Engaging Young Minds through Theatre Arts Education
Our Youth Education Theater Programs Department is dedicated to introducing the joy and transformative power of theatre to the diverse youth of Los Angeles and beyond. Our commitment is to provide programs that are vital to unique populations, which empower children and teens to discover, develop and share their individual creative voices. We utilize “The Style”, our signature acting technique, based in the physical and improvisational form of Commedia dell’Arte, in all of our youth programs.
Free Arts Education Programs:
Free After School Programs
For 30 weeks each year, elementary and middle school students of Culver City attend free after school acting workshops in The Actors Gang theatre. Under the guidance and direction of professional actors in the company, each session culminates into an original theatre performance open to family, friends, and the community. Current schools include: Lindwood Howe, El Rincon, El Marino, La Ballona, Farragut, and Culver City Middle School
Free In-School Programs
For at least 40 weeks each year, The Actors’ Gang provides theatre integration into middle and high school social studies, language arts, and foreign language classes. Teaching Artists work alongside classroom teachers infusing theatre exercises to deepen the connection and understanding of the current curriculum. Students work collectively, bringing the culture and history of the subject matter alive. Current on-going programs: Culver City Middle School, Le Conte Middle School, APEX High School, STEM Academy, and Culver City High School
Continuation High School Programs
For 24 weeks each year, teaching artists provide workshops to students at area continuation high schools. These programs provide opportunities for non-traditional and at greater risk students to empower their imaginations, develop empathy, and explore career pathways. Current on-going programs: Culver Park, Whitney Young, and Phoenix Continuation High Schools
Theater Classes for Kids and Teens
The Actors’ Gang offers acting classes at the theatre for young people interested in further cultivating their craft as young actors as part of our Youth Education Theater Programs. Experienced, professional Actors’ Gang company members teach all classes. In addition to learning “The Style”, participants will share 2 special performances of an original theatre piece.
Introductory Theater Workshops
Free Virtual Afterschools Programs
The Actors’ Gang is excited to announce our FREE Introductory Virtual Theater Workshops. This experience gives the youth of Los Angeles and beyond an introduction to The Actors’ Gang signature style of theater-making from home. The focus of these virtual workshops is for participants to begin finding their own creative voices and express themselves freely in 60-minutes of fun-filled discovery.
Our teaching artists will engage youth by including physical and vocal warm-ups, theater games, and other creative activities in every workshop. All synchronous learning will take place using a password protected Zoom link. Space is limited to 20 students per session. Please look at your calendars before signing up.
We want everyone to have fun in this virtual brave space, free of stress and judgement. Our goal is to provide meaningful connections with kindness and encouragement…LET’S PLAY!
*For more comprehensive instruction, please join us for our Virtual Saturday Classes.
Session A (8-10 years old) April 5th-June 7th (no class May 31st) Meets Mondays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session B (11-13 years old) April 7th-June 9th Meets Wednesdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session C (14-17 years old) April 9th-June 11th Meets Fridays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Our Virtual Saturday Classes are designed for youth to explore the art of theater-making, from home! The focus of these classes is to provide a safe space for young artists to exercise their imaginations and express themselves creatively. Each virtual class will be 90 minutes in length.
In addition to playing fun theater games and interacting in warm-up activities with our teaching artists, participants will engage in The Actors’ Gang signature Style of theater, explore Commedia dell’Arte characters, and develop confidence through various writing and drawing exercises.
All participants will have access to asynchronous activities on our unique Distance Learning Website, to build and craft their own monologues to perform and share. All synchronous classes will take place using a password protected Zoom link. The final culmination will be recorded for peers, family, and friends to enjoy.
Virtual Saturday Classes for Kids (8-12 years old) April 10th-June 12th Meets Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm Tuition: $500*