Academy of Performing Arts

Acting Program

Academy of Performing Arts - Acting Program

The Acting/Theatre Program is designed for the serious minded individual who plans on a performing arts career in acting and theatre.  Students who complete this program will be prepared to pursue various careers in theatre including Acting, Musical Theatre, Directing, Technical Theatre and Theatre Business.  The program will immerse students in Acting Technique, Dramatic Theory, and Technical Theatre & Theatre Business. Graduates of the Academy of Performing Arts theatre program will possess the skills and competencies required to audition and gain acceptance into a collegiate performing arts program.  Further, students will have the skills and knowledge to pass the National Competency Testing Institute Performing Arts assessment. 

BCIT Medford's APA Theatre Program Shop Video

Acting & Theatre Instructor

Scott F. Cooney 



Degree: Theatre  Minor: Dance

Master's in Education


Acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances. 

- Sanford Meisner     

Honors & Awards: 

Jo Anne Fox Award - Veteran Director 2023

Peter Filichia Award for Pushing the Envelope in Academic Theatre - 2020

Educational Theatre Association Theatre Educator Community Spotlight - May 2020

Best Mainstage Play - 2016

Outstanding Direction of a Play - 2015

Professional Bio:

Scott F. Cooney is a professional actor/director turned teacher who refuses to accept mediocrity when it comes to the actor’s craft.  He has been preparing and coaching students for their college auditions for over 20 years and is the head acting instructor at BCIT Medford’s Academy of Performing Arts.  His professional experience and years of training allow him to bring the most out of his young artists, providing them with the knowledge, experiences, and safe environment to grow as actors and performers. Mr. Cooney is the troupe director of BCIT Medford's International Thespian Society troupe 7891 and is an active member of the NJ Thespians State Board.  Mr. Cooney was the recipient of the 2015 Foxy Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play for his original immersive adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet and the 2020 Peter Filichia Award for Pushing the Envelope in Academic Theatre for his production of Macbeth: The Scottish Play in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.   The Academy of Performing Arts was the first school in the state and one of the first in the nation to launch a virtual production during the pandemic with their production of the play 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine.

In April 2020, Mr. Cooney was selected as one of three theatre educators to participate in an online panel to discuss techniques and tips for teaching theatre online during the pandemic by the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) in a webinar entitled "Let's Talk Teaching Theatre Online."  Mr. Cooney was also featured in EdTA's Theatre Education Community Spotlight in May 2020 and his interview can be found below.   

In May 2023, Mr. Cooney was honored with the esteemed Jo Anne Fox Award during Montclair State University's Annual Theatre Night Awards.  The award is awarded each year to a theatre teacher who is deemed “an inspiration to his/her students, whose passion for theatre is infectious, and who creates a community, a loving extended family in his/her school in the process of producing high-quality productions.”

Macbeth: The Scottish Play in a Galaxy Far, Far Away - Final Fight Close Up Edit