Young Actors Studio Theater Classes

Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Studio provides in-depth programming for students interested in all aspects of theater. General acting classes taught by our education staff take place over fall, winter and spring trimesters and focus on different acting techniques, playwriting, improvisation, and scene study.

Year-round advanced classes are taught by members of our education staff, resident acting company and artistic staff.  In the summer, we offer classes for students entering 1st grade through graduated seniors in our exceptional Young Actors Summer Institute.

For the time being, all classes will be held online via Zoom. Internet access with audio and video capabilities is required for all classes. We intend to add in-person options as soon as it is safe to do so.

FINANCIAL AID

Please fill out the Young Actors Studio Financial Aid ApplicationBEFORE registering for a Young Actors Studio class. Once your application is processed (allow 3 – 5 business days) you will be given a discount code to register. Financial aid is need-based only and applicants must fill out the  form and complete an essay to be considered. Payment plans are also available. Email education@trinityrep.com with all inquiries.

Please Note: All students must submit a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot in the class. Email education@trinityrep.com if this is cost prohibitive for your family.

TRIMESTER ACTING CLASSES

Trinity Rep offers eight-week acting classes for students in grades K-12 at all experience levels. These courses are process-based, focusing on acting techniques through the lens of scene study, playwriting, collaborative creation, or improvisation and are taught by our education staff.

Fall sessions are open for registration now. Winter sessions will begin in January 2021 and spring sessions begin in March 2021. Watch this space for details and registration 1-2 months prior to each session starting.

GRADES K-1

Creative Creation – Monsters and Mystical Creatures

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Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 pm, October 6 – 27, 2020

Led by Natalie Dreyer
Cost: $50

This is an online class. This is an online class. Students will use their actors tools of body, voice and imagination to craft their very own monsters and mystical creatures as we enter the spooky fall season. Creativity and silliness encouraged!

This class will be held on Zoom, audio and video capabilities are required.

Traveling Tales

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Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 pm, November 17 – December 8, 2020
Led by Natalie Dreyer
Cost: $50

This is an online class. How does a setting change your story? We will explore different environments and the possible stories that could be inspired each different location.

This class will be held on Zoom, audio and video capabilities are required.

GRADES 2-4

Fairy Tales: The Untold Stories

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Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:15 pm, October 6 – 27, 2020
Led by Natalie Dreyer
Cost: $50

This is an online class. Whatever happened to Cinderella’s stepsisters? Why was the woodsman in the woods with Little Red? This class will explore the untold stories of the other folks in fairy tales. Students will use their imagination, body and voice to create backstories for their secondary character of choice.

This class will be held on Zoom, audio and video capabilities are required.

Twice Upon a Time: Retold Fairy Tales

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Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:15 pm, November 17 – December 8, 2020
Led by Natalie Dreyer
Cost: $50

This is an online class. This session is a continuation of the previous class, but also can stand alone. Students will take their characters from the previous class and work together to create a new fairy tale! They will explore the elements of story using their actors tools of body, voice and imagination.

This class will be held on Zoom, audio and video capabilities are required.

GRADES 5-7

Playmaking

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Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, October 7 – December 9, 2020
Led by Matthew Tibbs
Cost: $125

This is an online class. This class will work with a group of creative players to build and play our way to an original story of our own making. Through games and ensemble work, we will develop our acting skills, collaboration, and creative writing to share stories and some laughs.

This class will be held on Zoom, audio and video capabilities are required.

Improv

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Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, October 3 – November 21, 2020
Led by Jordan Butterfield
Cost: $125

This is an online class. Improvisation is the craft of building theater spontaneously through collaboration.  While humor is not its goal, improvisational theater can be hilariously funny.  This class will focus on the basics of improvisation, including accepting and building, establishing point of view, and creating a world to play in.

This class will be held on Zoom, audio and video capabilities are required.

GRADES 8-12

Auditions

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Saturdays, 2:15 – 3:15 pm, October 3 – November 21, 2020
Led by Jordan Butterfield
Cost: $125

This is an online class. This class will explore different types of acting auditions, with a special emphasis on the monologue theatrical audition and cold readings. Students will work on auditioning with both monologues and short scenes. They will also learn helpful techniques on how best to present themselves, as well as common pitfalls to avoid.

This class will be held on Zoom, audio and video capabilities are required.

AGE 16+

Virtual Stand Up Comedy

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Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, October 13 – December 1, 2020
Taught by Jay Are Adams
Cost: $180

A Stand Up and Sketch Comedy Class: This class is the ultimate beginner’s guide to making people laugh. Learn about joke writing, structure, and presentation while developing your own material, which you’ll present in a comedy showcase. Warning: may contain mature language. This class will be held on the Zoom platform – video and audio connection are necessary.
Class size limited to 12 students.

Virtual Play Reading & Discussion Group

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Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am, March 6 – April 10, 2021
Taught by Curt Columbus
Cost: $60

Artistic Director Curt Columbus will lead students through a curated discussion focused on a different play each week. Curt will select plays from a variety of genres and playwrights, including some who have been produced recently at Trinity Rep. Students will be given a syllabus in advance and will be sent a PDF of each play. Stimulate your mind and engage in the power of human connection with this exciting group. This class will be held on the Zoom platform – video and audio connection are necessary.
Class size limited to 20 students

YEAR-ROUND ADVANCED PROGRAMS

Classes meet throughout the year and are taught by members of our education department and resident acting company. For at least the first month of classes, we will be meeting online. We intend to transition to in-person instruction when it is safe to do so. Each class has 24 total meetings between October 2020 and May 2021. Financial aid is available and payments can be made in installments. Permission from the instructor required. Email education@trinityrep.com with inquiries. Students must have a prior history with Trinity Rep classes or summer programs.

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Begins October 5, 2020
Mondays, 4:00 -5:30 pm (virtual), 4:00 – 6:00 pm (in-person)
Cost: $550

This class, for returning students only, runs for the full season from October to May. The program will be led by Associate Education Director Matthew Tibbs. Students will work with improvisation, devising, playwriting, and acting technique.

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Begins October 7, 2020
Wednesdays, 4:00 -5:30 pm (virtual), 4:00 – 6:00 pm (in-person)
Cost: $550

Studies with Trinity Rep Director of Education Jordan Butterfield. Studies playwriting/playmaking, acting methods, musical theater, improvisation, audition techniques, and scene study with special emphasis on works by contemporary BIPOC, LGBTQ, and female playwrights.

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Begins October 5, 2020
Mondays, 4:00 -5:30 pm (virtual), 4:00 – 6:00 pm (in-person)
Cost: $550

Studies with School Partnerships and Professional Development Coordinator Natalie Dreyer. The Junior Ensemble builds a foundation of performance skills through an introduction to improv and how it addresses the fundamentals of acting. We will then carry those skills into our work on a one-act play. In addition to performing the play, we will be creating short monologues in response to the work, from our own perspectives.

Since 1996, Trinity Rep’s High School Theater Ambassadors program has brought together talented teens from communities across Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, united by their common interest in theater. Participation is free. Group is limited to 14 students. For the 2020-21 Season, this program will meet twice monthly, starting virtually. They will read new plays and have special guest speakers from the theater community. Get more information.

SPECIALTY CLASSES

Shakespeare in the Stacks 
Dates TBD
Trinity Rep invites students to participate in a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare masterpiece.  Directed by Natalie Dreyer, students learn to bring Shakespeare’s words to life before starring in public performances staged in the library’s stacks. Previous shows include Julius Caesar, The TempestComedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and JulietTwelfth Night, King Lear, and Macbeth.

YOUNG ACTORS SUMMER INSTITUTE (YASI)

The Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) is the only summer theater program in New England for students to train at a Tony Award-winning theater with the best professional instructors from around the region. Budding theater artists learn from Trinity Rep’s nationally renowned acting ensemble, resident artists, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA graduate students and local working artists. Customize your experience by choosing electives from playwriting, musical theater, and improvisation, to YouTube video making, Shakespeare and more! This month-long program brings the fun, friends, and energy of summer camp, while students take their skills to the next level with our exceptional curricula. YASI is a supportive, competition-free zone that culminates in two public performances on the Trinity Rep stage. Get more information about YASI.

Looking for drama programs near you?

We also have extensive in-school and after-school residencies and show-related workshops at locations near you and we teach theater classes for children and adults with disabilities through our TRAIN program. Email education@trinityrep.com for more information.