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What are the Performing Arts?

The major types of performing arts can also be divided into subcategories including music, opera, drama, and spoken words.

What is "ROLE"?

SAS Performing Arts Studios offers performance-driven program is called ROLE (Repertory Online Learning Experience) designed for the aspiring professional whose goal is to become a complete artist. Our studio specialty workshops and classes focus on specific genres of performance designed and conducted to be supportive, friendly, and constructive for all who attend.  In the "ROLE" program , participants study, create, focus, and perform.

The studios are separated into distinct divisions as follows: 


  • Dramatic Arts

  • American Musical Theater

  • Opera 

  • The Maestro's Podium


We are eager to offer our participants the possibility to practice our principles of "study, create, focus, achieve, and perform being cast alongside professionals as part of our main stage season of performances. These events, which are open to the public affords the prospect of displaying all of the creativity, knowledge, and technique acquired by the actor. Repertory will be selected from classic and contemporary works. Participants range in experience from university undergraduates/graduates to the working professional. The faculty consists of specialists in their respective fields of expertise. 


By the conclusion of each program, we trust that our faculty, together with our participants, would have taken part in a satisfying experience. We believe a process of training is the essential core for each performing artist whose unique talent and potential is cultivated, encouraged, and ultimately realized in their performance, which is then rewarded by their audience and peers.
Take some time and look over our classes and workshops. We hope you will find something enjoyable, ultimately worthwhile, and rewarding, eventually finding yourself in the spotlight, taking a bow.


Some programs are offered in person at various studios as well as via the zoom platform.



Workshops are partially underwritten by the generous support of Newark Arts, TD Bank, and SAS Performing Arts Patrons.

Our goal is to keep the cost free or as affordable for all participants as possible.



Throughout the year, sessions meet at convenient times during weekdays, weeknights, and weekends and will meet either once or twice a week.

Special weekend workshops cover specialized topics such as the business of a performing career, audition technique, as well as masterclasses by guest faculty.

Working with SAS during the pandemic has been an incredible experience. In a time when we were unable to participate in and consume live theatre, Steve and the SAS team put so much effort into re-creating the experience as much as possible, ensuring that each actor had access to props and costumes and finding beautiful backdrops to create the world of each play. Even over Zoom, SAS has been able to cultivate a community of kind, hilarious, talented individuals, and I felt like I was able to get to know many of them as if we had been in person. Additionally, Steve’s expertise as a theatre practitioner makes for enjoyable seminars, where he provides brief yet in-depth and interactive overviews of dense topics including the history of musical theatre and the work of Stephen Sondheim.

Michael E. Miller


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