Arts Academy

The Performing Arts Academy consists of a variety of classes including Elementary Drama 101, Intro to Theatre 102, Acting 201, Musical Theatre, Improv, Urban Impact Shakes, Shakes 101.

Program Options

Drama 101

1st-3rd grade Fall/Spring, Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** For more info, call Zack McClelland

This course provides students with a foundation in acting basics. Students learn the importance of projection, diction, and stage presence. Through techniques such as improvisation, games, and performance, students learn to harness their energy and jump out of their comfort zones.

Intro to Musical Theatre 101

1st-5th grade Fall/Spring, Thursdays 4:30pm-6:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** For more info, call Zack McClelland

This course provides students with a foundation in musical theatre. Students learn the importance of telling a story through song and dance. It is a great class for students who are in their school musicals.

Acting 201

7th-12th Grade Fall/Spring, Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** For more info, call Zack McClelland

Students master the basics of theatre performance and are exposed to a variety of acting materials and methods. Students review the importance of projection, diction, stage presence, and subtext. Using improvisation games, one-act scenes and monologue exercises, students will more fully develop and apply their acting technique, to become more confident and polished actors.

Intro to Theatre 201

4th-6th grade Fall/Spring, Thursdays 4:30pm-6:00pm & 6:30pm-8:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** For more info, call Zack McClelland

This course provides a deeper foundation in acting basics and introduces the technical and production aspects of theatre. Students review the importance of projection, diction, and stage performance while learning character development and memorization skills.

Musical Theatre 202

Middle School & High School Fall/Spring, Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** Acting 201 and Intro to Theatre 201 prerequisites For more info, call Zack McClelland

This high-power course covers vocals, dance, and character development as part of the acting experience. Students are prepared for musical acting roles for Light the Night and other performances. Audition and acting techniques are reinforced as our instructors build on the basic framework of Acting 201 and Intro to Theatre.

Improv 202

Middle School & High School Fall only, Thursdays 4:30pm-6:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** Acting 101 or 201 prerequisite For more info, call Zack McClelland

Students learn how to speak and act
without a script as they create a scene and story by developing characters through creative storytelling and imagination development. Students learn how to build a story and practice fundamental acting skills such as eye contact, stage presence, and public speaking.

Auditions 201

5th grade-12th grade Fall only, Thursdays 4:30pm-6:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** For more info, call Zack McClelland

Every famous actor starts their career with an audition. Whether you’re preparing for CAPA, college, or professional theatre auditions, or even Shakes and Singers, this class will give you the confidence and know-how to give a memorable audition. Learn what to wear, how to find local auditions, and what to expect at an audition. Most importantly, find and practice your audition pieces for your fellow classmates.

Scene and Monologue Competition

Middle School & High School Fall and Spring, Tuesdays 4:30pm-6:00pm $30 course cost, $60 non-resident** Acting 201 or Intro to Theatre 201 prerequisites For more info, contact Eric Anderson

Students will put skills learned in previous classes to the test. Participants in this class will have the option to compete in the Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Contest and/or the August Wilson Monologue Contest.

Pittsburgh Allegheny Musical

K-5th Grade
Spring only | Free
For more information, call Zack McClelland

Urban Impact will be partnering again with Pittsburgh Allegheny to produce their junior musical. Auditions will begin in December or early January, but we encourage students to sign up for classes in our Performing Arts Academy in the Fall and Spring on Thursdays. This will allow students to prepare for the musical and hone their acting, singing, or dancing skills.

Urban Impact Shakes

Middle School & High School Summer, M-TH (June) M-F (July) 10:00am-4:00pm $50 course cost Acting 201 prerequisite For more information, call Eric Anderson

In this elite acting program, students grow in their acting and leadership potential. Through their performance of a full Shakespeare show, students relate their testimony to their characters. Shakes has been featured at the ACSI educational conference for its excellence in production and education.

Theatre and Film 101

Middle School and High School Summer, Monday-Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm $50 course cost For more information, call Eric Anderson

This course gives students the opportunity to learn acting techniques for stage and screen as well as producing
a final video production. Students who participate in Theatre and Film 101 receive a foundation for future enrollment in Shakes.

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