Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Led by Rylee Coppel, Director of Education and Engagement, and by Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by nine full-time professional actors who make up Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. These professional actors/educators introduce young people to the exciting world of the theatre. Students explore the craft of acting and learn the discipline of performing, as they develop their own unique creative voices. The goal of Charleston Stage’s acting classes is to provide young people with performance and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose. Students develop poise, movement, speaking, and acting skills as they explore improvisation, theatre games, character development and the many skills of professional actors.

Questions About Classes? Please Contact Our Education Offices at 843.225.3900 or Email RYLEE COPPEL, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION and engagement, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

all classes take place at our west ashley theatre center:

 
West Ashley Theatre Center

Ashley Landing
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite 11
Charleston, SC 29407

Education Office: 843.225.3900 

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***Students' health and safety IS our first priority:

  • We are currently not requiring masks for staff or students. If there is a spike in cases they may be added. Parents will be emailed if this policy is changed. Some teachers and students may choose to wear a mask and that is certainly welcome.
  • The lobby will not be available as a waiting area for parents, etc. Only students enrolled in classes will be allowed in the building.
  • Pick up and drop off will be in the car pool line in front of the building so families may remain in their vehicle. Students will be escorted to and from their vehicles by staff.

 

For Questions About Tuition Assistance, Please Contact rylee coppel, director of EDUCATION and engagement, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

2022 Fall Class Registration IS NOW OPEN! Explore Classes Below.

 

WEEKLY FALL CLASS schedule - REGISTRATION OPENS July 11th

Fall Classes Chart 2022

 

 

Acting Up for Grades K5-1

Geared towards our youngest students, Acting Up is a wonderful introduction to the magic of theater and storytelling. This class allows students to explore themes, characters and environments using popular children’s books and stories. Students will work with professional actors and educators to develop basic performance skills, problem solving skills, collaboration and social skills, as well as basic rehearsal etiquette and behavior skills. In addition students will have opportunities to further develop their speech, reading and memorization skills through theatre. This 10-week program ends with an "informance" during the final class.

Grades K5-1: Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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Grades K5-1: Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.
 
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Acting for Grades 2-3

This class further develops the knowledge and skills associated with the basics of the acting craft and is geared towards students who have previously taken the Beginner Acting: Level 1 classes as well as those 2nd and 3rd graders new to Charleston Stage Theatre School. Students work to further understand how to create a character, the elements of plot and the use of movement, speech and imagination to share a story with an audience. Every class will include a variety of dramatic activities and training styles, and students will work to further develop speech, reading, social interaction, behavior/etiquette, problem solving and collaboration skills. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class. 

Grades 2-3: Tuesdays, 5:10pm – 6:10pm 
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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Grades 2-3: Saturdays, 10am - 11am
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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Acting for Grades 4-5

This class builds on the skills introduced in previous theatre school classes and is a great fit for students of all skill levels. Students will further develop their acting skills through high-energy games, improvisation and exercises and continue to deepen their understanding of character development. Intermediate Acting students will have homework assignments and are expected to prepare for their classes, including memorizing lines outside of class. This 10-week program ends with an "informance" at the end of the semester.

Grades 4-5: Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm 
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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Grades 4-5: Saturdays, 11:10am – 12:10pm
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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Acting for Grades 6-8

In one of our most advanced theatre school classes, students will work with professional actors and educators to further develop their acting skills at a pace that is appropriate to their level of development. Various acting methods will be explored as students use scene work and/or monologues and other activities to explore character development, plot, emotional connection, performance skills, and audition techniques. This 10-week program ends with an "informance" at the end of the semester.

Grades 6-8: Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm 
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.
 

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Acting for Grades 9-12

When watching a show, the audience sees an actor’s “finished product”. But what many don’t see is the actor’s process to obtain that product. In this course, high schoolers will break the surface of performing and dive deeper into the process of creating art. Students will learn about scene study, “taking it off the page”, exploring the role to uncover character, emotional connection, various acting methods, and much more! This class is geared towards high schoolers who want to take a serious step forward in creating an acting method they can use at a collegiate and professional level. This 10-week program ends with a final "informance" during the last class.

Grades 9-12: Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm 
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.
 

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Musical Theatre for Grades 1-4

Musical Theatre is the art of telling stories and/or expressing ideas through acting, singing, and movement (dance). Students in these classes will learn and develop healthy singing technique and habits, basic to intermediate movement skills, and the skills of acting through song. Students don’t have to be able to read music but should enjoy the idea of singing and moving. These classes are designed to complement the work students are doing in their respective acting classes and may be taken alongside those acting classes. New material is used each session and students are challenged based on their individual level of development. This class is designed for students of all skill levels from beginner to advanced.

Grades 1-4: Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.
 

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Musical Theatre for Grades 5-8

Musical Theatre is the art of telling stories and/or expressing ideas through acting, singing, and movement (dance). Students in these classes will build their training from previous musical theatre classes through developing healthy singing technique and habits, advanced movement skills, and the skills of acting through song. Students will learn to seamlessly intertwine the 3 disciplines with a more in-depth analysis of the connection between dance, singing, and acting. These classes are designed to complement the work students are doing in their respective acting classes and may be taken alongside those acting classes. New material is used each session and students are challenged based on their individual level of development. This class is designed for students of all skill levels from beginner to advanced.

Grades 5-8: Tuesdays, 5:10pm – 6:10pm
Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.

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PERFORMANCE TROUPES

 
PERFORMANCE TROUPES
are weekly classes for advanced students and admittance is by audition only. Auditions are held once a year. Students in Troupe train in acting and singing weekly with movement included as needed. They are the only students (younger than high school) permitted to audition for Charleston Stage professional productions.

Tuition $675 for Classes August 2022 - April 2023

Season 45 Troupe Casting is complete.  Information about auditioning for the Season 46 Performance Troupes will be available here in April 2023.