performing Arts Studio (FPAS) was founded in 2008 by Jennifer Kenny, the current owner/director. FPAS provides professional acting instruction through group classes, summer camp, and private coaching, designed to help people of all ages build their confidence and stimulate their imagination!

Coaching is provided in a safe, fun, and supportive environment through a careful balance of learning and creative expression.

Skills that are taught include:

  • stage
  • improvisational
  • music
  • movement
  • technique
  • character development
  • audition preparation
  • voice
  • diction

In group settings, activities include:

  • skits
  • theater games
  • improvisational exercises
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Jennifer KennyFounder, artistic director and primary instructor at FPAS. Jennifer graduated from the Conservatory Acting Program at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York, NY.
  • Jennifer Kenny Owner/ Director
  • Bailey Kenny
    Bailey Kenny Co-Assistant Director
  • Robby Schwartz
    Robby Schwartz Co-Assistant Director
  • Lauren Lopes
    Lauren Lopes Counselor
  • Madeleine Tommins
    Madeleine Tommins Counselor
  • Jamie Friedman
    Jamie Friedman Counselor
  • Sarah McAllister
    Sarah McAllister Counselor
  • Annamarie Fama
    Annamarie Fama Counselor
  • Eliza Croarkin
    Eliza Croarkin Counselor
  • William Raccio
    William Raccio Counselor In Training

Testimonials

See what our students and parents have to say

  • FPAS is amazing!  My 8 year old daughter began taking classes last September and ended up continuing the whole year, we loved it so much.  Jennifer is wonderful...her kind, gentle way put my daughter at ease immediately and it was incredible to see her confidence grow.  From each class to each performance...she could not wait to go each week.  When I asked her what her favorite part was her response was "All of it!"  It has been a very special experience for her and we look forward to beginning again in September!

    Meghan Parent
  • Jennifer, Today was wonderful!! Thank you again for all you’ve done to promote such a safe and inclusive environment for Chris to explore his love of performing! We see such growth in his confidence on stage. He truly loves his time with you and he’s learning so much!!! Thank you!

    Kathy Parent
  • Abbi is excited to go to camp every morning and can’t wait to tell us about her day when I pick her up! Such a refreshing change from the traditional camp experience. I can see that this program is artistically enriching for all age levels, a self confidence builder, educational and at the same time loads of fun, with making crafts, games and the rehearsals! I love that the children are a part of this production from the ground up!

    Lori Parent
  • If you asked me nine months ago, "do you think that acting will help your shyness?" I would say that you’re crazy!  But it turns out that I was completely wrong and that taking these acting classes not only helped with my shyness but my confidence and creativity as well.  That is all thanks to Jennifer and FPAS!!

    Jack Emra Student (Age 9)
  • Fairfield Performing Arts Studio has been a huge part of my life for five years. The three weeks of camp is always the highlight of my summer. Thanks to this camp, my acting, singing, and dance has improved dramatically, and the way the counselors teach keep all of us wanting to learn even more. I think I can speak for all the campers when I say this camp is an amazing opportunity to have a taste of acting on a professional stage. As soon as my first year there was over, I knew I'd want to keep returning. All the learning aside, it's also a friendly environment where everyone feels comfortable. I've made some incredible friends that are still returning to camp with me to this day. All in all, FPAS is an educational but fun experience that every new (or returning) actor/actress should try.

    Mia
  • I've spent my last 4 summers at Fairfield Performing Arts Studio's summer camp. Over time, I have learned so much about myself not only as a performer, but also as a person. With the guidance of Jen and her team of amazing counselors, I've gained a great deal of self-confidence. With this, I have honed my skills as an actor, singer, and dancer. In the process I have also made some of my closest friends who have supported me along the way. I would highly recommend FPAS to any young, aspiring actor/actress who is looking for a fun, nurturing environment in which they can perfect their craft. I credit the camp for helping me discover my true passion, and I can't wait for this summer!

    Audrey Burns Student
  • My daughter Anna has been attending Jennifer’s camp since it first opened, and there is nowhere she’d rather be during her summer break! Unlike other drama camps that Anna has attended, Jennifer creates an atmosphere of camaraderie amongst the campers, with everyone getting personalized attention in a safe and caring environment. She absolutely loves it!

    Stacy Parent
  • FPAS helps develop self-confidence in our child, in addition to singing, dancing and acting skills. Moreover, the quality of the production that was presented after just 3 weeks is impressive! My daughter loves the programs and camps of FPAS!

    Trudi Durrell Parent
  • My nine-year old daughter is a HUGE fan of Jennifer's drama program! She has learned so much about what goes into the production of a show, even on a small scale and she has enjoyed the process - from script introduction to the "final curtain" - immensely.  Jennifer makes learning fun and the kids take so much pride in the finished product... you can see it in their faces as they take their final bows. After multiple sessions in Jennifer's winter and spring classes, my daughter is now REALLY excited for the three-week summer camp program!

    Kris
  • My son absolutely loves going to acting class at Fairfield Performing Arts Studio. Being his first real experience on “stage,” Jennifer helped him gain the confidence to perform all types of characters and emotions. Owen has made several new friends at FPAS from across the Fairfield elementary schools that all share common interests. As a parent, I love that he is learning to work together as a team and support each other to put together a performance in just a few short weeks. He can’t wait for summer camp and looks forward to many more memories and performances with FPAS!

    Suzanne Parent
  • We have looked and looked for the best acting programs around. This one hit the mark! Caroline loves her acting class, and it has been a treat for everyone! We are definitely signing up for the next sessions. Every child in our class returned – that says it all!

    Jen (Fairfield) Parent
  • FPAS is amazing!  My 8 year old daughter began taking classes last September and ended up continuing the whole year, we loved it so much.  Jennifer is wonderful...her kind, gentle way put my daughter at ease immediately and it was incredible to see her confidence grow.  From each class to each performance...she could not wait to go each week.  When I asked her what her favorite part was her response was "All of it!"  It has been a very special experience for her and we look forward to beginning again in September!

    Meghan Parent
  • FPAS helps develop self-confidence in our child, in addition to singing, dancing and acting skills. Moreover, the quality of the production that was presented after just 3 weeks is impressive! My daughter loves the programs and camps of FPAS!

    Trudi Durrell Parent
  • We have looked and looked for the best acting programs around. This one hit the mark! Caroline loves her acting class, and it has been a treat for everyone! We are definitely signing up for the next sessions. Every child in our class returned – that says it all!

    Jen (Fairfield) Parent
  • We've been involved with Jen Kenny and her great staff at FPAS for years. This program is an outstanding mix of fun and skills-building. The growth of the young performers under Jen's direction shows the high level instruction they're receiving. Highly recommended.

    Chris & Ellen Cass
  • My children have participated in FPAS camps and classes for over five years and have grown tremendously due to the passionate, thoughtful, and creative instruction, the dedication and encouragement of the teachers, and the warm and inviting atmosphere as well as the strong friendships they have made.  The experience has been exceptional on so many levels -- like no other!

    Christy Ottaviano
  • Jennifer, Today was wonderful!! Thank you again for all you’ve done to promote such a safe and inclusive environment for Chris to explore his love of performing! We see such growth in his confidence on stage. He truly loves his time with you and he’s learning so much!!! Thank you!

    Kathy Parent
  • I had so much fun in class tonight. It was awesome doing the improvs….I like how the class was not intimidating and the kids were so friendly. I felt like I could be myself.

    Marie (Fairfield) Student

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