Classes & Workshops

Note from the Director of Education

Wheelock Family Theatre’s education programs are sustained by both a professional theatre staff and Wheelock College, whose mission is improving the quality of life for children and families.

The result is a dynamic and exciting drama curriculum for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 18 that teaches drama skills and connects those skills to child and adolescent theory and practice.

Child development faculty at Wheelock College work with WFT artist-educators to create challenging drama and movement games, improvisations, and exercises that help youngsters learn not just the how but also the why of onstage thoughts, feelings, and actions.

While we encourage students to repeat classes, particularly at the youngest, creative dramatics level, we also thoughtfully design a scope-and-sequence of class offerings within each age group so that students are consistently asked to build upon what came before. Early creative dramatics classes lead to introductory acting, movement, and improvisation classes, then to specialty classes such as musical theatre, stage combat, and scene work. Experienced students can then audition for Wheelock Family Theatre's advanced performance programs and mainstage productions.

Each young person attending WFT drama classes receives individual attention. Teacher-students ratios are kept at 10:1 or fewer.  The Director of Education receives teacher feedback after each class, highlighting individual strengths, challenges, and areas of drama skills that need work.  This information is discreetly shared amongst teachers to help them prepare teaching and learning strategies that will best suit each young person as s/he progresses from class-to-class.  This thoughtful approach also enables teachers and staff to customize an individual student's pathway through the WFT curriculum by suggesting future classes that will fit their needs.

If you would like our help in selecting the best choice(s) for your child, please contact Kortney Adams at 617-879-2148 or kadams@wheelock.edu.


Fall Classes

FALL SEMESTER I


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. October 8 – November 5. Tuition: $300
For tuition discounts please contact WFT directly at 617-879-2148.

Ages 4-6 Imagination on Stage.

Fall I : October 8-November 5, 5 Saturday Classes: 9:00am-11:00am. Tuition: $300.

Young minds are fertile grounds for creative characters and the development of stories. Have fun and build social skills. The play's the thing!

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Ages 7-8 Act Now!.

Fall I : October 8-November 5, 5 Saturday Classes: 9:00am-11:00am. Tuition: $300.

Through storytelling, young people can embody fantastical creatures and develop performance skills. Voice, movement, and the ensemble are crafted to spark imaginations!

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Ages 9-11 The Essentials of Acting.

Fall I : October 8-November 5, 5 Saturday Classes: 11:00am-1:00pm. Tuition: $300.

Working from scripts, students will work together developing performance skills including voice, character, and emotional control.

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Ages 12-16 I Can Be Anyone.

Fall I : October 8-November 5, 5 Saturday Classes: 11:00am-1:00pm. Tuition: $300.0

The disciplines behind character development body and voice control, and playing the truth are integral to a young performer's skill set. Students are encouraged to take risks and hone their imaginations.

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FALL SEMESTER II


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. November 12 – December 10. Tuition: $300
For tuition discounts please contact WFT directly at 617-879-2148.

Ages 5-6 Shake,Rattle, & Roll (Movement).

Fall II : November 12-December 10, 5 Saturday Classes: 9:00am-11:00am. Tuition: $300.

A vibrant and dynamic class with movement, music and sound. Children will stretch their bodies and imaginations as they learn to work together and express emotion through action.

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Ages 9-11 Improvise with Your Imagination.

Fall II : November 12-December 10, 5 Saturday Classes: 9:00am-11:00am. Tuition: $300.

Improvisation gets young minds percolating. With a focus on character and story, these performance skills are the building blocks for voice control, character movement, and understanding narrative forms.

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Ages 9-11 Sharing the Spotlight (Ensemble Acting).

Fall II : November 12-December 10, 5 Saturday Classes: 11:00am-1:00pm. Tuition: $300.

Success is often determined by a group effort. In this ensemble class, students learn the importance of action and reaction, building emotion through movement, and developing relationships through space and direction.

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Ages 9-11 Hip Hop Hamilton.

Fall II : November 12-December 10, 5 Saturday Classes: 11:00am-1:00pm. Tuition: $300.

The urban rhythms and accentuated language that has sparked a movement on Broadway inspires this dynamic, new class. Students will learn the hip hop moves from the hit sensation that is Hamilton.

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Fall, Winter, & Spring Offerings

Classes & Workshops – Weekly classes and specialized workshops in creative dramatics, acting, expressive movement, dance, Shakespeare, and more.

Vacation Week Intensives – Intensive theater experiences for young people during school vacation weeks.

Summer Offerings

Classes & Workshops – Four weeks of acting classes with workshops in movement, voice training, and theatre crafts; and Story Troupers, a teenage touring ensemble.

Advanced Performance Intensives – Two weeks in August for the experienced student.

 

Not only did I have so much fun, but I also received a lot of constructive criticism. It's extremely hard to find a program that's both entertaining and beneficial — most are interested in one or the other.  

– Wilmene H, teen intensive program member

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... or download our registration form (PDF).

 

Everyone takes something personal and lasting from their participation in the theatre whether as an actor or a member of the audience. I hope that many other kids will share my good fortune and have the opportunity to be part of the Wheelock family.  

– Jacob B, student & actor

Education Program Rules & Expectations

We have developed guidelines to make sure that all our students have a great experience at WFT.

Please read this information and consent form (PDF) with your child and return the signed agreement to us BEFORE YOUR CHILD’S FIRST CLASS!