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Current class registration is now closed. Make sure you're on the announcement list for future offerings: email ArtsDiscovery@peopleslight.org

Our rehearsal rooms and professional teaching artists provide a supportive environment where we build curiosity and community! New projects, collaborators, and viewpoints bring inspiration and energy into each week.

“So, what play are you doing in class?”

It’s not quite that simple! The majority of our classes incorporate multiple tools for creating theatre; they always include performance skills, but may also expand into student playwriting, directing and devising, movement stories, or other ways to create and communicate. Rather than only training actors who memorize and follow a director’s instruction, we seek to inspire whole-body theatre-makers who are empowered to practice many aspects of expressing themselves and sharing stories with others.

Our regular classes are grouped by age, and include a variety of exercises and projects to develop story-building, character work, improvisation, voice, movement, focus, and ensemble. Different methods inspire different artists, and we invite students to use many approaches within each class to stretch and discover new skills. 

Not sure if a class is the right fit? We’re always happy to discuss your interests and answer questions. Email ArtsDiscovery@peopleslight.org or call 610-647-1900 x 187.

All registration closes one week prior to the start of the session. 

Spring 2023

Ages 5-7

* Five Saturdays only: April 15-May 13
11:45am-1:15pm

$200

$25 early registration discount through March 20 
Registration deadline April 10

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Ages 8-10

Six Saturdays: April 15-May 20
9:00-11:00am                                    
$225

$25 early registration discount through March 20 
Registration deadline April 10

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Ages 11-13

Six Saturdays: April 15-May 20
9:15-11:15am                                    
$225

$25 early registration discount through March 20 
Registration deadline April 10

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Ages 14-18

Six Saturdays: April 15-May 20
11:30am-1:30pm             
$225

$25 early registration discount through March 20 
Registration deadline April 10

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Script Readers (ages 14-18)

4 Thursday nights: May 4-25
6:00-8:00pm
$150.00

$25 early registration discount through March 20
Registration deadline April 26

Feeling curious to dive into the world of a play, using the clues on the page to imagine what comes to life in performance? This session is for teen theatre-enthusiasts all kinds – not only performers. Whether you read with a director’s vision, a playwright’s ear for dialogue, a designer’s imagination, an actor’s zest: all artistic curiosity is welcome as we use our sessions to read, discuss, and interpret a contemporary play together. 

The script selection for this session is The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson, whose work at People’s Light includes I and You and The Catastrophist. Learn more about the session and read an excerpt here.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Seedlings & Stories: Adult Class (ages 18+)

Six Mondays: April 17-May 22
7:00-8:30pm

Regular $325
$25 early registration discount through March 20 
Registration deadline April 10

People’s Light company member (and long-time Panto veteran!) Susan McKey leads an all-levels acting class for Spring, exploring how small seeds of inspiration grow to create characters and tell stories. A wide variety of exercises will invigorate your powers of observation, encourage spontaneity, and nurture the confidence to follow your creative impulses. Students of all levels of experience will experiment and create in a supportive ensemble; this class is appropriate for beginners, but also welcomes experienced actors who seek the energy and community of exploring new prompts each week.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Health & Safety

People’s Light’s current health and safety protocols for Theatre School include:

  • Masks are currently optional for students and staff.
  • Students may bring water bottles to class, but no other food or drink is permitted in class.
  • Staff and student participants are asked to self-screen for COVID symptoms prior to attending.
  • Our safety protocols and others are reviewed regularly as guidelines and local data continue to change.
Questions?

Please email us at ArtsDiscovery@peopleslight.org, or call 610.647.1900 ext. 137.

To see our refund policy, CLICK HERE.