Wheelock Family Theatre provides a dynamic and exciting drama curriculum for young actors that teaches drama skills while connecting those skills to your child’s overall development. WFT offers classes for students from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 on Saturday, Sunday and now Wednesdays!

Session I (12-week & 6-week classes) start Saturday, January 19.

Session II (6 week classes) start Saturday, March 9.

Classes will not be held the weekend prior to the week of February & April vacations, February 16 -20 or April 13 – 17 or Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. The final day for all 12-week programs and the second session of Saturday & Sunday classes will be Saturday, April 27 and Sunday April 28. Wednesday classes will end on April 24.

Grades Pre-K & K

Story Explorers

Inspired by favorite children’s books, Story Explorers embark on a new adventure each session! Through creative movement, imagination, and hands-on art activities, students jump into the world of each story and set sail on this interactive theatre experience specially designed for our youngest students. At the last class, family and friends are invited as students share some highlights of their imaginative journey. Each session is its own story adventure, so students may sign up for more than one session! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $300
Saturdays January 19 - March 2 (9:30am to 11:00am)
Saturdays March 9 - April 27 (9:30am to 11:00am)
Sundays March 10 - April 28 (9:30am to 11:00am)
Wednesdays March 13 to April 24 (3:30pm to 5:00pm)

Grades 1-3

Creative Drama: Characters take the Stage

A fun and physical introduction to the fundamental building blocks of drama (body, voice, mind, and imagination). With a theme selected to spark and support the creative process, students will participate in movement exercises, story reenactments, theatre games, improvisation, role-playing, music, dance, and visual arts. At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the group to watch the creative process in action. While the structure of the class remains the same, we introduce new materials and themes to explore each session! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $600
Saturdays January 19 - April 27 9:30am - 11:00am
Sundays January 20 - April 28 9:30am - 11:00am

Sing-a-Story

Shares the secrets of storytelling through song. This essential skill for the musical theatre actor is grounded in the principles of vocal technique. Students will connect voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement. By exploring vocal dynamics, students will convey the emotion of the character and tell a story through song. At the last class, family and friends are invited to hear the dynamic results! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $300
Saturdays January 19 - March 211:00am to 12:30pm
Sundays March 10 - April 2811:00am to 12:30pm

Wild Moves

A creative exploration of movement. Students will learn movement inspired by the wild and wonderful world of animals. Students will learn movement vocabulary such as, level, tempo, locomotion, rhythm, and more as they create characters, move and groove to a jungle beat. On the last day of class, students will share their "wild moves" with friends and family! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $300
Sundays January 20 - March 311:00am to 12:30pm
Saturdays March 9 - April 2711:00am to 12:30pm

Grades 4-5

Musical Theatre Comprehensive

Explores the fundamentals of musical theatre. Participants will develop characters within the context of a musical scene, explore various musical styles, and develop songs, scenes, and numbers from various musicals. Through solo, small-group, and ensemble work, students will learn how to transition from scene to song, creating a believable shift that allows the audience to follow a character’s journey. A final presentation for family and friends will take place on the last day of class. (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $600
Sundays January 20 - April 2811:00am to 12:30pm

Actor’s Toolbox

The Actor’s Toolbox engages students in the creative process and supports their growth as actors, individually and in ensemble. Over the course of 12 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. We recommend students take this class more than once, to continue stocking their toolbox and keeping their tools sharp! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $600
Sundays January 20 - April 289:30am - 11:00am

Clowning Around

Learn a delightful, unique style of silent clowning. Using movement, mime, and theatre techniques, we will express our special visions of ourselves, our feelings, and funny characters we would like to be. We will discover the magic of costume and make-up, and of bringing our own clown characters to life.

At the final class, family and friends are invited to join us to watch the creative process in action. (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $300
Sundays January 20 - March 312:30pm to 2:00pm
Saturdays March 9 - April 2712:30pm to 2:00pm

Shakin’ it with Shakespeare

Decodes the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to help students find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. At the final class, family and friends are invited to watch young actors share the creative process in action as they work to bring the timeless words of Shakespeare to life. (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $300
Sundays March 10 - April 2812:30pm to 2:00pm
Grades 6-8

Musical Theatre Comprehensive

Explores the fundamentals of musical theatre. Participants will develop characters within the context of a musical scene, explore various musical styles, and develop songs, scenes, and numbers from various musicals. Through solo, small-group, and ensemble work, students will learn how to transition from scene to song, creating a believable shift that allows the audience to follow a character’s journey. A final presentation for family and friends will take place on the last day of class. (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $600
Sundays January 20 - April 2812:30pm to 2:00pm

Teen Performance Ensemble: Once On This Island JR

This auditioned based program is for students in grades 6 to 12 with previous musical theater and performance experience. The class will culminate in performances on the WFT main stage on May 31 and June 1.

Auditions are Wednesday, 1/16 5-8pm, Saturday, 1/19 1-5pm and Sun. 1/20 1-5pm

Learn more about the program and audition requirements: HERE.
For more information and to schedule an audition email program director Jeri Hammond at jerih@bu.edu

Tuition: $850
Wednesdays 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturdays 1:00pm - 6:00pm*Wednesdays 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturdays 1:00pm - 6:00pm*

Actor’s Toolbox

The Actor’s Toolbox engages students in the creative process and supports their growth as actors, individually and in ensemble. Over the course of 12 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. We recommend students take this class more than once, to continue stocking their toolbox and keeping their tools sharp! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $600
Sundays January 20 - April 289:30am to 11:00am

Shakespeare

An understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare is an essential part of a young actor’s training. Each afternoon will be spent immersed in the language, humor and humanity of Shakespeare’s works. Students will explore some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. At the final class, family and friends are invited to watch as young actors share the creative process in action as they work to bring the timeless words of Shakespeare to life. Students are encouraged to take both sessions but can register for one or the other as material taught will be independent of either course

Tuition: $300
Wednesdays January 23 - March 65:30pm to 7:00pm
Wednesdays March 13 - April 245:30pm to 7:00pm

Improv

Ignites students’ ability to make bold choices in the moment. Through short- and long-form improv activities, participants build skills to create and sustain improvised situations. The emphasis is on developing a facility for improvisation as both performance art and rehearsal technique. At the final class, family and friends are invited to join the fun and to be prepared for anything—if you’re in the room, in you’re in the scene! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $300
Sundays March 10 - April 2811:00am to 12:30pm
Grades 9-12

Teen Performance Ensemble: Once On This Island JR

This auditioned based program is for students in grades 6 to 12 with previous musical theater and performance experience. The class will culminate in performances on the WFT main stage on May 31 and June 1.

Auditions are Wednesday, 1/16 5-8pm, Saturday, 1/19 1-5pm and Sun. 1/20 1-5pm

Learn more about the program and audition requirements: HERE.
For more information and to schedule an audition email program director Jeri Hammond at jerih@bu.edu

Tuition: $850
Wednesdays 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturdays 1:00pm - 6:00pm*Wednesdays 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturdays 1:00pm - 6:00pm*

Shakespeare

An understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare is an essential part of a young actor’s training. Each afternoon will be spent immersed in the language, humor and humanity of Shakespeare’s works. Students will explore some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. At the final class, family and friends are invited to watch as young actors share the creative process in action as they work to bring the timeless words of Shakespeare to life. Students are encouraged to take both sessions but can register for one or the other as material taught will be independent of either course

Tuition: $300
Wednesdays January 23 - March 65:30pm to 7:00pm
Wednesdays March 13 - April 245:30pm to 7:00pm

Provocative Plays: Tackling Tough Issues on Stage

Students will explore scenes and ideas from new and traditional plays that push boundaries and challenge audiences to take a new perspective. Acquiring courage and helpful acting skills to embody tough circumstances. (No Class on April 14)

Tuition: $550
Sundays, March 10 - April 282:00pm to 5:00pm

Improv

Ignites students’ ability to make bold choices in the moment. Through short- and long-form improv activities, participants build skills to create and sustain improvised situations. The emphasis is on developing a facility for improvisation as both performance art and rehearsal technique. At the final class, family and friends are invited to join the fun and to be prepared for anything—if you’re in the room, in you’re in the scene! (No Class on February 16 & 17 and April 13 & 14)

Tuition: $300
Sundays March 10 - April 2811:00am to 12:30pm

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Our classes give young people the opportunity to learn the fundamental building blocks of drama, and benefit from the additional skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication that theatre education provides. We offer a fun and supportive class environment in a setting unique to Boston and the region: Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, Equity theatre committed to creating high quality productions, celebrating diversity, and making its programs affordable and accessible for children and families. Wheelock Family Theatre’s education program is an exciting developmentally and age-appropriate curriculum for young people between the ages of 3 and 18.

We have designed a sequence of class offerings that allow students to experience the joy of creative discovery at any point along the continuum. Intergenerational storytelling leads to early creative dramatics leads to acting fundamentals/actor’s toolbox then to specialty sessions in musical theatre, stage combat, improv, playwriting, or songwriting. We encourage students to take classes more than once, to continue building their foundation of skills upon prior training. Experienced students can audition for WFT’s advanced performance intensives and mainstage productions.

Policies to note:

  • All programs enroll on a first-come, first-serve basis. Programs have a maximum capacity, to optimize small groups.
  • Classes have been organized by age and grade, to support developmentally and age-appropriate curriculum and peer interaction, and we adhere to advertised age brackets.
  • We ask that parents not attend classes with their children (Saturday Stories the exception). It is our experience that children do best if unaccompanied. We do invite family and friends to attend the last class in each session.
  • WFT makes every possible effort to accommodate students with special needs and physical and cognitive differences. We encourage families to provide us with any necessary information during registration to help us assess individual needs.
  • Tuition assistance is available, please contact members of our Education Department at 617-353-2994.

If you have any questions or would like help in selecting classes for your child, please email us at WFTEd@bu.edu or call us at 617-353-2994.