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.

TRIMESTER ACTING COURSES

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. Each class culminates with an informal sharing for friends and family in our education classroom. Please Note: All students must submit a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot in the class.

Winter session starts in January 2020 and the classes are:

Young Actors Studio Winter Session (6 Weekly Classes)
Grades K-1: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm, January 7 to February 11, 2020 ($125) led by Natalie Dreyer. Click here to register.
Grades 2-4: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15 pm, January 7 to February 11, 2020 ($125) led by Natalie Dreyer. Click here to register.
Grades 5-7: Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, January 4 – February 8, 2020, ($125) led by Matthew Bretschneider. Click here to register.
Grades 8-12: Saturdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, January 4 – February 8, 2020, ($175) led by Matthew Bretschneider. Click here to register.

Spring session begins March 2020.

Young Actors Studio Spring Session (8 Weekly Classes)
Grades K-1: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm, March 17  –   May 12, 2020 ($150) led by Natalie Dreyer. Click here to register.
Grades 2-4: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15 pm, March 17 – May 12, 2020 ($150) led by Natalie Dreyer. Click here to register.
Grades 5-7: Saturdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, March 21  – May 16, 2020, ($150). Click here to register.
Grades 8-12: Saturdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, March 21  – May 16, 2020, ($225). Click here to register.

SPECIALITY COURSES

These are subject-specific groups that meet for most of the school year.

February 6 – May 28, 2020

Grades 3–6, Thursdays 4 -5:30pm, $250

Trinity Rep and the Providence Athenaeum invite 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 Athenaeum’s library stacks. Previous shows include Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, King Lear, and Macbeth.

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September 2019 – May 2020

Grades 7–12, $100

For students more interested in focusing the spotlight instead of being in it, we have Trinity Technicians! Technicians meet several times throughout the year, learning the ins and outs of the technical side of theater. Under the guidance of a member of the technical staff, Trinity Technicians observe one tech rehearsal for each show, meet with a designer or member of the production team for each show, and attend every Trinity Rep production.

November 2 from 3 – 4 pm: Observe tech rehearsal for A Christmas Carol
November 8 from 6 – 9:30 pm: Student Night for A Christmas Carol
December 1 from 3 – 4 pm: Observe tech rehearsal for Fade
December 13 from 6 – 9 pm: Student Night for Fade
January 25 from 3  –  4 pm: Observe tech rehearsal for August Wilson’s Radio Golf
February 7 from 6 – 10 pm: Student Night for August Wilson’s Radio Golf
February 15 from 3 – 4 pm: Observe tech rehearsal for A Tale of Two Cities
February 28 from 6 – 9:45 pm: Student night for A Tale of Two Cities
March 28 from 3 – 4 pm: Observe tech rehearsal for Sweat
March 22 from 6 – 10 pm: Student Night for Sweat
April 18 from 3 – 4 pm: Observe tech rehearsal for Sweeney Todd
April 10 from 6 – 10:15 pm: Student night for Sweeney Todd

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YEAR ROUND ADVANCED PROGRAMS

Classes meet throughout the year and are taught by members of our education department and resident acting company. Students receive complimentary tickets to Trinity Rep productions. 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.

Begins October 7, 2019
Mondays, 4-6pm, $800 (Subscription)
$125 per session (4 week sessions, a la carte)

This class, for returning students only, runs for the full season from October to May. The program will be led by multiple different guest teaching artists in specific subjects such as devising, stage combat, dialects, auditioning, musical theater and more. You can take the entire season (subscribe, includes tickets to student nights) or just a session or two depending on your interests (a la carte, no tickets).

Lab Session 1 – Contemporary Scene Study with Matthew Bretschneider
10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
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Over 4 weeks, the class will learn an approach to scene study that is grounded in pursuing objectives. Through multiple scene assignments from contemporary playwrights, students will hone their skills related to script analysis, moment-to-moment work, character development and audition preparation.

Lab Session 2 –  Dance for the Stage with Taavon Gamble
11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9
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This class will focus on using a jazz dance/musical theater foundation to help students learn, understand, and retain basic terminology. Perfect for the beginner mover to the intermediate dancer looking for a comfortable outlet to tap into their “inner storyteller” to explore musicality through a diverse range of styles.

Lab Session 3 – Stage Combat with Teddy Lytle
1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3
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Ready for an in depth look of how to take ownership of your craft and allow space for collaboration and kindness…  all while fighting? This session is a comprehensive look at stage combat with the possibility of knives.

Lab Session 4 – Voice & Speech with Rachael Warren
2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9
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This session will address one of the main actors’ tools – the voice – through monologue work. Students should prepare a 2-minute monologue and resident acting company member Rachael Warren will work on vocal support, breath, projection, diction and warm-ups.

Lab Session 5 – Directing with Jackie Davis
3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6
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Local actor and director Jackie Davis will work with students on activating text through tablework and tableaux in this directing session. Students should select and prepare a 5+ minute scene to work on in class.

Lab Session 6 – Improvisation with Mauro Hantman
4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
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Improvisation is fundamental to an actor’s training and resident acting company member Mauro Hantman will coach students in short and long-form improv exercises, emphasizing making offers, building and establishing character.

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Begins September 18, 2019
Wednesdays, 4-6pm, $700

Studies with Trinity Rep director of education, Jordan Butterfield. Attends every Trinity Rep production. Studies playwriting, musical theater, improvisation and scene study with special emphasis on Shakespeare and theater history. There are two EXPLOSION presentations during the year for family and friends, including a cabaret at the end of the season.

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Begins September 16, 2019
Mondays, 4-6pm, $600

Studies with arts integration and school-to-career 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, explores Shakespeare through different scenes and monologues to create a curated evening of short performances where students explore multiple roles.

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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.

YOUNG ACTORS STUDIO FINANCIAL AID

Please fill out the Young Actors Studio Financial Aid Application and upload the essay in order to be considered for financial assistance for the Trinity Repertory Company Young Actors Studio. Financial aid is need-based only and applicants must fill out the attached form and complete an essay to be considered. Payment plans are also available. Email education@trinityrep.com with all inquiries.

TEEN THEATER AMBASSADORS

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.
Get more information about the Teen Theater Ambassador program.

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.

Financial Aid

Please fill out the YASI Financial Aid Application and upload the essay in order to be considered for financial assistance for the Trinity Repertory Company Young Actors Studio. Financial aid is need-based only and applicants must fill out the attached form and complete an essay to be considered. Payment plans are also available. Email education@trinityrep.com with all inquiries. The registration form must be completed before applying for financial aid. Financial aid applications without a registration will not be considered

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.