Acting Out! Classes & Dates

Acting Out! Classes & Dates

Acting Out is the community program of the award-winning UNCSA School of Drama, offering classes in Acting, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance, as well as private voice and tap instruction. Instructors include UNCSA faculty members and alumni, offering the same caliber of instruction as our high school and undergraduate programs.

Classes focus on learning and honing the skills of theatre as a process and will culminate in a skills demonstration at the end of the term. Drama skills not only build confidence as an actor, but improve communication, promote physical awareness, relieve stress, develop friendships and encourage empathy.

Class Descriptions

Primary Acting, Grades 1-2

Mondays 5:45 - 6:30 p.m., Room 626
$250/14-week semester
Jordan Brown, Instructor

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!

FALL: August 26, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 25, December 2, 9 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term.

SPRING: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 9th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Acting I, Grades 3-5

Mondays 6:45–7:45 p.m., Room 626
$375/14-week semester
Jordan Brown, Instructor

Students will develop acting skills through improvisation, theater games and dramatic exercises, with emphasis on storytelling.

FALL: August 26, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 25, December 2, 9 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term.

SPRING: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 9th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Acting II, Grades 6-8

Mondays 4:30–6:00 p.m., Studio 716
Nadiyah Dorsey-Quander, Instructor
$475/14-week semester

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

FALL: August 26, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 25, December 2, 9 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term.

SPRING: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 9th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Acting III, Grades 9-12

Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am in Room 716
Nick Zayas, Instructor
$475/14-week semester

This course will be primarily skills-based and will delve into text analysis, voice work, and body work as it relates to characterization. There will be depthful work on truthful storytelling in all types of dramatic literature (contemporary as well as musical theatre). Individual tutorials in Alexander Technique and Linklater Voice work will be a part of the class.

FALL: September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 25 with a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 14th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Musical Theatre I, Grades 3-5

Tuesdays, 6–7 p.m. in de Mille One
Charlie Kluttz, instructor
$375/14-week semester

This course begins with the fundamentals of singing technique, encouraging young singers to project their voices healthily. Each student will receive one-on-one tutorials on vocal and acting technique within a solo song. We will promote music reading so the students begin to rely on their eyes as well as their ears when learning music. We will introduce an ensemble piece from a standard musical theatre work and will incorporate simple dance moves 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!

FALL: September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 26, December 3, 10 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 21 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 10th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Musical Theatre II, Grades 6 -9

Thursdays 5:45 - 7:15 pm, de Mille One
Charlie Kluttz and Janine Hawley, Instructors
$500/14-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 or group 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!

FALL: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 12th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Beginning Tap, Grades 1 -9

Wednesdays 5:45 - 6:30 p.m., Room 396
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$250/14-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.

FALL: September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 11th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Intermediate Tap, grades 6 - 12
(audition required)

Thursdays 4:45-5:45p.m., Room 396
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$300/14-week semester

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.

FALL: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 12th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Advanced Tap, grades 6 - 12
(audition required)

Tuesdays 4:15–5:30 p.m., Room 396
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$350/14-week semester

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.

FALL: September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 26, December 3, 10 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 21 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 10th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Beginning/ Intermediate Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance

Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30 pm Studio 396
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$300/14-week semester

Beginning Musical Theatre/Jazz class will introduce proper dance technique while exploring multiple movement and dance styles. The class is designed to build knowledge of terminology used at dance auditions, layered with Broadway-style jazz movement and proper warm-ups and stretches to help you gain confidence in using your physical instrument. All ages welcome!

FALL: September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 11th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Advanced Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance, grades 6 - 12
(audition required)

Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:45 pm, Room 396
Julianne Harper, instructor
$350/14-week semester

Advanced Musical Theatre/Jazz class will reinforce proper dance technique while exploring multiple movement and dance styles. The class is designed to build knowledge of terminology used at dance auditions, layered with Broadway-style jazz movement and proper warm-ups and stretches to help you gain confidence in using your physical instrument. 

FALL: September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 26, December 3, 10 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 21 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 10th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Hip Hop Dance, All ages

Thursdays 5:45–6:45 p.m., Room 396
Julianne Harper, instructor
$300/14-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.

FALL: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term

SPRING: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 12th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Private Tap Lessons (Package of 8)

Private Tap Lessons
As scheduled in room 396
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$520/8-lesson block

Private instruction based on the student's level and experience.
Please email Janine Hawley at hawleyj@uncsa.edu if you have questions.

Musical Theatre PLUS, Grades 6-12 (audition required)

Mondays 4:30–6:00 p.m., de Mille 1
Janine Hawley, Charlie Kluttz, Instructors
$500/14-week semester

The Musical Theatre PLUS class will focus on skills training in sight reading, rhythm, vocal technique, audition preparation and acting the song. Solo and group numbers will be explored as well as research.

FALL: August 26, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 25, December 2, 9 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term.

SPRING: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20 with an open classroom parent demonstration on that last day of the term as well as a Finale Demonstration in Catawba Theatre on Saturday, April 25th , 2020. March 9th is an optional make-up day for inclement weather.

Private Voice Lessons

Private Voice Lessons
As scheduled in room 636
Kristin Schwecke or Alicia Reid, Instructors
$504/14 week semester of one 30-minute private lesson per week

Private instruction based on the student's level and experience.
Please email Janine Hawley at hawleyj@uncsa.edu if you have questions.

Audition Preparation Class

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:45-8:15 pm, Room 716
Nick Zayas, Instructor
$225 for 8 sessions

This specialized class offers individual coaching/tutorial times on monologues as the primary basis for instruction.

FALL: October 22, 24, 29, 31, November 5, 7, 12, 14

SPRING: January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30