Arts Center of St. Charles

Sponsored by Self-Esteem for Life Foundation: A 501 C 3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization
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Dedicated to building self-esteem and leadership among
young people through the performing arts.


We are all about building
self-esteem and core values through family-friendly performing arts
Improve public speaking and literacy skills,
learn theater, have fun!


These performance and leadership programs
are for anyone grades

2nd - college. We practice
non-traditional casting.
Everyone plays a part!


Don't pay thousands of dollars to get started as a Model or Actor!  
Need photos?

Need headshots?  
Need model training?

Affordable pricing!

Congratulations to student and photography client Brenna D'Amico  on landing the role of "Jane" in DISNEY'S film DESCENDANTS, now filming DESCENDANTS 2.  "Hi, Tracy! The photos are amazing - thank you! It's so hard to pick! Thanks. Shannon D'Amico" 

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Theatre is the art of empathy.

It's said that you shouldn't judge someone's journey until you've walked their path. Theatre gives us a glimpse into the lives of others and often guides us to examine the way we feel about things and why. Seeing stories that tackle past or present issues can bring an understanding like none other. 

EMOTIONAL ASPECTS:  Over the years, research is conclusive that adolescent self-esteem is pivotal and an instrumental necessity in the maturation and development of our youth. Clearly, the research and experience of those in the field illustrates the art of drama is a most influential tool in elevating adolescent self-esteem. Indeed, all children (adults as well), have the desire, the biological and emotional need to be valued, grasp the sense of self-worth, and retain a healthy, growing sense of self-esteem.

Emotional Outlet:  Pride, empowerment, nervousness, excitement, frustration, and responsibility.
Inner Drive:  Accomplishment, achievement, competence, courage, adventure, hope, challenge, and self-concept.
Confronting Reality:  Cooperation, perseverance, sacrifice, adjustments, setbacks, and coping skills.
External Support and Acceptance:  Parents, family, peers, significant adults, and group support.
Responsibility:  Time management, problem solving, planning, rewards, and self-discipline.
Camaraderie: Social interaction, belonging, bonding, empathy, and attention.

ACADEMIC ASPECTS:  Arts education contributes to improved academic achievement. 
Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board.  SAT takers with coursework/experience in performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. Scores for those with coursework in music appreciation were 62 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math portion.           -The College Board

Reading & Literacy Skills: From constantly reading their scripts, immersing themselves in the story, memorizing their lines, and taking notes at rehearsal, putting on a show is an active and engaging approach to improving literacy at an individualized pace.

Public Speaking Skills: Performers become comfortable speaking in front of a group. Whether performing for their peers during rehearsal or for their school and local community during a performance, students gain expertise and confidence with this valuable life skill.

Communication Skills: Performers discover how to clearly articulate their thoughts and questions throughout the rehearsal process.

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