Saturday Arts Program

Saturday Arts Program (SAP)


A  Training Ground for Passionate Young Performers 

This conservatory-style program is perfect for those middle and high school students who want to take their skills to the next level.  They will be supported and mentored by top instructors, who will help each emerging artist gain the technique and artistry needed to give them an edge in their art form.  Each discipline will focus on encouraging participants to become better performers, to be more comfortable with themselves, and develop a wider range of artistic interests. BCP “SAP” participants are sure to leave with new skills and a better understanding of their artistic area of choice, but most importantly with the confidence to continue their training.

In addition to our highly trained local instructors, “SAP” will invite guest artists in the various disciplines to visit during the 9 week run in order to enhance the overall experience for each student.

This popular spring and fall Saturday program introduces students 8-17 years old to the basics of acting and musical theatre through a series of eight classes with professional teaching artists. The program culminates in a presentation.
Saturdays, September 27 – November 15, 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Performance Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00PM
Need-based scholarships available.

Available Courses

Musical Theater

Ages: 9-17
Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am
Instructor:  Lorin Latarro
Music Director: Tom Fosnocht

Course Description: 
In this dynamic introduction to the world of musical theatre, students work with professional artists to learn the fundamentals of music, dance, and acting. No experience is necessary – just a passion for the performing arts!

Improv/Sketch Comedy

Ages: 14-18
Time: 11:30 am- 1:00pm
Instructor: Bill McLaughlin

Course Description:
Whose line is it anyway?  Master teacher Bill McLaughlin (Nickelodeon, BBC Radio, Made in New York) returns to Bucks County Playhouse to lead this fast-paced class that teaches teamwork, spontaneity, and how to create original material.

Click here to download the registration form.

Click here for need-based scholarship information.

For more information, contact Joann Bull at or 267.740.2090 x115.

Instructor Bios

Lorin Latarro choreographed Encores! Fanny (City Center); Scandalous, Hands on a Hardbody, American Idiot and Rigoletto at the Met (Assoc.); Sendak’s “Hansel and Gretel” (PBS); The Best Is Yet to Come (Drama Desk); The Magic Flute, Love of Three Oranges, Lysistrata, A Grand Night for Singing, It’s a Wonderful Life, The World Goes Round, Summer of ’42 (Bucks County Playhouse); All Singin’ All Dancin’; Jerusalem Syndrome, works for Momix. Upcoming Queen of the Night at the Paramount and Broadway 4D. TV: Coco Rocha’s BHWM commercial, “You’re the One That I Want” (Assoc.), Grammy Awards. Dancebreak Recipient. Julliard BFA. Performer: Fourteen Broadway shows.

Bill McLaughlin  Bill studied in Chicago under the tutelage of Del Close, the famed director of SecondCity, and performed in Del’s Farewell Salute to Chicago. He is a co-founder of The Chicago City Limits, New York City’s longest-running comedy revue. In 1983 he became a main company performer and workshop director with New York’s The First Amendment Improv Company, a group whose alumni include Bruce Willis, Kathy Kinney, and Bill’s former student, John Leguizamo.. He co-directed and performed with FolkCity’s resident comedy ensemble, Ultraprov, and was also a regular performer at the Sunday Night Jam which featured guest performers such as Steve Buscemi, and Robin Williams. In 1984 Bill toured Europe with The Mostfor Russian Constructivist Theatre Company, performing the works of Chekov, Forregger and Meyerhold. In 1988 he performed at the Edinburgh International Festival with The First Amendent. They are credited with introducing improv comedy to the UK. In televison and radio he worked as a writer/performer for WYNY Television’s MADE IN NEW YORK with host Matt Lauer, wrote and performed as the comedy sports historian for ESPN EXTREME SPORTS, performed live improv for BBC RADIO, wrote and performed numerous characters for NICKLEODEON TV, HBO and A&E. As an instructor Bill taught and directed at the ManhattanComedySchool and directed the MCS shows at Caroline’s on Broadway. After moving to BucksCounty he became the Instructor of Improvisational Performance at Bucks County Community College, 2004-present, receiving an outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award in 2009. In 2011 his students won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at the National College Improv Tournament. Bill directs, writes and performs nationally and internationally for corporate events and team building programs through his company, McLaughlin Creative.