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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

Teen Performance Ensemble

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 in late May/early June, 2022. This spring’s production will be a Pippin. Click here to learn more about the programing and upcoming auditions.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Audition, In Person, Performance |
Tuition: $750

The Actor's Studio

In The Actor’s Studio, serious acting students will move deeper into their craft with a more sophisticated exploration of text through scene study, and individual and ensemble work. Actors will learn how to unpack the “given circumstances” of a scene and work collaboratively with a scene partner to convey the heart of a piece. The class is designed to expand the acting students’ repertoire of acting approaches and techniques, challenging actors ready for the next level. Students will share their work in an Actor’s Showcase during the final class.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person |
Tuition: $400
Sundays (Jan 30 - April 3) No Class Feb 20 & 27 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Taught by: Greg Allen

10-Minute Play Festival

Inspired by popular play festivals around the country, WFT is bringing back our play marathon! Students will be divided into teams composed of actors, directors, and playwriting, all working towards producing original 10-minute plays--in just five days! Teams will receive mentorship from WFT directors and will have access to props and costume pieces in the theatre’s collection. The week will culminate in a 10 Minute Play Festival showcasing the world premiere performance of these student-created plays.

All students participating in in-person programming must show proof of vaccination. Click here to review our current policies related to Covid-19.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Playwriting, Vacation Week |
Tuition: $450
Monday - Friday, Feb 21 - 25 12:30pm - 6:30pm

Musical Theatre Showcase: Journey's Untold

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Find our own voice through song. Through collaboration and small ensemble work, we will discover lesser-known composers/musical theatre shows, as a way to spark our artistic voice and tell our own untold stories. Together we will develop a musical theatre song cycle woven together with monologues and storytelling that tells a unique and compelling story. Previous musical theatre experience recommended.
We will culminate the two weeks with an original musical theatre showcase on Friday, July 8 at 7pm.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $765
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 8 (No Class 7/4, Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Joy Clark, Jon Goldberg

Theatre Design Intensive, Session 1

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A dynamic immersion in the theatre crafts that are vital to professional stage productions. This course balances theory with practical experience through the study of scenic, prop, costume, lighting, and sound design. Students will work with WFT’s professional technical staff during this three-week intensive, designing and building technical elements for a number of WFT’s Summer Productions: The Stinky Cheeseman & Other Fairy Stupid Tales, Mythic Quests, Mary Poppins Jr. & Shakespeare on the Green. Work will be shared at the final performances of each production.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Summer, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $1120
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 22 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Amanda Fallon

Shakespeare on the Green: Title TBA

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In the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park, students in this two-week program will perform an abridged version of a classic Shakespearean comedy on the WFT@BU green. Over the course of the two weeks, this class will decode the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to help students find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. Families are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the green for this classic tale of mischief, mishap and magic.
The program culminates in a Friday evening performance the final week.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Performance, Shakespeare, Summer |
Tuition: $765
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 15 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Dev Luthra, Jen Alison Lewis

Shakespeare on the Green: Title TBA

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In the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park, students in this two-week program will perform an abridged version of a classic Shakespearean drama on the WFT@BU green. Over the course of the two weeks, this class will decode the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to help students find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. Families are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the green for this classic tale of mischief, mishap and magic.
The program culminates in a Friday evening performance the final week.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Performance, Shakespeare, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 29 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Kayleen Honan, Arlen Hancock

Theatre Design Intensive, Session 2

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A dynamic immersion in the theatre crafts that are vital to professional stage productions. This course balances theory with practical experience through the study of scenic, prop, costume, lighting, and sound design. Students will work with WFT’s professional technical staff during this three-week intensive, designing and building technical elements for a number of WFT’s Summer productions. 101 Dalmatians KIDS, Disney’s Frozen KIDS, Wizarding Worlds, Shrek Jr, Shakespeare on the Green, Advanced Performance Intensive. Work will be shared at the final performances of each production.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Summer, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $1200
Monday, July 25 - Friday, August 12 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Amanda Fallon

Advanced Performance Intensive

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Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University is holding auditions for teens entering high school to 18 years old with prior training and performance experience committed to deepening their acting skills and knowledge of the craft. A limited number of admission slots are available on a rolling basis and program will be held in-person. Teen actors selected for this program will immerse themselves for two weeks in intensive advanced theatre training. Through challenging exercises and workshops in vocal, movement, and character work, and exploration of scenes from outstanding plays, students will experience the actor's process in-depth. This unique summer theatre program culminates in a public showcase!AUDITION REQUIRED CLICK HERE to sign-up to learn more about virtual auditions.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 12 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:45pm
Taught by: Fran Weinberg, Esme Allen

Under the Big Top: A High Flying Circus

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Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will bring our summer to a rousing finish with a week-long exploration of the theatrical world of the circus. Professional Boston area Circus artists will lead classes each day in circus skills such as clowning, juggling, tumbling, spinning plates, hula hoops, acrobatics, Chinese yo-yo, and more! In addition, Wheelock Family Theatre teaching artists will lead classes in physical comedy, musical theatre, and movement. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Families are invited to join us under the big top at 2:00 p.m.on the last afternoon for a sharing of the week’s learning as we celebrate the end of another fun-filled summer at Wheelock Family Theatre!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Clowning, Improv, In Person, Physical Comedy, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19 9:00am - 3:30pm

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.**