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 Summer, Your Child is Welcome to "Act Up" With Us During "Lights, Camera, Action II" Theatre Session!

2024 Summer Session (June 22 – August 10)

Session Title: Lights, Camera, Action! II

Theme: Honing Your Voice on Camera

During this session participants will produce captivating films designed to teach life lessons and stir the thoughts of viewers. Students will explore the importance of vocal expression for on camera acting and the difference between acting on stage vs acting for film. They will learn various vocal strategies and techniques through an introduction to vocal elements, voice theory, and practical application. Students will work to improve their vocal expression with the help of peer, self, and instructor evaluation. After the film production, participants will have a movie premiere. Each workshop is designed to help participants hone their acting voice and cast/crew skills on set. Participants develop filming presence, build confidence, understand the importance of “follow through” and improve public speaking, leadership, self-expression and team work. This is an awesome opportunity for participants to take their acting skills to the next level! Let’s “Act Up” and work together to produce a spectacular performances! 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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Filming locations will vary primarily within Charles County. All actors will not be needed for each filming date. Dates and time slots will be given for each scene.

Rehearsal Dates & Times:

Saturday, June 22, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, June 26, 2023 (in-person 4pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, July 3, 2023 (virtual: 5 pm – 6:30 pm)

Saturday, July 6, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, July 10, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)


***** Filming Schedule – TBD*****
Each actors filming schedule will be based on the availability they provide on this application and the film they are cast in.

*In-person rehearsal Address:
8 Jay Gould Ct.
Unit E
Waldorf, MD 20602
*Some sessions may be at an alternate location within Charles County.
In case of emergency, a parent/guardian must remain in close proximity during in-person sessions.

*****Mandatory in-person orientation for parents and participants: In-person at the beginning of the first in-person session (June 22). If absent from orientation, parent and child must meet with the director before participating in the summer session.*****

Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe is an Upward Thrive Academy, Inc. youth program. If your child loves to “act up,” register for “Lights, Camera, Action” now! Questions? Email

Registration Ends Friday, June 19th.

Join The Troupe

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