With a focus on creating and building collaborative young artists, classes work with all aspects of acting. From various audition prep and techniques, improv games and application, monologue and scene work, to script mining and character development, our acting classes prepare the actor for the entire process. CCM Prep Acting classes work to create empathetic, strong, prepared and confident young actors.

Actors gain experience working on-camera and with others, as well as the knowledge to conquer the individual work that goes into a theatrical performance. The joy of acting is nurtured by our long-standing faculty of working professionals, in film, on stage, in directing, producing, playwriting, stage combat, theatre movement and more. The Acting faculty team has many decades between them of inspiring young actors to learn, improve and pursue their craft.

Emphasizing the play in learning acting, each class level is designed to meet the young actors where they are and encourage them to gain more practical experience encompassing a character on stage and screen.

All classes require audition or approval by instructor for placement. Private lessons are available by request and evaluation by instructor.

Youth Acting Classes

Young artists, take to the stage! In this class, students will use their imaginations to explore the basic principles and skills of Acting. They will think on their feet using Improvisation skills. Students will learn how to perform individually in front of an audience of their peers as well as work with an ensemble to perform. For the final Showcase, students will present a devised show of their own creation to demonstrate skills they have acquired throughout the semester. Students will progress and learn with others at their level. By the time students are 10 years old they are ready to make an informed decision about their theatre track. 

Beginning actors will learn the basics of acting, including the language used on stage and screen. From getting past first audition nerves to learning tips on memorization of scripted lines, this beginning level is an introductory class of all of the many parts that make up an actor. While playing with improv, presenting a monologue, and preparing scene work with friends, this class works with the young actor to grow. Teaching physical awareness, vocal techniques, and public speaking skills, the beginning acting class is perfect for the young actor who wants to be heard and provides an outlet for performance.

Intermediate acting students begin to deepen their skills of performance on stage and screen. Focusing on different types of auditions (including “self-tape” or recorded auditions), how to find that perfect monologue that shows off both the actor and the character, beginning character and script analysis, and how to work with a group for scene work. Utilizing physical movement and awareness, the intermediate acting class is meant for the young artist with experience in performing striving to land that larger role or dig deeper into the craft of acting.

Advanced acting students dig into the methods and techniques of performance craft, both on stage and screen. Creating audition packages of contrasting age-appropriate monologues, working on the character and script analysis necessary for honest representation of the play, film or monologue, and working with scene partners to present collaborative work. A cohesive understanding of the craft of acting, the advances acting class is meant for the young artist with extensiveexperience in performing with the goal of continuing their theatre arts education at a high school level and beyond.

High School Acting Classes

Bob Allen, director

This two-year certificate program offers a 4½-hour core curriculum designed to hone the actor’s craft. Students will develop skills and processes essential for their work on stage, and take a variety of courses, including Shakespeare, characterization, movement, vocal technique, improvisation, scene work and Meisner Technique. Students in their second year perform both classical and contemporary scenes. Students are eligible to take one extra Theatre Arts Dance Saturday class at no charge upon approval by the office.