DRAMA CLASSES 10 week sessions

Ages 8 - 16
Saturdays -  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 12th - November 4th
Instructors: Brandon Meeker and Ruben Ryan

Our beginning drama class for young people on the autism spectrum.  Theatre games and activities are designed to promote social skills and emotional development.  Class size is limited to 6 students.  New students and their parents will meet with the teachers prior to the start of the class for a get to know you session.

Teens and Young Adults
Saturdays - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 12th - November 14th
Instructor: Laura Valendza and Wendy Duke

Recommended for teens and young adults going through life transitions.  A drama class focused on individual growth through collaboration.  Each student's unique abilities will be incorporated within a group performance piece developed over ten weeks.  Family and friends will be invited to attend on the final day of class to share our performance.

Teens and Adults
Mondays - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
September 14th - November 16th
Instructors: Brandon Meeker and John Lynch

Explore all aspects of comedy including improv, joke telling, stand-up comedy, sketch writing, comic monologues, and slapstick comedy teams.  This course will culminate in a live performance to share with family and friends.

Teens and Adults
Tuesdays - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
September 15th - November 17th
Instructors: Ruben Ryan and Dean Coutris

A beginning improv class for teens and adults of all abilities.  Learn the basics of improv right from the comfort of your own home.  Learn how to create characters, build scenes, and learn what "yes and" is all about.

Teens and Adults
Wednesdays - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
September 16th - November 18th
Instructors: Jordan Euell

Engage in a collaborative writing project to create a pilot comedy video to appear on YouTube.  This course will cover the basics of comedy writing.

Teens and Adults
Thursdays - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
September 17th - November 19th
Instructors: Dean Coutris and Shannon Uphold

Explore Shakespeare's words and speeches as vehicles through which communication can be made more accessible and enjoyable.  This is an excellent class for improving speech and articulation as well as for fostering an appreciation for the wisdom and wit of William Shakespeare's characters and stories.

Teens and Adults
Thursdays - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
September 17th - November 19th
Instructors:  Wendy Duke and Dean Coutris

Covering the essential basics of the actor's toolkit, this class will provide physical and vocal training, plus monologues and scene work.
Classes & Registration  
To enroll in one of our programs, please fill out the  form below,  and we will contact you via email to confirm.  If you are new to our programs, we would love to meet you and your child before the sessions begin.  We have found it is very helpful for young people on the spectrum to get a preview of the people and the space they will be working in.  It makes first day far less stressful for them. 

Parents/guardians of new actors may wait until the end of the first class to make payment, to make sure the child is going to enjoy the experience.  Parents of returning actors do not have to resubmit the form. Notify us of your intent to continue via email to secure a spot in the next session and you may pay on the first day of class or camp.  

Our classes are small by design and space is limited.  
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Each 10-week session is $100 and we are currently offering a 15% sibling discount.
Note: classes/workshops may be combined or cancelled depending upon enrollment.
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Fall 2020 Online Drama Classes!

Our first class begins September 12th!  Each 10 week session is $100, and we are offering a 15% sibling discount. 
DRAMA CLASSES 10 Week Sessions
Meet the CADA Teaching Staff!
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. 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."

John Lynch is a longtime CADA teaching assistant currently based in Maryland.

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.

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.

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!
Improv for All (Tuesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.)
The Writer's Room (Wednesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.)
Comedy Class (Mondays, 6 - 7 p.m.)
Beginning Acting (Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
All The World's A Stage (Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Next Stage Transitions (Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Speak the Speech (Thursdays, 6 - 7 p.m.)