Theatre School of WNY

“a highly respected, highly sought-after theatrical resource for anyone looking to hone their acting skills.”
-Buffalo Rising

Theatre School of WNY provides acting classes and year-round continuing training for adults and students who are serious about the theatre. Our faculty is comprised of highly-trained, working professionals committed to theatre and arts education. Contact Chris today:


July 29-Aug 3, 2019
Five days, 9am-4pm

Professional actress Karen McDonald leads student participants who will spend the morning in sessions to study acting, voice and movement technique. Afternoons are spent in rehearsal for the performance project which will be showcased on the final day for friends and family.

Masterclasses will be offered three times during the week and may include topics like Stage Combat, Clowning, Stage Makeup, Technical Theatre, or others!

For all students entering grades 9-13

Earlybird Tuition: $315 per student (only through June 30)

Regular tuition: $345 per student (registration begins July 1)
Registrants will receive detailed class schedule and information via email a few days after signing up!

Two Mondays, June 24 and July 1

Free to participate. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Buffalo and WNY is home to over two dozen theatres and many independent, low- and big-budget film shoots. Stay ahead of the pack by keeping your work fresh — Alleyway Associate Artistic Director Chris J Handley will lead a two night intensive for adults 18 and up. Bring your best monologue, rehearse it,  receive feedback, and present your polished version the second week! Then, let’s head out for some networking and beverages.

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Theatre School of WNY is a Center Stage sponsor of the Kenny Awards. These masterclasses are designed exclusively for students from previous or current-year Kenny Award finalist schools and will be held during the 2019-2020 school year.

Registration for these programs begins July 15.
Space is very limited.
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September 28, November 2 or January 18

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Work musical theatre solo songs one-on-one and bring your performance to life. Explore song interpretation and learn to act while you sing to make each moment alone onstage completely believable. Choose any musical theatre song.

October 12, February 1 or February 15
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Perform and work a musical theatre scene as you learn skills to transition seamlessly into a song. Discover how to make strong character and acting choices in a musical theatre performance. You and your acting partner choose any musical theatre scene/song!

Monday and Tuesday, February 17-18, 2020
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Spend two days in a workshop environment to hone your performance skills. Mornings will be spent on technique (physical, vocal, acting) and afternoon masterclasses will be spent coaching material from your school musical. Detailed information will be sent to participants in December in order to prepare. Limited to 26 performing participants.

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Ongoing. Begin anytime!
One-on-one sessions scheduled at your convenience. For high school juniors and seniors serious about auditioning for college theatre programs. Be prepared with individual monologue (and song) coaching! Plus, we’ll invite industry/academic professionals for a mock audition so you can get even more feedback! Topics include: material choice, audition techniques, eliminating stage fright, headshots/resumes, and more. Requires memorization and commitment to attendance and work outside of class. For serious students only. Sessions are customized to the needs of each individual student.  Contact Chris for arrangements!

Dates and times to fit your schedule!

One-on-one, open ended, private coaching for adult actors working in WNY. Weekly 60-90 minute sessions scheduled at the convenience of the participant. May also be combined in pairs. Focus on Mr. Radice’s distinctive techniques for approaching rehearsal and performance.
For experienced actors, space limited.   Ages 18 and over   |   Instructor: Neal Radice   |   Initial 10 week commitment of $350.00, optional additional sessions @ $35 cash or check. Begin anytime.
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All payments are final and there are no refunds for missed classes. Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. Courses, faculty, and schedules are subject to change.