Academy of Theatre Arts

Academy of Theatre Arts and the ATA Theatre is the only FULL TIME YEAR ROUND theatre venue in Western New York created and designed solely for the development and training of children and young adults in the genres of acting, vocal performance and musical theatre dance.

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Academy Encore Ensemble

ATA is home to Academy Encore Ensemble, our intensive college preparatory Theatre Company performing their own major musical productions throughout the year in The ATA Theatre. AEE graduates are now being accepted into some of the best colleges and universities in the country. AEE members participate in the Young Performers of America Conference in NYC in May of each year.

Life Lessons and Learning to Perform

If your child is looking for a true theatrical environment where they will not only learn to perform but build those skills and life lessons that will help them achieve self esteem and empowerment as they grow, there is no environment as unique and intensive in Western New York as Academy of Theatre Arts.

Skills to Succeed

Not only does Academy of Theatre Arts excel in theatrical training, but with a generation now losing those communication skills needed to succeed in life, ATA uses theatre as a platform to teach and promote excellence in public speaking, self esteem, confidence and personal skills.

Full Time, Year Round

ATA is the only full-time, year-round theatre venue in Western New York created and designed solely for the development and training of children and young adults in the genres of acting, vocal performance and musical theatre dance.

Community Service

This year ATA has incorporated a student board of directors because we feel it is important to not only give our students a background in theatre but a background in community service and government as well.

Dedicated to Enriching Young Lives

ATA provides an extensive year-long program for anyone between the ages of 5 and 18 who has an interest and passion for theatre arts.

"I take my hat off to all of you! The heart and soul of your efforts are clearly visable. Dina, YOU are ATA. Your passion for this theatre oozes out of you. Because of the depths of your sincerity for this theatre, everyone under you and each student is engulfed in this energy. Their hearts are all in it because of what you put in it first!"

− Christine Pecoraro, Parent

"I have traveled and performed all over the world and believe that Academy of Theatre Arts is the most oustanding afterschool theatre program any parent or child could ask for."

− Philip McAdoo (Broadway Performer in Rent, The Lion King)

"There is no finer children's director than Dina Sarno Slawson. Her talent and vision have created a place unlike any other program I have seen or worked with."

− Natrea Blake (Juliard graduate, performer and instructor)

"Watching these young performers on their national Six Flags summer tour has made me realize that ATA is a place that not only highly trains them in musical theatre but encourages them to grow into fine young men and women, leaving me with a brighter hope for the future."

− Patricia Stevens (Entertainment Director, Six Flags Great Adventure)

"I have seen Les Miserables in London, Toronto, and New York and this young company's production blew me away. It is one of the best I have ever seen! Academy Encore Ensemble rivals any professional theatre company out there!"

− Jim McIntyre (Baltimore, MD)