|In The Spotlight:
Children's Acting Academy
|Monica May founded The Children's Acting Academy in 1972 in New York City. She served on the faculty of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institution and is known for creating and teaching theatre workshops for children and teens at New York University, The Harkness Center and The Hunter College Gifted Youth Program. Her classes have been praised by The New York Times, The Parents League, and New York Magazine. She made her Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth with Paul Newman and Geraldine Page. Mimi Stuart, Artistic Director, has been acting and entertaining audiences since she was 10 years old, and professionally since she was 15. Mimi started to teach and direct for Monica May at The Children's Acting Academy in 2000. She is thrilled to see her students grow year after year.|
The Academy has been holding classes, workshops, and private coachings at Ripley-Grier's 131 West 72nd street Studios for nearly two decades. They have earned praise from both parents and industry insiders for their practical and professional approach to developing young actors. Perhaps David De Silva (Producer, Fame!) said it best: "Any young person lucky enough to attend Children's Acting Academy can develop a more confident personality which is a great preparation for success in life."
Mimi has this to say about her choice of studio: "The 72nd Street location is my home away from home and it's staff is my extended family. It is always good to give thanks for your health and that of your family and loved ones. I also give thanks for happy clients. Ripley Grier 72nd Street helps me keep clients happy and that's what it's all about. It's nice to pause and reflect on that."
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