Stage West is pleased to offer low-cost theatre workshops for teens and adults, as well as weekly classes for young people.
(mature teens welcomed)
Topics vary; please check back regularly to see what is on the schedule.
Tuesday, March 11, 6:30-8:30
Actors' Workshop with Don Shook
Mondays 7pm-9pm, $20 per class Making the student a better performer through the principles of imagination, controlled release of inhibitions, and common sense. Students work on techniques for developing individual talents without trying to “sacrifice the personality in lieu of the method.” With individual attention applied to individual abilities, the student and teacher attempt to discover what works and what doesn’t and then emphasize the former while diminishing the latter. Monologues, scene study, voice and articulation, character development, improvisation and audition techniques are incorporated to help make each student the best performer they can be and get the job. (About Don Shook)
Weekly Classes for Young People Fall 2013-Spring 2014
Fall Classes begin September 16th and run through December 19th. Fall class demos are the week of December 9th. Spring classes begin January 13th and run through May 16th. Final showcases will be in May 2014. Classes are held in Stage West's Studio Theatre at 823 W. Vickery.
The yearly registration fee is $30. Discounts available for multiple students in a family. Classes are listed below. You may join at any time. Questions? education [at] stagewest [dot] org or call Lark at (817) 754-0231.
Creative Drama with Lark Wallis-Johnston
Tuesdays at 3 pm, $50 Pretend and create using dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys, theatre games, music, and dance. Creative drama helps children learn about emotions, problem solving, and relating to other people. Through their experiences with drama, students develop their imaginations and their confidence. (About Lark Wallis-Johnston)
Musical Theatre with Mary Gilbreath Grim
Tuesdays at 4pm, $60 Triple threat performers are the most sought after in the business of theatre. If you can sing, dance, and act, you will be cast over and over again. Musical theatre class can also increase flexibility, self-confidence, and sequencing skills. This class will focus on strengthening performance skills while working together as an ensemble. (About Mary Gilbreath Grim.)
Acting with Tonya Wilson-Brown
Thursdays at 4pm, $60 Designed for new and returning students, Acting for 6-12 Year Olds focuses on acting techniques and improvisation. Participants will be led through theatre games and exercises that teach acting skills while also promoting public speaking skills and self-confidence. The final performance will be 100% written and influenced by the students involved. (About Tonya Wilson-Brown.)
Improvisation with Lark Wallis-Johnston
Tuesdays at 5pm, $60 Whose Line is it Anyway? When you’re making it up as you go along, sometimes it’s hard to tell. This class will focus on Improvisation as a performance style, strengthening quick-thinking, listening and trust skills, and giving students confidence in their own ideas even as they learn to say Yes! while also embracing the ideas of others.
Ages 10 and up
Acting for the Camera with Tonya Wilson-Brown
Thursdays at 5pm, $60 This class will focus on the creation of a dramatic or comedic script for filming during class time. Acting for the Camera for teens and tweens at Stage West Theatre will include workshops on commercial, film, and print auditions. Resume building and “how to find an agent” will also be relevant topics discussed over the course of the class. Each participant will make and receive an on-camera demo at the end of the course.
Teen Acting and Improv with Rob Bosquez, Jr.
Mondays 5pm-6:30pm, $100 Curriculum includes acting, improvisation and playwriting leading to the creation and performances of monologues and original plays. Students will explore all disciplines and styles of the craft. We hope to share works developed by the students in various venues (perhaps children’s hospitals, theatre festivals, libraries, etc.) where their theatrical endeavors can enlighten, educate and entertain.