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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

Imaginary Adventures - Session II

Get ready to take an imaginative trip! Inspired by a backpack full of mystery objects, students will head off on a new adventure each class using movement, creative problem-solving, and imaginative play! Students will receive a packing list each week, inviting them to use everyday objects in new and creative ways as they embark on their imaginary adventures.
Taught by: Sophie Rich

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)9:00am to 10:00am

Story Art - Session II (K- 3)

Get ready to create! Each week students will engage in interactive storytelling to explore a story from beginning to end. Using hands-on visual art projects, students will unleash their creativity and bring the story to life in their own unique way. Through the use of multiple art mediums, students will engage in a collaborative artistic experience to take story time to the next level!

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)11:00am -12:00pm

Music Makers - Session II (K - 3)

Calling all budding musicians! Students will learn the fundamentals of a song (notes, rhythm, lyrics) while working collaboratively to create an original piece of music! Students, bring your pots, your kitchen utensils, your voices and your creativity as we learn to make music together while apart.

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)10:00am - 11:00am
Session III - December 5 - 19

Imaginary Adventures - Session III

Get ready to take an imaginative trip! Inspired by a backpack full of mystery objects, students will head off on a new adventure each class using movement, creative problem-solving, and imaginative play! Students will receive a packing list each week, inviting them to use everyday objects in new and creative ways as they embark on their imaginary adventures.
Taught by: Sophie Rich

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (December 5, 12, 19)9:00am to 10:00am
Session II: November 7 - 21

Story Art - Session II (K- 3)

Get ready to create! Each week students will engage in interactive storytelling to explore a story from beginning to end. Using hands-on visual art projects, students will unleash their creativity and bring the story to life in their own unique way. Through the use of multiple art mediums, students will engage in a collaborative artistic experience to take story time to the next level!

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)11:00am -12:00pm

Act Out - Session II

A fun and physical introduction to the world of a play! With a different story each week to spark and support the creative process, students will bring this story to life through the use of their actors’ tools (body, voice, mind, imagination). Set the stage with bed sheets and pillows, turn a baseball cap into a crown and fuzzy slippers into a telephone, as students’ homes (and everything in them) become the setting for their own play explorations!
Taught by: Alex Brodsky-Benedetti

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)9:00am to 10:00am

Music Makers - Session II (K - 3)

Calling all budding musicians! Students will learn the fundamentals of a song (notes, rhythm, lyrics) while working collaboratively to create an original piece of music! Students, bring your pots, your kitchen utensils, your voices and your creativity as we learn to make music together while apart.

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)10:00am - 11:00am
Session III: December 5 - 19

Act Out - Session III

A fun and physical introduction to the world of a play! With a different story each week to spark and support the creative process, students will bring this story to life through the use of their actors’ tools (body, voice, mind, imagination). Set the stage with bed sheets and pillows, turn a baseball cap into a crown and fuzzy slippers into a telephone, as students’ homes (and everything in them) become the setting for their own play explorations!
Taught by: Alex Brodsky-Benedetti

Tuition: $60
Saturdays (December 5, 12, 19)9:00am to 10:00am
Session II: November 7 - 21

Acting Technique - Session II: Acting for the Camera

Acting Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every actor needs to grow as an actor, individually and in ensemble. Through these 3-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). This session students will explore acting for the camera, learning how to create a natural, believable performance for film and television through on-camera exercises, monologues, and scenes.


Students can take one session or all three!
Taught by: Jenna Lea Scott
Tuition: $90
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)9:30am to 11:00am

Musical Theatre Technique - Session II: Characters in Song (4-6)

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 3-week sessions, students will dive deep into one specific area of a musical theatre actor’s craft while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). This session you will learn just why characters sing in musicals and what the music tells an actor how to feel, what to do, and what to want on stage.


Students can take one session or all three!



Taught by: Zoe Nadal, Isaac Leaverton
Tuition: $90
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)11:00am - 12:30pm
Session III: December 5 - 19

Acting Technique - Session III: Physical Comedy

Acting Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every actor needs to grow as an actor, individually and in ensemble. Through these 3-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). This session students will explore physical comedy, learning the structure of comedy and how comedic actors create characters, develop comic timing, and make big and bold choices--all designed to connect with an audience in a way that makes ‘em laugh!


Students can take one session or all three!
Tuition: $90
Saturdays (December 5, 12, 19)9:30am to 11:00am

Musical Theatre Technique - Session III: Fundamentals of Dance (4-6)

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 3-week sessions, students will dive deep into one specific area of a musical theatre actor’s craft while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). This session you will learn the basic dance steps that actors should know to help you sashay through any dance piece you encounter.

Students can take one session or all three!



Taught by: Zoe Nadal
Tuition: $90
Saturdays (December 5, 12, 19)11:00am - 12:30pm
Session II: November 7 - 21

Acting Technique - Session II: Monologues

Acting Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every actor needs to grow as an actor, individually and in ensemble. Through these 3-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). This session students will learn how to “take the stage” and tell the character’s story in those dramatic moments when the actor is alone with the audience.


Students can take one session or all three!



Taught by: Rachel Maddox
Tuition: $90
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)1:00pm - 2:30pm

Musical Theatre Technique - Session II: Storytelling through Dance

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 3-week sessions, students will dive deep into one specific area of a musical theatre actor’s craft while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). This session students will learn how to expand personal movement vocabulary and develop new ways to convey character through dance.


Students can take one session or all three!



Taught by: Juanita Pearl
Tuition: $90
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)11:00am - 12:30pm
Session III: December 5 - 19

Acting Technique - Session III: Scene Study

Acting Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every actor needs to grow as an actor, individually and in ensemble. Through these 3-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). This session students 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.


Students can take one session or all three!



Tuition: $90
Saturdays (December 5, 12, 19)1:00pm - 2:30pm

Musical Theatre Technique - Session III: Nailing the Audition

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 3-week sessions, students will dive deep into one specific area of a musical theatre actor’s craft while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). This session students will learn how to choose the best audition piece, essentials to acting a song, and tips on navigating dance auditions - building confidence and the skills needed for a successful audition.


Students can take one session or all three!



Tuition: $90
Saturdays (December 5, 12, 19)11:00am - 12:30pm
Technical Theatre Classes

Technical Theatre Series - Session II: Costume Design

A dynamic immersion in the theatre crafts that are vital to professional stage productions. This series balances theory with practical experience through the study of some of the essential design elements needed for any theatrical production. Each session will be led by a professional designer in the field.
This session students will learn about costume design. Taught by: Chelsea Kerl

Tuition: $110
Saturdays (November 7, 14, 21)1:00pm - 3:00pm

Technical Theatre Series - Session III: Lighting Design

A dynamic immersion in the theatre crafts that are vital to professional stage productions. This series balances theory with practical experience through the study of some of the essential design elements needed for any theatrical production. Each session will be led by a professional designer in the field.
This session students will learn about lighting design. Taught by: Amanda Fallon

Tuition: $110
Saturdays (December 5, 12, 19)1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

Radio Play Production - Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk by Ruth Landowne-Giordano
Jack and the Beanstalk is a radio play adaptation of the classic fairy tale, where everyone gets to participate in the action! Sound effects are generated live, using household items and actors’ voices. Best of all, as Jack plants his magic beans and climbs the beanstalk, he awakens a not-so-friendly giant, played by THE AUDIENCE. It’s storytelling like the old days!
Taught by: Eva Murray

Tuition: $450
Tuesday & Thursdays (October 20 - December 17)4:00pm to 5:30pm
Grades 4 to 6: Radio Play Disaster

Radio Play Production - The Radio Play Disaster (Grades 4-6)

The Radio Play Disaster by Don Zolidis
Self-proclaimed genius Harlan Bean is ready to make history with his science-fiction radio masterpiece Battle of the Planets. But when the broadcast is in the hands of an ambitious actress with her own vision for her character, several terrified last-minute replacements jumping in, and a disgruntled sound engineer out for revenge, the mayhem in the studio makes an alien invasion look like a piece of cake. Radio goes hilariously off the rails in this flexible piece Taught by: Danny Bolton

Tuition: $450
Monday & Thursday (October 19 - December 17)4:00pm to 5:30pm
Grades 6+: Vintage Hitchock

Radio Play Production - Vintage Hitchcock (Grades 6+)

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry
Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of some of the master of suspense's earlier films. This spooky and exciting piece contains vintage commercials, a daring train chase and more! The story unfolds through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. Taught by: Lisa Rowe-Beddoe

Tuition: $450
Tuesday & Thursday (October 20 - December 17)4:00pm to 5:30pm

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)

The 2020 Vision Playwriting Project

Students are asked to submit a short statement (1 to 2 paragraphs) on why they are interested in participating in the program, what they hope to gain, and how their unique passions, interests and identities will contribute to the collaborative ensemble experience. Please submit your information and statement HERE Taught by: Jeri Hammond, Dev Luthra

Tuition: $500
Monday & Wednesdays 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Saturdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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.**