We take playing very seriously.

When children learn the craft of acting they cultivate self-expression, creativity, and joy!

They gain lasting friendships, confidence in their new-found skills and the ability to make a positive impact in our world.

Players Series

For ages 6-11

Improvisation and theater games help stoke creativity, create an ensemble and develop the spirit of play as students rehearse a complete piece of theater in the semester. A great session for kids to increase confidence, craft, and their ability to work as park of an ensemble.

Kids learn how to create a character from a place of instinct and play. They also amass skills in singing, dance, speech, and improvisation taught by master teachers and performers at the top of their field.

Willy Wonka Kids - Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory–or suffer the consequences.

Willy Wonka Kids runs for 16 sessions from 4:15p-5:45p at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights. For ages 6-11.

The Tuesday section runs January 16th-May 15th.

The Wednesday section runs January 17th-May 16th.

Both sections are full. Please follow the link to be added to our wait list.

Price for the full semester is $800.

Willy Wonka Kids is presents through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Shakespeare Players

For ages 8-12

Young people become confident with Shakespeare’s world, language and characters as they learn how to interpret a role with technique and courage.  Classically trained professional actors assist the players in their physical, vocal and emotional transformations.

All Shakespeare Players teaching artists are classically trained professional actors and have performed Shakespeare both on and off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country.

In addition to core teaching staff, in Shakespeare Ensemble we introduce a roster of exciting guest teachers who will use their specific expertise (Text, Comedia dell Arte, Stage Combat) to enrich our rehearsals.

 

Hamlet - Thursdays

“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.” 

Hamlet can not rest until he avenges his father’s death.  But before he does, his girlfriend will go mad, the king’s ghost will haunt the castle, actors will perform a play and there will be battles of wits and swords too.  Come join the action of this sanguine, heart-wrenching and epic play.  

Hamlet runs for 16 sessions at 121 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. Class meets from 4:15p-6:15 from January 18 – May 17. Tuition for the semester is $800.

As You Like It - Sundays

An evil duke, a pair of banished princesses in disguise, and a band of merry outlaws. Come adventure with us into the forest of Arden this winter in Shakespeare Players!

As You Like It runs for 15 sessions from February 25th-June 10th for ages 8-12. Cost for the session is $625.

Class will meet from 4:00p-5:30p at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn Heights.

Mini Musicals

For ages 4-6

Self-expression and artistry are the name of the game in our Mini Musical program.

Kids work in-depth on a specific show and use it’s plot as a springboard for their own mini-plays.  Through improvisation and creative movement they flex their imaginative muscles.

We then layer on theater technique: Students learn the basics of vocal warm-ups, character development, singing and choreography from our expert teachers.

The unique blend of play and performance is realized in a final “sharing” for friends and family.  Students get to showcase their abilities as young storytellers, singers and dancers!

Wizard of Oz - Tuesdays in Carroll Gardens

Let’s go “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” together in this beautiful re-imagination of the classic Frank L. Baum story.  Get interviewed in a Munchkin talk-show about your special profession and how you  really  feel about the Witch.  Explore the different physical lives of Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion while learning their signature songs. Music and lots of playing bring Oz to life!

Class meets from 3:20p-4:20p at Prema Yoga in Carroll Gardens (498 Court Street). The 10 week session runs January 16th-March 27th.

 

Peter Pan - Mondays in the West Village

Come sing, dance and fly your way from the Darling’s home to Never Never Land as we adventure inside J.M. Barrie’s amazing tale.  We will play tag with our shadows, learn to speak Tinkerbell gibberish and think our Happy Thoughts so we learn to soar! Dive in the Mermaid Lagoon, swagger on Captain Hook’s ship and sing as a Lost Kid. Join us – Peter is waiting by your window to whisk you away!

Class meets from 4:05p-4:50p at 55 Bethune Street. It runs for 17 sessions on Mondays from January 8 – May 21.

Tuition is $595 for the semester.

 

Teen Company

For ages 12-16

Our teenage ensemble works on complex material and relishes a challenge. From Greek Myths to Shakespearean Histories to classics of American Theater, we love a great play. Students inspire each other and do work that is brave, specific and nuanced.

Macbeth - Sundays

“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”

When a coven of witches counsel Macbeth, he sets of on a destructive and tragic quest for power.  Along the way, queens go mad, kings become ghosts, forests move and daggers float.  A thrilling exploration of ambition, fate and magic.

Macbeth runs for 15 sessions from February 25th-June 10th for ages 12-16. Cost for the session is $625.

Class will meet from 4:00p-5:30p at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn Heights.

 

Adventure Series

Children explore story-telling, song and creative movement in classes for the youngest of thespians.

Using their bodies, voices and minds, students re-interpret classic and contemporary children’s literature and are inspired to create their own adventures. Simple props and costumes help them bring their characters to life.

Connections are made to literature and the world around them. Classes encourage creative expression and confidence. The last day of class is open for family and friends.

Imagine That

For ages 2-3

A princess hails a cab in Brooklyn…a shark needs to visit the dentist…a superhero visits the grocery store to power-up…a pirate wants a playdate with YOU! Let your imaginations run wild when we put incredible characters into real-life scenarios.

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