General Information  /  Teaching Artists  


Please note that the following notes are especially applicable to PTA/PTO-sponsored activities in public schools but our programs can be tailored to fit any school’s needs.

AFYP’s after and before school programs are modifications of our general curriculum; we usually do an eight-week basic acting class that culminates in an informal performance so that students can share what they’ve learned and gain confidence from that. If a school has a particular interest from our curriculum, i.e., improvisation, movement, glee, etc., we are happy to tailor our program to meet those interests. Our most popular program is the basic acting class mentioned above. AFYP presents each student with a Certificate of Achievement at the end of each session.

AFYP works with each school’s PTA to determine fee structure, and adheres to FCPS suggested guidelines regarding pricing. As an example, a class starting at $80 for an eight-week program would included a fee of $9 per classroom hour, plus a $1 materials fee, or $10 per class per child. This is below FCPS’ cap level, to keep it affordable for families. A limited number of full or partial scholarships may be available.

Minimum number of students 8: Maximum 26. Faculty added to ensure proper teacher to student ratio.


Open space (cafeteria, gym, music room) preferred, but we are very flexible and can work with what we are given. Space for final class must be able to accommodate audience-style chairs (approx. two per enrolled child) for parents. Concurrent classes must be held in separate spaces.

AFYP is on file as an approved vendor with FCPS. In adherence with FCPS regulations, AFYP has professional liability insurance and provides PTA representative with proof of policy. Also in adherence with FCPS regulations, AFYP’s after school program instructors have had/will have Virginia State Criminal Background Checks.

Whenever possible, we appreciate having a parent liaison, and depending on the school’s wishes, a parent representative onsite.

AFYP is excited to announce that secure online registration for our after and before school is now available through our website!

Registration can also be processed through the school PTA. If registration is offered through the school the PTA representative provides AFYP with basic contact information for students/families (phones/emails) so that we can email scripts or notices to absent students without having to trouble our coordinator and in order to keep things flowing as efficiently as possible. It will also help with proper name spelling for achievement certificates at the end of classes. The information is only used for communication purposes for the duration of a session. 

We try to stagger the start and end dates of our classes whenever possible in order for Mary Lechter or other senior company representatives to be able to attend first and last classes of each session, as well as make periodic visits to each school throughout the session to observe classes. 


With a goal of reaching select Fairfax County Public Schools in September 2018, Acting for Young People presents a new, tuition-free program: TIME TO SHINE. The program’s goal is to empower students at risk due to poverty to: embrace opportunities for growth, increase their self-confidence and become leaders among their peers. 
Learn more about TIME TO SHINE.

For the Winter/Spring 2018, session AFYP is working with many elementary schools, including but not limited to: 

  • Armstrong Elementary 
  • Belle View Elementary
  • Bull Run Elementary
  • Bush Hill Elementary
  • Cardinal Forest Elementary
  • Colvin Run Elementary
  • Compass School
  • Crossfield Elementary
  • Fairfax Ville Elementary
  • Flint Hill Elementary
  • Flint Hill Lower School
  • Gesher Jewish Day School
  • Hunters Woods Elementary
  • Keene Mill Elementary
  • Lake Anne Elementary
  • Lane Elementary
  • Laurel Ridge Elementary
  • MacArthur Elementary
  • Mosby Woods Elementary
  • Navy Elementary
  • Oak View Elementary
  • Olde Creek Elementary
  • Providence Elementary
  • St. Leo Catholic School
  • Sunrise Valley Elementary
  • Rolling Valley Elementary
  • Union Mill Elementary
  • Waples Mill Elementary

Company background information, articles, and sample after school presentation programs are available in our full after school packet. Please feel free to contact Mary Lechter for further information.