Tony Carlson is no stranger to the Rochester Civic Theatre. As a child, Tony was a former student of the educational programming at the Civic, attending several sessions of what is now known as STAR (Summer Theatre Academy of Rochester) and as a member of different youth performance troupes. He also appeared in several Civic Theatre productions, such as Peter Pan, Honk!: the Musical, and Return to Forbidden Planet, and has been a dance instructor and choreographer for the Education Department. Tony now lives in New York, where he graduated with a B.A in dance performance and choreography from Eugene Lang College and works as a dancer, choreographer, and various other roles within the dance community.
For the first time ever, conservatory level theatrical training is available in Rochester, and it's happening right here at the Civic. STAR Summer Theatre Intensive courses offer residents of the greater Rochester area the opportunity to receive a level of training in comedy, drama, and musical theater previously unavailable without significant travel. To find out who these classes are for and what all the excitement is about, I went to the source, the Civic Theatre Education Director, Denise Ruemping. She told me "The program is designed to meet the needs of students (recommended age 13 and up) who are looking for more than just a 'fun theatre camp experience' - students who are very interested in learning what it takes to be a good actor and performer."