LAMusArt’s Drama department features two diverse programs that offer students an outlet to develop their skills in dramatic performance and dramatic writing.
Drama: LAMusArt offers weekly classes that expose children as young as 8 to the art of acting. Youngsters learn basic dramatic skills such as creating characters, reading and memorizing lines, and stage direction. As the class progresses, students advance their proficiency by challenging their development as actors, utilizing the art of improvisation and character analysis. In addition to audition techniques and design elements incorporated in the curriculum, our Drama program prepares students to enter the world of theatre as well-rounded performers.
Drama I - Thurs. 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Ages 8-11)
This is the introductory class to acting. Students learn about stagecraft, diction, short- and long-form improvisation, and script analysis. There is an emphasis on playfulness and working harmoniously as a group. Quarterly performances for family and friends.
Drama II - Tues. 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Ages 12+)
The class is limited to 15 students. Tuition - $16 per class
This class is for students interested in exploring acting techniques in greater depth. Lessons cover classical text analysis, monologue performance, scene work, short- and long-form improvisation, accents, and film acting. Some assignments will require heavy memorization and home research. Quarterly performances for family and friends
Improv Troupe - Mon. 6:00 – 7:30 pm (Ages 7+)
A class that helps your child develop their own version of improv comedy. Using theatre games and concepts developed from Second City, your child will become a comedic improv guru.
Playmaking (Ages 9-11)
Seasonal. Check back for waitlist details.
The class is limited to 10 students.
Playmaking: Playmaking engages students ages 9 – 11 in the fundamentals of playwriting over the course of 10 weeks, culminating in a live production of the student-written plays performed by adult directors and actors. During the first half of the program, students focus on the academic approach to dramatic writing, basic vocabulary, structure of a play, and why plays are written. Further lessons will focus on the concepts of character, narrative, dialogue, stage directions, and plot. After being paired with an adult dramaturge on our Saturday retreat, “Play Day,” each student will write an original work. Students will then have the opportunity to see a realized version of their originals plays and songs performed and directed by professional adults. The goal of this project is to support the growth and development of the student’s literacy and to validate their unique artistic voices. The project aims to help support each student’s cognitive and emotional development and to enrich their creative, social, and behavioral progress.