Our Theater

Classes

Fall 2021 Classes are

Open for Enrollment!

Fall semester classes

available for enrollment

Our fall semester starts right after Labor Day. Classes will be in person and a few via Zoom and will include: Acting for all ages and levels of experience, Acting for the Camera, Dance and Musical Theatre, Auditions and Dialects. 

We are currently accepting private students in acting, voice, public speaking, dance, acting for the camera, directing or audition prep. Please contact our Artistic Director, Debra Leopard at boxoffice@villagesquaretheatre.com if you have any questions or would like to schedule private lessons. 

Why take Acting/Theatre classes?

People often ask me why they should take an acting class when they could just do a play instead. What’s the point of a class when they are already learning just by being in a production? Yes, a lot of learning goes on each time an actor plays a role. But classes provide so much more! It would be like saying just because someone can drive a car it means they can build one. Acting is like any other performing art (Playing an instrument, vocal performance or dance.) The artist learns by taking lessons and practicing, and then applies what they have learned to performance. Classes provide the building blocks for growth as a performer- the fundamental skills that help the actor learn the “how” and the “why” of acting. Acting students learn: different techniques for creating believable characters, how to stand out at an audition, how to be comfortable and confident onstage, how to have a strong clear speaking voice, how to move onstage or in front of the camera, how to interpret the script, how to take direction and so much more. Anyone who is serious about acting needs to take classes and continue his/her Theatre education.

For those who aren’t aiming for a career onstage, why take an acting class? Acting classes help with creativity, communication skills, flexibility, teamwork, being comfortable in front of a group, self-esteem and self-expression, and poise. People who have had acting classes are able to conquer their fear of public speaking and presentations. They are generally better communicators and are more self-confident. Acting classes are also just a whole lot of fun! Sign up for one today.

We strive to make classes at Village Square Theatre fun and professional. Our instructors are professionals with years of experience, and students have the benefit of being able to use real theatre facilities. Classes must reach a minimum enrollment (usually 5 students minimum) in order to go forward. If the minimum is not reached, you will be notified five business days start date via email. Please make sure we have a current email address that you check regularly. You will not be notified if class is a go, only if the class doesn’t make it. All tuition is due the week prior to the start of the class. Please contact our director at boxoffice@villagesquaretheatre.com if you ever have any questions or concerns. Thank you for choosing Village Square for your Theatre Arts education.

-Debra Leopard

KIDS ACT Performance Workshop – Ages 4-8 – Cost: $205

10 Weeks Mondays 5:00-5:50. Starting September 13. 

100% laughter and fun are a guarantee! This class is designed for the very young theatre student to emphasize creativity, imagination and having fun while learning the basics of acting. Each student develops at least one commercial and one monologue. 

Showcase given at the end of the semester on last day. 

Taught by Caroline Davis and Abby Scruggs.

ACT UP Performance Workshop – Ages 7 and up – Cost: $175

8 Weeks Fridays 5:30-6:30. Starting October 1. 

This is a class developed for beginning to intermediate level students who want to learn more about acting. This hands-on class includes creative dramatics, improvisation, basic character development, audition techniques, script analysis, memorization, theatre terminology, and acting for the camera. Actors showcase their work on the 8th class. 

Taught by Mark DiNovo.

ACT UP II Performance Workshop – Ages 8-15 – Cost: $230

10 weeks Mondays 6:00-7:00. Starting September 13. 

This is a class designed for the student who has some stage experience or has had a class before. Students will learn acting techniques, character development, building confidence, memorization techniques, method acting, movement for the stage, and script analysis. 

Performance showcase on the 10th class. 

Taught by veteran actress and theatre teacher Vicky Jackson

ACT UP III Acting for Teens/Adults – Ages 16+ – Cost: $145

8 weeks Wednesdays 5:45-7:00. Starting September 29. 

This is a beginning level acting class for older teens/adults with or without experience. Learn about Method Acting, various acting techniques, creating a character, improvisation, Script analysis and much more. Designed for students who have always wanted to explore acting. Students will develop a monologue in addition to many acting exercises. 

Taught by veteran actress, Debra Leopard. Limited enrollment.

 Adult/Teen Acting for the Camera – Ages 14 & up – Cost: $170

8 weeks Thursdays 5:30-7:00. Starting September 9. 

This is a beginning level class for those interested in the film and television industry. Learn about working with the camera, working with an agent, film terminology, and mastering auditions. Students will develop a monologue for a for film audition. Work will be filmed and critiqued. 

Taught by experienced film actor, Merritt Vann and talent agency experienced acting coach, Debra Leopard. Limited enrollment.

Musical Theatre – Beg/Intermediate – Ages 6-10 – Cost: $230

10 Weeks Tuesdays 5:00-6:00. Starting September 14. 

This class is designed for the serious acting student with an emphasis on Musical Theatre. This class will be challenging but fun and will include choreography and singing for the stage designed for the beginning to intermediate level student. Solo, Duet/Trio, small group and large group material from a variety of musicals. Singing and dancing experience is not necessary. 

Broadway Revue Finale! 

Taught by professional dancer/singer/actress Candice Pipkin.

Musical Theatre- Advanced – Ages 11-18 – Cost: $230 

10 weeks Tuesdays 6:00-7:00. Starting September 14. 

A class designed for the serious acting student with an emphasis on Musical Theatre. This class will be challenging but fun and will include choreography and singing for the stage -designed for the advanced level student. Solos, Duos/Trios, small group and large group material 

from a variety of musicals. 

Broadway Revue Finale! 

Taught by professional dancer/singer/actress Candice Pipkin.

Audition Workshop – Ages 6 through 15 – Cost: $25

Saturday October 9th. 10:00-12:00. 

This is a two-hour workshop designed to help actors improve audition techniques and boost confidence prior to upcoming auditions at Village Square or other theatres. Vocal techniques, expression, stage fright, how to prepare, improvisation exercises and advice on standing out in a crowd will be covered. Students will go through mock acting and singing auditions using several different scripts and will be directed on ways to make improvements. Advice will be given on choices for selection of audition music. Students will also “get into the mind of a director” to learn about what directors look for at auditions. For those who are new to the audition process, students will learn what to expect. For those who have auditioned before, students will learn how to improve. 

Taught by Debra Leopard and Ara-Viktoria Mckinney-Bookman