Acting Classes

Spring Sessions 2019

Enrollments are now open for Spring Acting Class sessions for ages 4 through 14.  Classes cover a variety of disciplines such as creative play, puppetry, story writing, theater games, scene work, improvisation, monologue studies as well as a variety of technical theater skills such as lighting, sound, prop and costume design.

  • Spring Break:  April 14th – 21st (No classes held during this time)
  • Special Event Days at Arts Center:  February 9th, March 12th & March 14th (No classes on these dates)
  • Sto-Rox Residents are eligible for a community discount on all classes. Contact Jill at 412.243.6464 or jjeffrey@geminitheater.org

Winter Weather Cancellations

In the event classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, a class will be added to the end of the semester. Weather cancellations are displayed on our website, on our Facebook Page, and on WPXI. Families will also receive an email notification and/or phone call from Gemini Theater to confirm at least two hours prior to class start time.

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I've been attending Gemini shows since I was a kid, and now my own children enjoy classes and shows! I was so glad when you moved closer to us, and Emma is just LOVING her Page to Stage class on Saturday mornings.

She literally comes out of class dancing in the streets. Lol. Thank you and your team for all of your patience, and for helping Emma find her niche. 🙂

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Class Descriptions and Pricing

Ages 4 - 6

Play Date on Stage

$ 150
  • Ages 4 - 6
  • This class does not culminate in a formal performance

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.

  • Tuesdays; January 8th - March 19th
    • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
    • 10 Week Class – No Class March 12th
Ages 4 - 6

Imagination Journey

$ 150
  • Ages 4 - 6
  • This class does not culminate in a formal performance

Let your child’s imagination grow through music! This intro-level class will let children explore the musical side of performance. Through hands-on techniques, experimenting with voice, and using sound to tell a story, children will get an opportunity to learn how to use rhythm, instruments, and physicality to bring their imagination to life. Students will learn to recognize basic instrument sounds and how each one can help define emotion, plot, and character within a simple story. Though this beginner-level class is recommended for younger learners, we welcome children through age 8 to participate in this class.

  • Saturdays; January 12th - March 23rd
    • 9:00am - 9:45am
    • 10 Week Class – No Class February 9th
Ages 7 -10

Page to Stage Acting

$ 185
  • Ages 7 - 10
  • This class culminates in a performance on it's final day

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 are encouraged to audition for Gemini Theater productions as they become more comfortable with the rehearsal and script-learning process.

  • Tuesdays; January 8th – April 30th
    • 5:15pm – 6:15pm
    • 15 Week Class – No Class March 12th; April 16th
  • Saturdays; January 12th – May 4th
    • 9:45am – 10:45am
    • 15 Week Class – No Class February 9th; April 20th
Ages 10 - 14

Fun & Games On Stage

$ 75 per Session or $125 for both
  • Ages 10 - 14
  • This class will not culminate in a formal performance

This workshop is designed for kids who want to have a great time “playing” on stage without the focus on a final performance. Through the use of theater games and improvisation activities, 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. No prior experience is required – this class is a great opportunity for those who have not been in a theater class in the past. For students with some theater background, this class will help develop skills in quick-thinking, improvisation, and working with a smaller group setting.

  • Thursdays; January 10th - February 14th
    • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    • 6 Week Class – No Class March 14th; April 18th
  • Thursdays; February 28th - April 11th
    • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    • 6 Week Class – No Class March 14th
Ages 10 - 13

Performance Workshop

$ 200
  • Ages 10 - 13
  • This class will culminate in a formal performance on the final class day

This class will work together to rehearse and perform a one-act production at the end of the semester. Students will work together to rehearse and prepare a condensed version of a Gemini main-stage show. In-class auditions will be held to assign roles, with all students participating in the production. In true Gemini fashion, students will have the opportunity to give input on how their characters will look and sound, as well as collaborate to make unique twists in the story. Students will learn how to take blocking notes, work as a team on stage, and help create their own live performance in one semester! This class is great for students who want to perform in a live production but need a less rigorous rehearsal schedule.

  • Saturdays; January 12th - May 4th
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm
    • 15 Week Class – No Class February 9th; April 20th
Ages 12 - 16

Acting Workshop

$ 200
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • This class will culminate in a showcase of scenes and monologues

Students in this class will focus on scene development through self-directed group work, complex theater games, exercises and improvisation work and monologues. Script-work will go beyond the Gemini Theater Library, with student actors researching and working on scenes and monologues of their choice as the semester progresses. All students will also learn audition techniques and methods of preparing for auditions for various venues. This class is held in a 15-week semester and does not culminate in a formal performance. We recommend this class for students who have taken the Fall Acting Workshop or have previous class or performance experience.

  • Thursdays; January 10th - May 2nd
    • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    • 15 Week Class – No Class March 14th; April 18th

Performance Dates

Page To Stage Acting (Saturdays): May 4th

Page To Stage Acting (Tuesdays): April 30th

Performance Workshop (Saturdays): May 4th

Acting Workshop (Thursdays ): May 2nd

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.