Theatre School of WNY



It’s the place to become an actor!

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

Theatre School of WNY has acting classes and year-round continuing training for adults and high schoolers who are serious about theatre, film and tv. 

Our instructors are working actors with major NYC and LA stage, film and tv credits. Most are members of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA, the professional unions of actors and stage managers. We are Buffalo’s premiere actor training program with classes for all levels.

Contact Chris today: chandley@alleyway.com.

NEW SESSION JUST ADDED: Josie DiVincenzo joins Theatre School of WNY, offering TV & Film Intensive

TV & FILM ON-CAMERA ACTING INTENSIVE
with Josie DiVincenzo

Each Session Limited to 12 Students Only (ages 16+)

Session 1: Film and TV Audition Techniques.

Get a taste of what to expect in the casting office, self tapes, how to work with the camera and reader, decoding sides, and more. This is a practical class where everyone will get up and work, getting comments and advice from Josie.

Session 2: Business of the Biz: Set Life.

What happens once you get the role? Josie talks about what to expect and how to navigate on set… she’ll discuss agents/representation, headshots vs portraits, how to create a professional resume, demo reel, Q&A, and more.

Josie DiVincenzo has coached professional and student actors from LA to Buffalo to NYC. She has her BA and MFA degrees in Acting and Drama from SUNY Fredonia and The University of Southern California, and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. She is an award-winning actor, having performed and taught across WNY. Josie’s film and TV roles include over 40 co-star, guest star and movie appearances on many popular prime time TV shows and indie films, along with the feature films Daredevil with Ben Affleck and most recently, Marshall, starring Chad Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson, and Bashira, both out of LA and NYC, shot in Buffalo, NY.

Register Now for March/April: ( March 28 and April 4) 

JUST ADDED: Register Now for April/May: (April 25 and May 2) 


SPRING CLASSES FOR TEENS

TEEN FOUNDATIONS OF ACTING LEVEL 1
Saturday Mornings (8 weeks)
March 21 – May 9, 2020
10:00am – Noon
Instructor: Todd Benzin

Acting is about following your impulses. What better way to learn than through our foundation level course for all students in grades 9-12. Using games and exercises, this class guides you through the basic skills needed to be an actor. And it all starts with your imagination. No experience necessary.

Register Now for TEEN FOUNDATIONS OF ACTING LEVEL 1


TEEN INTERMEDIATE ACTING LEVEL 2
Sunday Afternoons (8 weeks)
March 22 – May 16, 2020 (no class April 12)
12:30 – 2:30pm
Instructor: Karen McDonald

This class builds on the skills developed in Foundations 1 & 2 and Intermediate 1. Students will explore character, scene work, and physical and vocal technique. For students in grades 9-12 who have previously studied with us, or with prior acting experience.

Register Now for TEEN INTERMEDIATE ACTING 2


SUMMER SESSIONS FOR ADULTS and TEENS

ADULT ACTING 101
Wednesday Nights (8 weeks)
May 6 – June 24, 2020

6:00-8:00pm
Instructor: Don Gervasi

Jump into the world of acting. Newbies and pros alike will explore games and basic exercises in this fun, hands-on improv-based approach taught by local improv hero, professional actor and member of Actors’ Equity Association Don Gervasi. Discover how to think on your feet and learn why improvisation is vital to any actor’s toolbox of skills. For real, for fun, or just to get out of the house! No experience necessary!

Register Now for ADULT ACTING 101


TEEN SUMMER ACTING BOOT CAMP
August 3-7, 2020 (5 days)
10am-4pm

Spend five days learning acting, voice, and movement techniques essential to the actor’s craft. Then, in the afternoons, develop and rehearse your own showcase of scenes and monologues specifically developed for you! Includes a special stage combat masterclass event.

Need more summer theatre camps? When you register for Alleyway’s camp, you’ll get a $50 discount code for Medaille Summer Theatre 2020 (Monday-Friday 7/13-7/31).

Register Now for TEEN SUMMER ACTING BOOT CAMP


Current Classes, Registration Closed

SOLO SPOTLIGHT MASTERCLASS
January 18

10am-12:30pm

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. For any high school student.

TWO-DAY INTENSIVE
Monday and Tuesday, February 17-18, 2020
9am-3:30pm

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 your scenes, songs, and monologues! Detailed information will be sent to participants in avance in order to prepare. Limited amount of spaces available, open to all high school students.


ADULT ACTING 201
Tuesday Nights (8 weeks)
February 4 – March 24, 2020
6:00-8:00pm
Instructor: Karen McDonald

Discover the actor’s process using simple exercises from Uta Hagen, one of the great acting teachers of the 20th Century. Acting is not just about playing pretend — it’s learning how to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. This class will help you figure out what that really means, taught by professional actress and member of Actors’ Equity Association Karen McDonald, who toured internationally with 42nd Street.


ADULT ACTING 301
Wednesday Nights (8 weeks)
February 5 – March 25, 2020
6:00-8:00pm
Instructor: Darryl Semira

It’s time to get to work. Students in our level 3 class move to the next level as you explore basic scenes in this course. Get answers to that age-old question, “What’s my motivation?!” This class is taught by by professional actor and member of Actors’ Equity Association Darryl Semira, who appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and Bombay Dreams.


PLAYWRITING 101
Wednesday Nights (8 weeks)
February 5 – March 25
6:00-8:00pm
Instructor: Bella Poynton

Everyone has a story to tell, bursting at the seams, or hiding way down deep, and since Alleyway is Buffalo’s home for new plays and new playwrights, it’s the perfect place to do it yourself! Local playwrights Bella Poynton and Jon Elston will help you figure out what your story is and how to tell it effectively for the stage. This class is for beginning writers, and even those who have never put pen to paper before! No experience necessary. For anyone ages 16+



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COLLEGE AUDITION PREP/PRIVATE STUDY
Ongoing. Begin anytime!

Work one-on-one with Alleyway Associate Artistic Director Chris J Handley to prepare for your college auditions. The process is individualized and specific to the needs to each student, as you rehearse monologues and/or songs, create a resume, and discuss the audition process. Just this year, our students have been accepted into theatre programs at American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Catholic University, Hofstra University, Nazareth College, Niagara University, SUNY Fredonia, and the University of Tampa. For high school juniors and seniors serious about auditioning for college theatre programs.

Available in packages of six sessions to begin. Additional sessions may be added!

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Then contact Chris to arrange a schedule!


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.
Contact Neal for arrangements


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.