Luna Stage Receives $20,000 Grant to Support COVID-Safe Reopening, In-Person Theatre/Filmmaking Camp

West Orange, NJ — Luna Stage has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to support COVID-safe re-opening, including the return of in-person summer youth programs. First up is the Teen Collaborator Intensive, a four-week theatre, filmmaking and playwriting program using both outdoor space and Luna’s new flexible Green Screen studio. Additional programs for younger students will be announced soon. Virtual and hybrid options will also be available.

Drawing on experiences from last year’s virtual Strangest Summer 4-week Filmmaking Intensive and the previous year’s in-person Teen Summer Theatre Conservatory, Luna is fusing on-camera and stage options into a dynamic and innovative new program. Middle school and high school students will spend the morning honing acting skills and the afternoon polishing their craft as a filmmaker and/or playwright.

Collaborator Intensive classes include on-camera technique, scene study, voiceover, film editing, cinematography, animation, improvisation, playwriting and screenwriting. Students will learn from working professional artists, and the camp structure will be modeled after real-world production processes. Students will work in teams to create, produce and perform original work. The program will culminate in a public (socially distanced) performance.

“We are so grateful to NJSCA for their support of our re-opening,” said Luna Stage Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. “We have offered youth and adult programming throughout the pandemic, and it has been a privilege to provide creative opportunities virtually to so many during this time. But we have all missed being able to collaborate in person, and we are thrilled to be able to share this experience with our community.”

The Collaborator Intensive runs July 6-July 30 from 10am-2pm. Space is limited to ensure social distancing and individualized instruction.

Luna Stage is committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. To ensure that all students have access to its programs, Luna has instituted a pay-what-you-wish model for all artistic programs through the end of summer 2021.

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