This class will teach students the basics of theatre and storytelling. Students will participate in group activities, games and exercises with the goal of instructing them on how to access their imagination and use teamwork to build an ensemble. The students will be working towards creating their own devised piece of theatre based on a classic children’s book.
12 Weeks. Sept. 16- Dec. 9. $200. Teaching Artist: Jacob Ernst
Middle School Level
Middle School Acting Studio
Middle School Acting Studio will introduce students to a variety of theater techniques, including games, pantomime, and scene study. The class will conclude with a showcase of student scene performances. Students will learn how to work together in a creative and collaborative environment, how to portray character and interpret a script, and how to engage their voices and bodies in service to a role in a play.
8 Weeks. Oct. 4 – Dec. 9, 2023. $200. Teaching Artist: Elena Guerra
High School Level
Collective Creation: An Introduction to Devised Theatre
Develop and enhance your acting, movement, and improvisation skills as we collaborate on creating our own unique theatre piece (or two). Participants live in the moment; listening and responding both verbally and non-verbally to given circumstances and situations all the while documenting and refining our storytelling discoveries to create a unique piece of collaborative theatre.
If you’re interested in learning the basics of writing for the stage, if you want to engage in the process of writing a play from start to finish, or if you just like to write and wonder what it would be like to hear an actor speak your words – join us! Discover what makes an idea right for theatrical exploration, versus cinematic or literary exploration. Create compelling characters. Workshop your play during readings with other playwrights. Learn the skills to create your own short play from idea through final draft.
ROCK UNIVERSITY is dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education. We will develop music creativity and proficiency within a culture of belonging, collaboration and community. Classic Rock music, using multiple teachers, will be the foundation of instruction. Group lessons and private instruction will be the basis of learning along with the development of a knowledge of reading music and understanding music theory.
Audition only. (Electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals). Class will culminate in full band performance. 12 Weeks. Sept. 11-Dec. 9, 2023. $350. Teaching Artist: Steve Crosby and Guests
Join us for our beginner/intermediate level musical theater dance class series! Through our 12 week program, students will learn the foundations of musical theater dance technique that will prepare them for dance auditions ranging from the Broadway stage, to commercials and musical movies on the big screen. Students will also gain a basic knowledge of the history of dance in musicals and how the dance styles evolved through each era of theater. Overall this class will teach students musical theater dance technique, characterization, storytelling through dance, and an understanding of the evolution of dance in musicals from the 1920’s to present day.
Beginner Tap: Dive into the basics and history of Tap Dance. In this class you will learn the basic steps of Tap and the history behind it! Whether it be classical, rhythm, or musical theater tap. You will learn it all!
Intermediate: Take the next steps (no pun intended!) on your journey to tap-dancing success with this Intermediate class. Students will continue to develop their artistry as performers and advance their skills in a variety of styles and techniques.
12 Weeks. Sept. 11-Dec. 9th. $200. Teaching Artist: Jackson Becker
Ages 8 and up.
Weekly lessons of one half-hour will be in two basic parts, learning a technique and then
applying the technique to a piece the student is working on.
Goals will be outlined after the initial lesson and are dependent on the student’s individual needs.
Goals may include, but are not limited to:
– Learning basics of breathing for singing
– Learning basics of balanced posture
– Learning new repertoire
– Learning performance etiquette
– Audition preparation
The general breakdown of a typical lesson is as follows:
A brief time at the beginning of each lesson will be set aside for the student to check in, and to
ask questions and/or comment about the previous week’s lesson. This will be followed by a
warm-up and explanation of a technical skill. The last part of the lesson will be dedicated to
application of that technique to a piece in the student’s repertoire.
Time Slots are very Limited. Teaching Artist: Jessica Bayne. $160 a month.
Meet Our Teaching Artists
Jackson BeckerDance Teaching Artist
Esther NeelActing Teaching Artist
Jasmine SingerDance Teaching Artist
Kieshaun ButtsDance Teaching Artist
Vivian SnipesActing Teaching Artist
Jessica BayneVoice Teaching Artist
Steve CrosbyMusic Teaching Artist
John LawwillMusic Teaching Artist
Jacob ErnstActing Teaching Artist
Elena GuerraActing Teaching Artist
Ellie MillerDance Teaching Artist
Margo BuchananDrama Teaching Artist
Energizing the community through the beauty and emotional power of the arts.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Leeds Center for the Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.