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2017 SUMMER OFFERINGS

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

FIRST STAGE: Ages 3-5
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!

BUILD FOUNDATIONS: Ages 6-8
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.

FOLLOW THROUGH: Ages 12-15
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!

GETTING TECHNICAL: Ages 6-15
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.

SENIOR CLASS: Ages 50+
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!

INSIDE THE CIVIC: FREE Workshops
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

Where can you act as if you were Doctor Who, weld a steel beam, read the scene where Julius Caesar is stabbed, and wind up tap dancing into the evening?

Where else but the Academy of Theatre Arts? We have classes for all ages starting from age 3 all the way to adults. Acting, technical theatre, singing...you name it, we have it! The Academy can provide youth a creative outlet whether they have dreams of working in theatre or are hoping to become a medical professional one day, and need to learn to develop empathy. Adults can come together in our tap class to get exercise and learn a new skill! No matter what your reason for seeking out arts education, you will gain self-confidence and find your unique voice in the world!

Picture yourself at the Academy!

Nicki Poer
Director of Education & Outreach



CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE!

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, June 10, 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.