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 early. The deadline for fall 2019 has passed. Stay tuned for next semester’s deadline.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. 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! Each semester we hold open houses for children, teens, and adults. Stay tuned for our next ones in January!

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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.

5-6-7-8! Dance for Grades 2-3

Ages:

SEP 9-NOV 4

Instructor: Nethaneel Williams

Back by popular demand!  A dance class specifically designed for grades 2-3.  Learn musical theatre dance techniques and have a lot of FUN! There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Telling Tales! Creative Play for K-1

Ages:

SEP 12 - NOV 7

Instructor: Lisa Willis-Richardson

In this fun-filled acting class students use the body, voice, mind and imagination while increasing social and communication skills. There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Shake It Up! Creative Play for Grade 2

Ages:

Sep 12-Nov 7

Instructors: Kelly Duyn, Heidi Bradley

This acting class encourages students to have fun while exploring the actor’s tools—body, voice, mind and imagination. Bonus: increased self-confidence and presentation skills! There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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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.

5-6-7-8! Dance for Grades 2-3

Ages:

SEP 9-NOV 4

Instructor: Nethaneel Williams

Back by popular demand!  A dance class specifically designed for grades 2-3.  Learn musical theatre dance techniques and have a lot of FUN! There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Act 3: Advanced Acting for Grades 5-8

Ages:

SEP 9 - NOV 4

Instructor: Kelly Duyn

Prerequisites: Beginning & Intermediate Acting (both fall and spring semesters) This acting class is for experienced student actors who are ready to take their performance skills to the next level. There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Act 1: Beginning Acting for Grades 3-5

Ages:

SEP 10 - NOV 5

Instructor: Luke Manual McFatrich

Once students get a taste of the theatre in this beginning acting class, they will be hungry for more! There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Act 2: Intermediate Acting for grades 4-8

Ages:

Sep 10-Nov 5

Instructors: Sandy Davisson, Preston Boyd

Prerequisite: Beginning Acting. This acting class is for the actor in grades 4-8 who has completed the beginning class (both fall and spring semester) and is hungry for more. There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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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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Musical Motion! for Grades 4-8

Ages:

SEP 14 - NOV 9

Instructors: Nethaneel Williams, Pamela Henley

Learn the standard steps and vocal training needed for musical theatre and hone your auditioning skills, all in this musical theatre class. For beginning and intermediate levels. There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Physical Theatre Fun with Brittany!

Ages:

SEP 20 - NOV 8

Instructor: Brittany Roa

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.

Act 3: Advanced Acting for Grades 5-8

Ages:

SEP 9 - NOV 4

Instructor: Kelly Duyn

Prerequisites: Beginning & Intermediate Acting (both fall and spring semesters) This acting class is for experienced student actors who are ready to take their performance skills to the next level. There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Act 2: Intermediate Acting for grades 4-8

Ages:

Sep 10-Nov 5

Instructors: Sandy Davisson, Preston Boyd

Prerequisite: Beginning Acting. This acting class is for the actor in grades 4-8 who has completed the beginning class (both fall and spring semester) and is hungry for more. There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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Act 1: Beginning Acting for grades 6-8

Ages:

Sep 11-Nov 6

Instructor: Brittany Roa

Improvisation! Theatre games! Movement! Discover the actor’s tools – body, voice, mind and imagination – and have fun! There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

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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.

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Musical Motion! for Grades 4-8

Ages:

SEP 14 - NOV 9

Instructors: Nethaneel Williams, Pamela Henley

Learn the standard steps and vocal training needed for musical theatre and hone your auditioning skills, all in this musical theatre class. For beginning and intermediate levels. There will be a corresponding spring semester class that includes a performance.

Read More

Physical Theatre Fun with Brittany!

Ages:

SEP 20 - NOV 8

Instructor: Brittany Roa

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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Explore the elements of technical theatre and design with a true opportunity to see what the “other side” of theatre is all about! Limited to 6 students. Click READ MORE for details and other registration options. 

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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.

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College Bound Audition Prep

Ages:

Sep 23 | Sep 26 | Oct 21 | Oct 24

Instructors: Michelle Kasanofsky, Brad Wages

Want to brush up your song and/or monologue for college auditions? Need help cutting a piece? Or finding the right one? Performer, musician and VT musical director, Michelle Kasanofsky, is available to help you get ready vocally. VT’s own Brad Wages will help you get that monologue ready!

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Explore the elements of technical theatre and design with a true opportunity to see what the “other side” of theatre is all about! Limited to 6 students. Click READ MORE for details and other registration options. 

Read More

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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All About Hamlet

Ages:

SEP 18 - NOV 6

Instructor: Murray Chase

In this discussion-based class, discover the themes, language and intrigue in Shakespeare’s Hamlet with VT’s Producing Executive Director Murray Chase. For actors and non-actors.

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Improv 2.0

Ages:

SEP 24 - NOV 12

Instructor: Preston Boyd

Ready to step up your “improv game?”  Explore the freedom of following your instinct and have the most fun you’ve had in a long time!

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5-6-7-8 Dance!

Ages:

SEP 28 - NOV 16

Instructor: Nethaneel Williams

Have fun and sharpen your skills in this musical theatre dance class with one of VT’s favorite teachers, Nethaneel!

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Beginning Acting

Ages:

SEP 28 - NOV 16

Instructor: Glenn Schudel

Discover how to bring characters to life and all about the power of intention. Maximum 10 students. 

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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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