Actin' Up Theatre Troupe


The Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe is a year-round program designed for youth and teens, ages 8-17. This program helps young actors develop a well-rounded understanding of the various aspects of theatre and its process, resulting in a greater appreciation for the arts and film. Participants focus on applying the arts constructively to self-improve and advance their communities; utilizing theatrical techniques to spread positive messages and promote wellness. Upward Thrive Academy, Inc. is a member of the International Thespian Society (troupe# 10110); a middle and high school honors association and our troupe is facilitated by Thespian Alumni.

Theatre presents opportunities for youth to safely enhance critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as they are introduced to new challenges within storylines. Musicals and readings of plays written from antiquity to modern-day, help boost academic vocabulary aptitudes and encourage historical and cultural appreciation. Motivational incentives such as achievement awards inspire participants to aim high to attain program goals.

Performances are presented throughout the local community and on film which helps youth to develop stage presence, public speaking, and other communication skills.  This program is conducted through on-line and in-person trainings, workshops, and in-field events. 

 Sponsor our Troupe

Become a sponsor and receive numerous benefits for your business or place an ad in our production souvenir book.  There are a variety of opportunities available for you to show your support. Please contact us @ or (443) 924-6105.

We do not accept sponsorships from the following:
– Organizations promoting politically driven campaigns, parties, or subject matter
– Businesses promoting controversial topics, products, and/or services
– Businesses that we deem inappropriate for our youth programs

This Winter, Your Child is Welcome to participate in our Improvisation Station Theatre Session!

Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe’s Improvisation Station is a dynamic 8-week session about all things Improv. Improvisation is a theatrical form all actors must conquer. Therefore, each workshop in this session is designed to help participants find their dramatic voice through improv, develop stage presence, and crew knowledge. There will be an improvisation final performance at the end of the session. This is an awesome opportunity for participants to take their theatre skills to the next level! 

*Masks are required at each in-person meet-up and social distancing will be implemented.

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When: Jan. 18, 2022 – March. 12, 2022

Workshops are held virtually and in person.

VIRTUAL: Every Tuesday (5 pm – 6:30 pm) 

IN-PERSON: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month for 1.5 hours per session. (group time slots between 2 pm – 5pm. Time slot confirmation will be given at the first virtual session on Jan. 18th). 

*Though not required, participants are also encouraged to attend  Community Development activities on the 2nd Saturday of each month. These activities will help participants gain a closer connection with their fellow troupe members and gain community service points-a requirement for troupe membership. (activities such as helping to create personal care packages for the homeless, senior citizens, and persons in crisis). Community development activity times may vary.

In-person Address: 110 Drury Dr., La Plata, MD 20646.

In case of emergency, a parent/guardian must remain in close proximity during in-person sessions. 

Virtual Parent Orientation (Zoom): Monday, January 17, 2022, 6pm – 7pm.

If your child loves to “act up,” Register for Actin’ Up Improvisation Station now! Have questions or need additional information, email

Registration Ends Jan. 16th

Join The Troupe

Don’t just participate, you can join the troupe. Click below for official membership benefits and eligibility.