Youth Programs

Is your learning pod looking for a teaching artist or drama class curriculum? Contact Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org for advice, ideas, and information!

TREASURE TRUNK TV with Edwina Herring

Enjoy a package of ten 20-30 minute TREASURE TRUNK TV episodes crafted and hosted by veteran teacher and performer Edwina Herring! Each episode is designed to kindle your child’s imagination, inspire their creativity, and brighten their day. In each session your child will read a story with Edwina and play along as she leads games, sings songs, and hosts the famous teddy bear dance parties.

Parent reviewers of the videos rave, “My three children are so tickled by Edwina! Their favorite part is probably the dance party, (they adore watching the stuffed animals get down), but all of her work is wonderful!” And, “Edwina’s episodes are so much fun! It’s amazing what she is able to express through a tiny screen. I’m just as riveted as my daughter.”

Subscribers will get an email with ten links to enjoy in their own homes at their convenience. For ages Pre-K, Kindergarten, and up. TREASURE TRUNK TV makes a great gift!

Instructor: Edwina Herring
Time: Whenever!
Dates: Starting when you pay, and good forever!
Tuition: $75

ADVENTURE THEATER CLUB with Claire Chandler (Ages 7-10)

A highly interactive, engaging and fun virtual after-school theater club where we travel to a new world/destination each week. Kids are invited to bring a themed object/costume/stuffed animal to share. We will use elements of storytelling, playwriting, music, movement, and classic theater games to build our multiple worlds and tell our own unique stories. This class will culminate in a filmed variety show featuring skits written, designed, and performed by the kids.

Instructor: Claire Chandler
Time: Wednesdays 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Dates: September 30 to November 4, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
4-8 participants, Ages 7-10

Claire Chandler is an educator, artist, mother, director, and performer based in Charlottesville, VA. She has trained with MBU and the American Shakespeare Center, RADA, and VCU. She has performed locally and with theaters throughout Virginia, NYC, and in London. Claire has been teaching classes and workshops for all ages at Live Arts for the past seven years. She is passionate about creating and telling stories in any form that isn’t ordinary.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

AN INTRODUCTION TO AUDITIONS FOR KIDS with Victoria Clement (Ages 8+)

An introduction to auditions for kids. This workshop, taught via Zoom, is to help young actors properly prepare for any upcoming auditions, and learn about audition “best practices” in general. We will learn how to choose and prepare audition material, slate, (aka a brief introduction at the start of your audition), harness nervous energy, and find your confidence in the audition room.

Instructor: Victoria Clement
Time: Thursdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dates: September 24 to October 22, 5 class sessions
Tuition: $55
5-10 participants, Ages 8+

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

ACTING THROUGH SONG with Victoria Clement (Ages 14+)

In this class taught through Zoom, students will learn how to analyze the meaning of a song they bring to work on, develop an understanding of character, setting, and plot in the context of their song, and apply lessons learned through performance. They will be expected to take part in a collaborative process with other students and give/receive feedback to/from other students.

Instructor: Victoria Clement
Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Dates: September 29 to October 27, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-10 participants, Ages 14+

Victoria Clement has been a performer since she was 7 years old. She has been a featured singer at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, and has appeared in several local productions including, Avenue Q, Young Frankenstein, Bernstein’s Mass, Hello Dolly, and White Christmas. Victoria was also a singer with Charlottesville’s Big Ray and the Kool Kats. She previously served as the Acting Coach at The Center for Vocal Study in Charlottesville, VA. While working with her students, she found a love for helping others find joy in preparing for auditions and acting through song. During this time she successfully prepared multiple students for both college and local theater auditions. Victoria has also worked with several local theaters including Four County Players (Summer Camp-Audition Preparation,)Live Arts (Summer Camp- Choreographer,) and Playmakers of Baton Rouge (Summer Camp- Choreographer.)

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

WRITING FOR ACTORS AND OTHER PERFORMERS with Anna Beecher (Ages 14+)

Acting takes a unique leap of empathy, the ability to understand another character and inhabit their mind. Dance takes an embodied understanding of shape, flow, tension and release. Music requires a sense of rhythm and cadence, rise and fall. All of these qualities are also present in writing. This is a workshop for performers, (of any experience level), who’d like to try channelling their creative skills onto the page. Over the course, taught via Zoom, we will use exercises in imagination, movement, improvisation and rhythm to create original prose, poetry and experimental texts.

Instructor: Anna Beecher
Time: Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dates: September 23 to October 28, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-12 participants, Ages 14+

Anna Beecher is a theatre-maker, writer, and storyteller from the United Kingdom. Her theatre work has been presented at New York’s Lincoln Centre and at leading contemporary venues in the UK including Young Vic, Southbank Centre and The Lowry. As a storyteller and spoken word artist, Anna has performed at venues from Glastonbury Festival to the Royal Albert Hall. She also writes fiction and her first novel will be published next year. Anna is a graduate of London’s BRIT School for the Performing Arts and UVA’s Creative Writing MFA.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

WRITING THE 10 MINUTE PLAY FOR BIPOC WRITERS with Gama Valle (Ages 16+)

In this class offered via ZOOM, we will use the playwriting process to turn our experiences within our own communities into stand-alone short plays. We will discuss how to flesh out an idea, outline a play, develop and fictionalize characters, and how to write a script in the right format. This class will be a safe space to share our work and productive feedback.

Instructor: Gama Valle
Time: Thursdays 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dates: September 24 to October 29, 5 class sessions
Tuition: $55
3-5 participants, Ages 16+

Gama Valle is a Puerto Rican director, playwright/screenwriter and freelance casting professional. He holds an M.F.A in Directing from The New School and a B.A. in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of New Light Theater Project Collective in NYC. www.gamavalle.com

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

STAND-UP AND DELIVER: Develop Your Own Original Stand-Up Routine with Priyanka Shetty (Ages 16+)

Ever dreamed of being a stand-up comedian? In this class, taught via Zoom, you will learn how to write and deliver your own stand-up routine. By the end of the workshop, you will have new material to test out which could mark the beginning of your career as a stand-up comedian!

Instructor: Priyanka Shetty
Time: Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm
Dates: September 24 to October 29, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
6-15 participants, Ages 16+

Priyanka Shetty is an actor, playwright, and solo performer. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Virginia and served as a Faculty member at the University of Virginia, Department of Drama. Priyanka is currently touring with her one-woman show THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM which was most recently performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and will make its Fringe Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021. www.priyankashetty.com

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

COLLEGE AUDITION WORKSHOP with Mimi Harlow Robinson (Ages 13 to 18)

In this two-part College Audition Workshop, students will learn about the complexities of applying to and auditioning for collegiate performing arts programs, with a focus on Musical Theatre and Acting. With so many different types of degrees, programs, requirements, and deadlines, it can be challenging for any student to know what is right for them and how best to keep everything organized. During the first afternoon of the workshop, students will gain in depth knowledge about specific colleges/universities, how to create a targeted list of schools, how to approach prescreen submissions, and how to prepare and present material that will showcase them in the best light. The following day, students who come prepared with a monologue and/or a song and accompaniment track will then have the chance to participate in a mock college audition, where Mimi will provide audition technique guidance and tips she’s gathered from faculty at some of the top programs in the country. (If you would like to sing, it is recommended that you search for a 16- 32 bar track to sing with — you can find tracks on YouTube, PianoTrax.com, Appcompanist, etc!) Due to time constraints, we may not get to every student’s individual work, but we will do our best to get to as many as possible! *Parents welcome!

Instructor: Mimi Harlow Robinson
Dates and Times: September 26 from 3:30 – 5:30 (Lecture), September 27 from 3:30 – 5:30 (Monologue and Song Coaching)
Tuition: $15 for each day, or $30 for both

Mimi Harlow Robinson is a New York City based actor, writer, director, and teaching artist. She holds a degree in Drama from the University of Virginia, where she appeared in numerous Drama Department shows and directed unique theatrical events, like an outdoor, interactive production of Pride and Prejudice with Spectrum Theatre. In New York, she works as a private performance coach, student advisor, and Admissions Associate with Broadway Artists Alliance, the city’s top musical theatre and acting training program for kids and young adults, and she also works seasonally with the Development team at Montclair Film. Mimi firmly believes in the power of storytelling, and in the importance of helping young people hone their craft and express themselves with confidence, both on stage and off. To learn more about Mimi, you can check out her website at www.mimirobinson.com.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more and apply at our financial aid page.

Questions about Live Arts Educational programming? Please contact Education Director Miller Susen at 434.977.4177 x100 or miller@livearts.org.