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

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: Jenna Lea Scott, Greg Allen, Lisa Rowe-Beddoe

Tuition: $120
Winter I: Acting for the Camera on Saturdays January 16 to February 61:00pm - 2:30pm
Winter II: Ensemble Acting on Saturdays, March 6 - March 271:00pm - 2:30pm
Spring: Unpacking the Shakespeare Scene on Saturdays, May 1 - May 221:00pm - 2:30pm

Musical Theatre Technique (Grades 6+)

Musical Theatre Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every musical theatre actor needs to grow as a performer, individually and in an ensemble. Through these 4-week sessions, students will dive deep into one genre of musical theatre, while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Students can take one session or all three! Taught by: Dan Rodriguez, Juanita Pearl, Nathan Urdangen, Nick Vargas, Jon Goldberg

Tuition: $120
Winter I: Contemporary Musicals on Saturdays, January 16 - February 611:00am - 12:30pm
Winter II: Jukebox Musicals on Saturdays, March 6 - March 2711:00am - 12:30pm
Spring: Sondheim on Saturdays, May 1 - May 2211:00am - 12:30pm

Makeup Design (Grades 6+)

A dynamic immersion into the world of makeup design. Makeup is an essential final step for any actor, whether they are on stage or in film and television, to complete a character’s look. From old age and fantasy to cuts and bruises, students will learn some of the fundamental techniques of creating characters through makeup design. Families will need to purchase their own supplies for the class.
CLICK HERE to view the suggested supplies for the course.

Taught by: Emily Damron

Tuition: $120
Winter I: Saturdays, January 16 - February 62:30pm - 4:00pm

Design Your Own Comic Book (Grades 6+)

An introduction to the fundamentals of visual storytelling, students will explore the world of comic books and develop skills necessary to tell a dynamic story using the popular art form. From humble origins, comic book universes such as DC and Marvel control the airwaves of TV and movies, dominating every aspect of popular culture. Students will learn essential techniques (comic book layout, character design, figure drawing, perspective) to springboard characters from their imagination to their very own comic. Get ready to design a world that will leap off the page!
Taught by: Lionel Blaise Jr

Tuition: $120
Winter II: Saturdays, March 6 - March 272:30pm - 4:00pm

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.

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

Virtual Teen Performance Ensemble - She Kills Monsters

WFT’s Virtual Teen 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 She Kills Monsters to take place virtually on Zoom on Sunday, May 23rd.

Virtual auditions will take place in late January/early February with virtually rehearsals starting the week of March 15th. Rehearsals will be scheduled for weeknight evenings and weekend afternoons, schedule TBD.
Please click the "Register Now" button to sign-up to receive additional information about the production.


About the Play
She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Taught by: Jeri Hammond

Tuition: $500
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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: $120
Session I: Starting the week of January 18 through the week of February 22Days & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.
Session II: Starting the week of March 1 through the week of April 5thDays & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.
Session II: Starting the week of April 26 through the week of May 17Days & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.

Semi-Private Acting Coaching

Taught by: Danny Bolton, Fran Weinberg

Tuition: $120
Session I: Starting the week of January 18 through the week of February 22Days & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.
Session II: Starting the week of March 1 through the week of April 5thDays & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.
Session II: Starting the week of April 26 through the week of May 17Days & 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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