In an effort to offer youth acting instruction in a safe manner, we're offering school "pod classes" this spring semester!
Unfortunately, Knoxville's situation is still not safe enough to hold in person classes, so as of January, classes will be held virtually over Zoom. As the situation evolves, we will update this page.
What can you expect?
Our classes are for the beginning and experienced young actor alike! Depending on age, we will dive into topics like projection, stage presence, memorization and using actor tools to create a character, along with more advanced topics like objectives, tactics, subtext, and emotional life. Since classes in this format are intentionally small (5 to 8 students), we time to get to know what your student is interested in learning and discovering ways to grow. One thing we guarantee is that students will come out of the class feeling a part of the class ensemble!
As of January, our classes will be held virtually, which means students will need access to a webcam and Zoom. This could be done from a laptop, chromebook, desktop computer, or even a tablet. Classes will be once a week at the same time, though some classwork may be done independently with time away from the screen. Of course, there will be some memorization to be done, and students may want to rehearse their work outside of class hours as well.
Who is the instructor?
Youth classes are led by our General Manager, Chris Freeman. Chris was a theatre teacher in Georgia before moving to Knoxville in 2019, and has worked with Flying Anvil's Summer Camp. He was slated to appear in Clarence Brown Theatre's production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder in the spring of 2020 before it was cancelled.
At times, guest artists may be brought in to work with the class on a specific topic they are an expert in!
Chris holds his degree in Theatre Education from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and has been an invited guest artist with Georgia Junior Thespians and Theatre Macon.
How can I get Involved?
Classes are generally seven weeks long, and are $210 per student.
If your young person wants to take a class, we need your help!
We ask that parents interested reach out to other parents at your student's school and see if you can get a group together. We need at least five students around the same age and at the same school in order to schedule a class. Once you have some people interested, fill out the form below and we'll get in touch with more details!
Because we're more or less a small operation, we are also flexible. Reach out, we're always available to talk. Let's see if we can make some theatre magic happen for your young person!