Winter Classes 2021—YC Online!

January 25–March 6

Winter classes meet 1–2 days per week at various times 
for 6 weeks.


Class Descriptions

Acting Workshop (Junior)

Mix up your routine and expand your acting toolbox with our Acting Workshop. Students will build a foundational knowledge of acting principles and explore improvisation, character work, and text performance. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character development through key tools including objective, obstacle, actions, physicality
  • Scene and monologue performance


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, monologues, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Junior Session: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285

Acting Workshop II: Voice & Dialect (Middle School, High School)

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand voice and speech techniques, as well as introduce the fundamentals of working on a dialect. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. Students will learn to develop an ear to distinguish dialect sounds, and work on one to two dialects in class. The class emphasizes finding and valuing the individual’s own vocal mechanism, and finding freedom of expression in another dialect. A wonderful class to expand a young actor’s experience and to build confidence onstage and off.

Middle School Session: Mondays & Thursdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 pm via Zoom

High School Session: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.—5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.—1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285 (Middle School)—$300 (High School)

Monologue Audition (Middle School) NEW!

This new monologue audition class for middle school with master instructor Valerie Weak will give students confidence in preparing a professional monologue audition, covering video and in-person audition techniques and etiquette. In addition to helping find age appropriate monologues, students will learn cold reading/callback skills, which apply to both on-camera and in-person auditions, as well as some discussion about the casting process for theater and film. The class will culminate with an invited presentation of monologues for friends and family. 

Session Dates: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285

Musical Theater Workshop (Junior, Middle School, High School)

Unleash your passion for musical theater within the comfort of your home in our Musical Theater Workshop. This intensive introduces students to meaningful song performance and combining voice and movement to create character. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamentals of singing such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal technique
  • Dance and improving confidence in movement abilities
  • Song interpretation and performance


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Junior Session: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Middle School Session: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.—1:15 p.m. via Zoom

High School Session: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $300 (Junior, Middle School)—$315 (High School)

On-Camera Acting Workshop (Middle School, High School)

Interested in acting in film and television? Now’s your chance to get in front of the camera in the On-Camera Acting Workshop. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamental acting tools including objective, obstacle, actions, tactics, and point of view
  • Theatrical skills such as scene analysis, vocal production, and physical awareness
  • On-camera acting techniques versus stage techniques
  • Audition preparation and filming yourself
  • The business and industry of film, television, and commercial acting


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and filmed scenes. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Middle School Session: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.—1:15 p.m. via Zoom

High School Session: Mondays/Thursdays from 4 p.m.—5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285 (Middle School)—$315 (High School)



Junior Voice & Dialect (JR)  


Our Junior Voice and Dialect class is a fun introduction to one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools: the voice! Through exercises, games and scenes, students will explore the many parts of the voice, and get to work on one to two different dialects. Acting basics will also be introduced in combination with the vocal exercises. This is a great class for students who have previously taken Acting Workshop and would like to discover some new ways of expressing themselves on stage.

Junior Session:  Mondays & Thursdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 pm via Zoom

Tuition: $285 (Junior)

What’s Your Story? with Sierra Marie Gonzalez (High School)

In this unique personal development workshop,  participants will explore how storytelling can be shared in various modes of artistic performance, including: spoken word, monologue, prose, rap, etc. Students will be given specific writing prompts to get their minds and narratives flowing. From those prompts, they will develop pieces that express their lived experiences in a simple and creative way. Participants will also learn how they can utilize “performance amplifiers” (i.e their camera, music, lighting, other sounds and tones, etc.) to give their story a performative and creative edge. At the end of the master class, students will have an original piece that they can share. This master class is excellent for both beginner and advanced writer/performers--students of all levels and theater/artistic backgrounds welcome!

Class Dates: Mondays 4:30-6pm on Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 & Mch 1

Tuition: $175

1-Day Master Classes (Middle School, High School)

Auditions, Casting, & Cold Reading Workshop (Middle School, High School)

This master class offers a guide to entering the professional world of acting. In addition to covering the basics of auditioning, this class will explore professionalism in the theater industry, demystify the world of casting and casting directors, and how to develop techniques to sustain your place in a competitive arts world. Guest artists and a casting director will comprise a portion of this special master class. 

Session Dates: Sunday, February 21 ONLY from 1–4 p.m. via Zoom 

Tuition: $75 


Mastering the Monologue Audition (High School)

Build your confidence in finding, preparing, and performing monologues – your calling card as an actor.

Through discussions, coaching, and exercises, students will leave the master class with tools for finding the perfect monologue, and analyzing and preparing text so they can rehearse and deliver dynamite audition pieces with confidence. Participants may be asked to bring a 1-minute monologue (from a play) to work with during the course of the class. Limited to 12 students.

Class Date: Sunday, January 31, from  1–4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $75

 

Physical Character (Middle School)  

In the actor’s toolkit the two elements most essential to good character communication are the actor’s voice and the actor’s body. These are also the two areas that need the most development in young actors. This class is designed to provide an overview of important physical habits and tools that can help unlock new and deeper facets of your character. This master class is for you if you’ve taken Acting Workshop and you would like to focus on how the actor uses their body to portray different characters and tell a story; you feel trapped in your habits and would like to expand your physical vocabulary and strengthen your connection with and awareness of your own body; or you’re intrigued by and curious about theater that utilizes lots of movement and larger than life characters. 

Class Date: Sunday, February 28, from  1–4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $75

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