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 10-week classes for students from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12.

Fall Saturday classes run from September 21 – November 23rd.

Winter Saturday classes run from January 25 – April 11. No classes on February 15 & 22

Stay tuned for specialty and masterclasses throughout the year!

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 dive 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. We recommend students take this class more than once, to continue developing their skills of imagination and creative play! Taught by: Rebecca Elowe

Tuition: $500
Fall Saturdays, September 21 - November 23, 20199:30am to 11:00am
Winter Saturdays, January 25 - April 11, 2020 (No Classes Feb 15 & 22)9:30am to 11:00am
Grades 1-3

Sing & Dance a Story: Aladdin

Inspired by the story and music of Aladdin, students will learn to “sing a story” by exploring the various voices that can be produced by using appropriate vocal technique. Students will connect voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement through improvisation to create vivid characters. They will “dance a story” by learning to use creative movement to bring a story to life. Not all actors need to dance, but learning how to use a creative and flexible range of movement will help young actors feel more confident on stage, develop physically interesting characters, and add another skill to their actor toolbox. At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the group to watch the creative process in action. Taught by: Alex Brodsky-Benedetti

Tuition: $500
September 21 - November 23, 201911:00am - 12:30pm

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. We recommend students take this class more than once, to continue developing their building blocks! Taught by: Alex Brodsky-Benedetti

Tuition: $500
Fall Saturdays, September 21 - November 23, 20199:30am to 11:00am
Winter Saturdays, January 25 - April 11, 2020 (No Classes Feb 15 & 22)9:30am to 11:00am

Sing & Dance a Story: Jungle Book

Inspired by the story and music of The Jungle Book, students will learn to “sing a story” by exploring the various voices that can be produced by using appropriate vocal technique. Students will connect voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement through improvisation to create vivid characters. They will “dance a story” by learning to use creative movement to bring a story to life. Not all actors need to dance, but learning how to use a creative and flexible range of movement will help young actors feel more confident on stage, develop physically interesting characters, and add another skill to their actor toolbox. At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the group to watch the creative process in action.

Tuition: $500
January 25 - April 14, 2020 (No Class February 15 & 22)11:00am - 12:30pm
Grades 4-8

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 10 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, family and friends are invited to join the group to watch the creative process in action. We recommend students take this class more than once, to continue stocking their toolbox and keeping their tools sharp! Taught by: Esme Allen, Zoe Nadal

Tuition: $500
Fall Saturdays, September 21 - November 23, 20199:30am to 11:00am
Winter Saturdays, January 25 - April 11, 2020 (No Classes Feb 15 & 22)9:30am to 11:00am

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. We recommend students take this class more than once, to continue developing their musical theatre skill set! Taught by: Zoe Nadal, Isaac Leaverton

Tuition: $500
Fall Saturdays, September 21 - November 23, 201911:00am - 12:30pm
Winter Saturdays, January 25 - April 11, 2020 (No Classes Feb 15 & 22)11:00am - 12:30pm

Teen Performance Ensemble: Radium Girls

This auditioned based program is for students in grades 6 to 12 with previous theater and performance experience. Over a 10-week period students will further develop their actor’s tools while rehearsing for a culminating production of Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, to take place on the WFT stage on December 20 & 21. Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece and offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science in the 1920s.

Interested in auditioning? Email WFTEd@bu.edu Review the program's fact sheet to learn more!


Taught by: Fran Weinberg

Tuition: $850
Sundays & ThursdaysPlease review to the program's fact sheet.

Teen Performance Ensemble: The Drowsy Chaperone

This auditioned based program is for students in grades 6 to 12 with previous musical theater and performance experience. Over a 10-week period students will further develop their actor’s tools while rehearsing for a culminating production of The Drowsy Chaperone, to take place on the WFT stage on June 5 & 6, 2020. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. For more information and to request an audition please email: WFTEd@bu.edu. Taught by: Nick Vargas, Todd Gordon

Tuition: $850
TBARehearsal Schedule TBA
Grades 9-12

Teen Performance Ensemble: Radium Girls

This auditioned based program is for students in grades 6 to 12 with previous theater and performance experience. Over a 10-week period students will further develop their actor’s tools while rehearsing for a culminating production of Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, to take place on the WFT stage on December 20 & 21. Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece and offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science in the 1920s.

Interested in auditioning? Email WFTEd@bu.edu Review the program's fact sheet to learn more!


Taught by: Fran Weinberg

Tuition: $850
Sundays & ThursdaysPlease review to the program's fact sheet.

Teen Performance Ensemble: The Drowsy Chaperone

This auditioned based program is for students in grades 6 to 12 with previous musical theater and performance experience. Over a 10-week period students will further develop their actor’s tools while rehearsing for a culminating production of The Drowsy Chaperone, to take place on the WFT stage on June 5 & 6, 2020. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. For more information and to request an audition please email: WFTEd@bu.edu. Taught by: Nick Vargas, Todd Gordon

Tuition: $850
TBARehearsal Schedule TBA

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.
  • Multi-class Discounts for classes are 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.