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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Spring classes open for enrollment!

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Financial Aid Application Deadline: January 15th

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ARF! The Musical
Grades K-2

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Discover the characters of the Wurstchester Dog Show in this doggone great 20-minute musical adventure! Students will explore their actor’s tools (voice, movement, mind, and imagination), as they become bold, bark-tastic characters. As a musical ensemble, students will learn to collaborate as a fearless, focused, and flexible team to bring the world of ARF! to life.

ARF!
by John Jacobson and John Higgins
A Canine Musical Of Kindness, Courage And Calamity! Doggie Town is a-buzz with excitement. Judges from the famous Wurstchester Dog Show are coming to spot new talent, and everyone is busy rehearsing for the big show. General German Shepherd is drilling on proper etiquette and discipline, the singing Dalmatians are connecting the dots, the Boxers are toning and getting in shape. But why is Rover the mutt so sad? Join the huskies, poodles, pointers and more as they help Rover discover his special talent!

Final Sharing May 5th (call time 10am, show time 11am)

Schedule: Saturdays, February 10th-May 5th (no class on March 31st)
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Teaching Artist: Katie Berger
Performance: Saturday, May 5th, 11am
Tuition: $265
Financial Aid form available here

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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.

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Junior Musical Ensemble: Dateline Rock & Roll
Grades 3-5

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Rock & roll is here to stay in this mini-musical exploring the historic scenes and songs that shook the world! Journey into the past to learn about the headlines and world-changing moments that inspired our favorite songs. Students will explore their actor’s tools (voice, movement, mind, imagination), as they rehearse and perform the short scenes and songs that make up this thrilling and nostalgic musical.

Final Sharing May 5th (call time 10am, show time 11am)



Schedule: Saturdays, February 10th-May 5th (no class on March 31st)
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Teaching Artist: TBA
Music Director: William Bryant
Performance: Saturday, May 5th, 11am
Tuition: $270
Financial aid form available here

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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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ON THE HORIZON Production:
The Internet is Distract — Oh Look A Kitten!
Grades 6-8

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Join our newest youth ensemble in this hilarious, energetic, one-act comedy on our MainStage. Explore comedic acting with director/actor/teaching artist Sarah Pullman-Atanacio, as ON THE HORIZON produces this fully staged play.
(Note: Extra rehearsals on our MainStage are required outside of classtime – please see the included schedule)

The Internet is Distract – Oh Look A Kitten!
by Ian McWethy
Micah only has twenty minutes to finish her paper on The Great Gatsby. She just needs to check a few facts on the internet first. Unfortunately, the web is a nefariously wacky place where boxing cats, Facebook lurkers, and pig-throwing games threaten to take over Micah’s schoolwork, or worse. Will she finish her paper and escape with her life before the school bell rings? A high-octane comedy that explores the rabbit hole of distraction we all go down everytime we go online.

Final Performance May 4th (call time 5pm, show time 7:00pm)

Class/rehearsal schedule:
Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm (Feb 10-May 5, no March 31)
Wednesday 5/2, 5:30pm-8:30pm (dress rehearsal)

Thursday 5/3, 5:30pm-8:30pm (dress rehearsal)

Schedule: Saturdays, February 10th-May 5th (no class on March 31st)
Time: Saturdays 10am-12:30pm
Director: Sarah Pullman-Atanacio
Performance: Friday, May 4th, 7:00pm
Tuition: $315
Financial aid form available here

Enroll Today!

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.

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SPARK Musical Ensemble: The Producers Intensive
Grades 9-12

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Mel Brook’s smash musical comes to life this spring! The ever-popular American Stage in the Park production in 2018 will be THE PRODUCERS. Join our SPARK Ensemble as we explore an abbreviated version of this spectacular, hilarious musical. Young performers will audition for their roles, learn how to collaborate as a large musical ensemble, and work with local professional artists, Alison Burns (director/choreographer), and William Bryant (music director) to elevate their acting, voice, and movement technique.

While this experience is a fast-paced “intensive”, SPARK Musical Ensemble is a supportive environment open to all level of experience. Our teaching artists believe in working with the strengths and learning goals of each individual to craft a fun and successful collaboration.

Final Performance May 4th (call time 4pm, show time 7:00pm)

Friday, May 4th 4:00pm (dress rehearsal)

Schedule: Saturdays, February 10th-May 5th (no class on March 31st)
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Director/Choreographer: Alison Burns
Music Director: William Bryant
Performance: Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm.
Tuition: $315
Financial aid form available here

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.

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SPARK Improv Team
Ages 13-18

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SPARK IMPROV Team is an extension of American Stage Improv for teens. Improv isn’t just crazy fun, it is a necessary and fundamental skill-set for ALL theatre artists. SPARK IMPROV ignites awareness, intellect, and artistry in young adults as communicators and collaborators. These young artists will work together from September 2017 – May 2018, each Sunday afternoon (excluding holidays).
They will explore the basics of working as a troupe/ensemble, hone their creative voices, and collaborate to develop honest, impromptu scenework, and an original longform improv format. They will also explore various genres of improv.

The SPARK IMPROV Team will perform multiple times throughout the year, for youth final sharings, as well as the quarterly American Stage Improv student festivals (alongside other teams of adult improv students). Toward the end of their year together, there will even be opportunities for this team to perform in House Teams Live, alongside our professional improv teams.

Young artists, ages 13-18, must participate in a fun, 2-hour audition process that will allow us to see each player’s unique qualities, and their how they collaborate with an ensemble. Players may have varying levels of experience, as long as they fit together as a balanced team with an array of strengths.

Schedule: Sundays, Sept 3 – May 5
(no rehearsal Nov 26, Dec 24 & 31, April 1)
Time: Sundays 1pm-3pm
Coach/Director: Matt Schwartz
Performances: (subject to change)
Youth Final Sharing, Nov 25th & May 5
ASI Student Improv Festivals: Dec 17 & March 18
House Teams Live, April 15
Tuition: $72/month (Sept-May) Call or Click through to payment screen to set up a monthly pay plan
Financial aid form available here

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!