What is Act Out with Alex?
Act Out with Alex is a program for students ages 12-17 interested in all aspects of theater including dance, voice, drama, and playwriting. Participants will be exposed to an immersive, hands-on, mentor-driven intensive led by a professional artistic staff and will participate in weekly Master Classes with industry professionals.
Over the course of five weeks, the students will form an ensemble and will perform a new original contemporary musical entitled BE! on stage at the historic Alex Theatre at the closing of the program. As part of Act Out’s “narrative in the community” project, participants will also interview an older generation of artists in the community and create original pieces that will be showcased at the Alex upon the conclusion of the program.
Who are the creators and presenters of Act Out with Alex?
Act Out with Alex is a program of Glendale Arts’ GAEdu division. Glendale Arts is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to integrate the arts into the identity, growth, and economic vitality of the City of Glendale by presenting programming and creating partnerships that benefit youth, patrons, artists, organizations, and businesses in the community and at the Alex Theatre.
GAEdu, through programs such as Act Out with Alex, is dedicated to providing future generations opportunities to explore the arts and help build self-confidence, imagination, empathy, cooperation, concentration, and problem-solving skills.
Act Out’s Artistic Director, Jennifer Berry, is an award-winning playwright, performer, and director. Well-versed in directing operas, Jennifer has also directed productions of Carmen, Othello, and Salome, in which she created original script adaptations incorporating dance and music. Born and raised in Glendale, Jennifer started her theater training as a teen and now is delighted to give back to the same community that fostered her growth as a young artist by creating Act Out with Alex. Visit jenniferberry.net for press and more information.
Who should Act Out with Alex?
The program is designed for students entering the 7th-12th grades in Fall 2016. Act Out embraces beginning theater students, as well as those with advanced experience, and values an enthusiastic and creative spirit with a desire to learn the art and craft of professional level theater.
When does Act Out take place?
The five-week program runs Mondays-Fridays between 8:45am and 4:00pm from June 20, 2016 through July 22, 2016 (with the exception of the 4th of July). The student ensemble performance of BE!, which will be open to the public, takes place on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Alex Theatre.
Where will Act Out be held?
Act Out will be housed at the historic Alex Theatre, a registered historic landmark that is celebrating 90 years as the City of Glendale’s center of arts and entertainment this season. The 1,413-seat performing arts and entertainment center hosts a year-round schedule of music, dance, theatre, film, and cultural programming and is owned by the City of Glendale and operated by Glendale Arts. The Alex is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd. in the heart of Downtown Glendale.
Some classes and workshops will be held at off-site locations. Detailed locations and corresponding schedules will be available prior to the start of the program.
What makes Act Out with Alex different?
This program offers the combination of a professional performance opportunity at an established theatre with a storied history and a nurturing, non-competitive environment. Act Out also gives participants access to instruction from accomplished working artists via the Master Classes portion of the curriculum, in addition to a narrative and community project.
What are Act Out’s attendance requirements and policy?
Act Out with Alex is a participatory program that focuses on developing participants’ skills and talents in a team environment. Students who are active participants will benefit greatly from their day-long drama, dance, voice, and writing workshops and will be better prepared for the final performance on the Alex stage.
As such, students are required to attend daily and up to one absence only will be excused. In the case of an absence, homework will be assigned in order for the student to be prepared to return as a part of the ensemble. Extended absences for vacations cannot be accommodated. The program will be closed on July 4th.
Does my child have to audition?
Yes! Don’t be nervous, Act Out holds auditions to assess the students’ unique skills and talents. Students will be asked to prepare a piece that truly reflects their individual artistry. Whether it be a monologue, song, dance, poetry reading, juggling or just conversation, students should pick something that they enjoy performing.
How will the daily curriculum be structured?
Classes take place in the morning. Acting and jazz dance will be offered every day, while other classes vary by day. Rehearsals for BE! will be held every afternoon in order for students to have adequate time to prepare for the production.
Does my child get a snack and lunch break?
Yes, there will be a snack and a lunch break during the course of each day. A daily snack will be provided. Glendale Arts can provide lunch for an additional fee. Students with special dietary concerns and/or allergies are encouraged to bring their own snacks/lunch.
What is the cost of participating in Act Out and what does tuition include?
Tuition for Act Out is $1,950 – that’s just $78 per day.
Act Out provides students with professional instruction and an immersive experience in the theater arts in a world-class venue. In addition to an invaluable experience, students receive seven hours of supervision daily and snacks.
The cost of the program is competitive when considering not only its benefits, but also the cost of individual drama, dance, voice, and writing classes.
Does Act Out offer financial assistance?
Glendale Arts is committed to providing students with access to quality and affordable arts education programming and will make a limited number of partial and full scholarships available to participants needing assistance. You may inquire about scholarship eligibility and availability by contacting Jennifer Berry at 818-243-2611 x10 or email@example.com.
How do I enroll my child in Act Out?
You can enroll your child in the program by completing the registration form below. Hard copy or digital applications can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 818-243-2611 x10.
Applicants will be required to submit a Teacher Reference Form along with the application. The referring teacher does not have to be a theatre arts teacher.
When is payment due?
Act Out requires a $250 non-refundable deposit to be submitted with the program application. Glendale Arts will defer the deposit for participants applying for scholarships until eligibility is determined.
Checks are accepted and should be made payable to Glendale Arts and mailed to 116 West California Avenue, Glendale, CA 91203.
What is the deadline to register?
Applications will be accepted until June 13th. Act Out accepts a maximum of 40 students annually. Once the maximum number of applicants has been reached, additional applicants will be added to a waiting list in the order the application is received.
Who can I contact with further questions?
Please contact Act Out Artistic Director Jennifer Berry at 818-243-2611 x10 or email@example.com with further questions or assistance.