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. To get a reminder when future class sessions become available for enrollment, complete the form at the bottom of this page.

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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 with all inquiries.

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


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.

Winter classes are now open for registration and will run late January through early March.

Spring sessions begin in March 2021. Watch this space for details and registration 1-2 months prior to each session starting. To receive a reminder when registration opens for future sessions, complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Gr. K – 1

Swimmy: An Underwater Adventure

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Thursdays 4:30 – 5:15 pm, January 28 – March 11, 2021

Led by Natalie Dreyer
Cost: $75

Together we will explore the underwater world of Swimmy by Leo Lionni. Students will create dialogue and back stories for each of the characters that Swimmy meet during his adventure. Come join us for a deep dive into storytelling!

Gr. 2 – 4

Treasure Map Tales

**This class is full
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Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 pm, January 28 – March 11, 2021

Led by Natalie Dreyer
Cost: $75

Students will work as an ensemble to create their own treasure map that will act as an outline for a short play. Using problem solving to defeat challenges, the ensemble will work its way through the map to find their buried treasure and have a great time writing their own short play.

Gr. 5 – 7


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Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm,  January 27 – March 10, 2021 

Led by Bradly Widener
Cost: $110 

Students will learn the basics of playwriting by writing their own short play. They will decide on a story and a theme, create their own characters, and write scenes and monologues to build on their ideas.

AGES 16+

10 Weeks with August Wilson: The American Century Cycle

This class is full. We are holding space for participants who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color. Interested BIPOC individuals should email Others may add their names to the waitlist.

Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, April 17 – June 19, 2021
Taught by Michelle Cruz
Cost: $100

In this discussion and play reading group for older teens and adults, participants will explore a different play from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle each week. Community Engagement Director Michelle Cruz will lead a conversation about the context, themes, rich history, music and language of Wilson’s plays. In order, the plays are: Gem of the OceanJoe Turner’s Come and GoneMa Rainey’s Black BottomThe Piano LessonSeven GuitarsFencesTwo Trains Running, JitneyKing Hedley II, and Radio Golf. We encourage students to purchase these plays from Black-owned bookstores such as these or find it at your local library. We are holding spaces for participants who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. Interested BIPOC individuals should email for more information before registering.

This class will be held on the Zoom platform – video and audio connection are necessary.
Class size limited to 20 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


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 with inquiries. Students must have a prior history with Trinity Rep classes or summer programs.

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Begins November 2, 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.


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.


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 for more information.

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