Classes at American Stage

Ignite your creative voice!

We offer youth classes for grades K-12. Classes during the school year take place at American Stage, and classes during the summer take place at our offsite summer campus. Students choose from a variety of classes: from an introduction to theatre as a storytelling art form, to building and honing their acting technique.

While American Stage Teaching Artists are some of Tampa Bay Area’s most accomplished professional actors, directors, and theatre artists, students do not need previous experience to participate in our youth classes.

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[SPARK YOUTH] financial aid due date has been extended to 1/11, applications for all other classes are due by midnight on 12/31!

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Teen Musical Improv Workshop
Grades 9-12

Coming soon!

Did you say MUSICAL IMPROV?! This one-session workshop teaches the art of impromptu musicals through exploring how to craft songs collaboratively, and how to grow a scene into a song.  It will heighten your scenework, and delight you with new discoveries. Having a good singing voice is NOT required to take this high-energy workshop. You just need a touch of fearlessness, a big imagination, and a grasp of the basics of improv. From there, the instructors meet each student at their level, and push you to new heights. We’ll be covering physicality, song structure, group numbers and a little bit of rhyming. If you’re looking to be more comfortable and present in scenes and songs, this class is for you.

Saturdays, May 13, 2017
Time: 10am-1pm
Instructor: Chris Friday and Hunter Brown
Price: $75

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Tuition: $270

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

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[SPARK IMPROV] Teen Troupe
Grades 9-12

Coming soon!

Improv isn’t just crazy fun, it is a necessary and foundational skill-set for ALL theatre artists. [SPARK IMPROV] ignites awareness, intellect, and artistry in young adults as communicators and collaborators. Students will explore the basics of working as a troupe/ensemble (Be fearless, Be focused, Be flexible), hone their creative voices, and collaborate to develop honest, impromptu scenework. Students will also explore various genres of improv – including short-form, and MUSICAL improv. This is an intensive course that begins with the basics, and culminates in a professional-style improv performance in a Final Sharing for family and friend, as well as a chance to open for House Teams Live on April 16th.

Instructor Matt Schwartz grew up in North Jersey and received a B.S. in Theater with a writing concentration from Skidmore College. During his seven years in LA Matt has written and sold several pilots including a musical children’s show for the Jim Henson Company, acted in all manner of commercials (including Target, Pizza Hut, Visa, Nintendo, Staples, and Jack in the Box), and trained in improv and sketch comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre where he eventually was invited to write for and musical direct monthly show “Quick and Funny Musicals”.  This past year he finally made the decision to leave CrazyTown, and currently resides in St. Petersburg FL where he studies computer coding and coaches Improv.

Schedule: Saturdays, January 28 – May 6, 2017
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Instructor: Matt Schwartz
Performance: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Tuition: $265

ENROLL TODAY!

Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Tuition: $270

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

COMING SOON!

[SPARK YOUTH] Original Production
Grades 6-8

Coming soon!

A new program for young artists in 6th-8th grades, empowering students to write, rehearse, and PERFORM THEIR OWN ORIGINAL PIECE ON OUR MAIN STAGE under the guidance of a professional director/playwright. This experience challenges students to build their acting, writing, and teamwork skills. Through the process, students will explore WHY theatre matters, and how powerful it can be. They will learn to take initiative, express their ideas clearly (in rehearsal and on stage), and support one another in order to craft a piece with a clear message that is relevant to their audience and community.


No experience necessary! Students new to theatre are just as encouraged to participate as students with previous experience. Creating collaborative, original theatre asks each artist in the ensemble to bring their unique strengths and voices to the table. Students will perform their original work on the American Stage Mainstage on May 6th.

Schedule: Saturdays, January 28 – May 6, 2017
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Instructor: Sarah Pullman-Atanacio
Performance: Saturday, May 6th, American Stage Mainstage
Tuition: $265
(payment plans and financial aid available)

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Final Showcase: Saturday, April 16
Tuition: $260

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

COMING SOON!

Story Quest
Grades 3-5

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Actors are storytellers. The skills developed by the actor help us communicate, connect, and inspire others (and ourselves!). In this popular class, students will use the actor’s tools (body, voice, mind, and imagination) as they craft an original story. They will dig into how actors create characters, and make bold, artistic choices in harmony with the story and the rest of the ensemble. Theatre activities will encourage them to learn to take creative risks in a safe and supportive environment.  Students will share what they’ve learned and created in a Final Sharing for family and friends on the last day of the session!

Schedule: Saturdays, January 28 – May 6, 2017
Time: 10am – 12pm at American Stage
Instructor: Soolaf Rashied
Final Sharing: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Tuition: $265

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall: Saturdays, September 3 – November 19
Time: 10am – 12pm at American Stage
Instructor: TBD
Final Sharing: Saturday, November 19
Tuition: $265

 

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please click the “Waiting List” button.

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Creative Characters
Grades K-2

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Explore the wonder of your imagination! Children will enjoy the process of artistic collaboration as they bring characters to life. They will explore the essential tools of the actor’s trade (Body, Voice, Mind, and Imagination), and put them into practice through the actor’s process to present fully realized characters. Activities will include creative drama games that encourage students to make bold and creative choices through interpretive movement, vocal and verbal expression. The class will end with an informal presentation of the characters explored in class.

Schedule: Saturdays, January 28 – May 6, 2017
Time: 10am – 11:30am at American Stage
Instructor: Molly Healy
Final Sharing: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Tuition: $220

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Final Showcase: Saturday, Apr. 16
Tuition: $240

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

SOLD OUT!