Youth (and Adult) Conservatory

The Actor’s Craft (Arts for Life NJ)  For all ages.   This class provides fun and learning for beginners as well as more advanced actors who want to polish their skills.  “The Actor’s Craft” will take place for eight weeks on Tuesdays from 7-9 pm from March 13 to April 24 at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Avenue in Englewood, just north of Route 4. The class will continue to be taught by Michael Bias, founding artistic director of The Garage Theatre Group.

“The Actor’s Craft”, which has been a daytime class for the past few years, was moved to evening in response to requests from people who do not have free time during the day.  Says Bias, “As we discussed holding an evening class, we realized that we didn’t have to confine ourselves to retirees. Our current students were eager to try a different dynamic by opening the class to all ages.”  Scheduling issues resulted in a change of venue from Hackensack to Englewood.

“The Actor’s Craft” combines fun and learning for beginners and more advanced actors who want to polish their skills. Says Arts for Life NJ founder Jacqueline Guttman, “Michael teaches the real deal – how actors prepare to go onstage, immerse themselves in a role and use non-verbal memories to communicate with their audience.” Students have been shown to gain a greater understanding of this mysterious craft through theater games, monologues and improv, and many have commented on new insights that enable them to appreciate acting in a different way – from the inside.

The fee for 8 weeks of “The Actor’s Craft” is $160. For more information and registration information, contact Arts for Life NJ at or 201-638-5698.



The Garage also offers individual acting coaching ($70/hour) and voice lessons ($60/hour)


Professional and Youth Theater in northern New Jersey