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We are so excited to launch our Fall 2020 Virtual Education Programs!

Each series of classes is specifically designed to engage students remotely while still maintaining WFT’s commitment to high-quality, process-based theatre arts experiences. We are bringing the stage to your home and beyond — allowing students to act, create, sing, dance, and play from anywhere!

About the Programs

This Fall we’re offering 3-week class sessions for all grade levels. These shorter experiences allow students to quickly dive into building skills, learning techniques, and exploring material while offering families the flexibility to join us for one or multiple sessions. A highlight program, for grades 6-8 is our Technical Theatre classes.

We will be utilizing ZOOM as our classroom interface. To learn more about ZOOM and what you may need to access our classes click here.

Session II - November 7 - 21
Session III - December 5 - 19
Session II: November 7 - 21
Session III: December 5 - 19
Session II: November 7 - 21
Session III: December 5 - 19
Session II: November 7 - 21
Session III: December 5 - 19
Technical Theatre Classes

The Actors' Studio: Voice & Text

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In The Actors' Studio, serious acting students will move deeper into developing their craft. Through exercises and preliminary scene work, actors will connect the voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement to create clear characters on stage and apply this work to monologues and scenes. Students will also be introduced to an expanded repertoire of acting approaches and techniques designed to challenge students ready for the next level. Finally, students will explore the practical side of the theatre industry by learning the ins and outs of audition self-taping, a ‘must-have’ skill for today’s actor. Students will share their work with friends and family at the final class.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person |
Tuition: $540 *Promotional Rate through 9/30
Saturdays (Oct 1 - Nov 19) 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Taught by: Alex Leondedis

Teen Performance Ensemble

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The Program

WFT’s Performance Ensemble program, for students in grades 8-12, is the opportunity for teen actors to deepen their skills as theatrical storytellers. Over a 10-week period students will further develop their actor’s tools while rehearsing for a culminating production of, Clue: On Stage (High School Edition) on Friday, September 16th, set to take place on WFT’s stage on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday December 12. This fall's production will be directed by Dev Luthra. Video audition required, please see below for more information.

The Play

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT! -From BroadwayLicensing.com

Click here to learn more about the show, the casting breakdown, audition requirements, rehearsal calendar AND sample monologues for auditions.

Auditions
Actors will be asked to submit an audition video for the production. Video auditions should contain the following:

Actor’s name, Actor’s pronouns, A 1 to 2-minute comedic monologue of your choosing.

Actors will also need to upload a resume outlining their performance and applicable experience & write a statement of purpose. Statement of purposes should include why you are auditioning and what you hope to gain from participating in the program. Audition materials should be submitted by Friday , September 23 at 9pm Click here to submit your video audition.

Have any questions? You can call a member of our Education staff at 617.353.2994 or email us at WFTED@bu.edu

Rehearsal/Performance Schedule

Click here to review the entire rehearsal/performance calendar.

Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Audition, In Person, Performance | Taught by: Dev Luthra
Tuition: $900
See Calendar
Taught by: Dev Luthra

Teen Design & Tech Intensive

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WFT’s Theatre Design & Tech Ensemble is the opportunity for teen designers and technicians to deepen their skills as theatrical storytellers. Students in grades 6 to 12 will meet on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm, to learn and expand their skills as theatrical storytellers and understand the roles that designers and technicians play in creating theatre. Starting December 4,students will shift focus to working directly alongside professional designers to bring to life the Teen Performance Ensemble’s final production. Students are expected to be at all rehearsals from 12/4 until the final performance on 12/11. Click here to review the Performance Ensemble's entire rehearsal/performance calendar.


Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $750
First Class Sunday, 10/9 2pm to 4pm

Performance Opportunities

Before we had computers, movies, and television we gathered around the radio to connect across distance through storytelling. Celebrating our ability to connect while apart, Radio Play Productions are the perfect way to learn the ins and outs of a production on the virtual stage. Radio Play Productions allow students to gain an understanding of how to use their voices to create characters, as well as how to make sound effects that establish the setting (all while keeping an audience on the edge of their seats). These non-audition based experiences culminate in a final performance on Zoom.

Grades 1 to 3: Radio Play Jack and the Beanstalk
Grades 4 to 6: Radio Play Disaster
Grades 6+: Vintage Hitchock

Part playwriting and part devised theatre, this project engages an ensemble of teen actors in developing, rehearsing and sharing a performance piece that tells their story of this unprecedented time. Exploring new works such as Everything Seems Like Maybe and Scenes from Quarantine students will tap into their personal experiences, thoughts, feelings and hopes to craft theatrical moments that are powerful and honest. This performance piece will be uniquely of this time and uniquely their own. The 2020 Vision Playwriting Project will end in a final performance over Zoom for friends and family. This program is part of a national project and students will be encouraged to share their work as part of the larger publication.

The 2020 Vision Playwriting Project: October 19 - December 19 (Grades 8 - 12)

Inclusion

We make intentional choices in our classroom practices to make sure we are a welcoming space for peoples of all race, ability, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our program includes need-based scholarships, introductions with pronouns, and a faculty happy to work with families to meet students’ individual physical, learning, and social needs.

If there are ways we can be welcoming to your family, please let us know at wfted@bu.edu.

Accessibility

Wheelock Family Theatre is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where students of all abilities have equitable access to our educational programming. We work with students and their families to determine the best path to providing a successful experience for individual students. Learn more about accessibility at WFT here.

If you have questions about whether a program is the right match for your child please reach out to Jeri Hammond, Director of Education, at jerih@bu.edu.

Tuition Assistance

Wheelock Family Theatre is committed to providing access for all for our education classes and have never turned away a family for an inability to pay full tuition.

Complete the following form and a member of our Education team will reach out and help you complete the enrollment process.

Multi-Class Bundles

Interested in signing up for multiple sessions? Register using our multi-class bundles and save big!
Bundles are organized by Grade and class length (60, 90, 120 minutes) and excludes our Radio Play Production programs as well as the 2020 Vision Playwriting Project. You can register one or multiple students within each Bundle.

Grades Pre-K to 3

Register for 3 Sessions – $150
Savings of $30

Register for 6 Sessions – $290
Savings of $70

Register for 9 Sessions – $430
Savings of $110

Grades 4- 12

Register for 3 Sessions – $240
Savings of $30

Register for 6 Sessions – $470
Savings of $70

Register for 9 Sessions – $700
Savings of $110

Tech Theatre (Grades 6-8)

Register for 3 Sessions – $300
Savings of $30

Winter 2020 Virtual Classes

Important Information

Contact Us

Email us at WFTEd@bu.edu

Call us at 617.353.2994

**Please note our staff is currently working remotely and will return both email and phone messages within 24 hours during the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday.**