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Winter 2020

Winter Term at KCT’s Creative Dramatics Academy runs for a length of 6 weeks.  Most classes will culminate in a “showcase” presentation for family and friends at the end of the term.

Upon completion of class, each student will receive 2 complimentary tickets to an upcoming KCT performance.

To reserve a seat in any class use the online submission form here:

You will receive registration info, via e-mail, upon inquiry.  50% of the class fee must be received in order to guarantee enrollment.



LIONS AND BEAVERS, AND FAUNS, OH MY! Exploring the World and Characters of C.S. Lewis, Ages 8–14, $180

Wednesdays on 1/22, 1/29, 2/05, 2/12, 2/26, 3/04

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Instructor: Geoffrey Scheer

This special edition of our Home School class will focus on scenes and characters from the work of C.S. Lewis.  The class will focus on the practical aspects of creating character and story for the stage in a fast-paced production environment.   Memorization is required.


Ages 4 -5

Tiny Thespians presents “The Crayon’s Book of Numbers”, $150

Thursdays on 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, 2/13, 2/27, 3/05

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Students will learn about the various dramatic elements of a play, including plot, setting, and character. Students will also be introduced to a technical element of theatre, such as costume or scenic design, through weekly crafts. This class includes lots of fun exercises and games, and will culminate in a showcase performance for friends and family on the final day of class. No reading ability or prior experience required.


Ages 6-7

Page To Stage presents “Five-Dog Night”, $180

Wednesdays on 1/22, 1/29, 2/05, 2/12, 2/26, 3/04

4:30 PM to 6 PM

This class draws on the high-energy and creativity of this age group in order to introduce our youngest thespians to the basic concepts of theatre. Students will learn about the theatrical elements of plot, setting, theme, and character through the medium of storytelling. Each day students will focus on a particular element through show and tell, a craft, group story time, and beginning theatre games. The class will culminate in a group retelling of this story.


Ages 8-9

Movement and Character, Ages 8 & 9, $180

Mondays on 1/20, 1/27, 2/03, 2/10, 2/24, 3/02

4:30 PM to 6 PM

In this class we help students combine their strong imaginative work with physical skills for a whole-body character experience.  Using an easy to grasp version of Laban movement technique, students learn to express their imagined emotional state through physical action.  The class concludes with a brief showcase.



Voice and Diction, for ages 8 – 10, $180
Tuesdays on 1/21, 1/28, 2/04, 2/11, 2/25, 3/03

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Instructor: Michelle Fratus
Young actors are hindered by two major vocal issues: correct stage projection and vocal variation (the ability to sound older, younger, dialects, emotional…etc). This voice and diction class is an opportunity to strengthen and explore the range of your unique voice. Starting with the fundamentals of projection and enunciation, the class will build up to developing a pleasing quality and the ability to produce different tones for various emotions and character types.


Ages 10-11

Acting 101, Intro to Acting, ages 10 to 11, $180
Saturdays on 1/25, 2/01, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/07

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

This class aims to channel the incredible energy of this age group into different characters and theatrical creations. Each class will begin with an introductory concept or skill of the theatre and acting for the stage. Students will practice through group acting games, performance activities, and beginning scene study and character development. This class is designed for students with little to no theatre experience who are interested in exploring the art of acting.

Acting 202, ages 10 to 11, $180
Saturdays on 1/25, 2/01, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/07

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

This class builds on the skills introduced in our movement and character classes.  Students continue to concentrate on the imaginative physical expressions of character through more specific application of movement technique but will also focus on truthful interaction with objects on the stage (also known as “endowment”) The class concludes with a brief showcase.


Ages 12 & Up

Acting 101, Ages 12-14, $180

Tuesdays on 1/21, 1/28, 2/04, 2/11, 2/25, 3/03

4:30 PM to 6 PM

Instructor: Geoffrey Scheer

This class is designed to develop the confidence and creativity of the actor. Students will study correct vocal projection, stage movement, character development, and objective based acting. The class begins with group exercises and will also include opportunities for individual development and partner work.  The class concludes with a brief showcase of scene work.


Audition Workshop, ages 13 & up, $180

Thursdays on 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, 2/13, 2/27, 3/05

4:30 PM to 6 PM

Instructor: Geoffrey Scheer

This class is an introduction the general audition, and students will leave the class with at least one suitable monologue that they will learn to present in a professional manner.  The class concentrates on the monologue-form of audition but also includes instruction in cold reading and the interactive or working audition.  The class focuses on individual work and may be repeated.



STAGE WRITE: Playwriting for Young Writers 12 & up, $180

Saturdays on 1/25, 2/01, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/07

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Instructor: Kali Meister

This workshop is focused on creating student written short scenes developed through peer participation. Each student will be integral in shaping the final products. Scenes will be presented on the final date of the course in an informal reader’s theatre.



FROM EAR TO PAGE AND STAGE:  Building and Performing the Poem, ages 14 -18, $50

Saturday, 01/11, 10 AM – 12 PM

Instructor: Marilyn Kallet, Poet Laureate of Knoxville

This very special workshop combines the skills of listening, writing and performing as students work not only to create a poem in class but to write and perform it, too.  LIMITED to 6 STUDENTS.

Marilyn Kallet, Knoxville Poet Laureate and Professor Emerita of English at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, attended Tufts University and the Sorbonne’s Cours de civilisation; received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers. Kallet is the author of 18 books, including How Our Bodies Learned, poetry from Black Widow Press, 2018. 


Advanced Acting

Acting 301, Building a Character: ages 11-15, $180

Mondays on 1/20, 1/27, 2/03, 2/10, 2/24, 3/02

from 4:30 PM to 6 PM,

Instructor: Dennis E. Perkins

This is an advanced performance-centered, scene study class for actors who have already performed at KCT.  Students focus on fundamental principles of the Stanislavski system of Acting with advanced texts and complex characters.  Through exercises, journaling and scene work, students create and study character work from the feet up and learn to act with their whole bodies.  LIMITED to 6 STUDENTS.



Lighting from Page to Stage: Lighting Design Practicum

Saturdays on 01/04, 01/11, 01/18, $180

From 10 am to 12 pm

Instructor: Jordan Vera

Lighting designer Jordan Vera (Clarence Brown Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company) introduces students to practical lighting design from its very beginnings in script analysis and research to the creation of specific looks for individual scenes.  Students will work with both fundamental ideas of lighting theory and the very practical lessons of turning theory into light.






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