The historic Tarrytown Music Hall has joined forces with theater educator Peter Royston in creating The Music Hall Academy.

The Music Hall Academy provides young people with an artistic home where they can develop vital life skills through the performing arts, learning from theater professionals, theater educators, members of the community and from each other. 

Academy students explore all the different parts of the theater in an open and nurturing  environment.

  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Tech
  • Acting
  • Song & Dance.

“Our child has had an amazing time with the Tarrytown Music Hall virtual camp and I want to thank you for putting together such a great program. I am really looking forward to a day post-COVID where we can thank you in person for all you have done for our child and the other kids who have taken part in your workshops. It has made a huge difference to our family to have activities that our child looks forward to that are engaging, educational and fun.”

Academy Director, Peter Royston

After a career creating educational materials and programs for Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, Peter Royston co-founded Broadway Classroom, the educational theater program for Peter has spent fifteen years as a well-known theater educator in Westchester and New York.

Through various organizations and school districts, Peter has directed countless in-school theater residencies and productions of musicals, plays and Shakespeare with young people of all ages. A certified New York State drama teacher, he has a Masters in Theater Education from the City College of New York.



The Music Hall Academy is offering a variety of classes after school to kids in grades K-12, and to adults.  See a complete list of our programs below!


Financial aid available! For more information email us at or click here for bilingual financial aid forms.


Program Age Date and Time Instructor Fee  
Adventure Week: Monkey King Rocks! Grades 2-5

Monday –  Friday

9am – 1pm

08/19/2019 – 08/23/2019

Peter Royston

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Academy Director Peter Royston guides young performers through the Chinese myth of The Monkey King in MONKEY KING ROCKS! Based on an ancient Chinese myth, MONKEY KING ROCKS is the magical adventure story of a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers and immortality while always holding on to his mischievous personality. Through his wild adventures, and his friends like Piggy (half Pig, half human, all heart!) and Sandy (a man-eating sand demon, but don’t worry, he’s cool to his friends!) the trickster monkey flies through the clouds, fights monsters, and tricks dragon kings – all the while finding new friends and ruling his Monkey Kingdom with kindness, good humor – and ice cream! MONKEY KING ROCKS is a wild and breathless adventure of friendship and magic – come join us this summer to be part of the rocking monkey fun!
Adventure Week: Greek Myths Come To Life! Grades 5-8

Monday –  Friday

1pm – 5pm

08/19/2019 – 08/23/2019

David Neilsen

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For years, director, writer and Improv expert David Neilsen has thrilled and tickled the funny bone of the Rivertowns with his annual “Rockin’ Hood” shows – now he bring the madness to the Music Hall stage! This year the theme is Greek Mythology! Young people weave rock, pop, broadway, and more into a half-­hour romp of heroes, villains, sword fighting, wand waving, and sheer lunacy. Campers will help select the songs they sing, or they can choose not to sing at all. They will also be involved in painting and creating the show’s sets and props.