The ACP Youth Wing is a free theater group open to youth in grades fourth through twelfth. In general, the ACP Youth Wing holds workshops the second Saturday of every month during its August – May season, produces four shows each season, is involved in various community outreach programs, participates in professional workshops that come to Aiken, as well as travels to New York City each Spring with its COMPANY troupe to participate in the Broadway Student Summit, sponsored by MTI, and take private workshop sessions at The Juilliard School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.The ACP Youth Wing, as it exists today, began in 1997 with only seven students in attendance. Today, the program has over a hundred students that participate on a monthly basis, and are involved with every aspect of the Playhouse. In addition to providing Theater Arts instruction to Youth Wing students, the program reaches out to area schools to introduce more children to theater through tackling tough issues that kids face today, such as school violence and teen suicide through “message-based” productions.
ACP Youth Wing Scholarship Applications
Graduating seniors who will be attending higher education beginning in the following Fall Semester are invited to apply for the available scholarships by filling out the form below. Students need to have been a member of the Youth Wing for at least 6 months to be eligible.
Jim Anderson was born and raised in Alaska, and has been involved in the arts his entire life. An accomplished musician, he started playing the piano at age 4, and at age 12, started playing the saxaphone, which led to a tour with with America’s Youth in Concert, where he played at the White House, Carnegie Hall and toured Europe in the summer of 1980. He is a 1987 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC (the oldest professional acting school in America), and has a Business Degree from Alaska Pacific University. He is married to wife Jodi, and has a daughter, Madison who is also involved in theater, and a member of the ACP Youth Wing’s “Cole Group”. Jim is currently a Senior Marketing Manager for UPS; but remains involved in the arts. He has performed in various productions at ACP, and with the AKB (Aiken Kidney Benefit) including HONK, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change, and his favorite role to date: Sweeney Todd, in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (where he also served as the Musical Director) for which he won Best Actor and Best Musical Direction. In addition to being on the board at ACP, he is also the Chairman of the Youth Wing Committee, and directs the “Cole Group”, which is the advanced Youth Wing troup that requires prior experience, Youth Wing participation and an audition to join. Jim recently appeared, with his daughter in the docu-drama: Edgewood, Stage of Southern History, where he portrayed South Carolina Governor, Francis Pickens. He loves to write and perform music, help his daughter with her musical ambitions, and do voice overs. He is also involved with the ACP Coffee House series and usually MC’s, when he’s not performing. He is also a motivational speaker and involved with several non-profit agencies in Aiken County. He especially enjoys his involvement with Golden Harvest Food Bank, Camp Kemo and Children’s Place, where he was the 2009 Corporate Chair of their annual “Celebrity Waiter” fund raiser.
Nancy Gamba Hansen: Dean Group
Nancy Gamba Hansen has been involved with ACP since the early 1990′s, when sons Damon and Conner joined the Youth Wing. She has been primarily involved with the Youth Wing, working alongside Chuck Shick, Shannon Huey, and Jim Anderson. She has directed or assisted numerous shows, including the groundbreaking “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” and the Black Box production of “The Laramie Project” in 2008. She was awarded the “Outstanding Lead Actress” for “Dearly Departed”, and was the 2009 recipient of the ACP Spotlight Award. This is Nancy’s 4th term on the BOD, and she continues to be deeply committed to the Youth Wing, as well as the artistic, educational and community aspirations of the ACP family.