Acting Out/Mainstage Production Class

3:00pm-6:00pm Wednesdays     Ages 11-18

Acting Out Class Description

All humans have a desire to tell their story and share their life experience.  Using storytelling and theatre to explore our humanity, relationships and the world around us has been a part of the human experience since the first hunter gathers.  In this class we focus on using acting to learn, practice and hone communication skills that will serve our students in all aspects of their lives. Acting and improv games, studying literature and cultural history, learning to respect and communicate with our fellow actors and company are some of the benefits of participating in an acting class. Students will explore interpersonal and intrapersonal communication through acting techniques, games, improvisation, and literature. This year the students of Acting Out will explore indigenous mythology and creation stories from around the world, read works from Tolkien, McAffrey and more. In the fall term each student will write a 10 minuet script composing their own creation story and world. There will be a staged reading on Dec. 7th.  Our work in the fall term will also focus on creating our story for the spring production, doing improv and character work. In the winter we will begin our rehearsals for the spring performance. The spring term will focus on our final preparations for our main stage performances in June. This is a performance class. All our our rehearsal are mandatory. It is important that students are available for all our rehearsals as well as do their home work to prepare for class. Performance dates are non negotiable. Your child must be available for all our performance dates to participate in this class. 

Teacher: Tinamarie Panyard, T.J. Glenn

Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to her delightful daughter Lottie). She has been working with children and adults throughout the country for over 25 years.  She spent 20 years in New York public and private schools as a teaching artist working with children and families, teaching geography, cultural studies, facilitating literacy, family literacy workshops and community building through drama, puppetry, mask making and storytelling.  Tinamarie has toured through schools around the country working with children on violence prevention and literacy programs. She was the Fringe Jr. Director of the New York International Fringe Festival for three years.  She also did a stint on Wall Street as a corporate writer. She has been the Operating Director of Different Directions since 2013.

Teel James Glenn has traveled the world for forty years as a stuntman, fight choreographer, swordmaster, jouster, illustrator, stpryteller, bodyguard, actor and haunted house barker. He is the author of the non-fiction “Them’s Fighin’Words-a writer’s guide to writing fight scenes,” and dozens of other books. He has had stories in over a hundred magazines from Weird Tales, Spinetingler, SciFan, Mad, Black Belt, Fantasy Tales, Sherlock Holmes Mystery to Crimson Street, and others as well as tales in close to a hunderd anthologies in many genres. He is also the winner of the 2012 Pulp Ark Award for Best Author and his short story “The Clockwork”.


Fall Term 2019: $400 14 days

Sept. 11th, 18th, 25th Oct. 2nd, 9th (Field Trip), 16th, 23rd, 30th Nov 6th, 13th, 20th Dec: 4th, 11th, 18th

No Classes Nov. 27th Thanksgiving Break


Winter Term 2020: $400 10 days

Jan 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Feb 5th, 12th, 26th March 4th, 11th, 18th 

No class Feb 19th - Winter Break


Spring term 2020: $250 + $25 materials 10 days

March 25th, April 1st, SB, 22nd, 29th May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June 3rd, 10th

No class April 8th, 15th Spring Break

This class is a year long there will Sunday rehearsals April and May and a production week in June ending with 4 performances. Additional Mandatory Dates: Sundays: 12-5pm 4/5,4/19, 4/26,5/3, 5/17, 5/31 Mon. 6/1 Tues 6/2, Wed. 6/3, Thursday 6/4, Friday 6/5 Saturday 6/6 Sunday 6/7 (Time TBA)