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Lynn Oswald, Director
NCCC Small Business
Development Center
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, New York 14132

Phone: 716- 210-2515
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Entrepreneurial Success Stories

Dina Sarno Slawson and students

Academy of Theatre Arts

Dina Sarno Slawson has been creating, writing, directing, performing, and producing theatre for children and young adults for many years. In 2002, she created Academy of Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school with 9 classes a week in a small one room studio. Since then, she has built a year-round theatre academy specializing in acting, musical theatre dance and vocal performance classes.

In 2006, the ATA Theatre opened as the only theatre venue in WNY devoted solely to performers between the ages of 5 and 18. The 132 seat state of the art theatre is home to Academy Encore Ensemble, ATA's young resident theatre company of high school students from the WNY area and the Academy Performance Group, an audition only performance group for ages 10 & up.

Academy of Theatre Arts and the ATA Theatre is the only FULL TIME YEAR ROUND theatre venue in Western New York created and designed solely for the development and training of children and young adults in the genres of acting, vocal performance and musical theatre dance. Dedicated to enriching young lives dramatically, ATA provides an extensive year-long program for anyone who has an interest and passion for theatre arts.

Not only does Academy of Theatre Arts excel in theatrical training, but with a generation now losing those communication skills needed to succeed in life, ATA uses theatre as a platform to teach and promote excellence in public speaking, self esteem, confidence and personal skills.