History & Inspiration
Our Founder, Erika Lupo and the Acting-A-Part history
Erika had a dream to create an acting school and she was inspired in many ways to fulfill that dream. Maybe her story will resonate with you and she will inspire you. If so, you may be ideal to join our cast of franchisees.
All her life, she was inspired by her family and especially her father. She grew up “in the biz” as they say with her father, Otto Salamon, a film producer. Erika was able to spend many days on movie sets and even had a few cameos in some made-for-TV films. Otto, who can be found on IMDB, made several movies for TV networks including HBO and Showtime as well as the big screen. He continues to advise Erika in her current works.
Erika would join a summer stock group in 9th grade and she was hooked! She continued to work in a variety of school based plays and musicals. Her summers were spent doing regional theater. College she majored in Creative Writing and theater. Loving the art of writing, acting and working with children. She eventually went to graduate school to become a teacher. In Maplewood and Ramsey, she taught English. Both districts did not have a middle school theater program, Erika designed it, implemented it and directed several musical and theatrical plays during her tenure at both schools. Both programs are in existence today.
In 2002, she allowed herself to fulfill her ultimate dream when she stepped out on her own to open Acting-A-Part. In 2004, with increasing enrollment and continued interest in the school, she bought the building where the current Acting-A-Part school and franchise is based. The school is located right in heart of historic Sparta, NJ within a two-hour drive to Broadway and NYC. In 2010, she added film classes and has been producing original movies of her own, all with the student actors, technical crew and editors she has taught at AAP.
Today, she knows in her heart that her participation in a high school theater group was a life-changing catalyst. At Acting-A-Part, she offers her students the opportunity to learn from her experience.
When you decide to take your step toward your future and owing an Acting-A-Part school, she will share her wealth of knowledge in this industry. She will inspire you.
Then, she will help you build a Theater and Film Studio to transform your student’s lives while you become what you have always dreamed you could be. Own an Acting-A-Part school in your local community and love what you do!
Acting-A-Part bridges the gap between liking what you do and loving what you do - create the foundation today for the professional actors, producers and directors of tomorrow.
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