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

Adult Classes Open House

Join us for refreshments, meet teachers, learn more about classes, register, take care of everything that evening!

  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for adults. Please RSVP to 941-486-8679.

Early bird discounts

This semester’s deadline has passed.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. This semester’s deadline has passed. How to apply for a scholarship in the future.

Downloads

Registration Notes:

  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Telling Tales Performs! Creative Play for K-1

Ages:

JAN 16-MAR 5, 2020

Instructor: Kelly Duyn

In this fun-filled acting class students use the body, voice, mind, and imagination while increasing social and communication skills.  Note: THIS CLASS HAS AN ADJUSTED START DATE OF JAN. 16TH, 2020 THANK YOU!

Read More

Shake It Up! Creative Play for Grade 2

Ages:

JAN 16-MAR 5, 2020

Instructors: Kelly Duyn, Heidi Bradley

In this performance acting class, students act out stories, play theatre games, and explore the actor's tools - body, voice, mind, and imagination - while increasing self-confidence. Note: THIS CLASS HAS AN ADJUSTED START DATE OF JAN. 16TH, 2020 THANK YOU!

Read More

Registration Notes:

  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Musical Theatre Audition Prep for Grades 5-7

Ages:

JAN 9-FEB 20, 2020

Instructors: Sandy Davisson, Jasmine Deal, Michelle Kasanofsky

Michelle, Sandy, and Jasmine will work with students to improve their musical theatre auditioning skills. Students will explore all aspects of auditioning from the cold reading and dance audition to picking an appropriate audition song.

Read More

Musical Motion Performs! for Grades 4-8

Ages:

JAN 11-MAR 6, 2020

Instructors: Nethaneel Williams, Pamela Henley

Experience the delight of song and dance in this musical theatre performance class. Students will polish up their dance and singing skills for the MainStage Class Showcase on March 7, 2020. New students welcomed.

Read More

Registration Notes:

  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Musical Theatre Audition Prep for Grades 5-7

Ages:

JAN 9-FEB 20, 2020

Instructors: Sandy Davisson, Jasmine Deal, Michelle Kasanofsky

Michelle, Sandy, and Jasmine will work with students to improve their musical theatre auditioning skills. Students will explore all aspects of auditioning from the cold reading and dance audition to picking an appropriate audition song.

Read More

Musical Motion Performs! for Grades 4-8

Ages:

JAN 11-MAR 6, 2020

Instructors: Nethaneel Williams, Pamela Henley

Experience the delight of song and dance in this musical theatre performance class. Students will polish up their dance and singing skills for the MainStage Class Showcase on March 7, 2020. New students welcomed.

Read More

Registration Notes:

  • Click “read more” for information about instructors and more details.
  • Questions? Call 941.486.8679.

Acting for Grades 9-12

Ages:

JAN 6-MAR 2, 2020

Instructor: Preston Boyd

This teen acting class is perfect for beginners or student actors that want to brush up on the foundations of acting.

Read More

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.

Read More

Registration Notes:

  • 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

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

adult acting

Acting 2.0 Performs!

Ages:

JAN 25-MAR 14, 2020

Instructor: Becky Holahan

This intermediate-level adult acting class is a continuation of the fall semester, but we welcome new students who are ready for a challenge. Memorization necessary. Performance in the Pinkerton Theatre on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Read More

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.  

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

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.

Register Online Read More

Acting for Grades 9-12

Ages:

JAN 6-MAR 2, 2020

Instructor: Preston Boyd

This teen acting class is perfect for beginners or student actors that want to brush up on the foundations of acting.

Read More

Musical Theatre Audition Prep for Grades 5-7

Ages:

JAN 9-FEB 20, 2020

Instructors: Sandy Davisson, Jasmine Deal, Michelle Kasanofsky

Michelle, Sandy, and Jasmine will work with students to improve their musical theatre auditioning skills. Students will explore all aspects of auditioning from the cold reading and dance audition to picking an appropriate audition song.

Read More

Musical Motion Performs! for Grades 4-8

Ages:

JAN 11-MAR 6, 2020

Instructors: Nethaneel Williams, Pamela Henley

Experience the delight of song and dance in this musical theatre performance class. Students will polish up their dance and singing skills for the MainStage Class Showcase on March 7, 2020. New students welcomed.

Read More

Telling Tales Performs! Creative Play for K-1

Ages:

JAN 16-MAR 5, 2020

Instructor: Kelly Duyn

In this fun-filled acting class students use the body, voice, mind, and imagination while increasing social and communication skills.  Note: THIS CLASS HAS AN ADJUSTED START DATE OF JAN. 16TH, 2020 THANK YOU!

Read More

Shake It Up! Creative Play for Grade 2

Ages:

JAN 16-MAR 5, 2020

Instructors: Kelly Duyn, Heidi Bradley

In this performance acting class, students act out stories, play theatre games, and explore the actor's tools - body, voice, mind, and imagination - while increasing self-confidence. Note: THIS CLASS HAS AN ADJUSTED START DATE OF JAN. 16TH, 2020 THANK YOU!

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

adult acting

Acting 2.0 Performs!

Ages:

JAN 25-MAR 14, 2020

Instructor: Becky Holahan

This intermediate-level adult acting class is a continuation of the fall semester, but we welcome new students who are ready for a challenge. Memorization necessary. Performance in the Pinkerton Theatre on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Read More

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.  

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

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.

Register Online Read More