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Winter 2021 
Online Classes

$125 for ten classes per session
​Sibling Discount available!
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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Winter 2022 Registration
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
Jordan Euell
Brandon Meeker
Mikaia Ross
​Winter 2022 Classes begin Jan 3 through March 12

Acting I - Developing the Actor’s Toolkit     Mondays 6:30 - 7:30 Eve Urban & Tessa Gaffney

Put the essential acting skills in your toolbox! This class will include: developing an actor’s warm-up for body and voice, physical acting exercises for connection and character development, audition preparation, best rehearsal practices, and performance routines. Students will work on monologues and duets for final sharing and recording.

Sketch Comedy     Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM ET Jordan and John

Create, perform and record original comedy sketches for CADA’s YouTube Channel! Discover how characters, settings and structure work together to bring laughter to the audience! This course covers skills such as collaboration, character development, story structure, pacing, pausing and timing.

Improv for All      Saturdays from 11:00 am to noon ET Ruben and Justin

This CADA class is those who love to play theatre games, make up silly characters, and make people laugh! For all ages, all abilities, all levels of experience. Skills include: saying “yes” to scene partners, listening and responding, taking turns, making appropriate choices, developing story structure, knowing when to enter and exit, and knowing when and how to end scenes.
We encourage new students to start with this class as most everything we do in CADA is based upon improvisation techniques.

Voice Acting for Digital Media  Saturdays from 3 - 4 PM ET Mikaia & Justin
Learn microphone techniques for recording and broadcasting live. The class will explore voice-overs for commercials and animation, podcasting, narrating documentaries, audio books, news, sports & weather. The class will cover skills such as breath control, tone and resonance, articulation and script interpretation.

CADA camps and classes are for all abilities! To enroll in one of our classes, please fill out the registration form 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! 
Acting 1: Actor's Toolbox, Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 PM ET
Sketch Comedy, 6:30 - 7:30 PM ET
Improv for All, Saturdays, 11 AM to Noon ET
Voice Acting for Digital Media, Saturdays, 3 - 4 PM ET