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Summer Camp in July at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius



A Process-Based Summer Camp

For Youth Ages 8 – 14

Warehouse Performing Arts Center 

9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius NC

A process based summer theatre workshop for youth entering the third to ninth grades. Students will learn the fundamentals of stage acting through a fast-paced process of theatre games, concentration and ensemblizing. Beginning pantomime and improvisation will be used to create hilarious characters and scenes. Also included in this three hour workshop is stage movement and vocal work (projection and articulation). This is a FUN  FUN  FUN,  yet PROCESS-BASED class where the emphasis is to ‘Learn Through Doing’.  A showcase of skills learned will be held at the last class.

Many youth audition for plays, are cast in plays, yet have not developed the foundation skills. This Summer Acting Camp is committed to helping your child build their foundation.

July 2 ,3, 5, 6 (No class on July 4th)

Ages 8 - 10

9:30am – 12:30pm

Ages 11 – 14

1pm – 4pm


July 30, 31, August 1, 2, 3

Ages 8 - 10

9:30am – 12:30pm

Ages 11 – 14

1pm – 4pm




Dr. Wrenn Goodrum * 704-707-6757

Funding for ACT programs is available through the Arts & Science Council

ACT is proud to be a provider in the Arts & Science Education Provider Directory.  The ASC funds ACT programs for schools in Mecklenburg County.   Workshops, Residencies and Performances (NEW and currently being designed)

Please see this link.

Acting Classes for Seniors 55+


 ACT will design a theatre program        especially for your community.

“Senior Theatre – Theatre specifically for, by and with senior citizens is relatively new to this area” says teacher/director Dr. Wrenn Goodrum.  “The benefits of participation are more than mere entertainment.  Statistics have proved that participation in theatre arts has significant health benefits – physical, mental, psychological and cultural as well as social.”    Barbara Johnson, a former student says, “I had forgotten how much fun acting can be. Becoming another character even for a few minutes enlightens the soul. Learning to improvise keeps your mind and limbs limber and active. Meeting new friends and laughing keeps the heart light. It was a truly rewarding experience and every senior should take an acting class.”


LIfe Stories * From Page to Stage
LOL * Laugh Out Loud:  Improvisation
Readers Theatre
Let  ACT Design a Program for Your Community


I can't say enough about how enriched we are to have ACT and your talents to inspire us each month.  Your programs captivate us in our imaginations, lift us up in encouragement and empower us in motivation to explore, learn and create each moment to be the special people we are.  We look forward to each class we have with ACT.  Love and many thanks from all of us.
Joanne Boles, Activities Director at  Brookdale Living - Weddington Park 

ACT at Matthews Playhouse Summer Camps


Link to  Camps ACT is Teaching/Directing

Charlotte's Web

Ages 8 - 14

June 11 - June 15    10:00am - 4:00pm

Performance:  Friday, June 15 @ 3:00pm

Tuition: $280

Join Charlotte as she saves Wilbur in this classic tale of a spider, pig and their friends.  We'll bring to life this classic story and share it with our family and friends in a performance on Friday.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Unplugged

Ages 9 - 17

June 18 - June 22    10:00am - 4:00pm

Performance:  Friday, June 22 @ 3:00pm

Tuition: $280

One of Shakespeare's best loved comedies of love, mayhem and magic with a Matthews Playhouse twist.  We will do a modern day 30 minute version after intense study of Shakespeare language.  Stage fighting, dance, gymnastics, clowning and music will be incorporated into our play.

Improv Comedy 1: Beginning and Advanced

Ages 10 - 17

June 25 - June 29   10:00am - 4:00pm

Performance:  Friday, June 29 @ 3:00pm

Tuition: $280

How do they do that?  Learn to make up scenes on the spot and perform them.  Young actors will learn to think on their feet.  In the mornings we will improv, and in the afternoons we will create our improv show.  Aspiring actors will learn warm-ups, how to improvise a scene and how to put together a performance.  Actors will be divided by age and experience.  We will end the week with a genuine improv show.

Acting Intensive

Ages 12 - 18

July 9 - July 13  10:00am - 4:00pm

Performance:  Friday, July 13 @ 7:00pm

Tuition: $325

This acting intensive program will include scene study, movement, Alexander Technique, stage fighting, stage make-up, scenes from the classics and audition techniques. Class will end with a one-act play in front of an invited audience. Students will receive a critique from their auditions. Our evening of theatre will be performed 7:00pm on Friday July 13.

Dracula: The Twilight Years

Ages 9 - 17

July 16 - July 20   10:00am - 4:00pm

Performance:  Friday, July 20 @ 3:00pm

Tuition: $280

A group of students lose their way and find themselves spending the night in the castle of Count Dracula in this spoof of the vampire craze.  We'll create a world of zany characters and share our story with family and friends on Friday.

ACTing Coach for Auditions, Classes and Public Speaking

       ACTING and PUBLIC SPEAKING                                 COACH    

                For Youth and Adults

     Coaching Sessions for Auditions,            Private Acting lessons and 

                      Public Speaking 

Students are first interviewed to access their skills. Dr. Goodrum and the student will then craft acting goals and an individual lesson plan is created contingent on the number of sessions agreed upon. Monologues are carefully chosen for each student based on their goals and skills. Sessions include vocal work, relaxation, confidence building, script analysis, breaking down the script into moments/thoughts/beats and objectives. In addition, students learn how to audition with mono-logues (contemporary and classical), songs or cold readings.

Public Speaking in School or Business.

Speaking in public for five or five thousand people can be frightening. Dr. Goodrum will assess the strengths and weaknesses of each student as they present their report, speech or presentation and then craft an individual coaching plan contingent on the number of sessions agreed upon. Theater-based techniques are used to improve focus, relaxation, confidence, vocal skills, body language, storytelling and audience connection to deliver a memorable report, speech or presentation.

Dr. Wrenn Goodrum has taught and directed  for over 30 years. She was the Artistic/Executive Director and Founder of Rhode Island's award-winning, All Children's Theatre, for over 22 years. Upon her move to North Carolina she started Activate Community through Theatre (ACT). She studied acting in London under directors/actors from the National Theatre, Rose Bruford College, Central Academy of Dramatic Arts, Young Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dr. Goodrum received an Honorary Doctorate in Pedagogy from Rhode Island College as well as numerous awards for directing and service to the Rhode Island community. She has coached youth for their auditions to the Northwest School of the Arts and the Central Academy of the Arts & Technology (CATA) as well as students auditioning for college theatre arts programs and students requesting private acting les-sons and public speaking.

A 'Taste of Shakespeare' Coming Soon!

        TBA Dates for 'A Taste of         Shakespeare' class this Fall.