Learn

Theatre Tallahassee is proud to be offering educational opportunites to all those within our community who want to have a better understanding of theater, acting, technical aspects, for all ages and abilities. From beginners to seasoned actors, we hope to offer something for everyone!

Acting Up! Level 1 Class: Intro to Theatre, Stage Work, & Acting

Classes held: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 10am-12pm

Join us for this introductory theatre class for Seniors 55+. Learn the basics of all aspects of theatre, from on-stage to backstage. Get an understanding of techniques, terminology and etiquette in a fun, social environment. Every class will offer up something new and focus on different areas of theatre. 

Instructor: J.C. Carr
For Ages: 55+
Cost: $10 a month ($5 per class) - due on first day of class. To sign up, show up!

SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE

Please note: Schedule subject to change. Registration will begin after the first of the year. 

Drama/Theatre Basics

March 4 • 11am-1pm (2 hours)

Students learn through first-hand experience the basics of theater in performance art presentation. Theatre jargon is an acquired language, not a given, which can become familiar through the very basic ideas and concepts of contemporary and classical/historical theatre. To properly follow the directors instructions, you must know the basics. Students will learn techniques that will be freeing from inhibitions and find that nothing is impossible. 

Instructor: Renee Matthews Jackson                                                                                                                                                                 
For Ages: 16+
Cost: $20

Improv for Teens

February 25 & March 18 • 11am-12:30pm (1.5 hours)

Improvisation is a great tool for young actors and actresses—it helps them with spontaneity, listening skills and onstage communication. It is also valuable for non-actors, encouraging collaboration with peers, improving listening/communication skills and quick on your feet thinking. In this class, teens will participate in interactive and lively improvisation exercises and games in an environment that is a safe space for them to take risks, make mistakes, learn about themselves and build confidence. Most importantly, of course, they will have fun and laughter is a guarantee!

Instructor: Emily Goodridge                                                                                                                                                                      
For Ages: 14-17
Cost: $20

Mimic of Mime

March 11 • 12pm-2pm (2 hours)

Mime is the brother and sister of pantomime, which is the ability to convey a song, story or artistic presentation with hand gestures, body movements and facial expressions. Both the white face and gloves are worn as symbols of silence and to further create an illusion for the audience. This creative technique allows the artist to share their moods without saying a word. Students will learn the history behind miming and how the art form is used in today's performances. 
 

Instructor: Renee Matthews Jackson                                                                                                                                                                     
For Ages: 7-12
Cost: $20 

Jazz Dance

Mondays, March 6, 13,20, & 27 • 6pm-7pm (1 hour)

Come brush up your dance skills by learning or reviewing basic jazz technique! Classes will focus on flexibility, conditioning, and basic theatre jazz work. Each class will also feature a short musical theatre jazz combination to be taught and learned audition style to help you prepare for future musical theatre auditions. Please wear jazz shoes and comfortable clothing.

Instructor: Anna Norris                                                                                                                                                                    
For Ages: 16+
Cost: $10 per week ($40 total if you attend all four classes)

Behind the Scenes: Peter and the Starcatcher

March 25 • 11am – 1pm (2 hours, approx.)

Ever wonder what goes into the process of a show at Theatre Tallahassee? Join us on Saturday March 25th to take a look behind the scenes of our Mainstage production of Peter and the Starcatcher! You will have a chance to hear form the Director and a glance into the tech process. You will not want to miss out on this opportunity!

Instructor: The director, cast and crew of Peter and the Starcatcher
For Ages: 18+
Cost: Free

Tap Dance

Mondays, April 10, 17, 24, & May 1 • 6pm-7pm (1 hour)

Come brush up your dance skills by learning or reviewing basic tap technique! Classes will focus on tap basics, conditioning, and theatre-style tap work. Each class will also feature a short musical theatre tap combination to be taught and learned audition style to help you prepare for future musical theatre auditions. Please wear tap shoes and comfortable clothing.

Instructor: Anna Norris
For Ages: 16+
Cost: $10 per week ($40 total to attend all four classes)

Teen Acting

April 4, 18, & May 2 • 6-7pm (1 hr)

Is your teenage son the class clown? Does your teenage daughter entertain your family at the dinner table with dead-on impressions? Do they sing in the shower and recite lines from their favorite movies? Perhaps you’ve got a budding actor or actress on your hands!

Through highly interactive (and fun) exercises and games, participants in the class will learn the fundamentals of acting. This class will also be useful for young people that desire working on public speaking, building their self-confidence and communication skills, learning about and developing empathy. These are all areas in which a successful actor must have proficiency. 

Instructor: Emily Goodridge
For Ages: 14-17
Cost: $20

Stage Fighting

April 15 • Time TBA

This one-day class that involves the teaching and application of basic hand-to-hand stage fighting techniques. It is an exploratory session designed to improve confidence in a student’s movement and presence on stage, most specifically applied to situations of simulated violence. However, the theories and safety techniques taught can be applied throughout the actor’s repertoire.

Instructor: M. Derek Nieves
For Ages: 18+
Cost: $20

Scenic Painting

May 6 • 11am-2pm (3 hours)

Learn the basics of scenic painting in this hands -on workshop. We’ll discuss different kinds of paint, tools, and theater terms, as well as learn some faux finishing techniques for wood, marble and other common textures. Students should dress to get messy, and wear closed-toed, comfortable shoes. Class size is limited.

Instructor: Melissa Findley                                                                                                                                                                      
For Ages: 16+
Cost: $20 (cost of materials included)