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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, Summer programs for ages 7 through 18, and occasional adult acting classes throughout the year.

For Fall 2020, our signature weekend classes will continue online, with the exception of a special outdoor, socially-distanced offering for our youngest guests and their families. People's Light Teaching Artists have embraced the needs of this moment with interactive lessons intended to spark creativity and a spirit of experimentation for students of all ages.

Fall 2020: Outside and Online
Ages 5-7: Saturday Dance Days on the Lawn!

Teaching Artist: Daniella Brown
Location: Outside at People's Light
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Pick one or as many dates as you like!)
11:30am-12:15pm
$20 per class, or $80 for the whole series

Dancer/choreographer and Teaching Artist Daniella Brown will welcome our youngest students to a socially-distanced outdoor movement exploration on each of our "Saturday Dance Days"; we ask that parents and children participate together for safety and fun. A minimum of one adult plus one child, and a maximum of 5 per party, will have their own ground cloth marking out a private "dance zone" on the People's Light lawn.

Saturday Dance Days
Ages 8-10: Online (6 weeks)

Teaching Artist: Marissa Barnathan
Location: Zoom
October 10-November 14
9:30am-11:00am
$130

The actor's essential tools of Voice, Body, and Imagination may feel like they need some extra exercise, especially now when we don't get to express ourselves in groups and in person quite as often. Cultivate a spirit of play, possibility, and self-expression with a People's Light professional who will lead solo and group exercises that make us laugh, think, and create. Can you bring a new environment, character, or story to life using just your actor tools? Absolutely, yes!

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Ages 11-13: Online (6 weeks)

Teaching Artist: Nadira Beard
Location: Zoom
October 10-November 14
11:00am-1:00pm
$165

Students at People's Light learn that theatre is more than actors hitting marks and learning lines: it's knowing what details can bring a performance to life for artists and audiences alike. This fall we'll use simple props and actions as springboards for creating wholly original scenes and plots. Curiosity meets creativity meets communication as we get our thoughts and feelings out of our heads and into brand-new stories, using both writing and improvisation techniques. 

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Ages 14-18: Online (6 weeks)

Teaching Artist: Nadira Beard
Location: Zoom
October 10-November 14
1:30pm-3:30pm
$165

While live performances are put on hold around the country, artists are using this forced quiet to listen to the stories they most need to tell. This year's Fall Theatre School offers a creative outlet for this unique moment in history. Whether students identify as performers, writers, directors, conceptual artists -- or feel curious about any of those roles -- Resident Teaching Artist Nadira Beard will challenge their storytelling skills in new directions.
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Fall Teaching Artists
Ages 5-7
Ages 8-10
Ages 11-13 & 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