Luna Stage received $28,000 grant to support its youth programs
Luna Stage received a $28,000 grant from the Orange Orphan Society to support its pay-what-you-wish Kids Theatre Camp and Teen Collaborator Intensive, and to install a new green screen studio for use by both programs.
The camps will run from July 6 to July 30 and will take place outdoors.
This is the fourth and largest grant that Luna has received from the Orange Orphan Society to support its work with local youth, according to the theater. Previous grants have supported the creation of Luna’s Teen Touring Conservatory, allowed Luna to lead playwriting workshops in local schools and funded last summer’s Strangest Summer Filmmaking Program.
“It is thrilling to be able to create in-person again,” Luna Stage artistic director Ari Laura Kreith wrote in an announcement from the theater. “We are also grateful to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for a $20,000 Covid Safety grant earlier this year to support our safe re-opening.”
The Kids Theatre Camp explores acting, improvisation, playwriting and creativity, with weekly themes including Magical Mysteries, Wilderness Adventures, Clowning Around and A Big Finale. Each week will build toward a short culminating performance.
The Teen Collaborator Intensive is a four-week program focusing on acting and filmmaking. Each day’s activities fuse film and theater, with classes including on-camera technique, scene study, voiceover, film editing, playwriting, screenwriting, cinematography, animation, and improvisation, and will make use of Luna’s new green screen studio. The program will culminate in a public sharing of work created.
“These programs build on the skills we nurtured virtually during the pandemic,” camp director Joey Yow wrote in the announcement. “The Green Screen studio will allow us to take digital creativity to a whole new level.”
For more information about the programs and to register, visit LunaStage.org.