Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Led by Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, and by Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by ten 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.

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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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Charleston Stage education programs are back!

 

***Students' health and safety IS our first priority. Current CDC, City and State COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced, including, but not limited to:

  • Class sizes have been limited to allow for social distancing in class and throughout the West Ashley Theatre Center.
  • All students and teachers will wear masks at all times when in the building.
  • 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.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the classroom and lobby. 

 
 

Fall Class registration is CLOSED. spring CLASS registration IS NOW OPEN and classes begin January 13, 2022. register below!

 
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fall Class schedule

Fall Class Schedule

 

SRPING Class schedule

 Spring Class Schedule

 

 

audition prep workshop (GRADES 5 - 8)

This Audition Prep Workshop is great for students that are considering auditioning for School of the Arts or any other theatre audition. During this 2 hour workshop, students will have a chance to work their monologue one-on-one with Charleston Stage theatre teachers. They will also work on cold-reads and improvisational skills. There will be multiple teachers working with students so there is sufficient one-on-one time. We ask that students have selected monologue before coming to the workshop. It does not need to be fully memorized but they should be familiar with it. We will help add movement and understand beats and meaning.

Tuition: $100
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

 Grades 5 - 8: Thursday, January 13th, 4:30pm - 6:30pm Grades 5 - 8: Saturday, January 15th, 10am - 12pm
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Acting UP (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. 

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

 Grades K5 - 1: Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm

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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 who may have previous acting class experience. 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 have minimal homework assignments. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class. 

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

 Grades 2 - 3: Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm

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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. 

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

 Grades 4 - 5: Tuesdays, 5:10pm - 6:10pm Grades 4 - 5: Saturdays, 11:10am - 12:10pm
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Acting for GRADES 6 - 8

In our most advanced theatre school class, 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 class is geared towards students who have previously taken the Intermediate Acting classes as well as those 6th -8th graders new to Charleston Stage Theatre School who have previous acting class experience. Advanced Acting students will have homework assignments and be expected to work outside of class weekly. 

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

 Grades 6 - 8: Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm

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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.

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

 Grades 9 - 12: Thursdays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

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MUSICAL THEATRE (GRADES 1 - 4 AND 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 compliment 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.

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

 Grades 1 - 4: Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm Grades 5 - 8: Tuesdays, 5:10pm - 6:10pm
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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.

Performance Troupe Auditions for 2021-2022 are now complete. Please check back later for more details, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive notices about future Troupe auditions. You can also subscribe to our email list to receive company news by clicking here.

Grades 3-5 meet       Tuesdays          4:30-6pm
Grades 6-7 meet       Wednesdays   4:30-6pm
Grades 8-9 meet       Thursdays        4:30-6pm

Tuition $675 for classes August 2021 - April 2022