Acting Out/Mainstage Production Class

3:00pm-6:00pm Wednesdays     Ages 11-17

Acting is a great way for people to learn, practice, and hone life skills that will serve them in all aspects of their lives. Acting and improv games, studying plays, performing great works of writing, learning to respect and communicate with our partners and fellow actors are some of the benefits of participating in an acting class. In this class students will explore interpersonal and intrapersonal communication through acting techniques, games, improvisation, and literature. This year the students of Acting Out will participate in writing and mounting an original production based on iconic characters in detective and mystery novels, solving an age-old urban legend.

Teacher: Tinamarie Panyard

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.


Fall 2018: $350 + $25 materials fee

Sept. 12th, 26th; Oct. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st; Nov. 7th, 14th, 28th; Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th (13 days)

(No Classes Sept. 19th Yom Kippur, Nov. 21st Day before Thanksgiving)


Winter 2019: $350 + $25 material fee

Jan. 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; Feb. 6th, 13th, 27th; March 6th, 13th, 20th (10 days)

(No Classes Feb. 20th Winter Break)


Spring 2019: $350 + $25 materials fee

March 27th; April 3rd, 10th, 17th; May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; June 5th (21 days)

Additional mandatory dates: Sundays 12pm to 5pm April 7th, 14th, 28th; May 5th, 19th; Tues: May 28th 12pm to 5pm

Tech and performance dates: Wed. May 29th 2:30 to 9:00, Thursday May 30th 5pm-9:30pm, Friday May 31st 5-9:30pm, Saturday June 1st 5pm to 9:30pm, Sunday June 2nd 1pm - 6pm.

(No Classes April 24th Spring Break)