NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana

Youth Conservatory

2022 Summer Camps

We will continue to monitor the COVID 19 pandemic closely.

NOVA is proud to welcome DeLaney Hardy Ray to the team as the new Youth Conservatory Director.

Delaney Ray
DeLaney earned a degree in Theater Performance and is a well respected teacher, writer, actress, and director. She has been volunteering with the youth programs at NOVA Center for over 9 years. She has taught a wide variety of ages from Kindergarten on up. Some of the subjects she has taught are how to develop a character and how to write, produce, and perform a play. DeLaney uses creative teaching techniques to help her students excel. She helps them grow by using storytelling, improvisation, and visual imagery to advance their skills.
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Receiving a check from the American Lutheran Church
DeLaney Hardy Ray, Youth Conservatory Director and Dodie Rife, Managing Producer of NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, receive a $3500 grant from Mission Endowment Trust of American Lutheran Church, Billings, Montana.  

Presenting the check and representing the American Lutheran Church is Nancy Thorson. Starting in 1985 the Trust was established to create a permanent fund that will continue in perpetuity to annually distribute 5% of its balance for doing God's work in our community. Over the last 36 years that trust has grown. Ten percent of that total automatically goes to the church's annual budget. The rest is distributed in the form of scholarships and grants to community causes or church related organizations. .  

Act out and dream big!
At the NOVA Youth Conservatory, students ages 5 to 18 develop their talents, perform in productions, and gain the confidence to succeed—all in a comfortable, creative, and fun environment.

Youth Conservatory classes are exciting, engaging, and challenging. Courses such as acting, dance, and singing offer something for every student’s taste and schedule. Youth Conservatory teachers are active in theater & dance. They understand and enjoy working with young people.

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The Youth Conservatory students are encouraged to excel. At NOVA we believe that youth have the potential to do great things and strive to create chances and opportunities for them to succeed and excel.

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The Young Conservatory teaches more than just acting. Students will learn to incorporate the skills of theater into their everyday lives, developing concentration, imagination, professionalism, character, and self-confidence along the way.

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The Young Conservatory stages five public productions a year. The plays are chosen for young actors to shine. Youth Conservatory students also have the opportunity to audition for our adult shows, when appropriate.
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“Since being involved at NOVA, my daughter has opened up, is less shy. More sure of herself and her abilities. I can’t begin to explain the change in her. Thank you for being so wonderful. I feel like NOVA is our extended family.” — a NOVA parent

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NOVA Center for the Performing Arts  -  2317 Montana Avenue - Billings, MT 59101
PO Box 11
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: 406-591-9535