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 Perform With Us During Our "Actin' Up Beyond the Stage" Session!

What is “Actin’ Up for the Holidays?”

“Actin’ Up Beyond the Stage” is an empowering 8-week theatre session. Each workshop is designed to help participants hone their acting voice and cast/crew skills. Participants develop on stage presence, build character, improve public speaking, leadership, self-expression and team work. Additionally, the troupe will explore the meaning and effects of integrity and resilience and the potential consequences of the lack thereof. The concept of this session is to help students comprehend the vitality of the theme and explore how it applies to their personal lives and the world around them. Students will read and analyze scripts that incorporate the theme, and will demonstrate their comprehension by writing, and performing relevant original scripts at various local establishments in small groups. This is an awesome opportunity for participants to build character and take their acting skills to the next level! Ages 8 -17…WE. ACT. UP!

*COVID Policy: If a participant or any members of their household test positive for COVID and/or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms , the participant must refrain from in-person sessions until all members of the family test negative, and all related symptoms have exhausted. Masks are encouraged during in-person rehearsals.

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When: January 28 – March 18

Performance Locations: Restore Rehab Center, Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home, Waldorf Senior Center

Workshops are held virtually and in-person.

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

IN-PERSON Instruction and rehearsals (Saturdays 2pm to 4pm): Jan. 28 ; Feb.11 & 25 ; Mar.11 – Any additional in-person dates will be optional.

In-person Address:
Southern Maryland Sportsplex
10725 Demarr Road
White Plains, MD 20695

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

Parent Orientation: In-person at the end of the first in-person session (Jan. 28th).

Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe is an Upward Thrive Academy, inc. youth program. If your child loves to “act up,” register for “Actin Up’ Beyond the Stage” now! Questions or need additional information, email

Registration Ends Thursday, Jan. 26th

Join The Troupe

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