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 Dec. 20, 2019. When registering online, use the code SPRINGEB10.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. All scholarship requirements for the spring semester must be received by Dec. 20, 2019, no exceptions. How to apply for a scholarship.

Open Houses

Meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that day! Each semester we hold open houses for children, teens, and adults. Mark your calendars for our next open houses!

  • Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for children and teens
  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for adults. Adults, please RSVP to 941-486-8679.

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Registration Notes:

  • Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% off if you register by Dec. 20, 2019. When registering online, use the code SPRINGEB10.
  • Scholarships are available for those who qualify. All scholarship requirements for the spring semester must be received by Dec. 20, 2019, no exceptions. How to apply for a scholarship.
  • Open House: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for children and teens. Meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that day!
  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Registration Notes:

  • Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% off if you register by Dec. 20, 2019. When registering online, use the code SPRINGEB10.
  • Scholarships are available for those who qualify. All scholarship requirements for the spring semester must be received by Dec. 20, 2019, no exceptions. How to apply for a scholarship.
  • Open House: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for children and teens. Meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that day!
  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Registration Notes:

  • Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% off if you register by Dec. 20, 2019. When registering online, use the code SPRINGEB10.
  • Scholarships are available for those who qualify. All scholarship requirements for the spring semester must be received by Dec. 20, 2019, no exceptions. How to apply for a scholarship.
  • Open House: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for children and teens. Meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that day!
  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Script Detective! for Grades 8-12

Ages:

JAN 10-MAR 6, 2020

Instructor: Nethaneel Williams

Prequisites: Act 1, 2 and 3 or permission of the office.This acting class is for the advanced student who wants a challenge. The class will explore the "given circumstances" to deepen the actor's understanding of playing the scene. Students will perform in the MainStage Class Showcase on March 7, 2020.

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Registration Notes:

  • Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% off if you register by Dec. 20, 2019. When registering online, use the code SPRINGEB10.
  • Scholarships are available for those who qualify. All scholarship requirements for the spring semester must be received by Dec. 20, 2019, no exceptions. How to apply for a scholarship.
  • Open House: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for children and teens. Meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that day!
  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Script Detective! for Grades 8-12

Ages:

JAN 10-MAR 6, 2020

Instructor: Nethaneel Williams

Prequisites: Act 1, 2 and 3 or permission of the office.This acting class is for the advanced student who wants a challenge. The class will explore the "given circumstances" to deepen the actor's understanding of playing the scene. Students will perform in the MainStage Class Showcase on March 7, 2020.

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Auditions for Teen Improv Troupe

Ages:

FEB 1, 2020 | 3 P.M.

Instructor: Luke Manual McFatrich

Improv is a fun, fast-paced art form that requires the actor to think outside of the box. It demands focus, a willingness to listen and engage, and tells a story without the safety net of a script. Troupe members explore and develop their improv, storytelling, acting, and teamwork skills in a safe, supportive environment. They work on acting exercises, short-form improv games, as well as long-form improv activities.

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Registration Notes:

  • Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% off if you register by Dec. 20, 2019. When registering online, use the code SPRINGEB10.
  • Scholarships are available for those who qualify. All scholarship requirements for the spring semester must be received by Dec. 20, 2019, no exceptions. How to apply for a scholarship.
  • Adult Open House: Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call 941.486.8679 to RSVP. Meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that day!
  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Improv 2.0 Performs!

Ages:

JAN 21-MAR 24, 2020

Instructor: Preston Boyd

You will never have so much fun!  Get your acting muscles moving with the unexpected freedom and joy of improvisation! Performance in the Pinkerton Theatre on Monday, March 30, 2020. Tech rehearsal Sunday evening, March 29, 2020

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Sing Out Strong!

Ages:

JAN 25-MAR 14, 2020

Instructor: Michelle Kasanofsky

Work with VT's music director extraordinaire, Michelle Kasanofsky, and you will be amazed at what comes out of your mouth! Whether you want to focus on your solo or ensemble singing voice, this is the class for you. Please note: There will be no class on Feb. 29, 2020.

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Beginning Acting

Ages:

JAN 25-MAR 14, 2020

Instructor: Glenn Schudel

Learn acting technique from one of VT's favorite instructors and have a lot of FUN! This adult acting class is a continuation of last semester, but we welcome new students. Memorization is necessary. 

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Spotlight on Theatre

Ages:

JAN 25-MAR 14, 2020

Instructor: Glenn Schudel

Discover the magic that brings scripts to life! Read and discuss some of our upcoming shows and learn about the creative work that goes into mounting, designing, and performing them. This all-access pass into the artistic process is perfect for actors and non-actors alike.  

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Reader’s Theatre

Ages:

JAN 25-MAR 14, 2020

Instructor: Gary Seddon

Learn to use your voice like you never have before! In the Reader's Theatre class, you will enjoy a style of theatre which allows for developing vocal expression and characterization without having to memorize lines.

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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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Mining Your Own Impulses

Ages:

MAR 22, 2020

Instructor: Elaine Bromka

This workshop is for writers -- and actors! How do you unearth those telling details that make your writing come alive? How do you find your richest stories? By getting out of your head! Elaine Bromka's unorthodox approach to writing is liberating. Bring pen, paper/notebook, a towel or mat, wear comfortable clothes – and park your self-judgment at the door. Perfect for both beginners and more sophisticated writers or actors.

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