CADA camps and classes are for all abilities! To enroll in one of our classes, please fill out the registration form below, and we will contact you via email to confirm. To pay online, click on the link at the bottom of the registration form.
Continuing students do not have to resubmit the form. Notify us of your intent to continue via email to secure a spot in the next session
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.
To ensure a spot in one of our classes, register now!
Select your Spring 2021 online drama class!
Each 10-week session is $125 and we are currently offering a 15% sibling discount.
Note: classes/workshops may be combined or cancelled depending upon enrollment.
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Summer 2021 Online Drama Camps and Classes
(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.
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!
Summer 2021 Camps and Classes!
CADA summer camps encourage young actors to:
Connect with peers by:
Playing theatre games
Making your own masks, props, and costume pieces from things you can find at home.
Improvise scenes and stories
Develop acting skills:
Self awareness of body communication
Balance and physical flexibility through movement
Vocal strength and/or modulation to communicate a variety of characters and emotions.
The ability to connect with scene partners and with the audience to communicate and empower
Super Heroes & Sidekicks Camp! June 21-25, 2-4 PM ET
Practice collaboration, team work and self-empowerment when fighting evil villains to save the world! For young people who enjoy role play and acting out stories.
Myths & Legends! July 12-15, 2-4 PM ET
Herois adventures from around the world -- every culture has heroes and fantastic monsters! Explore myths and legends from the past and create new ones that spring from your imagination!
Comedy Camp! July 19-23, July 19-23
Make ‘em laugh! Comedy camp is your opportunity to write jokes and comedy sketches, use improvisation to develop funny characters and roll it all up into an original group comedy show by week’s end!
Puppet Palooza! July 26-30, 2-4 PM ET
Bring your favorite puppets to a gathering of puppeteers! If you don’t have any puppets, no worries — we’ll show you how to make easy fun puppets from things you can find around your house. Be prepared to put together a massive puppet show to share with your friends at the end of the week!
Make a Zoom Movie! August 2-6, 2-4 PM ET
Explore the possibilities of recording movies in Zoom! Make creative use of virtual backgrounds and develop characters using Zoom filters, plus bring your own hats, costumes and props to the movie set! Campers will create an original short movie to be shared with family and friends by the end of the week!
Adult Summer Theatre Classes
10 weekly classes!
We offer professionally taught theatre classes that are geared toward anyone who wishes to improve their acting and writing skills. We welcome people of all abilities, backgrounds and experiences. Theatre is an art form that thrives in an atmosphere of inclusivity and acceptance of differences.
Musical Theatre: Movement & Character
Time to get up and move in a class that explores musical theatre styles, characters, dance and movement!
Mondays, June 21 - August 22, 7 - 8 PM ET
Writers' Room: Collaborative Script Writing
Learn how to create within a group setting. Bring your ideas to share and bounce off of other writers. Work together to create a short script in one week!
Wednesdays, June 23 - August 24, 6:30-7:30 PM ET
Improve your voice for stage, screen radio and more! Discover how to care for your voice, flex your vocal muscles and create new voices!
Thursdays, June 24 - Augst 25, 7:00-800 PM
Improvisation for All!
Improve your improv skills in a supportive and fun class that explores multiple styles and formats .
Saturdays, June 26-August 26, 11 AM - Noon, ET