SPRING 2023 After School Theatre Classes





Chatham Players is offering an eight-week session of after school theatre classes on Fridays from March 24th to May 19th.

All classes will be held at Chatham Community Players, located at 23 Passaic Avenue, Chatham, NJ, and will be taught by Dr. Susan Speidel, theatre arts educator and Education Coordinator for Chatham Players.

Classes are open to students with all levels of experience, regardless of whether or not they have had previous theatre or acting training.

For enrollment, CLASS REGISTRATION and CLASS PAYMENT are required prior to the start of classes. For any questions, please email Dr. Susan Speidel at ChathamPlayersEducation@gmail.com.


  • MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE (AGES 12-18) - 5:30 TO 6:30 PM - In this class, students focus on one of the core areas of musical theater performance - acting through song.  They will explore how to interpret music and lyrics and gain focus and stage presence by learning both traditional and new musical theatre songs.($115)"
  • CREATIVE DRAMA (AGES 6 TO 9) - 3:30 TO 4:30 PM - * SOLD OUT * This fun-filled class builds confidence, self-esteem, and verbal skills through dramatic play, pantomime, theatre games, and improvisation. Students gain acting skills while also learning about themselves and the world around them. ($115)
  • IMPROVISATION FOR ACTORS (AGES 10-16) - 4:30 TO 5:30 PM - * SOLD OUT * This freewheeling class, with no scripts or lines to memorize, helps students focus, listen, and respond with ease. Following the basic rule of "Yes, and..." they will have fun and connect in a casual and safe environment with room to grow. ($115)

​​​​​​​SUSAN SPEIDEL – is a theatre artist and educator who appeared off-Broadway in Olio and in The Student Prince, Jesus Christ Superstar, and numerous concerts at Paper Mill Playhouse.  She played leading roles in plays and musicals at numerous regional theaters and appeared in Sweeney Todd, August; Osage County, and The Importance of Being Earnest at Chatham Players.  She has directed more than 50 high school productions, as well as shows at Surflight Theater on Long Beach Island, and Plays-In-The-Park in Edison.   For Chatham Players, she directed Man of La Mancha, Nunsense, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, City of Angels, and A Christmas Carol.  She appeared in concert with the Seattle and Portland Symphonies, the Key West Symphonic Pops, and the Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, and performed her cabaret show throughout NY, NJ, and Florida.  Named the first Director of Education at Paper Mill Playhouse, she created the Rising Star Awards and Summer Musical Theater Conservatory and, for 12 years, taught theatre and served as Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Morristown-Beard School.  She holds a BA in English and Theater from Montclair State University, an MA in Theater Management from NYU, and a Doctorate in Liberal Studies from Drew University.  She also studied at HB Studios and the Globe Theater in London and is the recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award for Theatre Education, the NJ Theatre Alliance Applause Award, and an NJACT Hall of Fame Award.  She currently teaches in the Theatre Studies Program at Montclair State University and in the Theatre Conservatory at Kean University