Parents of kids with a flair for the dramatic, let's talk about our favorite theater programs and acting classes for kids in Boston!
From focused instruction to participating in full children's theater productions, kids will gain confidence and performance skills while having fun with their peers. Check out parent-recommended music & theater summer camps, too.
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Performing Arts Center - Metrowest
Tracy Snyder Molina: Kids can participate in both dramatic and musical theater classes and productions in age-appropriate groups. Kids will learn all aspects of being cast in a show including acting techniques, character development, blocking, choreography, singing, props, lighting and much more. Classes are offered throughout the year as well as a summer music theater program.
Age: 4+ (depending on class)
Cost: Check website for class pricing.
Pocket Full Of Tales at The Center for Arts in Natick
Tracy Snyder Molina: Pocket Full of Tales Theatre Company offers after-school, vacation and summer musical theater and advanced acting workshops at TCAN. Children are instructed with process-based theater training, gaining experience in acting, dancing, singing and teamwork. Music theater workshops provide a fun introduction to musical theater with a final performance for friends and family. Advanced workshops for older and more experienced students involve the challenge of performing in a Broadway musical, Shakespearean comedy and an original performance.
Cost: See website for class pricing.
Tracy Snyder Molina: LINX Theater provides premier instruction for kids interested in theater. They coordinate many professional stage productions in order to keep casts small and give each student an opportunity to act in a featured role. LINX offers recreational, drama and comedy education and Broadway for experienced performers classes. Quality, one on one attention with expert instructors is provided for all.
Cost: Starts at $229 per month.
Performing Arts Classes at The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
Tracy Snyder Molina: The Umbrella Center is committed to nurturing and encouraging the arts throughout the local community. They offer a variety of classes for kids and teens including those focusing on the performing arts. Based on age groups, classes use creative movement, props, music, games, creativity and fun to explore and cultivate each child's inner artist.
Ages: 3+ (depending on class)
Cost: Check website for current classes and pricing.
Stage Artistry Studios
Check website for various pricing options
Google User: Professional staff will guide your child through private lessons, group classes or in any one of their comprehensive tracks in either Musical Theatre, Dance, or Theater Tech.
The Mosesian Center for the Arts Educational Programs
Tracy Snyder Molina: The Mosesian Center for the Arts and Watertown Children's Theatre programs offer a variety of educational programs for kids and teens throughout the year as well as school and summer vacation programs. Some of the workshops offered include technical and production work, audition workshop, creative drama, private acting lessons and several youth theater productions.
Ages: Varies by the program.
Cost: See website for current program catalog and prices.
Boston Casting's Media Performance Institute
Tracy Snyder Molina: Media Performance provides training to actors of all ages with some of the most experienced instructors and performers in the New England area. Some of the upcoming workshops offered include Teen Animation and Video Game Voice Over, Kids/Teen Television Scene Study and Tween/Teen Advanced Acting. Check out their upcoming class schedule here.
Ages: 9-17 (varies by class)
Cost: See class schedule for pricing.
Artbarn Community Theater
Ages: Pre-School through High School
analisette: Artbarn Community Theater is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts program for youth which offers a unique integration of theater arts training & social skills development. Attention to each actor’s experience throughout the production process is a primary concern. Establishing a culture of collaboration within each production troupe is the preliminary task.
We believe that when young people feel confident taking the risk to perform in front of an audience, they learn & grow. Their own sense of accomplishment — plus the public acknowledgment they receive — will empower them in other aspects of their lives.
Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University
Tracy Snyder Molina: Classes at Wheelock Family Theatre are offered year-round and provide a fun and innovative drama curriculum for young actors that teach drama skills while also gaining important life skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Age-appropriate classes progress from storytelling and early creative drama to acting fundamentals and then to specialized sessions in musical theater, stage combat, improv, playwriting, or songwriting. Experienced students can also audition for Wheelock's professional productions.
Cost: See website for current class pricing.
Tracy Snyder Molina: ImprovBoston offers classes just for youth and teens, teaching improvisation skills, an important creative process that fosters curiosity, support, engagement, trust, and applied risk-taking both on and off-stage. Students learn to have confidence in their performances, accept "mistakes" as gifts, work as team players, and communicate their ideas effectively. Class offerings include youth and teen improv troupes, vacation and summer improv clinics as well as a high school internship program.
Cost: $350 for one-week programs, see website for other class pricing
Underground Railway Theater
Tracy Snyder Molina: Underground Railway Theater offers a variety of classes and workshops for youth and teens. Their Summer Stage program provides intensive training for young actors to learn skills in script analysis, ensemble building, puppetry, mask, and performance alongside professional teachers and theater performers. Youth Underground for teens and young adults is comprised of two resident youth performance ensembles that perform original theater productions pertaining to social issues relevant to young people and our world.
Cost: See website for more information on pricing.
Boston Children's Theatre Programs
Tracy Snyder Molina: Boston Children's Theatre offers youth programs designed to teach and improve acting, singing, and dancing skills. The youngest students receive an introduction to creative drama through drama games, activities, songs, and crafts and moving on to role-playing, improvisation and developing stories into scenes. Older students focus on improving acting, singing, dancing and theater skills under the supervision of a BCT professional educator. They also offer an intensive training program for students interested in pursuing an acting or musical theater career.
Cost: $295-$345 per session
The Children's Theatre Workshop of Wilmington
Tracy Snyder Molina: The Children's Theatre Workshop of Wilmington offers theater workshops as well as three Main Stage productions. Preschool workshops offer age-appropriate games while learning about acting, emotions, controlling the body and speaking in front of people. Elementary age workshops are a great introduction and no-pressure atmosphere for learning acting basics while the Main Stage production focuses on what is involved in a stage production including learning lines, songs and choreography. Main Stage productions for Middle School and High School students are also offered.
Cost: $140 - $475
North End Music & Performing Arts Center
Tracy Snyder Molina: NEMPAC offers after-school theater classes as well as a Children's Music Theater program which focuses on music, dance and acting. There are multiple offerings available for all age groups and young actors will gain valuable experience and strengthen their theater skills including acting and vocal techniques, improvisation, character development, physicalization and scene work. For those interested in musical theater, students will receive training in music & voice, acting, and dance as well as participation in a production performance.
Cost: $215-$350 per session
The Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company
Tracy Snyder Molina: The Young Company is Greater Boston Stage Company’s year-round youth education program, offering professional training in acting, voice, and dance. Utilizing process-oriented programming, classes develop life skills such as confidence, self-discipline, and collaboration while inspiring and preparing student actors for future creative success. Fall and spring classes provide an in-depth focus on techniques while the summer and winter festivals provide intensive, but fun learning processes which finish in performances.
Ages: Grades 1-12
Cost: See website for class pricing
Chelsea Youth Theatre at Apollinaire Theatre Company
Tracy Snyder Molina: Chelsea Youth Theatre offers youth classes led by local professionals for acting, singing, and dancing throughout the year as well as a summer youth intensive program revolving around their summer production. Students interested in acting or working in design and backstage are invited to audition and learn character development, voice and movement techniques, and other essential acting skills.
Ages: 4+ (depending on class)
Cost: Call for more information.
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