About the Grades 9-12 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 & Design Tech Intensive are 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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Weekend Classes

8-week sessions on Saturday & Sundays starting January 28 & 29 running through April 2nd. There are no classes on the weekends of 2/18, 2/19 & 2/25, 2/26 due to February school vacation week.

The Actors' Studio: Art of the Audition

In our Actors' Studio series, serious acting students will move deeper into developing their craft. The Art of the Audition guides students through the audition process from monologue selection and development to cold readings and understanding what happens in a “working audition”. Understanding the monologue is one of the essential skills of the actor. Building on foundational acting techniques, students will explore the nuances of both comedic and dramatic monologues. Students will also 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. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Audition, In Person |
Tuition: $480
Saturdays (Jan 28 - April 2) No classes 2/18 & 2/25 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Sundays (Jan 29 - April 3) No classes 2/19 & 2/26 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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. 

Check back on December 1, 2022 for more information on winter/spring 2023 offerings.

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), 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.

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
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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

February Vacation Programs

Monday to Friday, February 20 – 24. February vacation is all about Musical Theatre! Students will attend our mainstage production of Make Way for Ducklings.

Jukebox Musicals of the 80's, 90's ,10's & Today (Grades 8 to 12)

An action-packed, one-week journey through scenes, song and dance numbers from some of the most well known Jukebox Musicals featuring popular music from the 80’s to today such as & Juliet, Jagged Little Pill, Head Over Heels and Moulin Rouge. With an emphasis on developing strong ensemble skills, this class engages all three of the student’s musical theatre skills: acting, singing, and dancing! A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the final day of the program.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Vacation Week |
Tuition: $480
Monday, Feb 20 - Friday, Feb 24 12:00pm to 6:30pm

April Vacation Programs

Monday to Friday, April 17 – 21. Our April Vacation week programs all invite students to adapt and perform original stories. Students will see our mainstage production of Bud, Not Buddy.

Playwriting to Performance: Memoir & First Person Literature (Grades 8 to 12)

In memoir, authors choose a pivotal moment in their lives and try to recreate the event through storytelling, holding onto facts but emphasizing their feelings, providing readers with a heightened and more personal experience. Over the course of the week, students will work as playwrights, actors, and designers to reveal the humanity of characters and give voice to stories that inspire them. Students will learn first-hand what it takes to bring a story from page to stage. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Playwriting, Vacation Week |
Tuition: $480
Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21 12:00pm to 6:30pm

Summer Vacation Programs

Summer 2023 classes will be online and available for registration starting January 2, 2023.

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