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2017 FALL CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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.

Why Academy of Theatre Arts Classes?

The Academy of Theatre Arts is your home to explore, play, and take risks - we ll give you a safe place to land! Join us this winter for classes in all age groups that will help build the foundation for acting technique not only if you are interested in performing but also to simply help you speak your truth in daily life.

Classes in acting fundamentals are offered as well as a few fun, new options that will explore movement and stories that are not often told! Stay involved and active while gaining confidence in yourself and in accepting the ideas of others to build and work together creating something brand new.

Plus, for youth in grades K-9, we are again offering two fun options for Spring Break that culminate in a performance on the Civic Auditorium Stage!

Take risks, be bold! The Academy is here to help you step out of your comfort zone and into a safe place to explore and gain skills!

Nicki Poer
Director of Education & Outreach



CHECK OUT OUR WINTER 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, January 20, 2018. Stop by anytime between NOON and 1:30PM and get all of your burning questions answered by the Director of Education & Outreach and some of our Teaching Artists. Learn more about the class offerings, get a tour of the classrooms, and then register onsite if you are not already registered.

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.