Mimi Stuart loves to teach! When she had her first child 20 years ago, she thought her career in the theatre was over, but then another door opened…
The Children’s Acting Academy was founded in 1972. Mimi Stuart started as an instructor and took over ownership of the Academy in 2004. It’s been growing every year and gotten much acclaim. CBS New York called The Children’s Acting Academy “ONE OF THE TOP FIVE BROADWAY SCHOOLS FOR KIDS IN NEW YORK”. Time-Out New York Kids recently featured the Academy in an article about children’s classes.
The Academy offers varied, year-round programing, including after school and Saturday classes for ages 4-14 on a trimester basis, a weekly summer camp, 6-7 fully realized workshop productions per year for different age groups, cabaret productions, workshops, and photo shoots. The classes include acting, creative drama, dance, musical theatre and improv.
Mimi also coaches students preparing for agent/manger and HS auditions, many of whom have gone to the top NYC performing arts high schools, and are currently working in the industry on Broadway, and in film and TV.
Mimi holds a BFA in Acting from York University in Toronto and an MFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has taught students from 3 years old through the undergraduate level.
Many of The Children’s Acting Academy students have had successful acting careers on Broadway (in Matilda (as Matilda), School of Rock, The King and I, Mary Poppins, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Finding Neverland, Chaplin) and in Film (The voice of Dash in Incredibles Two, Bad Moms, Southpaw, Pete's Dragon ) and TV ( A Series of Unfortunate Events, Law & Order SVU, Black List, Blind Spot, Ray Donovan, Billions, Supergirl ) and more.
The Children’s Acting Company is composed primarily of children who are ready for more professional venues. The idea of producing shows came to Mimi when one of her students completed several trimesters of classes and wanted to move up. The next level was to perform an entire show in front of an audience with the arc of each character realized, as well as music and dance. Patricia Ripley and Butch Grier have been supportive ever since Mimi Stuart took over The Children’s Acting Academy. Much thanks to Stas and Jim for always accommodating our needs.
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