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.

This fall all classes are organized by age to align with our criteria for in-person and virtual programs. Grades 8+ classes are categorized as starting at age 12 and will be in-person programs (through age 18) with virtual semi-private coaching.

Click here to learn about our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.

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

Easy Modern for Theatre Movers - Partnership with BalletRox(In-Person)

An introductory dance course specifically designed for “movers” looking to expand their understanding of how their bodies can move on the stage. Easy Modern is based on contemporary dance techniques and infuses fun, humor and a variety of movement styles that can be accessed by movers of any experience level or ability. This 6-week course is perfect for anyone looking to get in touch with their bodies and understand the power of movement to tell a story.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Dance, In Person |
Tuition: $300
Saturdays, October 16 - November 20 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Taught by: Rozann Krauss

Actor's Toolbox (In-Person)

Engages students in the creative process and supports their growth as actors, individually and in ensemble. Over the course of 6 classes, participants will assemble and polish the fundamentals of performance (body, voice, mind, and imagination) by exploring technique, ensemble building, movement, voice, and working with basic text. At the final class, students will share what they’ve learned on the WFT stage.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person |
Tuition: $300
Saturdays, October 16 - November 20 11:00am - 12:30pm
Taught by: Dev Luthra

Musical Theatre Comprehensive (In-Person)

Explores the fundamentals of musical theatre through the creation of an original song cycle. The class will first select a theme that feels exciting and resonates with the group. From there, students will research, learn and develop solo and ensemble materials that reflect our class theme and strengthen individual skills in musical storytelling. Students will also try their hand at writing a monologue and developing original material that connects to the music we are exploring. A final presentation of our original song cycle for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre |
Tuition: $300
Saturdays, October 16 - November 20 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Taught by: Zoe Nadal, Isaac Leaverton

Makeup Design (Virtual)

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.

Grades: 12th Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Theatre Design, Virtual |
Tuition: $180
Saturdays, October 23 - December 4 (No class 11/27) 11:00am - 12:30pm

Multi-Week Performance & Design Classes

Our multi-week 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’ & theatre design tools, while working as an ensemble to create a production for friends and families. 

Teen Performance Ensemble

WFT’s Performance Ensemble program, for students in grades 6-12, 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 Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe by Eric Coble to take place on the WFT stage on December 17 & 18. Directed by Nick Vargas

Tuition $750 (Full-scholarships & tuition assistance available. Click here to submit a request.)


ABOUT THE SHOW: Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself — and us — that he’s not mad. The spell he weaves brings us a highly theatrical adaptation of four tales Poe himself considered his best: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door.

Click here to view more information about the program including the full rehearsal schedule.

This program will take place in person, with actors being required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. We will follow Boston University’s Face Covering’s policy for all rehearsals. We anticipate sharing the final performance without masks with additional safety protocols in place. We will continue to monitor public safety recommendations and be prepared to adjust the structure and nature of our classes and performances as necessary to adhere to current guidelines and regulations. View all our policies and protocols here.

AUDITIONS

Actors are asked to submit an audition video for this fall’s teen ensemble. Video auditions should contain the following:

  • Actor’s name, pronouns
  • A 1 to 2-minute monologue of your choosing. If you need suggestions or ideas for appropriate monologues, reach out to Nick Vargas at navargas@bu.edu.

Auditions need to be submitted by midnight, Monday, October 11

Teen Design & Tech Ensemble

WFT’s NEW Theatre Design & Tech Ensemble is the opportunity for teen designers and technicians to deepen their skills as theatrical storytellers. Over a 9-week period students will further develop their tools as designers while serving as collaborators on the design of the Teen Performance Ensemble’s culminating play, set to take place on the WFT stage. The program is taught by professional theatre designers (scenic, lighting, costume, & sound design) who will mentor students in understanding the nuances and technicalities of these various areas of design. This fall’s production will be Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe by Eric Coble. Taught by Amanda Fallon

Tuition $750 (Full-scholarships & tuition assistance available. Click here to submit a request.)

Here are the important dates & details:

  • Registration is now open!
  • Classes will meet Saturdays from 3:30pm to 6:00pm and Monday’s from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, starting Saturday, October 23.
  • Technical rehearsals will start December 11th and take place every day/evening leading up to performances. Actors must be available for all rehearsals starting 12/11. Additional classes may be added based on student availability and interest.
  • Performances will be Friday, December 17th (7:30pm) & Saturday, December 18th (3pm & 7pm)  Students should be available these days to participate in running the show day.

This program will take place in person, with students being required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. We will follow Boston University’s Face Covering’s policy for all in-person classes and rehearsals. We will continue to monitor public safety recommendations and be prepared to adjust the structure and nature of our classes and performances as necessary to adhere to current guidelines and regulations. View all our policies and protocols here.

Virtual Semi-Private Coaching

Are you looking to take your acting to the next level? In our semi-private coaching, students will work in small groups of 2 to 3 students with professional 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. 

  • Tuition: $320
  • Fall 8-week session, starting the week of October 11 and ending by the week of December 11, 2021 depending on the day of the week.
  • Students will be paired with a teacher and in small groups based on their age and previous experience.
  • All lessons last an hour and will take place on Zoom.
  • Lessons are scheduled based on the teacher and students availability.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Virtual 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.

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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