Performing arts Class – From Broadway to Hollywood

DSACT is proud to partner with kidsActing Foundation to provide experiences in the performing arts and stage production for children with Down syndrome.

The mission of kidsActing Foundation is to give children and teens who are often overlooked by traditional theater programs the chance to LEAD, LEARN, THRIVE and GROW through the magic of performing arts.

What makes the kidsActing Foundation theatre program unique is the fact that all actors work together for consecutive weeks to put on a full-scale musical production. The children and teens work as a team to learn their lines, develop choreography and produce a show in front of a live audience.

About the instructors:

About Colin Helpio:
Originally from Visalia, California, Colin moved to Austin in 2016 to serve with AmeriCorps. Prior to his term of service, he attended Berkeley where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. Colin has performed in many stage productions including Hamlet (Horatio), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Nick Bottom), As You Like It (Silvius), and Art (Yvan). Currently working with the Conservation Corps, he still practices acting through his film work.

About Nina Sloan Robbins, Executive Director of Kidsacting Foundation:
Nina Sloan Robbins is happy to return to her kidsActing family after moving back from living in Baltimore. She was the first teacher and Education Director for the kidsActing Foundation. She has been in the performing arts all of her life, including playing the fiddle in a traveling performance troupe as a child, dancing with the award-winning Bowie Silver Stars, singing with the Longhorn Singers, performing in the Austin Summer Musical for Children, and choreographing and directing at kidsActing Studio. Nina is a certified visual arts teacher and has Master's Degree in Art Education. She has taught art at Campbell Elementary and Martin Middle School in AISD and St. James Academy in Monkton, Maryland. Nina is excited to be home and ready to help spread more of the joy the kidsActing Foundation creates.