Academy of Theatre Arts

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We are pleased to offer classes, and workshops in categories according to age ranges and interests:

Set the stage for self-confidence and cooperation!
At the critical pre-school time, it is vital that students begin exploring their creativity in a safe environment while learning to communicate their own ideas and listen to those of their peers so we offer classes that will help the youngest students start to shine!

Find comfort and strength in your own creativity!
Students early in their school careers are navigating their peers and learning how to work with others while still being true to their own ideas. These classes give 6-8 year olds a platform to bring stories to life and keep their imagination running with thoughts and ideas to explore!

GAIN FOCUS: Ages 9-11
Strengthen your voice and speak the text bravely!
As students move to the upper elementary level and are looking to be challenged creatively, we introduce script analysis, different movement techniques, technical theatre and vocal strengthening to help them find their voice as they grow.

Branch out and take risks!
In the early teen years, we offer challenging classes to get students thinking critically and engaging their creative minds. Everything from stage combat to advanced acting to dialects are explored!

Building the foundation to design!
Classes for those interested in the technical side of theatre-from scenic design to sound to costumes and more!

ADULTS: Ages 16+
Focus on you and keep building confidence!
Innovative thinking and creativity are two very important things that employers are looking for in the 21st century. Theatre-based classes help to keep students on their toes professionally and give that extra added bit of self-confidence to advance in a career onstage or off.

Learning for your lifetime!
As we gain life experience, sharing our stories is vital to keeping them alive. Rooted in our popular Senior Class Readers' Theatre program, students have the opportunity to stretch their vocal cords and their bodies in this one-of-a-kind experience!

Get help preparing for upcoming Auditions!
Since no two shows are alike, we have developed these FREE audition workshops to help volunteers prepare for the needs of each specific production.

Welcome to the Academy

As your community theatre, we strive to provide educational opportunities to engage, excite, and ignite creativity in students of all ages - from 3 to 103. If you have browsed the Academy offerings in the past but have not taken the plunge yet, now is the time to go for it! If you want to grow your skills and audition for an upcoming production or if you seek to gain self-confidence in sharing your ideas with others, there is an opportunity for you.

Adult students will have the opportunity to work with a different director each week to really dive deep into scene study, communication, and applying direction to their acting.

Youth classes have a wide variety of topics from acting, to movement, to dialects, and our extremely popular Spring Break Day Camp is back for grades K-9th! Register early, it fills fast!

The youngest students in the 3-5 year old age group will travel to outer space without leaving the room in our Space Out class!

For the 50+ set, class will focus on connecting with a scene partner and truly connecting to communicate the story.

Whatever your theatrical aspirations are, there is an opportunity with the Academy of Theatre Arts this winter!

Nicki Poer
Director of Education & Outreach


There is only one way to learn in person exactly what the Academy has to offer you and that is to come to the Open House on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Only between the hours of NOON-2:00 PM can you stop by the Carver Center to meet the teaching artists, learn more about the class offerings, get a tour of the classrooms, and then register onsite if you are not already registered. This is the only time when the entire Academy staff is together so you can meet everyone at once, choose the perfect class for your needs, and get ready for your fall class!

All Academy programs take place at 426 S. Park St. in the Carver Center, located off of S. Park and Lovell streets in downtown Kalamazoo.