Find Us!Purchase Tickets & Classes


Get Ready to Audition High School 2011-2012

Private instruction also available. Contact Education Dept. for details

Whether you’re auditioning for college theatre programs, professional theatres, high school or community theatre productions, good audition skills are a must, and practice with good guidance is the only way to get there. This four-session intensive will improve your ability to select and present monologues and songs that will show you off at your best. The final class will consist of a simulated audition and subsequent critique session.

Registration Deadline:
Fall 2011 - Saturday, October 1, 2011
- Instructors: Taught by professional actor and college professor Jim Ligon and professional actor/singer Sahirah Johnson.

All classes with be taught at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Ave Madison, NJ  07940

Please note: If class attendance numbers are not met by registration deadlines, classes will be cancelled. Don't delay---register today!

If you are a returning student, check the circle next to "Returning Student" on the registration page to receive returning student discount.

Fall Get Ready to Audition! Class
Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, 4 classes
October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, 2011
Tuition is $400

 Sahirah Johnson is a professional actor and singer. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, she graduated from Newark's Arts High School and continued her education at Howard University (Music Education). Sahirah is a current union member of The Actors Equity Association and she has been training and sharing her craft with children throughout her professional performing career. While on The National Tour of the musical Rent, Sahirah would take time out to teach acting and singing classes to children of all ages. She taught "Master Classes" in Alaska, Detroit, Washington DC, and Canada. Upon her return, she was cast as the Storyteller and event co-coordinator for the Shadowbox Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. She was a performer and a narrator of the Musical Shows and afterwards she escorted the children on a tour throughout the theatre.

Mrs. Johnson was the Musical Theatre teacher at the Newark Symphony Hall Arts program. She was also a performer and workshop facilitator for Arts Horizon, an "Education through the Arts Program," and she was the founding Drama Teacher at Newark Collegiate Academy in Newark. Mrs. Johnson is the Performing Arts Teacher at Link Community School in Newark.

She believes that teaching children how to express themselves through the arts is a very vital part of their overall education. She has a passionate commitment to student and community development and has always been committed to sharing her professional experiences with her students.

Jim Ligon is an actor, director, and teacher and has worked with Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey in all three of those capacities for the last 20 years.

He holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of Virginia and teaches acting and improvisation at Montclair State University where he has directed numerous productions including, Radium Girls (which premiered here at Playwrights Theatre in the 1999-2000 season), All in the Timing, A Few Good Men, Nunsense, Deathtrap, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Pippin.

He was on the theatre faculty at Northern Kentucky University for two years, where he directed the world premiere of The Great Easter Egg Hunt, by Ken Jones and Noel Coward's Fallen Angels among other projects. He is also a teaching artist in the New Jersey Writers Project in high schools and elementary schools across the state.

Jim, along with fellow actor Michael Irvin Pollard, last year did a 7-week run of Greater Tuna both at the What Exit? Theatre Company in Maplewood and the Bickford Theatre in Morristown. Most recently at Playwrights Theatre he was Sugar in the award-winning drama, Rising Water, by John Biguenet, a co-production with the Shadowland Theatrew in Ellenville, NY. Also at Playwrights Theatre, Jim was Bob in Where the Sun Never Sets by Robert Clyman and he played Papa in the world premiere of The Good Girl is Gone, by D.W. Gregory.

In NYC he created the role of Joe Spinelli in the hilarious new off-off Broadway comedy Skin Deep by Jon Lonoff, recently published by Samuel French. Also in New York he was Paul in the New York premiere of Jim Grimsley’s The Lizard of Tarsus, playing opposite John Pietrowski and directed by Joseph Megel. He was also in Heathen Valley and A Woman Without a Name, both in the Romulus Linney season at Signature Theatre Company.

Among his many regional theatre acting credits, he counts as favorites: Waiting for Godot, Greater Tuna (7 productions at different regional theatres across the country), How the Other Half Loves, Rounding Third (2 productions and counting...), Speed the Plow, ART, Rising Water, and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Jim can also be seen on your TV set in many regional and national commercials. Check out his web site at


Available Sessions

Name Price Qty
This class does not have any spots available or has already passed.

MACAHorizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyNew Jersey State Council On The ArtsNEADodge FoundationNNPNNew Jersey Theatre Alliance
© 2016 Playwrights Theatre     Developed by Digital Moon Design LLC Privacy Policy | Site Map | My Profile | Admin | Special Access