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Skill-Building Workshops
Young actors ranging from 9-18 can hone their writing, acting, and musical theatre chops with Walden Theatre's series of challenging summer workshop programs.

For information, call (502) 589-0084.

Registration Form for all Skill-Building Workshops

Skill-Building Workshops include the following:

Shakespeare Intensive --FULL
Teen Acting Intensive
Playmaking: Art of the Streets --NEW!
Clown Camp --NEW!!!
Audition Skills
Scene and Song Study


Shakespeare Intensive -- FULL

The 2014 Shakespeare Intensive will focus on the Henrys of the Bard's history plays, including Henry IV pts. 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI pts. 1, 2, & 3, Richard III (Henry VII), and Henry VIII.

Participants in the Intensive write an original sonnet, watch classic performances, engage in fun and active theatre games, learn Shakespeare's history, act in a challenging scene, practice stage combat, and much more!

Instructors challenge students to approach Shakespeare fearlessly and make brave artistic choices – all en route to a showcase at The Bard's Town Theatre which will highlight each actor's ability to create believable, entertaining characters through trust in the text, the partner, and the self.

The Intensive provides valuable experience for students planning to audition for upcoming Walden Theatre Shakespeare plays — as the company works toward joining the select group of theaters worldwide to have produced all of the Bard's canon (and the only one to do so with young people).

As an added bonus, Intensive students will be invited to participate in a special curtain-raiser performance at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival before Walden's remounted production of Pericles this August in Central Park.

Instructors: Julane Havens with Charlie Sexton and other guests
Ages: 13 - 18
Dates: June 5-21 (camp will meet June 5 & 6 from 4-9pm while school is in session)
Duration: 3 Weeks
Class Times: 10 am - 4 pm daily except Sundays

Cost: Sorry, but this program is FULL



Do you have an incredible story you're dying to tell? Or a chilling image that came to you in a dream? Or a wacky cousin you think would make an amazing character? This two-week writing intensive will give you a chance to turn that brilliant idea of yours into a play. Through a mixture of writing prompts, contemporary script analysis, group workshopping, and one-on-one feedback, each student will craft an original short play. The class will culminate in a staged reading of the playwrights' new work, presented by some of Louisville's most talented actors.

Instructor:Diana Grisanti
Dates: June 23-27 + July 7-11 (the intervening week is a writing week for playwrights)
Duration: 2 Weeks of workshops + time to write
Class Times: 2 pm - 4 pm, Monday - Friday

Cost: $325


Teen Acting Intensive

In this workshop, recent Walden Theatre alumni who are currently attending post-secondary theatre programs share their knowledge in acting, voice and movement with teens interested in the serious study of theatre. The workshop will focus on using imagery in monologue and scenes, training in vocal honesty, channeling vocal power, and basic movement for actors.

Participants may sign up for any one week, any two weeks, or all three weeks.

Instructors: To be determined...
Ages: 13 - 18 (some experience required.)
Dates: (in week-long units, and students may enroll in any 1, 2, or all 3 weeks.
June 30-July 3** (SESSION FULL)
July 7-11
July 14-18 (SESSION FULL)
Duration: 3 one-week sessions (can be taken consecutively or in segments)
Class Times:
**Week 1: 10am-2pm;
Weeks 2 & 3: 10 am - 1pm

Cost: $125 per week for any one or two weeks, or $325 for all three weeks


Playmaking: Art of the Streets

Meets at Local Speed: 822 E. Market Street

Offered in partnership with Blue Apple Players and The Speed Art Museum

Working together with theatre professionals and art educators, The Playmaking : Art of the Streets camp will allow teens to expand their skills at art appreciation and the practice of theatre by creating & performing an original scene based on artworks in Local Speed Art of the Streets poster exhibition. This integrated approach to art and theatre is a challenging new way for teens to participate in the arts while cultivating interdisciplinary problem solving skills. And, as a bonus, the culminating performance will be featured during the Friday afternoon of the exhibition!

Instructors: Heather Burns with Mera Cathryn Corlett
Ages: 14 - 18
Dates: July 14-18
Duration: 1 week
Class Times: M-F, 2-5pm

Cost: $175

Local Speed serves as the Museum's satellite space during the renovation and expansion, hosting unique programming, special exhibitions, family art activities and events. It's a wonderful way to experience art at a slightly different Speed.

Open Fridays 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Saturdays 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Clown Camp

Create a clown character and develop a performance with your clown posse (to be performed for the public!) all while learning to play passionately, fail proudly, and live in the moment. Great for beginners or for students who want to brush up on their clowning skills. Space in the camp is limited to 16 and cost covers for the week of class + a clown nose + opportunities to perform publicly the following week for students who are available.

Instructors: Julane Havens
Ages: 13 - 18
Dates: July 28 - Aug 1
Duration: 1 week session
Class Times: 1:30 - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Cost: $175


Audition Skills

This class is for anyone who has thought about auditioning for a play or musical OR for anyone who has an upcoming audition and wants to be PREPARED! Students will learn or improve the process of selecting, studying, and performing a monologue, learn how to approach “cold readings” from a script, and even navigate their way through a 16-bar musical piece and a dance break. Time will be given to help create an audition package of two song cuttings (one up-tempo, one ballad) and a monologue. All levels of experience welcome (limit 20 students).

Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Ages: 9 - 17 (All levels of experience welcome.)
Dates: July 28 - Aug 1
Duration: 1 Week
Class Times: Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cost: $175


Scene & Song Study

This class explores the triple discipline of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing. Students will train in all three areas as they work together on scenes and songs from musical theatre. Students will break down text, gain skills in vocal production, movement, dance, physical attack, and character development. This class is a blast and all levels of experience are welcome (limit 25 students).

Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Ages: 9 - 17
Dates: August 4-8
Duration: 1 Week
Class Times: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30

Cost: $175


Skill-Building Workshops - Instructors
  • Heather Burns (Playmaking: Art of the Streets)

    Heather is director of education at Blue Apple Players, a former instructor in Walden Theatre’s Summer Academy, and an alumna of the Governor’s School for the Arts – Drama Program (where she later worked as their Administrative Intern). She graduated Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University with a B.F.A. in Theatre. Heather joined Missoula Children’s Theatre as a Touring Actor/Director working in schools and arts organizations in 16 states across the United States, personally teaching over 1,500 students (K-12th grades). In 2001, she joined the Kentucky Shakespeare’s staff as the Education Tour Manager, where she led the administration and artist training for Shakespeare Alive!, an education outreach tour reaching 50,000 students per school year. Heather has worked in education and/or performance with the Louisville Science Center, the Frazier International History Museum, the Tourism Honors Academy and several local theatre companies in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a member of Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, where she regularly performs in classics and ensemble-created original productions.

  • Diana Grisanti (Playwriting)

    Diana Grisanti's plays have been developed or produced at the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis), the Lark (NYC), the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walden Theatre, and the University of Texas at Austin. She was the inaugural recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award, a finalist for the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, a nominee for the Wasserstein Prize, and a runner-up for the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Award. Her play River City received the Austin Critics Table Award for Best New Play. Her short play Post Wave Spectacular was produced in the 2010 Humana Festival, and her musical Richie Farmer Will Have His Revenge on Durham (written with the fabulous composer/lyricist Matt Schatz) was Best of Fest in Austin's FronteraFest. She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the Lark Playwrights' Week, the New Harmony Project, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Diana received an MFA in playwriting and fiction from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin and a BA from the University of Iowa. She is a Louisville native and a proud alum of Walden Theatre and Presentation Academy.

  • Julane Havens (Shakespeare Intensive, Clown Camp)

    Julane has been an instructor and director for Walden Theatre since 2009. She is the co-director of the Summer Shakespeare Intensive and is creating a new "Street Shakespeare" performance in the Master Class she teaches on Saturday mornings. Julane has traveled twice to Nicaragua with Walden Theatre students to create a play with local youth in Hand in Hand's Pathway to Change program, and more is planned. Julane is also working with Hand in Hand on a new "Connecting Kentucky" program in the spring that will bring together through the arts Walden Theatre students and students in Eastern Kentucky. She directed the Louisville premiere of Frank Higgins' adaptation of H.G. Wells's The Country of the Blind and Shakespeare's Pericles this season, and she recently played Viola in Savage Rose's production of Twelfth Night. Julane earned her MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri Kansas-City/ Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

  • Sharon Kinnison (Audition Skills, Scene and Song Study)

    Sharon holds an MFA in acting from the University of Louisville and a BS in Theatre and Voice from the University of Kentucky. Acting credits include Red Hot and Cole, Suds:The Rocking Sixties Musical Soap Opera (Center REP, SF-Bay Area), Our Affair with Astaire (Miry Productions, SF-Bay area), Singin' (SF-Bay Area Cabaret circuit), Annie (MTL, Louisville KY), Floyd Collins (ATL, Louisville). Directing credits include Candide, Phaedra, She Loves Me, Hello Dolly, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun (All SF-Bay area), The Winter's Tale, A Piece of My Heart, Major Barbara, The Lion In Winter, The Fantastiks (Louisville area). In 1999 Sharon became the Education Director for Music Theatre Louisville and went on to serve as the Executive Director for MTL. She is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Louisville Collegiate School where she teaches Middle and Upper School drama. Sharon is also a full-time faculty member of the Governor's School for the Arts.


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