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] Original Teen Production
Grades 9-12

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Ignite your creative voice! Young artists work as an ensemble with a director/teaching artist to create, rehearse, and perform an original play on the main stage at American Stage. This experience challenges students to build their acting, writing, and teamwork skills. Music and movement components will be incorporated if they become a chosen and important tool for the ensemble and director. 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.

An audition is required. However, students new to theatre are just as encouraged to audition 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. It is not required that all students have the same background in performance.

Auditions (required): Saturday, August 27th, 10am-12pm
Schedule: Saturdays & Tuesdays, September 3 – November 19  – 12 weeks (2 rehearsals/meetings per week)
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm, Tuesdays 6pm-8pm
Instructor: Lauren Field
Performance: Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm, American Stage Mainstage
Tuition: $575
(payment plans and financial aid available)

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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] YOUTH
Grades 6-8

Coming soon!

Improv isn’t just crazy fun, it is necessary and foundational skill-set for ALL theatre artists. [SPARK IMPROV] YOUTH ignites awareness, intellect, and artistry in young people 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. 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 friends.

“I learned how to get out of my own mind.”

“Improv improved my ability to audition, and heightened my acting skills.”

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

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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.

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FUNdamentals of Acting
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 explore the actor’s tools (body, voice, mind, and imagination). They will dig into how to 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 and take creative risks in a safe and supportive environment.  Students will share what they’ve learned in a Final Sharing for family and friends on the last day of the session!

“It was so fun! I love my teachers and American Stage!”

“This class really helped my daughter come out of her shell.”

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall: Saturdays, September 3 – November 19
Time: 10am – 12pm at American Stage
Instructor: Soolaf Rashied
Final Sharing: Saturday, November 19
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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Adventures in Storytelling
Grades K-2

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Explore the wonder of your imagination! Children will enjoy the process of artistic collaboration to re-imagine scenes from their favorite stories. They will explore the essential tools of the actor’s trade (Body, Voice, Mind, and Imagination), and put them into practice through the invention of their own characters. Activities will include creative drama games that encourage students to make bold and creative choices through interpretive movement, vocal and verbal expression, and active listening. The class will end with an informal presentation of the stories explored in class.

“I have noticed her writing and storytelling at school has really improved. Her teacher notices too.”

“This class has helped my child tremendously with memory and confidence!”

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall: Saturdays, September 3 – November 19
Time: 10am – 11:30am at American Stage
Instructor: Molly Healy
Final Sharing: Saturday, November 19
Tuition: $220

ENROLL TODAY!

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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