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 4 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 Lloyd Woodcock at 617-879-1175 or lwoodcock@wheelock.edu


Winter Classes

WINTER SEMESTER I


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. January 9 – February 6. Tuition: $300
For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-1175.

Ages 4-6 When Arts Collide: Creating Theatre from Visual Art.

Winter I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. January 9 – February 6, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

In this class, one art form inspires the other! Students will find ways to translate and transform bold visual images into stories and characters for the stage.

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Ages 7-8 Beyond Words: Intro to Physical Acting.

Winter I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. January 9 – February 6, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

Acting is more than just saying lines. Students will learn how to act using their whole bodies, to deepen their characters, and to create a truly dynamic performance.

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Ages 9-11 Acting is Reacting: An Intro to Scene Study.

Winter I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. January 9 – February 6, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Tuition: $300

Using a variety of scripted scenes, students will discover how to collaborate successfully with their scene partners, while simultaneously developing the critical acting techniques of listening, reacting, and staying present in the moment.

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Ages 12-16 Improv for the Actor.

Winter I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. January 9 – February 6, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Tuition: $300

In rehearsals and performances, actors must have the ability to create new ideas in the moment, on the spot. Students will focus on staying centered and relaxed, thinking quickly, and moving nimbly.

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WINTER SEMESTER II


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. February 27 – March 26. Tuition: $300
For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-1175.

Ages 4-6 Moving to the Beat: Music and Movement for the Young Actor.

Winter II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. February 27 – March 26, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

Explores the connections between motion and emotion, while applying fundamental concepts of physicalizing a character. A high-energy class just right for those who love moving to the beat!

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Ages 7-8 Heroes and Villains.

Winter II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. February 27 – March 26, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

What’s more fun: playing the character the audience loves—or the character the audience loves to hate? Using some of theatre’s greatest heroes and villains, students will focus on improv, movement, and character exploration to fully embody these larger-than-life characters.

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Ages 9-11 Ensemble Acting.

Winter II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. February 27 – March 26, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

In many ways, theatre is a team sport: while each participant has a specific part to play, it’s the combined force of the entire team that brings great results. Students will exercise their collaborative muscles by working on group scenes that emphasize concentration, observation, and listening with focus.

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Ages 12-16 Accents and Dialects: Finding Your Character’s Voice.

Winter II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. February 27 – March 26, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

This class explores the many nuances in the human speaking voice, and the tools actors use to tap into those nuances and enhance their characters. Through a range of vocal and movement techniques, students will learn to use accents and dialects in their acting to deepen their toolbox skills and create widely varied characters.

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February and March Vacation Week Intensives

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK


5-day session. February 15 – February 19. Tuition: $450
For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-1175.

Ages 4-6 Inside Mary Poppins’ Bag.

February Vacation Week: 5-day session. February 15 – February 19. 8:30am – 3:00pm. Tuition: $450

We all know that Mary’s carpet bag can hold a hat rack, a mirror, and a plant, but what other surprises can we find in there? Students will use theatre activities and their imaginations to explore the magic, contents, and characters within Mary’s wondrous bag.

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Ages 7-8 The Great Adventures of Your Imagination!

February Vacation Week: 5-day session. February 15 – February 19. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Westward ho! This week, students will explore extraordinary new lands, encounter fascinating characters, and create amazing stories of adventure, bounded only by the limits of their imaginations!

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Ages 9-11 Who’s Got the Power?: Status on Stage.

February Vacation Week: 5-day session. February 15 – February 19. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Power dynamics are everywhere: in the workplace, on a soccer field, at home – even on stage! This class explores how status affects characters, scenes, and entire plays, and how it can shape the many emotions played out on the stage. Using theatrical techniques, students will gain an understanding of how status can shape a character and his or her story.

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Ages 12-16 Step in Time!: Exploring the Music of Mary Poppins.

February Vacation Week: 5-day session. February 15 – February 19. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Whether at the races or on the roof tops, the music of Mary Poppins drives the story of Jane and Michael Banks and their fun-loving nanny, Mary Poppins. Through song, dance, and scene work, students will delve into the “perfectly perfect” music of Mary Poppins.

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MARCH VACATION WEEK


5-day session. March 14 – March 18. Tuition: $450
For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-1175.

Ages 4-6 Intro to the World of Theatre.

March Vacation Week: 5-day session. March 14 – March 18. 8:30am – 3:00pm. Tuition: $450

Investigates the many creative possibilities for young artists to engage in the world of theatre, whether as actors, costume designers, or set builders. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre and discover all the elements of a successful production.

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Ages 7-8 The Great Adventures of Your Imagination!

March Vacation Week: 5-day session. March 14 – March 18. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Westward ho! This week, students will explore extraordinary new lands, encounter fascinating characters, and create amazing stories of adventure, bounded only by the limits of their imaginations!

Register Now >>

Ages 9-11 Improv for the Actor.

March Vacation Week: 5-day session. March 14 – March 18. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

In rehearsals and performances, actors must have the ability to create new ideas in the moment, on the spot. Students will focus on staying centered and relaxed, thinking quickly, and moving nimbly.

Register Now >>

Ages 12-16 Step in Time!: Exploring the Music of Mary Poppins.

March Vacation Week: 5-day session. March 14 – March 18. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Whether at the races or on the roof tops, the music of Mary Poppins drives the story of Jane and Michael Banks and their fun-loving nanny, Mary Poppins. Through song, dance, and scene work, students will delve into the “perfectly perfect” music of Mary Poppins.

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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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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!