Engaging Young Minds through Theatre Arts Education
Our Education Department is dedicated to introducing the joy and transformative power of theatre to the diverse youth of Los Angeles and beyond. Our commitment is to provide programs that are vital to unique populations, which empower children and teens to discover, develop and share their individual creative voices. We utilize “The Style”, our signature acting technique, based in the physical and improvisational form of Commedia dell’Arte, in all of our youth programs.
Free Arts Education Programs:
Free After School Programs
For 30 weeks each year, elementary and middle school students of Culver City attend free after school acting workshops in The Actors Gang theatre. Under the guidance and direction of professional actors in the company, each session culminates into an original theatre performance open to family, friends, and the community. Current schools include: Lindwood Howe, El Rincon, El Marino, La Ballona, Farragut, and Culver City Middle School
Free In-School Programs
For at least 40 weeks each year, The Actors’ Gang provides theatre integration into middle and high school social studies, language arts, and foreign language classes. Teaching Artists work alongside classroom teachers infusing theatre exercises to deepen the connection and understanding of the current curriculum. Students work collectively, bringing the culture and history of the subject matter alive. Current on-going programs: Culver City Middle School, Le Conte Middle School, APEX High School, STEM Academy, and Culver City High School
Continuation High School Programs
For 24 weeks each year, teaching artists provide workshops to students at area continuation high schools. These programs provide opportunities for non-traditional and at greater risk students to empower their imaginations, develop empathy, and explore career pathways. Current on-going programs: Culver Park, Whitney Young, and Phoenix Continuation High Schools
The Actors’ Gang offers a Summer Camp for young people, ages 6-12 years of age, each summer. The program is designed for both beginning & advanced actors who are interested in exploring all aspects of theatre. Experienced company members teach all classes. In addition to learning the Style, participants will rehearse and perform a play at the end of the 2 week camp.
The Actors’ Gang offers a Summer Teen Conservatory for actors, 13-17 years of age. The focus is to provide training for young theatre artists to explore their craft and develop their talents. Instruction will be provided by company members. Students will have the opportunity to dive deep into “The Style” that entails a high level of focus, a strong connection to emotions, and a heightened awareness of ensemble.
The Actors’ Gang offers acting classes at the theatre for young people interested in further cultivating their craft as young actors. Experienced, professional Actors’ Gang company members teach all classes. In addition to learning “The Style”, participants will share 2 special performances of an original theatre piece.