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People’s Light theatre classes explore the skills every artist needs: curiosity, imagination, collaboration, empathy, and courage. With emphasis on the creative process rather than a final product, students gather a variety of tools and techniques to discover their most expressive selves both onstage and off. We offer Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions for ages 5 through 18, and occasional adult acting classes throughout the year. Looking for summer camp? Check out SummerBLAST for ages 7-18! 

Theatre School Online

Our 5-week spring session is currently running through May 16, with all sessions held online in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Scroll down for sample class descriptions for ages 5-18. 

Future online offerings, including summer and adult opportunities, will be announced later in May 2020. If you have a specific question about our plans, please reach out to ArtsDiscovery@peopleslight.org or 610-647-1900 x187.

Ages 5-7

Teaching Artist: Josh Walker
11:15am-12:30pm

Have you ever seen a square dancing spatula? Or seen a bow tie and a sock fish for tuna? In our Imagination Garden, we are growing the impossible! Using household objects, puppets, D.I.Y. crafts, jokes and dance, we are going on a ginormous expedition through our houses to uncover all the stories we never knew we could tell. Visit the Imagination Garden every week to see how our seeds will grow!

Session in progress. Please email artsdiscovery@peopleslight.org to request information about upcoming classes.
Ages 8-10

Teaching Artist: Marissa Barnathan
9:30am-11:00am

During this virtual mini-session, we will cultivate our actor's toolkit and explore how to use our bodies, voices, and imagination to create characters and tell stories. While exploring our voices we will experiment with tempo, pitch, speed, accents, and more. We will get our bodies moving, and will experiment to create a particular posture, walk or movement pattern for a character. Imagination will fuel our Character Interviews and Character Chats. We will also explore the theme "Standing Tall," and learn how theatre can help us become more confident, feel braver, and stand taller! 
 
Session in progress. Please email artsdiscovery@peopleslight.org to request information about upcoming classes.
Ages 11-13

Teaching Artist: Nadira Beard
9:15am-11:15am

Artists keep their creative antennas up at all times, and they draw their inspiration from close observation and curiosity every day. Use this class to reinvigorate yourself and your imagination, even in the most familiar of surroundings. Together our class will explore the curiosities of our new boundaries through the eyes of the characters students will create; we will discover things that we never gave attention before, and look at them in new ways. Group activities will get our creative juices flowing, but students will also be tasked with stepping away from the screen for challenges with normal objects around the home or yard. These artistic tasks are part of class, and students will share their creations back to the group each week.

Session in progress. Please email artsdiscovery@peopleslight.org to request information about upcoming classes.
Ages 14-18

Teaching Artist: McKenna Kerrigan
11:30am-1:30pm

Our class will seize this current moment's challenges and embrace the camera as a unique tool for acting and communication. McKenna will share her deep experience acting for both stage and screen as she leads our teen class through preparation of scenes for on-camera audition and performance. Our screens can be an essential tool for presenting work in many ways: not only auditions and tv/film work, but also academic presentations and job interviews. Distance doesn't have to be a barrier to self-expression; let's lean into exploring this set of tools together.

Session in progress. Please email artsdiscovery@peopleslight.org to request information about upcoming classes.
Spring Teaching Artists
Ages 5-7
Ages 8-10
Ages 11-13
Ages 14-18
Adult Acting Classes

There are currently no adult classes available for registration. If you're interested in participating in future offerings, send us an email at artsdiscovery@peopleslight.org