Theatre School of WNY

Fall Classes Now in Session!
Winter/Spring 2018-19 Courses Announced Soon.

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

Foundations of Acting
(Spring 2018)

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

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Chris today: chandley@alleyway.com.

*If a course you’re interested in is sold out, please email chandley@alleyway.com to be placed on a waiting list, as cancellations do occur, and new sections may be added if needed.


Start your journey in the theatre as you explore what it means to be an actor! Exercises in concentration, imagination, relationship, and awareness form the basis of this course. Students use games, exercises and short scenes to begin to develop an understanding of the essential building blocks of the actor’s craft. Some memorization required, all experience levels welcome!    Grades 9-12   |   Instructor: Karen   |   $265 for 8 weeks


Building on skills introduced in Foundations I, this course continues to break down how an actor creates a believable performance onstage using exercises from some of the Great Acting Teachers of the 20th Century. Students will use voice, body, and imagination to begin to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” Memorization required.   Grades 10-12   |   Instructor: Chris   |   $285 for 8 weeks


Ever wonder why characters suddenly burst into song? Sometimes we need more than words to express ourselves! In this class, students will focus on breaking down a song for meaning, while learning basic breathing and singing technique. Discover how YOU speak and sing, then explore how the character speaks and sings. Memorization and outside work required.   Grades 9-12   |   Instructor: Karen   |   $295 for 8 weeks


Students will learn basic acting techniques through improvisation games in this course where they compete with classmates! Become more familiar with theatre techniques including stage presence, vocalization, characterization, stage direction, actor etiquette, and teamwork. Culminates with a team competition for family and friends which will be judged by theatre professionals.   Grades 7-9   |   $250 for 8 weeks


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!


For anyone who ever thought about being onstage, this is your moment. Based on ideas from master acting teachers Uta Hagen and Sanford Meisner, students will explore scenes from contemporary plays in a fun and safe environment. For real, for fun, or just to get out of the house! All experience levels welcome!   Ages 18-108   |   Instructor: Chris   |   $275 for 8 weeks


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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PREVIOUS CLASSES

Acting Boot Camp: August 2018
In this week long intensive, students will explore the actor’s process with classes in voice, movement, and acting. Masterclasses from guest instructors will include a variety of specialty theatre topics. Culminates in a presentation for friends and family showcasing the week’s training on the final day.All experience levels welcome! Memorization and commitment to attendance required. | Grades 9-12 | Five days

Monologue Madness: June 2018
A monologue is your own one-person play. Work step-by-step to choose, rehearse, and perform your own monologue, applying fundamental acting techniques. All experience levels welcome! Memorization req’d. | Grades 9-12 | Four Weeks

The “IT” Factor: June 2018
Discover the magic stuff that draws us to certain performers. It is really magic? What is “stage presence?” How can you find it in you and use it to make your performance star-shining? Find out how to always be “in the moment.” All experience levels welcome. | Grades 9-12 | Four weeks

Foundations of Acting: Spring 2018
Start your journey in the theatre as you explore what it means to be an actor! Exercises in concentration, imagination, relationship, and awareness form the basis of this course. Students use games, exercises and short scenes to begin to develop an understanding of the essential building blocks of the actor’s craft. Some memorization required, all experience levels welcome! | Grades 9-12| 8 Weeks


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.