Acting Out! Classes & Dates

Acting Out! Classes & Dates

Acting Out! offers classes for children in grades 1–12. Whether you're interested in acting, movement or even voice, the Acting Out! program offers a diverse selection of classes to help build your skills and develop who you are on stage. Some classes offer the next level of challenge, and require an audition.

Deadline to register for Spring Semester: Thursday, December 22, 2017! 

Spring 2017 Classes and Dates

Primary Acting, Grades 1-2

Tuesdays, 4:30- 5 p.m. in room 626
Chesley Polk, Instructor
$200/14-week semester

This class will work toward channeling the great imagination of these students into focused tasks through the use of improvisation exercises and theatre games. Seriously focused fun!

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 18, 25
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8, 15, 29
  • December 6, 13
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Acting I, Grades 3-5

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in room 626
Chesley Polk, Instructor
(combined with PLUS students)
$375/14-week semester

Acting I begins with the “actor’s tools”: the body, the voice and the imagination. By beginning with body stretches and maneuvering, then adding voice warm ups and tips for healthy usage, students will unknowingly make transformations and thereby exercise the imagination through the specificity of body and voice so that a character can come to life.

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 18, 25
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8, 15, 29
  • December 6, 13
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Acting II, Grades 6-8

Acting II, Grades 6-8
Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. in room 262

Chesley Polk, Instructor
(combined with PLUS students)
$375/14-week semester

Depthful work on the basics of acting with focus on body awareness and vocal technique; group scenes/monologues.

Spring 2017 dates 

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 18, 25
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8, 15, 29
  • December 6, 13
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Acting III, Grades 9-12

Acting III, Grades 9-12
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. in room 713

Jacobi Howard, Instructor
(combined with PLUS students)
$475/14-week semester

Acting III will empower students to create a role deeply based in the exploration of the text by asking questions and making informed choices. They will develop tools for confident auditions, whole-body communication and the active pursuit of objectives.

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 18, 25
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8, 15, 29
  • December 6, 13
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Musical Theatre, Grades 6-12

Musical Theatre, Grades 6-12
Thursdays, 5:45-7:15 p.m. in Studio One

Janine Hawley and Charlie Kluttz, Instructors, plus pianist
(combined with PLUS students)
$495/14-week semester

This course begins with the fundamentals of singing technique; then each student will receive one-on-one tutorials on vocal and acting technique within a solo song. We will promote music reading study​ on a musical theater choral work, which will then incorporate simple dance moves that are appropriate to the style. This skills class is designed to build confidence in both the novice and experienced singer and challenge the students where they are in their training — and have fun while doing it!

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March  2, 16, 23, 30
  • April 6, 20, 27
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17
  • December 1, 8, 15
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Beginning Tap

Beginning Tap
Tuesdays, 5:15-6 p.m. in room 396

Morgan Sellers, Instructor
$200/14-week semester

Want to increase leg strength, agility and rhythm? Gain the basics of these skills plus have fun in this beginning level class of tappers! No experience necessary. Please provide your own tap shoes.

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 18, 25
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8, 15, 29
  • December 6, 13
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Intermediate Tap

Intermediate Tap
Thursdays, 5–5:45 p.m. in room 396

Morgan Sellers, Instructor
$200/14-week semester
Audition required

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination and speed of movement for leg strength and agility. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds and having fun! As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Please provide your own tap shoes.

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March  2, 16, 23, 30
  • April 6, 20, 27
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17,
  • December 1, 8, 15
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Advanced Tap

Advanced Tap
SECTION I: Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. in room 396

Julianne Harper, Instructor
SECTION II: Saturdays, 10–11 a.m. in room 396
Morgan Sellers, Instructor
$350/14-week semester
Audition required

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement for leg strength and agility. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun! As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Please provide your own tap shoes.

SECTION I Spring 2017 dates

  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1, 8, 15, 22
  • March 1, 15, 22, 29
  • April 5, 19, 26
  • April 29 – Demonstration Performance  

SECTION II Spring 2016 dates

  • January 14, 21, 28
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25
  • March 4, 18, 25
  • April 1, 8, 22, 29
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance 

SECTION I Fall 2016 dates

  • September 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 30
  • December 7, 14
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

SECTION II Fall 2016 dates

  • September 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • November 5, 12, 19
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance - Level 1

Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance - Level 1
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. in room 396
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$350/14-week semester
No audition

Musical Theatre/Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique, layered with Broadway-style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions and combinations.

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1, 8, 15, 22
  • March 1, 15, 22, 29
  • April 5, 19, 26
  • April 29 – Demonstration Performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 30
  • December 7, 14
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance


Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance - Level 2

Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance - Level 2
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. in room 396

Julianne Harper, Instructor
$350/14-week semester
Audition required

Musical Theatre/Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique, layered with Broadway-style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions and combinations. 

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1, 8, 15, 22
  • March 1, 15, 22, 29
  • April 5, 19, 26
  • April 29 – Demonstration Performance

Fall 2016 dates 

  • September 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 30
  • December 7, 14
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Boys and Girls Hip Hop, Grades 1-8 

Boys and Girls Hip Hop, Grades 1-8
Thursdays, 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. in room 396

Morgan Sellers, Instructor
$200/14-week semester 

Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. 

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 12, 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March  2, 16, 23, 30
  • April 6, 20, 27
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17,
  • December 1, 8, 15
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

PLUS Acting I, Grades 3-5 

PLUS Acting I, Grades 3-5
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in room 626

Chesley Polk, Instructor
$550/14 week semester
Audition required

The PLUS Acting classes will meet twice a week; once as a skills class in acting with all students, and again in a rehearsal class with PLUS students only — working toward an end-of-term presentation of self-generated work by the instructor/students!

Spring 2017 dates 

  • January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 31
  • February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
  • March 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • April 4, 6, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 29
  • December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance 

PLUS Acting II, Grades 6-8 

PLUS Acting II, Grades 6-8
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. in room 262

Chesley Polk, Instructor
$550/14-week semester
Audition required

The PLUS Acting classes will meet twice a week; once as a skills class in acting with all students, and again in a rehearsal class with PLUS students only — working toward an end-of-term presentation of self-generated work by the instructor/students!

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 31
  • February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
  • March 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • April 4, 6, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 29
  • December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

PLUS Acting III, Grades 9-12

PLUS Acting III, Grades 9–12
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. in room 713

Jacobi Howard, Instructor
$750/14-week semester
Audition required

The PLUS Acting classes will meet twice a week; once as a skills class in acting with all students, and again in a rehearsal class with PLUS students only — working toward an end-of-term presentation of self-generated work by the instructor/students!

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 31
  • February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
  • March 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • April 4, 6, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates 

  • September 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 29
  • December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

PLUS Musical Theatre, Grades 6-12 

PLUS Musical Theatre, Grades 6 – 12
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45-7:15 p.m. in Studio One
Janine Hawley, Instructor, plus pianist
$725/14-week semester
Audition required

The PLUS Musical Theatre program will include classes with two instructors and a pianist for 1.5 hours/week, plus an additional 1.5 hour class/week for PLUS students only — working with a director/choreographer to put together an end-of-term musical presentation. We are hoping to add an Acting Out staged musical (title TBA) on June 2, 3, and 4, 2017 with priority auditions for Acting Out members in March.

Spring 2017 dates

  • January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 31
  • February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
  • March 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • April 4, 6, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • April 29 – Demonstration performance

Fall 2016 dates

  • September 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 29
  • December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
  • December 17 – Demonstration performance

Private Voice Lessons

Private Voice Lessons
As scheduled in room 636
Kristin Schwecke, Instructor
$450/14 week semester of one 30-minute private lesson per week

Please email Janine Hawley at hawleyj@uncsa.edu if you have questions.