Long Wharf’s Studio School offers classes for students of all ages.
All of our programs are built upon three pillars: creativity, empathy, and teamwork. We believe that students of any level of experience can learn valuable life skills through theatre.
Classes are taught by Education Department staff or local guest artists. All classes culminate with a showcase for friends and family unless otherwise noted.
See the most current class offerings below!
Imagination Station: “The Magic of Mythical Creatures”
January 5- February 9 10 to 11AM
What do you get when you cross a mermaid and a dragon? What if unicorns could breathe underwater? Fly on over to our mythical world and create these creatures on stage with an introduction to drama and the practice of life-long learning skills! The possibilities are endless with your imagination and the magic of theater. This six-week session will culminate in a simple Share for family and friends.
Cabaret Workshop with Anne Tofflemire
February 11th 6 to 9PM
Enrollment is $75 for all students. This class will be capped at 8 students.
This master class is a fun exploration of singing and acting at the same time. Cabaret is a medium that combines the performers’ musicality and interpretive imagination in an intimate performance setting. Students in this class will explore different approaches to understanding what motivates a song, and rehearsing as they would if they were going to perform publicly. Students should prepare to sing one or two songs of their own choosing, preferably from the musical theater canon, and should bring sheet music for the accompanist. Open to singers age 16 and up.
Anne Tofflemire was raised in Northern California, where she starred in the long running San Francisco productions of Side by Side by Sondheim and Rap Master Ronnie; there she was discovered by the Academy Award winning lyricist Sammy Cahn, with whom she toured nationally and internationally in his Sammy Cahn: Words and Music. Her other theater credits include Peter Pan opposite Cathy Rigby, Maria in West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Mama Rose in Gypsy. A winner of the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, Anne has appeared in New York at Birdland, Firebird Café, Delmonico’s, the Cabaret Convention at Town Hall, and Eighty Eights, at the Plush Room in San Francisco, and at the Gardenia in Los Angeles. Her CD, Let’s Face the Music, was released by Harbinger Records. She teaches at the National Theater Institute, Neighborhood Music School, and Yale School of Drama as well as privately.
Theatre Confidence with Doug Lyons
March 4th 6 to 8PM
Enrollment is $60 for adults and $50 for students.
Auditioning is about much more than the high notes you hit. This 2-hour Theater confidence intensive focuses on bringing out what makes you spark as a performer. For that spark is different in everyone. We’ll confront those nerves, dissect text and music, and most of all have fun. Perfection is not a thing, but personality is everything, and that’s what we remember when you leave a room. Students should prepare a monologue or 16-32 bars of music to work with.
Douglas Lyons is an award winning composer-lyricist-playwright and actor, originally from New Haven, CT. Broadway: Beautiful (Original Cast) and The Book of Mormon. Tours: Rent, Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon 1st’ National. For his portrayal of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in The 5th Ave Theatre’s Ragtime Douglas won the Gypsy Rose Lee Award as Best Leading Actor, and received a Gregory Award nomination. As a writer Five Points world premiere (Theater Latte Da), MN Theater Award nomination, Best Exceptional New Work. Polkadots- The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic Theater Company), 2018 Off Broadway Alliance Winner- Best Family Show. Commissions: ’64 (The 5th Ave), The Funeral (Prospect Theater Company), Pete(Her)Pan (Casa Mañana), Kids II. Residencies: The Directors Company with Beau and Chicken and Biscuits, Abingdon Theatre Company. With composer Ethan Pakchar his lyrics and melodies have played Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Rep, The Public’s Joe’s Pub and more. @DouglasSings
Creative Play: Fairytales
Open to students in grades 2 – 5
Saturdays, March 30 – May 18 from 10AM to 12PM
Once upon a time there was a group of young actors who loved to play pretend. Join us as we explore popular fairytales and perform them with a twist. Which character will you become? Cinderella? King Triton? Pinocchio? We guarantee that everyone will live happily ever after!
Story Builders: Fables Reimagined
Open to students in grades 6 – 12
Saturdays, March 30 – May 18 from 1 to 3PM
You’ve never seen a fable like this! Participants will perform stage adaptations of popular fables and design their own costumes and props along the way. This is an ideal opportunity for performers who enjoy creative thinking and working in a group setting.
Spend April Vacation at Long Wharf! Each day focuses on a different theatre activity, such as improvisation, playwriting, or design. Register for any combination of workshop days. All camp days operate 9AM – 3PM and are open to students in grades 2-8. No experience necessary for any of these workshop days, just come with a willingness to try new things and have FUN!
Cost: Just $60 a day!
Monday, April 15
If you love to make everyone around you laugh, then the Laugh Lab is for you! Students will explore improvisation through hilarious games and exercises. Learn to create a character from scratch, think quickly on your feet, and work as a troupe to put on a truly original show!
Tuesday, April 16
This workshop will provide young playwrights with the tools they need to overcome writer’s block and push their own boundaries as an artist. Class will features opportunities to write and to hear their work out loud. Students may bring a piece that they are already working on or start something brand new.
Wednesday, April 17
Students will learn how designers and technicians work together to build sets, props, and costumes for professional theatre. With the help of Long Wharf staff, participants will bring their own design dreams to life.
Thursday, April 18
Actors will unite to bring stage adaptations of the most popular fairytales to life before their very own eyes. Using simple props, instruments, voice, and body techniques our Story Theatre Ensemble will work together to create the world of the play for alive audience.
PERFECT THE PART
Friday, April 19
Whether you’re preparing for auditions with your school or local theatre, having strong monologues is a necessity for any actor. Students in this class will be guided through the entire audition process, including selecting a monologue, building a character, and conquering audition-day jitters.
Financial aid and discounts available. Please contact Education Programs Manager Julius L. Stone Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.777.7027 with questions or concerns.
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICIES
LWT Education does not offer refunds. Refunds will only be granted for medical or other extenuating circumstances.
If a class does not meet its minimum enrollment requirement, we will cancel the class one week before its start date. If a class is canceled, we will notify you via email. You will not be charged class tuition until we determine that a class has met its minimum enrollment.
If classes are canceled due to inclement weather, you will be notified via email and phone. These classes will be rescheduled.
LWT Education reserves the right to withdraw any student whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the class environment. A refund will not be issued.