2022 Winter/Spring Acting Classes

Classes are in full swing!
Please call 412.243.6464 to inquire about possible late enrollment opportunities!

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

Tuition Assistance Program always open for enrollment!
Sto-Rox Community Discount always available from our friends at Focus On Renewal!

Private Virtual Acting Coaching will be offered to be scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays!

Social distancing will continue to be utilized as part of the theater education experience, masks will be required, and the theater space will always be cleaned and sanitized before and after all classes and events to ensure cleanliness.

“Spring Break” April 11 – 17– no classes held during this week (classes resume April 18)

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

Class Details & Pricing

Acting I - Workshop | Ages 12-17

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.

Acting Workshop / Stagecraft | Ages 12-17

Over the years, we have had so many kids and families ask where we get our props for our shows. And the response, almost every time, is “we made it.” Our teachers decided that it was time to create a hands-on class that allows students to work with many of the materials we use to create props, as well as learn how to creatively “upcycle” an item to become a new prop for a show. This class will give students the ability to be as creative as they possible can to see regular, every day prop items (and “trash” items) as something new and exciting for use in a show. Our teachers will also expand this class to include advanced acting techniques and scene work for those older students who have done a full year of Acting I or equivalent. The showcase at the end of the semester will include presentations of scenes and monologues as well as demonstrating props that were created for the purpose of use in our Spring 2022 Main Stage Productions.

Page to Stage | 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 utilize several weeks of class creating characters and a script, to enhance the experience of how a story can become a show.

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.

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 | Ages 11–15

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.

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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