Acting classes for kids and teens 

WHY IS ACTING GOOD FOR YOUR CHILD?

 

"Tell me and I will forget.

Show me and I will remember.

Involve me and I will understand."

Chinese Proverb

 

There is a lot of established research about the positive influences from drama, theatre and the performing arts, especially on young people. The benefits are physical, emotional, social, and they help to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts.

 

Self-Confidence

Aspects of performing arts, especially improvisation, helps young people to understand how to appraise situations, think outside the box and be more confident going into unfamiliar situations. Students learn to  trust their ideas and abilities. Confidence gained from learning performing arts skills applies to school, career, and life.

 

Imagination

Being creative and learning to make creative choices helps students to be better at thinking of new ideas,  allowing them to view the world around them in new ways. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

 

Empathy

Understanding characters, roles and the subtext of plays and musicals allows students to relate better to different situations, backgrounds, and cultures. It encourages them to show compassion and tolerance for others.

 

Cooperation

Theatre is a collaboration of different players and in many cases the quality of any performance reliance on an ensemble performance. Combining the creative ideas and the abilities of all participants is required for the best outcomes. This requires all those taking part to engage in discussions, feedback, rehearsing, and the performance.

 

Concentration

Playing, practicing, and performing will develop the ability and skills to be able to focus the mind, the body, and the voice.

 

Communication Skills

It seems obvious to say that drama, theatre and the performing arts improves verbal and nonverbal communication, but it is worth stating that this benefits young people through their life. It improves vocal projection, articulation, tone of speech and expression. Importantly is also develops listening and observation skills.

 

Fun

Drama brings elements of play, humour, and laughter to those taking part – improves motivation and reduces stress.

 

Emotional Outlet

Acting and drama games allow students to express a range of emotions and encourage them to understand and deal with similar feelings they may be experiencing. Aggression and tension are released in a safe, controlled environment – often allowing for a period of reflection afterwards.

 

Physical Fitness

Performing, even the most passive performances, requires intensive movement over a prolonged period. Many performing arts exercises improve flexibility, coordination, balance, and control.

 

Memory

Rehearsing and performing lines and movements will improve memory. Your memory requires exercise, just like  a muscle.

 

CLASSES

 

 

ACTING FOR YOUNG KIDS - AGE 9 - 13

 

3 LEVELS 

1 LEVEL = 10 weeks

2 classes every week

4 hours per class

6 - 12 students per class

 

The main goal of the program is to help them gain confidence. When the actor believes, we believe. The child’s natural instinct for play is the foundation of the actor’s process. This age range encompasses children at their most spectacularly imaginative. In this class, we encourage the students to use that imagination to create a world and character(s) all of their own. Using the game of make believe to get into the “shoes” of the character, we begin to play with the possibilities that game invites in us. In order to believe I am the character, I must begin to learn all I can about who “I” am in the role: what surrounds and affects me, what I know, where I have been and where I am going; what I want, and what I do to get it or to make it happen. 

  • Theatre games and exercises expand imagination, awareness, concentration, expressivity, and help build skills of communication, cooperation, and collaboration. 

  • We use improvisation to awaken and explore creative impulses. 

  • Through text work designed for the young performer, we make strong, specific, meaningful connection to the language and circumstances of the play, bringing the author’s words to life. 

  • Through acting, young people gain compassionate insight about themselves and about the world around them; gain poise and confidence; develop problem-solving skills; and engage with peers and mentors in a joyful, collaborative process.

 

All classes culminate in a workshop performance at the end of each semester where the students share their work with friends and family.

 

Throughout the 20 lessons of each LEVEL we will have various guests who are a constant presence in the Theatre, Film and TV world. Professional Actors, Directors, Producers, Writters, Choreographers and Singers will bring valuable input and knowledge to the process.

 

Cristian has personal relationships with the most important casting agencies in Bucharest. At the end of the program, all students will receive these valuable contacts in case they wish to be included in their database and receive casting calls for commercials, films and TV series. 

 

STRUCTURE

 

LEVEL 1   (690 Euro + TVA)

10 weeks 

2 classes per week

Duration of each class : 4 hours

6 - 12 students per class

 

LEVEL 1 classes encourage spontaneity, simplicity and fun.  This class introduces students to the same tools that adult professional actors work with. We believe that to act is to PLAY, and that students learn the most in an atmosphere of relaxed positive reinforcement.

We begin with theatre games and exercises to expand imagination, awareness, concentration, expressivity, and help build skills of communication, cooperation, and collaboration. We use improvisation to awaken and explore creative impulses. 

At the end of LEVEL 1 segment there will be an open class for friends and family to come watch their work.

 

 

 

LEVEL 2  (690 Euro +TVA)

10 weeks 

2 classes per week

Duration of each class : 4 hours

6 - 12 students per class

 

While we’ll still have fun and games we will also move further towards light script analysis / story structure exercises, introduce monologue work, then begin scene study. 

Students will be given short scenes and work with the same acting tools used by adult actors. 

Students will also be introduced to theatre fundamentals, such as costumes, props, sets and blocking. 

LEVEL 2 culminates in an open class for friends and family to come watch their work.

 

 

 

LEVEL 3  (690 Euro + TVA)

10 weeks 

2 classes per week

Duration of each class : 4 hours

6 - 12 students per class

 

This class is for students who have completed Level I and II. In this class students will put into use everything they have learned in the first two levels. 

LEVEL 3 will culminate with students beeing directed in short plays (or scenes), and then perform the pieces for an audience in the final class.

 

For LEVEL 3 participation, LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 classes are mandatory

 

 

INTENSIVE PROGRAM  ( 275 Euro + TVA)

 

2 weeks program

2 classes every week

Duration of each class : 4 hours

6 - 12 students per class

 

A little bit of everything for those who want a taste of the extended 10 week classes. Theatre games and exercises, improvisation, scene study, monologues, and introduction to theatre fundamentals - yes, we will do them all!

 

 

ACTING FOR TEENS :  AGES 14-19

 

 

This class for teenagers builds on the basics of the “Game of Make Believe” (we use improvisation to awaken and explore creative impulses,  theatre games and exercises that expand imagination, awareness, concentration and expressivity) and moving into applied  work on scenes and monologues.

 

 Focus on  :

  • Creatively learn how to act for stage and screen

  • Engage in a professional, real acting course

  • Focus and nourish your imagination

  • Learn how to bring a story to life

  • Bring confidence, truth and realism to your performance

  • Deliver a performance that is natural, real and engaging to watch

  • Get footage of your filmed class work to download and keep

 

Your belief and whole-hearted commitment to the circumstances of the play make it real for the audience. In an atmosphere of creative play and self-discovery, you will come to understand and experience the level of preparation and discipline you will need to try for a place in the professional acting world.

All classes culminate in a workshop performance at the end of each semester, where the students share their work with friends and 

family.

 

Throughout the 20 lessons of each LEVEL we will have various guests who are a constant presence in the Theatre, Film and TV world. Professional Actors, Directors, Producers, Writters, Choreographers and Singers will bring valuable input and knowledge to the process.

 

 

Cristian has personal relationships with the most important casting agencies in Bucharest. At the end of the program, all students will receive these valuable  contacts in case they wish to be included in their database and receive casting calls for commercials, films and TV series

 

 

 STRUCTURE

 

LEVEL 1  (690 Euro + TVA) 

10 weeks program

2 classes every week

Duration of each class : 4 hours

6 -12 students per class

 

This 10 weeks class is focusing on theatre games and exercises that expand imagination, awareness, concentration and expressivity and help developing listening and observation skills. The last segment will be dedicated to  improvisation in order to awaken and explore creative impulses. At the end of LEVEL 1 there will be a workshop performance in which the students share their work with friends and family.

 

 

 

 

LEVEL 2  (690 Euro + TVA)

10 weeks program

2 classes every week

Duration of each class : 4 hours

6 - 12 students per class

 

This class is a follow-up to Acting Class Level I. The students will delve deeper into the craft and acting tools, while working on script analysis/story structure, monologues, and scene study. Students will also be introduced to theatre fundamentals, such as costumes, props, sets and blocking.

LEVEL 2 will conclude with students presenting their scenes and monologues in a workshop for family and friends

 

 

 

LEVEL 3  (690 Euro + TVA)

10 week program

2 classes every week

Duration of each class : 4 hours

6 - 12 students per class

 

This 10-week class is for students who have completed Level 1 and 2. In LEVEL 3 they will put into use everything they have learned in the first two levels. Students will be directed in short plays or extended scenes, and then perform the pieces for an audience in the final class.

 

 

For LEVEL 3 participation, LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 classes are mandatory

 

 

INTENSIVE PROGRAM    (275 Euro +TVA)

2 weeks program

2 classes every week

4 hours per class

6 - 12 students per class

 

A little bit of everything for those who want a taste of the extended 10 week classes. Theatre games and exercises, improvisation, scene study, monologues, and introduction to theatre fundamentals - yes, we will do them all!