Activate Community Through Theatre

All the World's a Stage

ONLINE ACTING CLASSES FOR YOUTH AGED 8 -18

To Register Call Dr. Wrenn Goodrum 704-707-6757

  

MONOLOGUES and MORE

Students will focus on creating and portraying a believable unique character through a monologue. Students will learn to select and prepare pieces that best showcase their abilities and enhance their skills as an actor. Students will polish and perfect both a dramatic and comedic monologue and learn critical audition fundamentals.  Physical and articulation warm-ups will be included.

Tuesdays 3:30-4:45 for 8-11 year olds * 5-6:15 for 12-18 year olds 

Six Sessions for $90


IMPROV COMEDY

For students who love to act ‘on the spot’ and for those who want to learn the skill of quick thinking as an actor. Learn to make up scenes on the spot and perform them. Students will learn to think on their feet in this short form improvisation class. Lesson plans and resources are included.

Wednesdays 3:30-4:45 for 8 to 11 year old * 5-6:15 for 12-18 year olds 

Six Sessions for $90


PLAYWRITING

Everyone has a story in their head that needs to be put on stage. Students will learn the FUNadamentals of playwriting as they improvise and write short plays, create dynamic characters and plots. Lesson plans and resources are included. Thursdays 3:30-5 Six Sessions for $105


PRIVATE COACHING

Through text analysis and one-on-one intensive coaching, students will develop the skills necessary to prepare and perform monologues and/or songs. Perfect for students looking to hone acting techniques, to develop a rehearsal process, and to manage audition anxiety.  Sessions are individualized and have flexible meeting times. 

$65 per one hour session


Classes are Limited to 12 * Classes will start when a minimum number of students enroll. Payment is due before the first class. $3.50 processing fee for credit cards

ACT uses the Zoom platform for classes. Before the class begins, students will be emailed a link to join the class.  For more information: Like us on Facebook.

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SUMMER CAMPS CANCELLED

DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, ACT HAS DECIDED FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY TO CANCEL ALL OUR SUMMER CAMPS.


We are planning to offer virtual summer camps.  Check our FaceBook page and this website for more information.  Summer class listings will be up by 15 June.

Activate Community through Theatre’s summer camps are fun, yet educational, and will help your child improve their skills. There is an emphasis on developing the student actor’s knowledge of and experience with the production process, through improvisation and story-telling. 

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT ACT

  

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

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT ACT

  

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

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT ACT

  

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

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

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

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

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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.  


 https://www.artsandscience.org/grants/grants-for-schools/

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.


 http://directories.artsandscience.org/education/isearch?which_button=search_edu&source=user&searchID=&educatorID=476&progType=ANY&progPopulation=ANY&subject=ANY&progDiscipline=ANY&progCultural=ANY&priceRange=ANY&progStartDate=&progEndDate=&search_edu=%C2%A0%C2%A0Search%C2%A0%C2%A0&which_button=search_edu#results 


TESTIMONIAL

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

Acting Classes for Seniors 55+

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

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

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 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
Readers Theatre
 
Let  ACT Design a Program for Your Community


TESTIMONIAL

I can't say enough about how enriched we are to have ACT and your talents to inspire us each month.  Your programs captivates us in our imaginations, lifts us up in encouragement and empowers 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 Coach for Auditions, Classes and Public Speaking

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

ACTing Coach for Auditions, Classes and Public Speaking

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       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.