CLASS OFFERINGS SPRING 2022 | March 16 – April 23, 2022
Develop clear and expressive physicality and vocal technique. Through improvisation and short scenes the students create, use those skills to take risks, make strong character choices, develop character relationships, and pursue objectives. Ends in a sharing of students work on the final class.
Delve into a rich dance experience to strengthen dance vocabulary, technique, and performance skills. Tackle challenging and iconic choreographic styles from standout musical theatre, like 'A Chorus Line', 'Hamilton', and 'Chicago'.
Learn vocal fundamentals by performing songs from Broadway and other musical theatre traditions. Practice vocal expression skills and build the connection between body and voice, all while strengthening diction, projection, and pitch.
Immerse yourself in the dramatic process as you create, stage, and perform a play or musical! Inspired by the class theme, and under the guidance of your Director, work with your class to develop the show’s setting, characters, dialogue, and staging. While you’re creating the show, study theatrical skillsets and apply the skills you’ve learned to the final performance. Throughout this process-driven class, engage in rehearsal practices, and theatre games/activities to sharpen your foundational performance skills. On the final day of class, perform your original work for family & friends!
Theatre Learning Looks Like:
Integrating multiple performance styles & theatre concepts
Rich collaboration – discussing & contributing ideas to enhance performance
Director’s notes – observation, suggestion, support, and feedback to introduce and refine performance concepts
Providing opportunity for intentional group reflection on artistic work
Skill-Based Learning Looks Like:
Learning skill-specific vocabulary & concepts at an age-appropriate level
Understanding concepts though warm-ups, games, exercises, projects, and exploration
building-upon concepts to achieve mastery
LULU THOMPSON (Create A Play)
Lulu Thompson is a director, actor & musician who has taught theatre classes in the north bay for over five years - to all ages, from kindergarteners to college students. In addition to after-school classes & summer camps, she is also a recurring guest teacher in Santa Rosa High School's ArtQuest theatre program.Informed by music & contemporary dance, Lulu focuses on helping students develop physicality, group movement & an ensemble-based creative process. As a devised-theatre artist, she facilitates classes in the creation of new plays - allowing each student to share their unique creative voice, while developing listening skills & group awareness.
GRACE KENT (Dance Musical Theatre)
Grace Kent is a dance and movement teacher for the youth and adults. She has taught workshops in aerial silks, dance and stage presence at different studios around Sonoma County and in Ashland OR where she received her Bachelors in Theater Arts at Southern Oregon University. She is thrilled to be joining the teaching program her credits include working on Elf the Musical with the Young Actors Studio.
ANTHONY MARTINEZ (Sing Musical Theatre)
Anthony Martinez is a Sonoma County-based professional actor, singer, and musician. Anthony has been with YAS since 2017 and during that time has served as Music Director and/or Director on 17 Young Actors Studio productions. Anthony trained as an actor and singer with some of the finest teachers and studios in the country, and has appeared on film, onstage, and in commercials for over 25 years. In addition to his work with the Young Actors Studio program, Anthony also maintains a private voice and acting studio, providing individual attention to young performers in a supportive, one-on-one environment.