Build character by exploring character.
Our acting classes will give you a warm, fun, supportive environment in which you can explore Acting technique and method, including speech, movement and individual investment. Using age-appropriate material as you take on various roles, you will begin to understand the importance of character both on the stage and in life as well. As you work toward a performance at the end of each semester, we will guide you in developing the skills and the self-awareness it takes to play your role confidently, no matter what it may be.
Act Out Improv (Ages 7-9)
Are you ready to act? This approach should help you gain confidence. You make up the character, the lines and action as you go along, without a formal script. This class explores the basics of improvisation. How do you say the most with the least? You will be encouraged to explore personality, physical traits, conflicts and desires, age, and dress, with minimum aids. This class examines how character can be conveyed by voice, posture, and body movement.
Middle School Improv (Ages 10-12)
(See Act Out Improv. This is for middle school students, ages 10-12)
Acting for the Camera
Explore acting for the camera in a dynamic setting where you will be both in front of a camera and behind it — and encouraged to take risks. With the help of television and film scripts, you will learn by looking through the lens and exploring camera techniques, acting exercises, blocking and audition material.
There’s no better introduction to the work of an Actor. In this class, you’ll begin to explore and recognize your voice, body, emotions, and creativity as necessary tools for the craft of acting.
As a member of the Theatre Company, you’ll be learning more than the theatre piece you will be preparing for public performance. You’ll also be learning how to rehearse, how to train yourself, and how to respect and collaborate with your fellow Actors and crew. In short, you’ll be learning the skills and responsibilities used by professional Actors in the real world; skills you can apply in a theatrical career. And, since this is CTA, you’ll be learning in a fun, confidence-building ensemble environment that allows you to apply all of your theatre training as well as rehearsal and performance etiquette.
(B.F.A. Syracuse University, M.A. New York University)
Kelly Trumbull is excited to begin her 5th year of teaching at CTA. In addition to teaching at the Center, Kelly has collaborated with numerous local organizations such as City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Donna Belajac’s Actor’s Studio, MGR Foundation, Propel Charter Schools, and Bricolage. She currently serves on the faculties at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music. Additionally, she has taught in New York City at organizations such as Uncommon Schools, Wingspan Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and New York University’s Looking for Shakespeare. She works regularly as an actor in theater, television, and film. She holds a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University. She is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Association of Teaching Artists, and Actor’s Equity Association.
(B.F.A., Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Point Park University)
Billy received his BFA in Theater Arts in 1993 and later returned for his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008, both from Point Park University. Billy has taught Acting and Musical Theater for The Performing Arts faculties of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), The Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts and the CMU pre-college program. He is also an active member of the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) and is the Executive Director of the Center for Theater Arts.
(B.F.A. Acting, Masters of Library Information of Sciences)
Robin Gibson has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and her Masters of Library Information of Sciences. Last year she joined our Center for Theater Arts team and returns to teach acting classes and to team teach for our special actors. Before coming to The Center, Robin served as a children and young adult librarian for eight years. In the library field, she had the opportunity to introduce all ages to acting, self-expression and appreciation for the written word. She is enthusiastic to work with the high caliber of dedicated students that come to learn at The Center.
(B.F.A. Ohio University)
Acting, Improvisation, Musical Theater Performance Workshop
Jessica Savitz has a BFA in theatre performance from Ohio University. In addition to her classes at The Center, she also teaches acting at The Heritage Players. Besides teaching, Jessica has a huge passion for directing. Recently, she directed Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day at Stage 62 and Mame at The Heritage Players. Jessica was the assistant director for Front Porch Theatricals’ production of The Spitfire Grill and their production of Floyd Collins. She was also the assistant director of Kinetic Theatre’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Front Porch Theatricals’ production of The Light in the Piazza as well as Stage 62’s production of Next to Normal and The Rocky Horror Show