Spend 8 weeks with other high school students who are serious about theatre while you explore what acting really is. Discover what skills are necessary to create a believable performance on stage or screen using your mind, voice, and body.

Learn how to act without looking like you’re acting!

Open to any area high school student
All levels of experience welcome.
Two sessions available:

Sunday afternoon (12 Noon – 2:30 PM)
March 4 – April 29, 2018
No class Easter Sunday, April 1
All classes held at
672 Main Street in the heart of Buffalo’s historic Theatre District.


Monday afternoon (3:45-6:15 PM)
March 5 – April 30, 2018
No class Easter Monday, April 2
All classes held at
672 Main Street in the heart of Buffalo’s historic Theatre District.

Tuition: $275, due in full by March 1, 2018.
Tuition includes one free ticket to BEGINNING AGAIN at Alleyway.

To guarantee each student enough time, the class size is very limited. Register today!

Alleyway Associate Artistic Director Chris J Handley has worked in theatre for over twenty years in Buffalo, New York City, and across the country as an actor, teacher, director, and producer.

As producer and director, his work has earned four Artie nominations as he oversaw a dozen musicals, including two local premieres: Stephen Sondheim’s SATURDAY NIGHT and Jason Robert Brown’s THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

He has worked as an actor on stage in new, classic, and contemporary plays and musicals, television commercials, an award-winning independent soap opera, over two years as an entertainer on a Mississippi riverboat, and numerous developmental workshops of new plays and musicals. Along the way, his colleagues included many current Broadway performers, and several TONY-nominees. Locally, he earned two Artie nominations for Best Actor in a Musical (ASSASSINS and REEFER MADNESS).

As a teacher, Chris is on staff at the Broadway Mentors Program, has led various workshops on the craft, taught private coachings, and spent three years teaching BFA and BA theatre students Acting and Voice & Speech at the undergraduate level.

Chris has an MFA in Acting from Indiana University, a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, and is a graduate of Canisius High School (where he received the Kenny Award his senior year for MAN OF LA MANCHA).

He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
For nearly forty years, Alleyway Theatre has produced new plays and original musicals in the heart of Buffalo’s Theatre District. We are now excited to announce a new branch of Alleyway’s programming. In March 2018, Alleyway Education will begin offering courses in the Pre-College Actor Training Program.

Alleyway’s Pre-College Actor Training Program will offer a series of courses designed to provide a concrete foundation to Western New York high school students who are serious about theatre, and eager to begin their training. As I’m sure you’re aware, today’s college theatre programs are small and highly competitive, often accepting less than 8% of students who audition. Alleyway's Training Program aims to provide the skills necessary for WNY students to crash that figure and gain acceptance into the college training program of their choice.

Registration is now open for our first class, FOUNDATIONS OF ACTING. For eight weeks this March and April, enrolled students of all levels of experience will learn techniques to increase their skills as performers. Using mind, voice, and body, students will explore the first layer of what it means to be an actor, and how to make it look like they’re not acting. A low student to teacher ratio keeps the focus narrowed to each actor individually, and methods and resources from current undergraduate syllabi ensure a high bar of excellence, equivalent to a 100- or 200-level college course.

New and advanced classes including intermediate and advanced acting (including specific technique courses), monologue and scene study, stage presence, accents and dialects, voice and speech, and college audition preparation, will be added in the fall and beyond as we continue our mission. As this foundations course will be a prerequisite for enrollment, we suggest students begin their training with us this spring.
  • Going on vacation? Missing a class? It's OK. Both emergencies and vacations happen. If you're going away for Spring Break, don't let that stop you from signing up. Let us know and we'll work out arrangements.
  • Outside memorization will be required.
  • Because we believe the product is the process, this class does not culminate in a final showing for friends and family.
  • In order to maintain our ensemble, we do not allow visitors to watch or audit classes.

Questions? Want info?
Email Chris today at
or call 716-852-2600 x203