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 John Bay at 617-879-2252 or jbay@wheelock.edu


Fall Classes

FALL SEMESTER I - SATURDAYS


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Ages 5-6 Fantastical Animals from "Alice".

Fall Semester I: Saturdays, 9/27-10/25, 9:00-11:00am. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

White rabbits, caterpillars and Cheshire cats are among the many animals in Wonderland that students will become as they learn to build a fantasy character!

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Ages 7-8 Adventures in Wonderland.

Fall Semester I: Saturdays, 9/27-10/25, 9:00-11:00am. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

How do you keep your wits about you when you fall down a rabbit hole? Like many adventurers, students will need to improvise their way through a crazy, mixed-up world of obstacles in order to get back home!

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Ages 9-11 Exploring "Alice" Inside-Out.

Fall Semester I: Saturdays, 9/27-10/25, 11:00am-1:00pm. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

Using story drama and characterization, students will explore the story of "Alice" in depth, from the perspective of multiple characters. Process-oriented and lots of fun!

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Ages 12-16 Acting in a Surreal World.

Fall Semester I: Saturdays, 10/4-11/1, 11:00am-1:00pm. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

Acting in a surreal world requires an elastic approach to movement, voice, and building a character. Students will study "Alice" and other plays and experiment with bold but credible choices to make their characters compelling!

Because of an unavoidable scheduling conflict, WFT teaching artist Dev Luthra will begin the Acting in a Surreal World class one week later on Saturday, 10/4/14, from 11:00am-1:00pm. That means the final class will be held on Saturday, 11/1/14, from 11:00am-1:00pm - with the demo scheduled for parents, families, and friends from 12:30-1:00pm.

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FALL SEMESTER I - SUNDAYS


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Ages 11-14 Becoming a Triple Threat.

Fall Semester I: Sundays, 9/28-10/26, 10:00am-12:00noon. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

Students will embrace the challenge of balancing their acting, singing and dancing skills, all at the same time. The key will be to find different ways to tell a story to which the audience can connect!

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One Day Workshop for Teens


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Ages 13-18 Auditioning Workshop for "Shrek".

One Day Workshop: Sunday, 11/23/14, 12-3pm Tuition: $100

Students will work with WFT teaching artists to prepare for a professional audition, using material from "Shrek". All participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and footwear. Registrants will be sent further details about preparation.

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FALL SEMESTER II - SATURDAYS


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Ages 5-6 Treasure Trunk Theatre.

Fall Semester II: Saturdays, 11/8-12/6, 9:00-11:00am. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

Students will discover what’s inside the magical treasure trunk and use what they find to make up wild, funny stories and costumed characters!

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Ages 7-8 Improvising With Your Imagination.

Fall Semester II: Saturdays, 11/8-12/6, 9:00-11:00am. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

Children are already imaginative and the next step is to develop an ability to improvise on the spot and then build on those spontaneous ideas. A fun challenge for every kind of learner!

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Ages 9-11 Becoming a Young Actor.

Fall Semester II: Saturdays, 11/8-12/6, 11:00am-1:00pm. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

What are the essential elements of acting? Students will build characters and scenes and explore self-expression through drama exercises that sharpen observation skills and self-awareness.

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Ages 12-16 Voice for the Actor.

Fall Semester II: Saturdays, 11/8-12/6, 11:00am-1:00pm. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

Using the acclaimed Linklater technique, students will learn how to integrate the voice with the body to enhance physical acting skills. Other key elements will include the importance of breath and fine-tuning the relationship between tension and relaxation from moment-to-moment.

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FALL SEMESTER II - SUNDAYS


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Ages 11-14 Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

Fall Semester II: Sundays, 11/9-12/7, 10:00am-12:00noon. Five 2-hour classes. Tuition: $275

Students will learn short-form improvisational comedy, creating characters and scenes on the spot… more fun than watching it is doing it yourselves!

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DECEMBER VACATION WEEK INTENSIVES


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Ages 5-6 WHOOPIE! - A Celebration of the New Year!.

December Vacation Week Intensives, Mon 12/29/14 - Fri 1/2/15, 9:00am-3:30pm. Tuition: $400

A festival of fun, using creative drama and crafts to create a parade of crazy, colorful characters. Students will explore traditional characters who lead New Year’s festivities in various cultures, then create their own versions!

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Ages 7-8 Wizards, Jesters & Other Magicians! .

December Vacation Week Intensives, Mon 12/29/14 - Fri 1/2/15, 9:00am-3:30pm. Tuition: $400

Students will act out folktales and scenes from children’s literature, adding dances, poems, and magic! The focus will be on stories throughout history that have brightened lives in the dark of winter.

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Ages 9-11 To Infinity and Beyond!.

December Vacation Week Intensives, Mon 12/29/14 - Fri 1/2/15, 9:00am-3:30pm. Tuition: $400

Using improvisation and problem-solving skills, students will imagine and create a future story of what the New Year will bring! Their Passport to Adventure will be stamped each time they overcome challenges large and small!

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Ages 12-16 Goths & Ghostly Apparitions: A Radio Play..

December Vacation Week Intensives, Mon 12/29/14 - Fri 1/2/15, 9:00am-3:30pm. Tuition: $400

Using and inventing special effects, students will create a dark, supernatural world of the mind. Learn how to put the audience on the very edge of their seats – and keep them there!

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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!