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Theatre Education

Performing arts classes at New Venture Theatre

Whether you are new to the stage, or a veteran performer looking to hone your craft, you will find something to challenge and inspire you.

theatre education for kids, youth, and adults

new venture theatre
virtual acting classes

Classes stream live on ZOOM

The Playwright’s Process

Instructor: Greg Williams, Jr.

The art of playwrighting is bringing a character’s truth to light through the relationship between text and action. Guided by playwright, Greg Williams, Jr., this three-week journey will explore scripting moments for the stage from monologue to dialogue. This class culminates in a final sharing of work, read aloud by professional actors, and a playwright talkback.

Class Format: Online
Dates: Sept. 2. – Sept. 20

  • Wednesday & Sunday (6 classes)
  • 6:00 -7:30 p.m.(CST)
  • $100
  • Age 16+
  • Limit 12 participants

Black Acting Methods

Instructor: Frederick Marte

Almost every actor training program only focuses on European ways of approaching acting; now is the time to fix that. Based on the award-winning book, Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches (BAM), the Black Acting Methods class is a premier in-depth inclusive program that trains actors using a culturally Black framework, and the only professional programs that have extensive expertise in “The Hendricks Method”.

Here’s what you learn:

  • BUST THROUGH challenges that are holding you back
  • Identify proven strategies to THRIVE in acting spaces that don’t feed your soul
  • Get a better sense of the ORIGINS of “black acting methods”
  • Master knowledge about key THINKERS in the field of “black acting methods”
  • Meet some of the coolest “like minds” online and broaden your COMMUNITY
  • Think, feel, dream, MANIFEST…repeat
  • How to seriously revolutionize your ACTING CAREER

Class Format: Online
Dates: Sept. 8. – Sept. 24.

  • Tuesday + Thursday (6 classes)
  • 6:00 -7:30 p.m. (CST)
  • $125 
  • Age 16+ 
  • Limit 12 participants

Acting 2 Advanced Scene Study for Teens

Instructor: R’Myni Watson

Advanced Scene Study, NVT’s first advanced youth scene study course, is designed for young actors on a professional path and was specifically created to help actors sharpen their scene study skills in a focused, intensive way. In this course, actors will explore scenes in every single class, working toward developing complex, compelling characters that serve the text. Actors will be challenged by the specific material chosen for each class, the instructor, and their fellow students, all while learning to create memorable performances.

Class focal points:

  • How to craft the arc of the scene
  • Explore different writers, styles, and genres of scripts
  • Learn keys to timing, focus and taking direction
  • Develop characters at a much deeper level
  • Break down a script into playable actions
  • Understand the director’s scope of the direction of a plot
  • Get comfortable putting up a “finished product”

Class Format: Online
Dates: Aug. 24. – Sept. 11 

  • Monday & Friday (6 classes)
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (CST)
  • $100
  • Age 13 – 16
  • Limit 12 participants

Kids Film / TV Acting

Instructor: R’Myni Watson

Our Kids Film/TV Acting Intensive introduces students to on-camera work. Students will learn ensemble building, script analysis, cold reads and audition techniques, short scenes, exercises to teach camera shots, angles, and film terminology. Students will then work on scenes and the camp culminates in a sharing for friends and family.

Class Format: Online
Dates: Aug. 22. – Sept. 6 

  • Saturday and Sunday (6 classes)
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CST)
  • $100
  • Age 9 – 12
  • Limit 12 participants

ACTING 101 FOR ADULTS

With R’Myni Watson

Fri. July 17, 6:00 – 7:30 pm CST

MOVEMENT FOR THEATRE

With R’Myni Watson

Fri. June 26, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CST

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.

If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, NVT has the right to cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class in the same calendar year.

For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.

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