Online classes for learners of all ages are back beginning the week of September 21! Check out the free classes for kids and adult classes with members of our Artistic Staff including Artistic Director Jason Loewith, Associate Artistic Director for Music Theatre, Chris Youstra and Senior Associate Artistic Director Jason King Jones. Scroll below to get a preview of the class schedule with something for everyone in your household to unleash their creativity.
After-School classes for students Pre-K - 12th Grade
After school classes begin September 21.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $15 per session
Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Students will build their theatre skills through theatre games and activities facilitated by a teaching artist. In this program, students will learn to create characters, situations, text, and theatrical expression that will culminate in a final performance.
Thursdays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Students will learn how to communicate and express themselves through theatre activities and training. Additionally, through devising and creative writing, music, movement, and technology, students will collaborate to make a unique virtual theatrical event.
Student and Guardian (Ages 3-8)
Fridays, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Explore the world around and learn how the natural world inspires theatre-makers. With weekly challenges, kids and guardians will get away from the screens and explore the three-dimensional world around them, then learn how that week’s challenges relate to making theatre.
Mondays, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Making theatre in a digital sphere takes innovation and collaboration. Work with Olney Theatre Center staff and guests to draft, devise, create, and share your own virtual plays created together and responding to the present moment.
Adult Learning Opportunities
Fridays, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, September 25- October 30
Modeled after his popular University of Chicago classes at the Graham School, Artistic Director Jason Loewith takes a deep dive into three classic plays with contemporary relevance over the next six weeks. This is a discussion class, seminar-style, not a lecture! So participants should read the plays beforehand and come ready to give their opinions. No prior experience needed, except a love of theater. Participants don't need to attend every class (but you'll be happy if you do!).
Class Fee: $150/$100 for members
Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm. October 2 - November 6
Join Olney Theatre's Director of Musical Theater Chris Youstra as he takes you through an in-depth look at some important musicals of the modern area. With a focus on the scores, we look at song form, orchestration, lyrics, themes, and other mechanics that make wonderful theater. These 6 sessions will unlock your appreciation of these beloved pieces:
- Chicago - We begin with Kander & Ebb's Chicago and look at the way it has captured our imaginations from the 1980s to today in its original form, as an Oscar-winning success and its powerful and stark revival.
- 1776 & Titanic - We look at two powerful and historical musicals with books written by Peter Stone.
- The Orchestration of Contemporary Musicals - How has Broadway adjusted the use of orchestras in the last few decades? Musicals such as Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Spring Awakening, and others will be examined.
- Lin Manuel Miranda Pt.1 - In the Heights- Before there was Hamilton, there was In The Heights - in some ways, even more groundbreaking than the show that followed
- Lin Manuel Miranda Pt.2 - Hamilton. You know it, you love it, but what makes it work so well?
- The Lyrics of Howard Ashman (with music by Alan Menken). He taught a mermaid to sing and a beast to love - and even taught a plant to kill. We look at Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid and other pieces as we examine the mastery of this lyricist who died much too soon
Class Fee: $150/$100 for members