Our style of curriculum helps to create a solid foundation for acting technique, development and skills.
For Youth Ages 8 – 16
Warehouse Performing Arts Center
9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius NC
Ten Sessions on Thursdays Starting January 31st
Final Class & Performance, Saturday April 13th
(No class on April 4th)
Enroll in ACT’s process based Winter All-Inclusive acting classes for youth entering the third to eleventh grades. Students will learn the fundamentals of stage acting through a fast-paced process of theatre games, concentration, ensemblizing and MORE….
ACTING ONE 4:30 – 5:30pm
8 – 11 year olds
Students will learn the foundation of acting skills including pantomime and improvisation. They will ‘learn through doing’ how to move onstage, project and articulate their voices and create hilarious characters and scenes through improvisation. ($175)
ACTING TWO 5:30 – 7pm
12 - 16 year olds
Students will learn the foundation of acting skills including pantomime, improvisation, monologues and audition techniques. They will ‘learn through doing’ how to move onstage, project and articulate their voices, create hilarious characters and scenes through improvisation and how to audition with a monologue specially chosen for them. ($250)
These are FUN FUN FUN, yet PROCESS-BASED classes where the emphasis is to ‘Learn Through Doing’. A Performance Showcase of skills learned will be held at the last class on Saturday April 13th.
I’ve seen many youth audition for plays, are cast in plays, yet have not developed the foundation of their acting skills and techniques. ACT’s Winter Acting Classes are committed to helping your child build their FOUNDATION.
LIMITED ENROLLMENT of SIXTEEN STUDENTS PER CLASS
Payment plans are available.
A processing fee (3.5%) is added to credit card payments.
Dr. Goodrum provided our very shy 11 year old an opportunity to perform at a pace that worked for him. He has been involved in many productions and at 15 is downright gregariouos. His experience with ACT has given him confidence that has been generalized to all aspects of his life. We love Dr. Goodrum and her staff. Your child’s experience may also be life changing. Check it out! My son is looking forward to participating in the ACT Camp in July…..
My daughter is learning so much from you and looks forward to attending every Monday. We think you are amazing! We are so grateful for your energy and effort. Please know that your workshop has been such a wonderful impact on our daughter. We have experimented with tons of activities over the years and this is the first that has really "stuck."
Thank you for always encouraging, supporting and believing in my daughter. She absolutely adores you and feels under your guidance she can do anything! You do so much to empower her and for that we are both so grateful! Again, many thanks and congratulations on a very successful show! BRAVO!
I can’t think of anyone who has given more love, warmth, and confidence to more children than Wrenn. If your child has a chance to work with her, be it in one of her classes or plays, don’t pass it up. RI’s loss. NC’s gain.
Parent of ACT student in RI
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 and Residencies.
Please see this link for more information on how you can obtain funding for your school.
ACT offers workshops in Shakespeare, Team Building, Improvisation and a history writing acting curriculum titled, 'We Are..Children of' (For example: the Mills, the Holocaust, Ancient Greece, the Revolutionary War or your choice) A description of the programs ACT offers may be found using this link.
The best opportunity I could give my students was bringing Dr. Wrenn Goodrum into the classroom. Wrenn provided an engaging, captivating, informative and emotional experience with ‘We Are: Children of the Holocaust’ After Wrenn gave an impactful presentation of Holocaust history, students relived moments of the Holocaust through improvisation, and were given the unique experience of writing a monologue from a Holocaust victim’s perspective. This was an incredible experience, very important theatre, and Wrenn provided a safe, informative environment for my students. I highly recommend Dr. Wrenn Goodrum and this experience!
Laura Meyce Boyce
Drama Teacher for Mint Hill Middle School
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.”
PROGRAMS OFFERED FOR SENIORS IN RETIREMENT HOMES, ASSISTED LIVING, COMMUNITY CENTERS OR CHURCHES
LIfe Stories * From Page to Stage
LOL * Laugh Out Loud: Improvisation
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
ACTING and PUBLIC SPEAKING COACH
For Youth and Adults
Coaching Sessions for Auditions, Private Acting lessons and
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.