ACT offers educational and performance programs for ages 8 to 100. Acting, Mime, Public Speaking, Improvisation, Creative Dramatics, Play Production, Life Stories, Playwriting, Speech, One Act Play Festivals and more for Schools, Community Centers and Theatres, Churches and Retirement Communities. We will design an educational, outreach or performance program just for you. Please see example of an education production workshop performance of 'Sadako'
Arts & Science Council Provides School Funding For ACT ProgramsPr
It is our belief that theatre arts training is like any other form of training...the more you do it...the better you get. For example, dancers start classes at an early age and continue weekly, or the athlete who trains every day for years. Theatre arts training is most effective when students continue to develop their skills in improvisation, character and scene analysis, pantomime, auditioning, movement and vocal production skills. Theatre education provides more than just acting skills but skills for life. Please see ACT's Programs funded by the Arts & Science Council for Mecklenburg County Schools. For more information see: https://directories.artsandscience.org/program/?view&keyword=activate%20community%20through%20theatre&edu=0&program_type&population_served&_subject&artistic_discipline&cultural_origin&educator_type&sd&ed
‘Improvisation can open up the mind to learning in the classroom and beyond’. ACT offers a workshop that demonstrates to students that ‘no script in life is pre-written and they have the power to create a positive, supportive and collaborative community’. Using Improv games and activities, ACT will provide a means for students to think and create in the moment; collaborate as an ensemble while focusing on respect for the process and one another. Students will learn the basic skills of improvisation incorporating the four C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking.
ACT’s ‘WE ARE: Children of…’ Series is a program designed to educate, enlighten, empower, activate curiosity, and involve fourth to eighth grade students in a theatre arts experience as they concurrently learn and write about children in history. For example: Children of the Civil Rights Movement, Children of the Revolutionary War, Children of Famous Presidents, Children of the North Carolina Mills or Children of the Holocaust.
ACT’s Shakespeare: Outside the Box workshop is designed to show how Shakespeare’s plays are as accessible to participants and audiences today as they were four hundred years ago. His plays are filled with jealousy, betrayal, war, love and humor. Scenarios include unrequited love (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night), bullying (Twelfth Night, The Tempest), parent/child relationships (King Lear, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet) or ambition in Macbeth. Our workshops will enliven Shakespeare for youth in grades three to twelve as we take them outside the box.
We bring Shakespeare’s plays to life by conceptualizing and acting scenes which we place in video games, post-apocalyptic worlds, rock concerts, shopping malls, school dances or social media for example. We use social issues of today’s world and the interests of youth that are easily identifiable to participants and audiences to enact our scenes.
Educational Programs for Seniors 55+
ACT provides acting workshops for retirement homes, churches, community theatres and centers.
Choices of classes include 'Life Stories', 'Improvisation, a LOL Experience', 'Readers Theatre' and 'Play Production'. ACT will also design or direct a senior program for your community.
.Compilation of images from ACT's educational programs. Slides from 'Advanced Acting', 'Shakespeare: Outside the Box' workshop classes and Senior Theatre workshop performance classes. Please slide.