• Learn more about FPAS and our mission in this short video

  • Private Coaching

    Specialized sessions for more in-depth, professional theatre training

    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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  • Summer Camp

    Singing, acting and dancing instruction with full scale performances!

    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.

    2019 Camp sessions are June 24-July 13 and July 22-Aug 10. Both sessions are currently full and wait list only.

  • Classes

    Weekly classes 1-2 hours long for grades K-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 (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.

Testimonials

See what our students and parents have to say

  • Dear Jennifer – I just wanted to shoot off a quick email letting you know that Annamarie really enjoyed herself tonight. Although hesitant at first, she went in with an open mind and thoroughly absorbed everything you taught. She wished that the class was longer and can not wait for next week. Thank you for your time and energy.

    Stacey (Fairfield) Student
  • Hello Jennifer, I really like your acting class, and although I forgot my lines once and improvised, it is all around awesome. What I like most about your class is that you motivate us (along with your assistants) as hard as you can. And also I like that if we dislike our parts (like I didn’t want to be Mr. Smee), you always find a way to help us believe in ourselves and like the part. I also like the emotion games because it’s fun and it teaches me how to express myself on stage.

    Owen Parker 3rd grade student
  • 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
  • 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'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
  • My daughters have been involved with FPAS for many years.  The after school classes are a great introduction to acting, and the summer camp is just amazing.  The quality of the production that is put together after only 3 weeks of camp is remarkable.  Jennifer is wonderful with the students--getting them all involved and helping each child feel comfortable on stage.  I've seen increased confidence in my girls that has carried over to other areas of their lives.  They have thoroughly enjoyed their time with the program.  I highly recommend FPAS for all ages!

    Kristin Dayton
  • 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
  • My daughter has done classes with Jennifer and Fairfield Performing Arts for 3 years now and she always enjoys class and is sad when a session is over.  Jennifer has such a way with the children and they all blossom under her tutelage!  It is such a fun, low pressure but high learning environment, Jennifer has the formula down!  All of the children are so happy to be in that room for the hour!

    Gretchen 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
  • 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 is such an amazing camp. It really helps me to step out of my comfort zone when acting, dancing, or singing. I love learning about the process of doing a play through games and other fun activities. I always look forward to coming back months before the summer even starts!

    Maddy Student (age 12)
  • 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
  • I feel like I’m learning so much with you. I have learned more about how to get into character and be honest in that one hour lesson than I have with my other acting coach that I’ve been working with for over a year. I am so interested in working with you in these classes – I just cannot wait.

    Katie (Fairfield) Student
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
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