WINTER 2023 After School Theatre Classes





Give your child the Gift of Theatre this year!  Chatham Players is offering an eight-week session of after school theatre classes on Fridays from January 6th to February 24th.

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


Classes scheduled are: 

  • SOLD OUT: Musical Theatre Mania (ages 6 to 9) - 4:00 to 5:00 PM - An introduction to musical theatre performance skills for young actors interested in learning how to interpret and act a song, while also gaining musical literacy and stage presence.  Age-appropriate songs will be shared each week to expose students to a range of musical styles and expand their knowledge of theatre songs. $115.00.
  • SOLD OUT: Broadway Singers Workshop (ages 10 to 17) - 5:00 to 6:00 PM
  • Broadway Singers Workshop (ages 10 to 17) - 6:00 to 7:00 PM - Students will develop strong vocal technique while also increasing their knowledge of musical theatre and expanding their repertory of songs for auditions and performances.  Along the way, they will also strengthen their poise and stage presence, expand their musical literacy, and learn to sing with expression and joy. $115.00. 

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