Learning is a process; it never ends.

Such is the approach for Venice Theatre’s education programs. We offer a “no shortcuts,” high-quality theatre training program with top-notch, caring instructors. We also offer classes, camps and workshops that are fun for all involved.

Graduates of our program are currently working in the theatre field as professional actors and technicians. And they’re studying across the U.S. in prestigious theatre programs. Our graduates are also teachers, medical students, and emerging writers.  All of them one will tell you that their theatre training–the problem-solving, the collaboration, the public presence–helped them grow in their careers. Each one will tell you that Venice Theatre classes and camps afforded them some of the most fun they’ve ever had.

Whatever career young people pursue as adults, they will be more successful as a result of our arts education programs. They will be more creative, more disciplined, more conscientious…and more fun to be around.

We are also so proud of our adult students who keep pursuing new opportunities. They truly understand that learning never ends.

So, whether you’re in kindergarten or a retiree looking to brush up on your theatre history or start a new stand-up career, Venice Theatre is ready to make a dramatic impact on your life!

Murray Chase, Producing Executive Director
Sandy Davisson, Director of Education & Outreach

Early bird discounts

Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% off if you register by Aug. 23, 2019. Not available online. Must call 941.486.8679.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. The application deadline is Aug. 31, 2019. All scholarship requirements must be received, no exceptions. How to apply for a scholarship.

Open Houses

Meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that day!

  • For Children and Teens
    Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
  • For Adults
    Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Adults, please RSVP to 941.486.8679.

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Registration Notes:

  • Our online registration system only allows you to register for one class at a time.
  • If you do not wish to register online, call 941.486.8679 or click “read more” for EZ Pay option, scholarship instructions or to pay by cash or check.
  • Also click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Registration Notes:

  • Our online registration system only allows you to register for one class at a time.
  • If you do not wish to register online, call 941.486.8679 or click “read more” for EZ Pay option, scholarship instructions or to pay by cash or check.
  • Also click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Creative Drama: “The Newsroom” for Grades 3-5

Ages:

SEP 12 - NOV 7

Instructor: Luke Manual McFatrich

A brand-new offering utilizing creative drama for students who want to “dip their toes” in a drama class. This class focuses on sharpening the student’s social, problem solving and presentation skills. Using the activity in a newsroom, students will explore voice development, body awareness, and teamwork. There will be a class demonstration during the last class.

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This class focuses on encouraging the actor to “act with their whole body,” enhancing the actor’s performance. Brittany encourages imagination and is LOTS OF FUN! Her styles approach incorporates acrobatics, music interpretation and physical theatre techniques. Soar to new heights! No previous theatre experience required.  There will be a demonstration during the last class. 

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Registration Notes:

  • Our online registration system only allows you to register for one class at a time.
  • If you do not wish to register online, call 941.486.8679 or click “read more” for EZ Pay option, scholarship instructions or to pay by cash or check.
  • Also click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Performance Art for Grades 8-12 Anything Goes!

Ages: ,

SEP 13 - NOV 15

Instructors: Nethaneel Williams, Brad Wages

Prerequisites: By invitation OR permission of instructor This unique acting class invites students to comment on popular culture and current events. It is shaped by the students’ perspective and enhanced by music, art, literature and sound effects. Students are encouraged to find their own unique “voice.”  We have found that material has the potential to be weighty. (Please call the office at 486-8679 for details.) Topics have ranged from prejudice and isolation to bullying and hurricanes. The class culminates in a performance on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Students must be available daily for tech week Nov. 11-14 from 5:00-6:45 p.m.

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This class focuses on encouraging the actor to “act with their whole body,” enhancing the actor’s performance. Brittany encourages imagination and is LOTS OF FUN! Her styles approach incorporates acrobatics, music interpretation and physical theatre techniques. Soar to new heights! No previous theatre experience required.  There will be a demonstration during the last class. 

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Registration Notes:

  • Our online registration system only allows you to register for one class at a time.
  • If you do not wish to register online, call 941.486.8679 or click “read more” for EZ Pay option, scholarship instructions or to pay by cash or check.
  • Also click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Auditions for Teen Improv Troupe

Ages:

Aug 26, 2019 | 5 p.m.

Instructor: Luke Manual McFatrich

Auditions: Saturday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.  The troupe will meet once a week for 9 weeks to explore popular improv games, techniques and concepts in a fun, fast-paced environment. No experience required. Troupe rehearsals will culminate in a ticketed performance on our Pinkerton Stage, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. 

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Performance Art for Grades 8-12 Anything Goes!

Ages: ,

SEP 13 - NOV 15

Instructors: Nethaneel Williams, Brad Wages

Prerequisites: By invitation OR permission of instructor This unique acting class invites students to comment on popular culture and current events. It is shaped by the students’ perspective and enhanced by music, art, literature and sound effects. Students are encouraged to find their own unique “voice.”  We have found that material has the potential to be weighty. (Please call the office at 486-8679 for details.) Topics have ranged from prejudice and isolation to bullying and hurricanes. The class culminates in a performance on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Students must be available daily for tech week Nov. 11-14 from 5:00-6:45 p.m.

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Registration Notes:

  • Our online registration system only allows you to register for one class at a time.
  • If you do not wish to register online, call 941.486.8679 or click “read more” for EZ Pay option, scholarship instructions or to pay by cash or check.
  • Also click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities build confidence, life skills, and experience the joy of performance through theatre exercises and acting studies. Students will audition for a 2020 production at the end of the fall semester.  Those cast will continue with rehearsals in the spring. Please note classes are not structured to offer one-on-one support of students. Students must meet admission criteria.  

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Stand-Up with Gid!

Ages:

SEP 28 - NOV 9

Instructor: Gid Pool

Be entertained, enlightened and learn to laugh at yourself as international comedian Gid Pool teaches you stand-up comedy formulas and routines. Emphasis will be on using your own experiences to find the funny! Maximum 10 students. Final class is a tech rehearsal from noon to 2:30 p.m. Class culminates in a performance on Nov. 11, 2019 . 

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adult acting

Acting 2.0

Ages:

SEP 28 - NOV 16

Instructor: Ric Goodwin

Have you taken beginning acting classes? Are you ready for a challenge? Then join Ric for his acting class, where he’ll work with you on deepening characterization and physicalization.

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