Actin' Up Theatre Troupe


The Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe is a year-round program designed for youth and teens, ages 7-17. 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 Fall, Your Child Can Act in A Messy Merry Musical!

Actin’ Up Comedy Theatre is a dynamic 11-week session about all things comedy. Comedy is a dramatic performance that all actors must conquer. Therefore, each workshop in this session is designed to help participants find their dramatic voice through comedy, develop stage presence and crew knowledge, and improve acting as well as playwriting skills. Due to COVID, instead of a stage performance, the final performance will be a short film  comedy performed by the troupe called, “The Messy Merry Musical” (no singing skills needed)All participants in the session will act in the performance which will be filmed in-person throughout the fall session; allowing for social distancing and limiting the number of participants gathering at one time. This is an awesome opportunity for participants to take their theatre skills to the next level!

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When: Sept. 14, 2021 – Dec. 4, 2021

Workshops are held virtually and in person.

VIRTUAL: Every Tuesday (5 pm – 6:30 pm) and Thursday (6 pm – 7 pm)

IN-PERSON: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, times may vary between 2 pm – 5 pm. In-person locations vary between local parks and school gymnasiums in Charles County. In case of emergency, a parent/guardian must be present for each participant at all times during in-person sessions.

Virtual Parent Orientation (Zoom): Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6pm – 7pm.

Help your child discover their inner comedian! Register for Actin’ Up Comedy Theatre now! Have questions or need additional information, email

Join The Troupe

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