Adult Dance and Drama


Explore your creative side with our Adult dance and dramatic arts offerings! Joining our programs will welcome you into our JCC arts community; a community built on the sheer joy of movement and performing!

Adult Dance and Drama

JCC Community Theatre

JCC Community Theatre is an opportunity for adults to explore meaningful themes and flex their acting skills in a professional level rehearsal process. The cast sizes are small, providing an experience that builds individual strengths and forms lasting connections!

The Last Night at Ballyhoo

Director: Jenna Mate

Set in in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. The Freitag family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.


  • In person auditions Wednesday 1/3 7:30pm
  • Video audition submissions email by January 3, 2023

JCC Community Theatre is looking to cast 4 females and 3 males (ages 15+) from the Tenafly area to perform The Diary of Anne Frank at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Eric Brown Theatre.  Auditions will be held at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Eric Brown Theatre: 411 East Clinton Avenue Tenafly, NJ 07670

What to prepare: One-minute monologue of your choosing.

Performances: 3/7 at 7pm, 3/9 at 8pm, 3/10 at 3pm
School daytime performances: 3/7 at 12:00pm and 3/8 at 10am.
Tickets: $12 Member/$16 Public general seating.

Adult Classes

Adult Improv Acting
Get ready to let loose! Learn and build your ability to respond to the unexpected. Mental Agility!  In Improv with Adam, everyone will gain confidence, conquer shyness and learn new valuable skills, unleash humor, while seriously having fun!  Improvisation teaches us how to create NOW…on the spot. All will get better at staying present, in the moment and trusting your natural instincts. Students enjoy learning theatre and improv activities, scene work, and monologue. From Broadway to Film and Television to Commercials, Radio shows, Cartoons, Video Games and even standup comedy, this Emmy Award winning instructor has done it all. Each class is freshly made weekly…by the students!

10 Thu 2/1-4/11 7:30-8:30pm $150/$180

Adult Musical Theater
Why should kids have all the fun?  Taught by Vocal Coach and Director Jenna Mate, this class is an invitation to explore your voice through Musical Theater repertoire. Performers will work on vocal technique, acting through song, movement, and more! A workshop performance will be presented after the Spring session.

6 Tue 3/19-4/16 7:00 – 8:00pm $150 JCC Member/$180 Public

Ages 5-Adult

Private Dance, Voice and Acting Lessons

Available to students enrolled in dance dramatic arts classes

Dance: Private dance is for students who are passionate about dancing and inspired to excel in their art. It is an extension of a child’s initial dance training.

Voice: Vocal training is tailor-made to each individual singer’s needs and goals. Learn the proper vocal technique to increase vocal range and strength, create a beautiful tone and maintain a healthy voice.

Acting: For serious young actors to work on audition monologues or for scenes for films, plays and TV series.

1 hour lesson: $83/$100
45-minute lesson: $70/$84
30-minute lesson: $55/$67