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Our classes are small by design and space is limited.  Registration will close when the class size reaches the maximum limit of 8 students. Students will be put on a waiting list and may choose to register for a different class.

Likewise, classes may be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not met. In this case, tuition will be refunded or applied to a different class.

There will be no refunds after taking two or more classes. A partial tuition credit may be given depending upon circumstances.

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Spring 2021 Online Drama Classes
April 10- June 17
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Students receiving Certificates of Accomplishment in a CADA class.
(Ten weeks/one hour a week, $125)
Meet the CADA Teaching Staff!
Bree Chambers is currently in her third year pursuing a BA in Art Therapy at Capital University. She is so excited to be returning to CADA to flex her acting muscle. You may recognize her as a poet, short story weaver and new novelist, president of Akron Minority Council, UUCA Communications Coordinator or frequent Chipotle line visitor.

Dean Coutris,  MFA in Theatre from the University of Houston, co-founded the long-form improv group, 'Just Go With It' in 2014. He previously taught an improv class at CADA, and although he currently lives in Atlanta, he enjoys "Zooming" with CADA for classes now. 

Wendy S. Duke has a BA and MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Akron. Former drama teacher at Miller South School for the Arts in Akron, she has been teaching drama classes for all ages and abilities for many years and is currently working on a book called "Applied Drama for Autism."

Jordan Euell is a comedian and writer who has worked with CADA since 2014. He recently graduated from Kent State with a BS in Digital Media Production with a Theatre Minor. He loves making people laugh and sharing his love for writing with others.

Hallie Heffernan has a BFA in Musical Theatre with minors in Dance and Communication Studies from Ohio Northern University. She has performed at several theaters and theme parks around Ohio, including Weathervane Playhouse, Magical Theatre Company and Cedar Point. Hallie is also a choreographer and experienced dance teacher. She has a true love for all things theatre, music and dance and is looking forward to sharing her passions with CADA.

John Lynch is a longtime CADA teaching assistant, now a full-fledged CADA teacher and actor currently based in Maryland where he has performed with several theatre companies. Last year he  appeared in Newsies in Washington D.C. He most recently served as stage manager for Mario's New Friend.

Brandon Meeker is an actor and improviser who has worked with CADA since 2015. He is a graduate of the Akron School for the Arts at Firestone CLC Theatre Department, and is currently studying Political Science and History at the University of Akron. If one were to guess what he’s doing at this moment, it would probably be winning fake arguments inside his head.

Mikaia "eMJay" Ross is ecstatic to return to the CADA team! A long time theatre student, eMJay has a passion for sharing the magic of drama. When she isn't working as a barista, her hobbies include filmmaking, photography, and hiking.

Ruben Ryan  earned his BA in theatre studies  from Kent State University. Has taught improv for many years to both children and adults of all abilities. Co-founder of Let's Go With It, a long form improv group based in Akron, he is currently Creative Director for Point of No Return Improv.  

Bhawna Sudhir is an autism mom who is studying dance therapy. Her specialization is using movement to stimulate the brain and creativity. She is the founder and director of Dancing Bells, LLC, a platform to serve individuals with different capabilities to express themselves and interact with each other through dance and movement.

Shannon Uphold has a MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at University of Houston and has trained in The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey SPTP’s Next Stage Ensemble. She works as an Instructor for the Barbizon Modeling and Acting Center and recently completed CADA’s Drama for People with Autism and Disabilities teacher training. She is passionate about her work as an actor, teacher, and mentor and plans to continue her education in Drama Therapy.

Eve Urban is currently a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and will be graduating with a BA in Theatre and an Applied Theatre Certificate in Spring 2021. She has trained with Theatrical Intimacy Education in Intimacy Coordination, Theatre of the Oppressed Pittsburgh in Image and Forum Theatre, and completed CADA’s Drama for People with Autism and Disabilities teacher training. Most recently, she is working on adapting the children’s book ‘Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance’ into a sensory-friendly play and studying puppetry!

Laura Valendza is a co-founder of CADA. She has been teaching theatre and acting for over 40 years. She holds an MFA in acting and a MA in Special Education. She is an intervention specialist at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Laura is a member of the North American Drama Therapy Association.

Molly Wetzel has an MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston. She has performed and taught for many regional theatres around the country. She’s currently working as an audiobook narrator and dialect coach from her home in Houston. 



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We miss our studio but until it is safe to be together inside doing theatre, we will gather together for theatre games and more online!
Spring 2021 Classes
Dean Coutris, teacher
Shannon Uphold, teacher
Jordan Euell, teacher
Ruben Ryan, teacher
Wendy Duke, teacher
Brandon Meeker, teacher
John Lynch, teacher
Laura Valendza, teacher
Dean Coutris
Shannon Uphold
Bree Chambers
Hallie Heffernan
Ruben Ryan
John Lynch
Wendy Duke
Molly Wetzel
Laura Valendza
Eve Urban
Bhawna Sudhir
Intro to Comedy!
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 PM ET
Make ‘em laugh in this course, beginning with the basics of comedy and 
ending in the creation of a collaborative sketch. Learn about characters, story, and jokes (obviously)
John Lynch and Brandon Meeker
Sand-Up Co
Stand-up Comedy!
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM ET
Have you always wanted to try stand-up comedy but didn't know where to start? 
Look no further! In this class, we'll teach you how to develop material that will win over any audience.
Jordan Euell and Ruben Ryan

Intro to Improv
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM ET
Learn the fundamentals of improv, an art form popularized by comedians
 like Bill Murray and Tina Fey, that can teach social skills.
Ruben Ryan and Brandon Meeker

YouTube Production
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM ET
Learn how to write, produce, and perform your own work! 
Students will create a show and air it on YouTube.
Jordan Euell and Eve Urban

Voice Acting: Getting to Know Your Voice
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 PM ET
Explore techniques used in Theater, Film, Radio, Voiceover, and more. 
Ten weeks full of exercises and games that will help the actor become more
 comfortable with speaking in performance and in everyday life.
Shannon Uphold and Mikaia Al Barr

Musical Theatre!
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 PM ET
Explore musical theatre styles through dance and character work. Get ready to move!
Hallie Heffernan and Wendy Duke

Puppet Palooza!
Saturdays, 11:00 AM-noon ET
Learn the basics of acting and storytelling through puppetry.
Eve Urban and Bree Chambers

Improv (Level 2)
Saturdays, 11:00 AM-noon ET
Delve deeper into improvisation: explore scene work, performing spontaneously, 
as well as new structures and games. Must have taken Beginner Improv or equivalent.
Ruben Ryan and Brandon Meeker

Jordan Euell
Brandon Meeker
Mikaia Ross
Getting to Know Your Voice (Wednesdays, 7 - 8 PM ET)
Puppet Palooza! (Saturdays, 11 - noon AM ET)
Comedy Workshop (Mondays, 6- 7 PM ET)
Stand-up Comedy, Mondays, 6:30-7:30 PM ET)
Musical Theatre (Thursdays, 7 - 8 PM ET)
Intro to Improv (Tuesdays, 6 - 7 PM ET)
YouTube Production (Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM ET)
Improv-Level 2 (Saturdays, 11 - noon AM ET)