Anna Raful

Anna Raful


Anna Raful has grown from one of Camp Broadway’s teaching assistants to a featured teaching artist for our signature camp in New York City and on tour. Anna graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and spends her time appearing in shows in throughout New York, New Jersey and in Ogunquit, ME. Her most recent roles include: Sonia in Godspell, Sister Hubert in Nunsense, Peppermint Patty in Snoopy and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.

Zander Meisner

Zander Meisner

Music Director

This is Zander’s third year with Camp Broadway Shining Stars. Zander teaches privately in programs like Camp Broadway, and classrooms for over a decade. With degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and most recently receiving his Masters in Music Education with certification from NYU, he have been performing in musicals as an actor and musician for 20 years, and was profiled in the Wall Street Journal as an actor and multi-instrumentalist. Please visit for more of his bio.

Vanessa Spica

Vanessa Spica

Featured Player

Vanessa is an actor, singer, teaching artist, and voice teacher born and raised in NY. She has performed in new works, readings, and concerts with Prospect Theatre Company, The National Arts Club, The Second Act Series at 54 Below, Astoria Performing Arts Center, New York City Children’s Theatre, and Rockwood Music Hall. Regional: Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne). She is thrilled to be a part of the Camp Broadway team! For more information visit

Joshua Holden

Joshua Holden

Creative Director

Joshua Holden an award-winning international puppeteer, actor, and joy-maker based in Brooklyn, was named one of “20 Theatre workers You hold Know” by American Theatre Magazine. He was on the Broadway national tour of AVENUE Q, the Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360 (ThreeSixty Entertainment), and garnered an Arts Impulse award  as well as an IRNE nomination for “Best Actor In a Musical” as Bill Snibson in Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston). He worked with international artist Banksy on his controversial piece Sirens of the Lambs. His one-man show, The Joshua Show, was awarded “Best Performance” and was voted “Audience Favorite” at the 2013 Puppeteers of America’s National Festival. The Joshua Show inspires audiences to be themselves and help make the world a better place through kindness and love. A proud Massachusetts native and an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he earned a B.F.A. in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. @OhOhMyGoshua

Matt Dengler

Matt Dengler

Featured Player

Matt Dengler is so happy to be joining The Shining Stars this summer! He has appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music (Henrik us) and The Visit staring Chita Rivera and Off-Broadway in Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), Harold and Maude (Harold) at The York, The Fantasticks (The Mute/Matt) and The Underclassman (F. Scott Fitzgerald) as well as many others. Matt got his BFA in Musical Theatre from Tisch at NYU. He has taught theater programs for kids ages 2 and up through Child’s Play NY, one of NYC’s most reputable theater programs for kids in NYC. The company offers classes and productions based on play, everything from Shakespeare to Hamilton, that boost confidence, courage and compassion. He has also taught collegiate masterclasses on musical theatre at The University of Memphis and Emory & Henry College in Virginia. Check out his website or follow him on instagram @mattdengler!


AGES 7 – 9

July 8 – 12, 2019


Who is Shining Stars for?

Shining Stars exists to start budding performers (children ages 7 to 9) on a lifelong path of theater and art appreciation through creative group play in a fun and supportive environment.

Throughout our week-long program (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily), Shining Stars will build not just stage sets, but confidence. They learn not only how to sing, but how to collaborate. They’ll begin to understand what it means to be a great player as well as a great arts patron. Best of all, Shining Stars have their learning showcased in the Family Finale, the culminating performance of our week!

Along their journey, your child will engage in activities aligned with our motto – Develop Your Character. Character means more than the role you play on stage; it’s also who we are off-stage. We believe that the theatre is the perfect vehicle for young children to learn and practice habits – such as attentiveness, responsibility and courtesy for others, that will serve them well as they grow both on and off-stage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions?

We’d love to chat! Contact Dale Semler at 212.575.3103 or to find the program that’s just right for your theater-lover.

Why Shining Stars at Camp Broadway?

Being at the heart of Broadway isn’t just about a location (though we’re mighty proud to run our Shining Stars programs in the center of NYC!). The true heart of Broadway is as much about the process as it is about the outcome.

What makes us different? Well, many things, but here are our Shining Stars Big Three:

  1. We only hire Broadway professionals who also have a passion for teaching and working with kids. Our specialized staff members are all working Broadway professionals who are carefully vetted, trained to work with young performers, and deep believers of our Camp Broadway mission and vision. (should be linked text to mission page)
  2. We focus on The Ensemble – not individual stars. Not every child will take center-stage as a Broadway star, but every child can be a valued member of the performing arts community. Whether your child specializes in costume design, choreography or stage production, they’ll learn to see the power of group play and cooperation as important ingredients in the recipe for success.
  3. We Develop Your Character – literally and figuratively! Just as the ensemble is important, so are the talents of every individual. Through age-appropriate self-discovery activities, such as drawing a self-portrait, Shining Stars are encouraged to think about what makes them unique – and learn to appreciate the special talents and gifts only they can bring.

The Shining ‘Star Treatment’

In addition to a week of pure fun and new experiences, your Shining Star’s program includes:

  • 5 days of instruction in singing and movement taught by trained and credentialed theater professionals
  • Workshops in storytelling, costume construction and scene building
  • All costumes, handmade props, and the art supplies to create them (they get to keep what they make!)
  • Camp Broadway swag – including our official t-shirt, labeled bag and pencil
  • Your child’s official Cast of Characters headshot
  • A collectible Shining Stars program patch
  • Healthy snacks and water
  • Complimentary admission for families to our culminating Family Finale show

As your Shining Star’s biggest fans, you’ll also receive:

  • End-of-day info to prepare your child for tomorrow’s activities
  • A keepsake Playbill, hand-drawn headshot, and tickets from your child’s performance


$795with 50% deposit at registration

Marya's Gift

Thanks to the support from many of Camp Broadway’s grateful parents and generous friends, the Broadway Education Alliance, a New York based 501.c3, has established Marya’s Gift, to provide financial assistance to deserving children, ages 7-13, who do not otherwise have the means to attend Camp Broadway. Learn more.

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