Young People's Classes

Stage West's Fall and Spring Classes are some of the most affordable in the area! For questions call (817) 554-3613.

Classes

Mondays
5:00-6:00

Act On It:  Igniting Ideas into Performance​

Ages 12 - 18 | Jan 14 –April 22, (no class Feb 25 and March 11)
Taught by Beth Bando Bontley

A class for our older youth students who wish to dig deeper into the art of theater. We will dive into the craft of acting while learning how to create an original show.

Our theme is inspired by the idea of The Pioneering Spirit--past, present and into the future. Through improvisation, we will devise our own characters, setting, dialogue and dramatic conflict, culminating in an original 10 minute show. Students will learn acting craft to sustain a whole show and engage in the question—where can a pioneering spirit take us now?

Registration opens Friday 11/23


Tuesday 
5:00-6:15

Musical Theater: 1x1x1

Ages 8-12 | Jan 15-April 23, (no class Feb 27 and March 12)
Taught by David Haskins, Morgan Coleman, and Beth Bando Bontley

1 song, 1 dance, 1 scene.  Three professionals from each discipline work with the students to hone skills necessary to be a triple threat in musical theater. Beginners and intermediate levels welcome. The class will result in a mini show-case. 

David Haskins will teach voice and song, Morgan Coleman will choreograph and teach dance. Beth Bando Bontley will teach acting and direct the scene.

Registration opens Friday 11/23


Wednesday
5:00-6:00

Improv & Creative Play

Ages 8-12 | Jan 15-April 23, (no class Feb 27 and March 12)
Taught by Rob Bosquez

This class embodies the freedom to play, create, and develop instincts to ‘think on your feet.’ Creative freedom expands self-confidence and thinking outside the box. The semester ends with a mini showcase of scenes created by the students.

Registration opens Friday 11/23


January 19 and Jan 26, 2:00 – 6:00

2 Day Improv Intensive

Ages 10 - 17 | Performance: Jan 26 at 6:30
Taught by Allison Connor

In this 2-Saturday workshop students will learn through theater games, exercises and “scene work” in a fun and supportive environment. We will develop skills in listening, teamwork, creativity, and spontaneity. The 2 days of improv training will culminate in a "Night at the Stage West Improv" show for family and friends.

Registration opens Friday 11/23


Announcing our new service to support young actors:

Audition Coaching for High School Seniors

We are offering private coaching services to high school students who will be auditioning for acceptance into college acting or musical theater programs. Please call or education [at] stagewest.org (subject: Audition%20Coaching) (email) us for arrangements.


Tuition Schedule

Class Fees: A $15 admin fee will be added per course.
Drop fees: $25, for courses dropped after enrollment

Act On It: Igniting Ideas into Performance
$60 per month, $240 for the semester

Improv & Creative Play
$60 per month, $240 for the semester

Musical Theater, 1x1x1
$80 per month, $320 for the semester

Improv 2 Day Intensive
$100

Discounts & Specials

Please choose the discount that works best for your situation. Offers may not be combined.

Holiday Discounts:
Enroll in classes by December 31 and get $10 off per class, plus 2 free tickets to any of our 6 main season shows.* Valid on Thurdays or Friday nights only.
Enroll by Jan 7 and get 2 free tix.

Season Pass holders/ Subscribers special: 
Enroll in classes by December 31, $10 off per class, plus an extra guest pass.  After Dec 31, $10 off per class.

Sibling DISCOUNT: 
Each additional family member or sibling gets 10% off the full-priced first member. 

To Register

Registration opens Friday 11/23

Email: education [at] stagewest.org

or

Phone:  817-554-3613


Teachers

Beth Bando Bontley, Education Director

Beth has honed her skills over the decades in all areas of theater. She has acted extensively in NYC and in Boston, where she established her first acting studio. Locally she has performed with Echo, Theater 3, Circle, Runway and Artisan Theaters.  She has taught at TCU, TCC, STAGE, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Children’s Theater and Kids Who Care.

Beth earned her BA in Speech and Drama at Trinity University; completed the two year conservatory at Circle in the Square in NYC; and earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Her original one woman show, ‘Acet-o-philous or Vinegar Love’ has been performed at Arts 5th Ave, the United Solo Festival in NYC and the Ft. Worth Fringe. She is also an author and a speaker, devoted to personal and artistic growth.

 

Allison Connor

Allison has been performing and teaching Improv for over 20 years.  She has performed and trained with The Groundlings in L.A., The Second City in Chicago and Gotham City Improv in NYC.  She has taught Improv at The Comedy Store in L.A. and led numerous improvisational workshops for corporations, schools and universities.  She has appeared in many national television commercials and on HBO's improvised hit comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm."  

Allison teaches Improv within the Keller ISD and currently directs the Keller High School Indian Improv Troupe and the all-kid Minor Trouble Improv Co. 

She is delighted to be working at Stage West!

 

Rob Bosquez

Rob, a Fort Worth native, is a writer, director & actor. Rob has spent the last decade teaching for Ft. Worth’s Stage West Theatre, with whom he has co-founded The Summer Conservatory, The Neighborhood Play Contest & The Festival of the Kid. 

Rob is also the creative writing/acting/improv instructor for Artes de la Rosa’s Artes Academy at the Rose Marine Cultural Center, with whom he has created over 40 original productions for young audiences. As a director, credits include Death of a Salesman, Sam Shepard’s Eyes for Consuela and Waiting for Godot

Rob is a published writer with several short stories published in literary journals throughout Texas. His original play, The Breeze Through the Cherry Fields, was recently published by the Langdon Review.


 

* Season Extras Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol and First Date are not included.