2022 Fall Acting Classes

Classes are held at the Ryan Arts Center | 420 Chartiers Avenue | McKees Rocks

“Thanksgiving Break” November 20 – 27: no classes held during this week
(Classes resume November 29)

Questions?  Call 412.243.6464 to talk to our staff or email education@geminitheater.org

Class Details & Pricing

Acting & Audition Workshop | Ages 12-17

This class will focus on preparing actors for three major audition situations: Cold-Readings, Prepared Monologues, and Musical Theater. Students will be given material throughout the semester to workshop in class as well as to prepare independently. Teachers will work with students, helping them develop skills needed for most audition situations. Scene work, monologue character study, voice (including diction, speech, and singing), and dance will be taught throughout the semester, and every student will be given various times to “audition” for a panel of Gemini staff and guest theater professionals as a means of receiving feedback on their success in preparation as well as advice for strengthening their audition. Teachers will coach students on audition attire, attitude, and expectations for before, during, and after their audition including appropriate etiquette while waiting for a casting decision. Students will be encouraged to audition for Gemini Theater productions and other professional opportunities. This class will culminate in an informal presentation of student work.

Fun & Games On Stage | Ages 10-15

This workshop is designed for students who want to have a great time “playing” on stage while developing skills in improv theater. Through the use of theater games and improvisation formats, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at character development, dialect work, and thinking on their feet. Props, costumes, and music will play a role in these activities. This class will help students develop problem-solving strategies in a fun and creative atmosphere. This class is a great opportunity for those who have not been in a theater class in the past and want to experiment without working with scripts and “memorizing” lines. And for students with some theater background, this class will help develop skills in quick-thinking, listening and responding, and finding new ways to use their creative “acting” side.

Page to Stage Acting | Ages 7-10

This more advanced dramatics class, designed for young actors, moves students out of the “fairy tale” stories into more in-depth scene work, skits and short plays. Through higher level acting games, beginning improvisation exercises, directed script work and note taking, students will further understand the rehearsal process. Students will also build confidence in their acting and auditioning skills through character development training, more advanced stage movement and voice/diction drills. Students will be part of creating an original show that will be open to family and friends to attend on their final day of class.

Lights! Curtain! Musical! | Ages 8 – 12

This musical workshop allows students to use their voices beyond the script. With focus on proper voice technique for maintaining a healthy performance, students will work with their teacher to use song and basic movement to develop a musical revue which will include award-winning songs from theater and film. Each class will be dedicated to learning music and simple choreography to musical numbers. This class is meant to be fun and energetic and is recommended for students looking for an introduction to musical theater and voice.

Performance Workshop: Shakespeare | Ages 12–17

In this semester’s Performance Workshop, we will be exploring William Shakespeare and his works. With more students expanding their love for theater, we have found that many are curious about and eager to perform classic works. We are excited to bring this class to our stage, and we hope to give your teens a unique experience learning through some of theater’s “beginnings.” Through scene work and discussion, we will work with our Gemini students to expand their theatre knowledge and skills with the hopes of a greater love and appreciation of theatre through the ages along the way.

Playdate On Stage | Ages 4-6

This introductory-dramatics class, designed for the youngest actors, explores the most basic elements of acting and creative expression. Through simple theater games, puppetry, story acting (i.e. The Three Little Pigs, etc.) speech/diction exercises, music, and stage movement, students will develop age appropriate acting and social skills. Classes will focus on weekly themes that will provide hands-on activities that will support the child’s focus in learning. All materials provided by Gemini Theater for this class, including all crafting supplies for “maker theater” days. This does not culminate in a formal performance.

* We encourage a parent to participate in the class

Acting I - Workshop | Ages 11-15

Students in this class will focus on scene development through self-directed group work, complex theater games, and script work to develop broader character choices. This course will teach students how to take blocking notes in a script and to understand the motivation behind their directed movement. Script-work will include studying scenes from classic pieces through contemporary theater, including Gemini Theater original productions. Script work will also include students “directing” one another to focus on applying movement and motivation to a scene. Students will spend time on developing confidence in “cold readings,” which are common for auditions as well as how to choose a monologue for an audition situation. Though the class is performance-based, some light writing will occur during certain classes to build upon lessons taught. At least two classes will be dedicated to improvisation scenes that are designed specifically to help develop skills in establishing characters, conflict-resolution, and closure.

Now Available ~ Private Virtual Acting Coaching

Kaitlin Descutner is looking forward to working with your student to help them prepare for auditions, to develop technique, or to just learn more about acting! She offers lessons for 30, 45, or 60 minutes at $1 per minute.  A complimentary 30 minutes will be added to your first lesson with Kaitlin.  This is a chance for you and your child to get to know Kaitlin and discuss her style of coaching.

Imagination Journey | Ages 4 – 6

Let your child’s imagination grow through music and acting! This introductory dramatics class, designed for the youngest actors, explores the most basic elements of acting and creative expression. Through hands-on techniques in acting, experimenting with voice, and using sound to tell a story, children will get an opportunity to use instruments, props & costumes, and physicality to bring their imagination to life. Special themes will be explored through the semester. We encourage a parent, guardian, or adult to participate and attend this class with their child.

This does not culminate in a formal performance.
We encourage a parent to participate in the class.

Tech Theater Workshop | Ages 12-17

This special three-week workshop is designed to give Middle School and High School students an opportunity to learn about light and sound design, as well as be part of creating the technical aspects of our production of Princess and the Pea. Every Saturday class will be two hours and have a specific focus for each class day. This is an “intro” workshop that allows students to get a feel for the technical aspects of theater, including programming a show, creating a technical plot for a small script, and learning how sound and light set much of the tone and mood for a performance. This workshop is excellent for students who have minimal tech experience or for those who have an interest in stretching their knowledge beyond the stage.

Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Fund

The Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Fund is made possible by generous support from 

  • McSwigan Family Foundation of The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Paige’s Promise
  • Kenny’s Club
  • Christopher Lynch Memorial Fund

We do our best to give every child an opportunity to participate in our assistance program.

Applications for Tuition Assistance for Acting Classes and Summer Camps are processed online during the registration process. To apply, register your child for the class you are interested in attending and select “Applying for Tuition Assistance” and complete the form. Please note that incomplete applications will delay your request.

Cancellation Policy

In the event you choose to cancel and withdraw your child from a Gemini Theater Class, the following restrictions apply:

  • A student withdrawn after attending less than three weeks of classes will be refunded 75% of their tuition
  • Student withdrawal after three weeks of classes will only eligible for credit or special refund due to emergency or medical situations or at the discretion of the Executive Director
  • “No Show” students may not be offered a refund if Gemini Theater is unable to make contact within three weeks of class start date. Credit for another class will be offered at the discretion of the Executive Director
  • Gemini Theater reserves the right to change these policies based on individual circumstance
  • Special circumstances where a credit may not be issued include loss of class day due to severe weather conditions causing Gemini Theater to shut down or close temporarily.

COVID Requirements

Gemini Theater is requiring that all guests, students, patrons, and other visitors wear a mask when attending any show, class or event. Proof of vaccination is not required AT THIS TIME, since many of our visitors are children below the recommended age to receive it. With continuing changes regarding COVID and it’s variants, we will make updates to our policy as necessary.

We understand that not every one is ready to return to see live theater. We are maintaining assigned seating with social distancing seating blocked around every group. The theater will be cleaned before and after all classes and events as well as between show times on the weekends. We ask that you stay home of any of your family members are ill and visit us when everyone is healthy. Tickets are always exchangeable due to illness in the family.

At this time, our staff, teachers, actors, and technicians are fully vaccinated, per our hiring contracts. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Gemini Theater COVID Policy, you may email Jill Jeffrey at jjeffrey@geminitheater.org.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay magical.”


Jill Jeffrey, Executive Director
Gemini Theater Company

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