Theatre School: Acting Classes & Training

The Winnipeg Theatre School

The Winnipeg Theatre School (WTS) offers classes for children, teens, and adults at Merlyn Productions in the Exchange District, carrying forth the motto that "Some companies use professionals – we create them!".

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Our 35-year-old brand was originally established at Fantasy Theatre for Children and The Theatre School by Mr Tony Frost in 1981. The school became part of Merlyn Productions in 2011, and continues in FTC's tradition of quality training for all ages.

Instructors are local professionals who tailor their individual courses to provide quality training at competitive rates.

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Current & Upcoming Courses

Autumn & Winter acting classes run from September to March, when students perform live onstage in a special year-end showcase!

FAMILY & PARTNERS DISCOUNTS: Receive 10% off both tuitions when 2 or more family members enrol in any Autumn courses, or when you and a partner both enrol in an adult class!


Course Descriptions

Junior Acting
Autumn/Winter 2017

For ages 10 to 12. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:September 23, 2017 to March 17, 2018
DAYS & TIMES:20+ Weeks, Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FEES:$280.00 tuition fee + $10.00 registration fee

This course is designed for children who have a keen interest in acting.

Acting in a formal environment, students are encouraged to develop theatre skills, with particular emphasis on voice, movement, and expression of ideas. Concepts of how to audition, how to prepare for a part, and how to create a character are all covered in this class.

This is a performance-orientated class, open to those with and without previous training or experience.

Online registrations for this session are now closed.
Please contact us to enquire about this course and upcoming sessions.

Teen Acting
Autumn/Winter 2017

For ages 13 to 17. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:September 23, 2017 to March 17, 2018
DAYS & TIMES:20+ Weeks, Saturdays, 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
FEES:$350.00 tuition fee + $10.00 registration fee

Teenagers interested in acting are invited to explore the art of theatre, and develop their performing skills!

Through monologues, scene-work, and acting exercises, students develop a greater awareness of "Who, What, Where, When and Why" -- giving them a positive attitude about themselves and a respect for the art form they have chosen.

This is a performance-orientated class, open to those with and without previous training or experience.

Online registrations for this session are now closed.
Please contact us to enquire about this course and upcoming sessions.

Introduction to Acting - ADULT
Autumn 2017

For ages 18 to 55. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:September 23, 2017 to December 16, 2017
DAYS & TIMES:10+ Weeks, Saturdays, 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM
FEES:$225.00 tuition fee + $10.00 registration fee

Have you ever thought of being on stage? This is the course for you! Join today, and begin learning formal acting techniques in a fun, low-pressure environment.

Develop skills in voice, movement, and character creation through theatre games, solo and group exercises, and performing in-class with your fellow students.

This course is an excellent first step into the world of the theatre for those who wish to try acting for fun, and also a great stepping-stone for those that will want to continue on to a performance-oriented class.

Online registrations for this session are now closed.
Please contact us to enquire about this course and upcoming sessions.

Adult Acting
Autumn/Winter 2017

For ages 18 to 55. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:September 23, 2017 to March 17, 2018
DAYS & TIMES:20+ Weeks, Saturdays, 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM
FEES:$400.00 tuition fee + $10.00 registration fee

For adults who have a serious interest in exploring the art of live theatre, whether as an engaging new hobby or a step on the road to professional performance.

Artistic Director John Chase will introduce you to the foundations of stage acting, the audition process, and the need-to-know disciplines of an actor working on a production.

Performance is our primary focus! Students participate in scenes, theatrical exercises, and monologues of their own choosing, to develop practical skills such as voice, movement, and character creation.

Alongside acting, you will learn some theory that is useful to every performer: basic theatre terminology, types of stages, and how to write an acting résumé, to name a few.

Previous training and experience are not required, however strong attendance AND certainty of commitment to the final dress rehearsal and performance are a must.

Online registrations for this session are now closed.
Please contact us to enquire about this course and upcoming sessions.

On Stage
The Princess and the Pea
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA

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