Aurora Theatre Now Enrolling Students for Fall Classes


With school back in session and families setting into the school year, Aurora Theatre announces an amazing array of classes for students this fall. The acclaimed Aurora Theatre Academy offers sessions for any student. From beginners to advanced and covering students in 1st-12th grade programs as well as, an Adult Acting Class. Aurora Theatre Director of Education, Jaclyn Hofmann, has put together an incredible team of teaching professionals, who you may have spotted on stage around Atlanta or on screen anywhere from Georgia Lottery commercials to HBO.

Aurora Theatre Academy Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals

Aurora Theatre, being the only professional theatre in Gwinnett County, is the ideal place for people to study the arts.  What distinguishes Aurora Theatre Academy from other programs is that students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a world-class venue, and the instructors are working professionals with years of real-world theatrical experience. In addition to receiving training to be a winner onstage, students build confidence, improve communication and learn life skills that will be a valuable part of their bright futures.

Elementary School Students

Aurora Theatre Academy’s Mini (Grades 1 & 2) and Master Classes (Grades 3-5) classes give students the opportunity to learn what it takes to put on a play. Students will be provided with valuable stage experience, all the while encouraging teamwork and collaboration with peers. The experience instills a sense of self-confidence in our students. They will be active participants in creating portions of the sets, costumes, and props for these exciting, whirlwind productions presented to family and friends.

Aurora Theatre Academy Intensive Classes for Middle and High School Students

Middle and high school students have a few great options in the fall session.

A Musical Theatre intensive, in which students will study singing and acting technique, audition preparation and etiquette, and the joy of collaborating with other young artists to create compelling musical theatre on stage.

The Acting Edge Intermediate or Advanced Classes encourage Teens, take the drama out of thier life and put it where it belongs – on stage! Through a series of theatre games, exercises, and exploration, the class will become an ensemble of players rehearsing a collection of scenes to be performed for friends & family.  Intermediate Acting Edge is for Students who are brand new to Aurora Academy, while the Advanced class is for returning Aurora Academy Students. 

Aurora Theatre Academy for Adults

Adult Acting is perfect for the person wanted to act or maybe just feel more comfortable in front of an audience, and is ready to make the leap. In the Aurora Theatre Academy Adult Acting Class, learn the craft and technique of acting used by the professionals.  Work on skills like cold readings, monologue delivery, auditioning with confidence and learn how to succeed in the business of show business.


Thurs, Sept 5 – Oct 24

4:30-6pm Master Class (3rd – 5th)

4:30-6pm Mini Class (1st – 2nd)
Mon, Sept 9 – Oct 28

5:15-7:15pm Acting Edge (6th-9th Grade)

5:15-7:15pm Advanced Acting Edge (8-12th Grade)


Mon, Sept 16-Oct 21

7:30-9:30pm Adult Acting (18 and up)

Tues, Sept 10 – Oct 29

5-7pm Musical Theatre (Middle & High)


Each session costs $175 per student.  There is a $25.00 first-time student application fee. Pre-booking guarantees your spot in one of our classes. Space is limited.



Online Registration:

By Phone: 678-226-6222

Aurora Theatre Education webpage

Aurora Theatre Academy Faculty Fall 2013

Jaclyn Hofmann (Director of Education) has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Jacksonville University and an MFA in Acting from Michigan State University, where she taught undergraduate acting courses for three years. She’s taught locally for Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Aurora Academy, and Kennesaw State University. Jaclyn is currently an Adjunct Theatre Teacher at Georgia Gwinnett College. She is also a proud co-founding member of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project. This season at Aurora, Jaclyn is excited to direct the Learning Library production of Cat in the Hat and the Studio production, Tamer of Horses. She is also lucky enough to be performing in The Twelve Dates of Christmas at Aurora Theatre this December!

Katie Causey (Mini Class Instructor) is an actor, improviser and educator living in the Atlanta area.  She attended The University of Georgia where she led and performed with Improv Athens, the university’s national award-winning improv troupe. Katie just completed her apprenticeship at Aurora Theatre where she performed in The Drowsy Chaperone, the touring children’s show Unnecessary Monsters and Terror on the Trail. Katie has been teaching improv and acting classes at UGA, with Aurora Theatre Academy, and with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare Intensive for Teens. When she’s not onstage or teaching you can find Katie improvising with her current improv troupe, BANSHEE Improv performing Fairy Tales for children and adults.

Jessica De Maria (Musical Theatre & Master Class Instructor) is a two time graduate of Oglethorpe University with a degree in Theatre, Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies. Currently she is also teaching artist at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and the Alliance Theatre. As a performer, Jessica has worked with Pinch N’ Ouch Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and was in Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood here at Aurora and is currently in Les Misérables!

Tony Larkin (Intermediate Acting Edge Instructor) has been working in professional theatre since he was ten years old, primarily in Atlanta, but also in Boston, Florida and New York. After getting his BFA in Acting from the FSU School of Theatre, Tony spent four years in NYC where he performed several times at Theatre Row, Theatre for a New City, The Bank Street Theatre and Lincoln Center among others. Since returning to Atlanta in 2008, Tony has worked with The Alliance, GA Shakespeare, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Actor’s Express, Dad’s Garage and, of course, Aurora. Last season he was seen in Aurora Theatre’s Learning Library’s Robin Hood!

Cara Mantella (Adult Acting Instructor) received her BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has been seen onstage at Aurora in Dracula, Tranced, and A Body of Water; and has appeared on stages in and around Atlanta including The Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, Stage Door Players, Theatre in the Square, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Horizon Theatre, and Théâtre du Rêve. TV: Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), Christmas Cupid, My Future Boyfriend (ABC Family), The Game (BET), Royal Pains (USA) Film: Trouble with the Curve, Premature, Tyler Perry’s Temptation and The Good Lie.

Tiffany Porter (Advanced Acting Edge Instructor) is always excited to teach at Aurora! She has her BFA in Professional Acting from The School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University. Tiffany is regularly seen performing at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, as well as teaching many of their Shakespeare Residencies and summer camps. Tiffany is also on the Artistic Team for The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, and was last seen performing with them at the Shakespeare Tavern

Nick Silvestri (Musical Theatre Instructor) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of West Georgia and is a Georgia certified teacher for music. At UWG, he studied under Dr. Dawn McCord and Dr. Kevin Hibbard and served two terms as president of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and is a founder of the music service fraternity Phi Delta. He holds dual concentrations in instrumental and choral music, his own instruments beings horn, piano, organ and voice. Nick has been active in the Atlanta area for the past six years as a music director, piano accompanist, and teacher performing with theatres, schools, church choirs and friends. He most recently served as Education Director for Fabrefaction Theatre Company where he saw great success in over 20 productions; winning Best Music Director of 2012 by Atlanta Theatre Fans for his work on Sweeney Todd. Most recently, their production of Assassins was named #1 Best Theatrical Production by ArtsAtl.