About Us!

The Playground Academy began in the Spring of 2016. The Academy started as an extension of Playground Drama Camp, which is celebrating over a decade of educating children across Chautauqua County and beyond.

The purpose of The Playground Academy is to offer professional fine arts training to the Western New York area and offers a multitude of classes throughout the year at affordable prices. We offer a complete performing arts experience with classes in acting, dance, film making, voice, along with seasonal workshops focusing on different aspects of the performing arts.

The PLAYGROUND Academy also works with Venture Productions, LLC on countless projects, including: Shakespeare on the Lake and Playground Drama Camp, visit their website to see what they are all about and what collaborations are happening!

Our Office & Studio

214 Central Avenue Suites 201 & 202
Dunkirk, NY, 14048
United States



Meet Your Core Instructors!



Janie Sharon, Creative Director

Janie Sharon is a professional actor, director, and choreographer. She holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Fredonia and a MS in Education from Saint John's University. Janie has directed and choreographed such shows as The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, The Lion King Experience, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin Kids,  Watching God, The Merry Widow, Hairspray Junior, Cinderella Kids, Susannah, and more. She has performed in professional productions including Chicago, Peter Pan, The Last Five Years, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Children of Eden, and more.

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Ted Sharon is the Head of Performance at Fredonia's Department of Theatre and dance. His work has been seen in Disney's Aladdin and the Newsies on Broadway and on stage internationally. he owns Venture Productions and writes, directs, and produces on camera and stage productions. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Flight of Directors.

Experience the Magic!

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