Adult Theatre Workshops

A variety of theatre related workshops & classes for adults 18 years and older.

Centenary Stage Company is committed to providing affordable quality performing arts education to the Northwest New Jersey Skylands region. With professional instructors and schedules fit for working adults this program is fit to meet the needs for amateurs and professional. These workshops are open to adults only.

Theatrical Make-up

Instructor: Stephen Michael Davis

Spring Session: January 20 - April  28, 2021

Spring Session Registration Deadline: January 18, 2021

Spring Session Cost: $250.00 per student

Workshop meets  on-line Wednesday's from 6:00 PM - 9:20 PM.

About the workshop:

Have you ever wanted to explore the wonderful world of Theatrical Makeup? In this semester students will take part in a once a week course in theatrical makeup learning techniques from basic corrective to aging techniques to trauma simulation to animals and much, much more.  This is a fully virtual class that meets Wednesday nights from 6:00 PM - 9:20 PM.  All lectures for the course are filmed and the class session is held in a zoom format allowing for direct application feedback, as well as in-depth question and answer during the class session.  Students will upload images of their work to a private group social media page for details that may not come through in the zoom session.  All videos from the class will also be shared on the social media page to allow the students to review application techniques that may have been unclear during application.  Given social distancing requirements, the online zoom format will allow students to learn in the privacy and safety of their own home.  The class is recommended for teens to adults, and any questions of course content and requirements can be directed to Professor Stephen Davis at Two examples of course lectures (makeup introduction and Animals: Cats) are provided for your consideration.  Students taking the course through the Centenary Stage Company will need to purchase their makeup kits and materials through Norcostco Company and a full list of recommended materials will be provided at the time of registration.

Acting for the Camera

Instructor: Christopher John Young

Spring Session: January 28 - April 29

Spring Session Registration Deadline: January 18, 2021

Spring Session Cost: $250.00 per student

Workshop meets in-person on Thursday's from 4:00 - 7:20 PM in the TV Studio of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.

About the workshop:

Have you ever wanted to learn what it takes to be an actor on a film set?  In this workshop students will explore acting technique and craft as it applies to working in film.  Partnered with the Centenary University's film studies acting students will work hand in hand with student film makers to explore and understand the technical challenges and rigors of being an actor on a film set.  With a strong acting foundation in the Meisner technique students will acting students will build a vocabulary for and basis to be prepared to work within the film industry.  Prior acting training is recommended, however not required.  This class meets Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 7:20 PM in the TV studio of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.


Stephen Michael Davis is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary University, the Program Director of the Shakesperience: NJ, and a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. He has served as the CSC fight choreographer for Peter Pan, Deathtrap, The Liar, Breakfast with Mugabe, Oliver!, and The Wizard of Oz. Stephen holds a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an MFA in directing from USC, where he received the Two Thumbs Up Teaching Award for making a difference in the lives of students with learning disabilities. While at Centenary, Professor Davis was honored with both the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and the 2010 - 2011 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award. He teaches classes to all ages in Shakespeare, stage combat, theatrical mak-up, acting, directing, playwriting, video production and movement for the theatre.


Christopher John Young is an adjunct instructor at Centenary Univeristy and holds an MFA in Acting from The Professional Actor Training Program at Ohio University. While at OU, Chris taught acting classes to undergraduate students for both majors and non-majors and teacher assisted stage combat classes for undergraduate theater majors. A current adjunct instructor at Centenary University, Young teaches Acting, Acting for the Camera and Stage Combat and is an instructor with CSC's Young Performers Workshop teaching, acting, stage combat, voice and Shakespeare. Additionally, Young has taught Introduction to Acting for the Camera at Kean University. Young is SAFD certified in both unarmed, single sword combat and is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. For more information visit