Walden Theatre Conservatory
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Fall 2018 begins September 8 (Sat) or September 10 (Mon) Days/Times: Saturday Mornings, 9:30 – 11:30am Monday Afternoons, 4:30-6:30pm Cost:$350*
Fall 2018 begins September 8 (Sat) or September 10 (Mon) Days/Times: Saturday Mornings, 10:00am – noon Monday Afternoons, 4:30-6:30pm Cost:$445* Students are introduced to the actor’s toolkit – voice, body, imagination, and courage – through fun games and exercises that develop active listening, teamwork, and concentration skills. Students learn how to unreservedly try another’s ideas, share the stage with others, and be understanding and attentive audience members.
Fall 2018 begins September 5 Days/Times: Wednesdays & Fridays 4:30 – 6:30pm Cost:$635* Intermediate students discover and explore written material from American classics and Shakespeare with a focus on text analysis and storytelling to bring scripted characters to life. Students learn how to use a script and memorize lines, give and receive constructive criticism, and rehearse with a director.
Fall 2018 begins September 4 Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm Cost:$750* Rotations in foundational theatre classes: improvisation, playwriting, audition skills, character creation, scene study and ballroom dance. Students learn how to speak with authority, take creative risks, and lead and follow with humility.
Fall 2018 begins September 5 Days/Times: Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30pm Cost:$695* Acting techniques are explored alongside 10-minute plays from previous Young Playwrights Festivals in the fall, and a Shakespearean tragedy, comedy or history in the spring. Students learn how to use movement to embody characters, make text-based artistic choices, and work respectfully and constructively as an ensemble.
***Fall Semester Only*** Start Date TBD Days/Times: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 Cost:$350* a-la-carte (Free to join for students already enrolled) Students learn from professional playwrights how to transform imagination into characters, dialogue and action by writing monologues, dialogues and short plays. Students create new works that speak authentically in their own voice. This is a valuable experience for students wanting to submit plays for the Young Playwrights Festival.
Fall 2018 begins September 4 Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm. Cost:$800* Rotations in advanced storytelling classes: improvisation, playwriting, and theatrical genre studies for actors, directors, and dramaturges: Epic Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Renaissance.
Fall 2018 begins September 4 Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm. Cost:$800* The focus of these classes is on advanced vocal work (speech, diction, accents, articulation and breath control) and movement (period movement, stage combat and dance), character development and acting techniques. The Performance Classes are the primary casting pool for Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players productions.
Fall 2018 begins September 4 Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm. Cost:$800* Rotations in advanced technical classes that coincide with plays being produced during the season: set, prop, lighting, and costume design and construction, stage management, and play analysis for designers.
Fall 2018 begins September 4 Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm. Cost:$800* Builds on the advanced vocal work (speech, diction, accents, articulation and breath control) and movement (period movement, stage combat and dance), character development and acting techniques of PERFORMANCE 1.
Each semester, Commonwealth Theatre Center awards thousands of dollars in need-based tuition assistance. Financial Aid forms (click to request) are due approximately three weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. The scholarship committee, composed of board members and staff, reviews requests and makes awards. All financial information remains strictly confidential, and is not shared with parties other than the evaluation committee and recipient. Because of the high demand for assistance, more partial scholarships than full scholarships are awarded.
Benefits of Participation
The Conservatory challenges and inspires young people to be their most creative selves. Instructors and directors instill in students a love of literature, writing, and theater in a challenging, yet nurturing environment where students learn life skills and make lasting friendships – while learning to act. The skills developed in the Conservatory are ones that are necessary for every child to possess: listening, memorization, physical awareness, focus and concentration, cooperation, communicating verbally and physically and storytelling. Numerous studies have shown that participation in the arts…
- Improves academic performance and test scores
- Improves reading and math skills and the capacity for creative thinking
- Improves attitudes and skills that promote the learning process
- Builds social bonds, improves self-image, self-regulation and tolerance