“Kid-focused training is at the heart of the Center for Theater Arts.” – KidsburghPgh
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CENTER FOR THEATER ARTS
Now in its 35th year, the Center for Theater Arts in the South Hill has a curriculum of over 80 classes offered to kids from age 4 to 17.
Dance classes include tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. Acting classes include acting for the camera and improvisation, while the “Acting Playground” class explores how voice, body, emotions, and creativity are tools for the craft of acting. Voice classes and those in musical theater are offered, too.
“The school is about and for kids. Period. When they come through the door at our school, they can come to the center and be themselves,” says Billy Hartung, executive director. “It’s like they say, I have found my people. It’s not about perfection. It’s not about career training. It’s about artistic experiences and growth and celebration.”
Hartung, an alum of the school, went on to play Broadway and appear in film before returning to raise his family in Pittsburgh. He appreciates and supports the center’s nurturing environment.
“I’m not a theater company. I’m a theater school,” he says. “And I think what we share with these kids every chance we get, is the character that you develop in yourself is more important to us than the character you’re playing.”
The kid-focused training is vital to help kids improve their self-image and self-confidence through artistic expression, he says.
Which brings us to the center’s Special Actors program, which boasts over 100 participants with special needs from age 9 to 86.
“We close our school on Fridays, and we open all the studios, and we have the same teachers and the same resources,” Hartung says. “And we have musical theater classes for children with special needs. Some of those kids have been here for 25 years.”
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