About the Grades 8+ Programs

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Experienced artists will strengthen their actor’s tools, broaden their repertoire, and explore new ways of storytelling through different genres and performance opportunities. Our Teen Ensemble is designed to challenge and stretch our most experienced artists.

If you have questions about whether a program is the right match for your child or if your child needs accommodations to access any of our programming, please reach out to Jeri Hammond, Director of Education, at jerih@bu.edu

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Saturday Classes

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Acting Technique (Grades 6+)

Acting Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every actor needs to grow as an actor, individually and in ensemble. Through these 4-week sessions, students will dive deep into one specific area of an actor’s craft while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Students can take one session or all three!
Students can take one session or all three!

Acting for the Camera:Learn how to create a natural, believable performance for film and television through on-camera exercises, monologues, and scenes.
Ensemble Acting: Inspired by ancient Greek chorus, students will employ classic voice and body work, infused with contemporary forms such as spoken word, dance and others to learn how to work as a unified ensemble of actors.
Unpacking the Shakespeare Scene: Learn how to unpack the “given circumstances” of a Shakespearean scene and work collaboratively with a scene partner to convey the heart of a piece. Taught by: Lisa Rowe-Beddoe

Tuition: $120
Spring: Unpacking the Shakespeare Scene on Saturdays, May 1 - May 221:00pm - 2:30pm

Playwriting (Grades 6+)

Creating Five Minute Plays. A concise introduction to the playwriting process. Students will explore the most effective way to tell stories through exploration of the basic elements of drama (action, character, conflict, dialogue). Students will build on initial ideas through improvisation, develop short scripts, then produce and perform their original works.
Taught by: Rachel Maddox

Tuition: $120
Spring: Saturdays, May 1 - May 222:30pm - 4:00pm

Summer Programs

EXTENDED EXCURSIONS


These two-week offerings for provide an opportunity for high school students to take a deep dive into a theatre arts area and stay awhile.  Specifically designed for virtual learning, these collaborative ensemble based classes invite students to bring themselves, their identities & experiences, to participate in a one of a kind creative experience. Pack a bag, you’re sure to go on the journey of a lifetime! Please note, grades refer to placement in fall 2021.

Untold Journeys: A Musical Theatre Showcase

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, journeys and adventures. Through mini workshops, students will learn musical theatre technique, make self-tapes, create musical mash-ups and more. We will culminate the two weeks with an original musical theatre showcase. Taught by: Nathan Urdangen, Jenna Lea Scott

Tuition: $525
Monday, July 19 - Friday July 30 (Two-week Program)1:00pm to 4:00pm

Unpacking: A Playwriting Workshop

Using Storytelling for Social Justice by Lee Anne Bell as a guiding framework, this playwriting workshop will inspire students to unpack the types of stories we have been told and rewrite the narrative to tell their own stories. We will explore the interconnectedness between the oral traditions of storytelling and playwriting and learn about the Hero’s/ Heroine’s Journey, a theme woven through stories and plays from the time of The Odyssey to modern day Broadway.
The two-week workshop will culminate with students producing and sharing their original work at a virtual short play festival. Taught by: Arlen Hancock, Rachel Maddox

Tuition: $525
Monday, July 19 - Friday July 30 (Two-week Program)1:00pm to 4:00pm

An Actor's Journey: a Summer Teen Acting Intensive

This exciting and challenging class is designed for teens eager to explore the actor’s craft. The focus of this course is to build, sharpen and explore the skills that are most essential for any actor’s growth and success. Students will take an individual and collective journey as they delve into the actor’s process. Teen actors will dive into individual and group work with peers who share their passion and artistic goals in a supportive, collaborative class setting.
Students will receive invaluable individualized assessments of their acting skills to guide their progress on this journey. This class will include training in a variety of acting techniques and approaches that focus on an actor's preparation and relaxation, how to approach texts in both individual work and scene study. improving voice and movement skills, and developing characters while living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Taught by: Fran Weinberg

Tuition: $525
Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13 (Two-week Program)1:00pm to 4:00pm

From Concept to Design: A Theatre Design Project

In this theatre design project, students will learn how to take a text and a concept and bring the world of a play to life through scenic, costume, sound, lighting and make-up design. Students will have workshops in design and then apply those principles to creating designs for a selected play. Students will unpack the play for acting themes and design challenges. The class will culminate in a virtual design portfolio sharing and artist statement from each designer. So much artistry happens behind the scenes to bring a play to life. This class pulls back the curtain.

Tuition: $525
Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13 (Two-week Program)1:00pm to 4:00pm

Multi-Week Performance Classes

Our multi-week virtual performance-based programs are perfect for the young theatre artist looking to create characters and bring to life imagined worlds with a final show as the end result. Building on our processed oriented programs, these classes challenge students to continue to sharpen their actors’ tools while  working as an ensemble to create a virtual production for friends and families. All programs are first-come first serve and while previous performance experience is not required it is highly encouraged.

Semi Private Coaching

Are you looking to take your singing or acting to the next level? In our NEW semi-private coaching, students will work in small groups of 2 to 3 with professional voice and acting coaches to develop their skills and learn to maximize their instruments of body and voice. Spots are limited and are first-come first-serve. 

  • Students will be paired with a teacher and in small groups based on their grade and previous experience. 
  • All lessons last an hour.
  • 6 – week sessions
    • Session I (Week of 1/18 – 2/22)
    • Session I (Week of  3/1 –  4/5)
    • Session III (Week of  4/26 – 5/17)
  • Lessons are scheduled based on the teacher and students availability.

Semi-Private Voice Coaching

Taught by: Todd Gordon

Tuition: $150
Session II: Starting the week of April 26 through the week of May 31Days & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.

Semi-Private Acting Coaching

Taught by: Danny Bolton, Fran Weinberg

Tuition: $150
Session II: Starting the week of April 26 through the week of May 31Days & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.

February Vacation Programs

Are you looking to take your singing or acting to the next level? In our NEW semi-private coaching, students will work in small groups of 2 to 3 with professional voice and acting coaches to develop their skills and learn to maximize their instruments of body and voice. Spots are limited and are first-come first-serve.

Students will be paired with a teacher and in small groups based on their grade and previous experience.

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