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Parks and Recreation

The Theater Division

The Theater Division of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of experiences in the theater arts for youth and adults. While our offices are located in the newly-named Centennial Performing Arts Studios at 211 27th Ave N (formerly known as the Centennial Arts Activity Center), our reach extends to community centers and other parks sites as well, including our own Z. Alexander Looby Theater and the Centennial Black Box Theater.

Summer Camps for Youth & Spring Drama Classes for all ages (even adults)

Check out what's going on this summer. But don't forget we still have lots of fun classes in Spring too!

Summer Camps for Youth

Dramatic Play

For ages 3-4 and their caregivers. Play, explore, collaborate & create alongside your preschooler in this fun, interactive, drama experience! Become characters, explore different places and use teamwork to solve challenging situations drawn from picture books & from their own imaginations. This class gives your child a chance to showcase their creativity, while building social skills, speaking & listening skills, and problem-solving skills, all while having crazy amounts of fun!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

July 25-29; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuition: $80

Register for Dramatic Play Summer Camp

Creative Drama

For ages 4-5. For our more independent preschoolers and kindergartners, students will work together to explore different worlds, become different characters and tell different stories each day of camp! Using music, storytelling, visual arts and movement, students will challenge their imaginations to create stories from beginning to end.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

July 25-29; Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Tuition: $100

Register for Creative Drama Summer Camp

Story Drama

For ages 6-7. This class offers our younger students an opportunity to experience theater creation from the source: their imaginations! This ensemble-based camp will work on collaboration, listening to others and sharing their own ideas. In one week, campers will create a story from scratch and
bringing it to life onstage.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

June 27-Jul y 1; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuition: $150

Showcase on July 1 @ 4 p.m.

Register for Story Drama Summer Camp

From The Ground Up

For ages 8-10. Back by popular demand, this week is designed to challenge campers in all four major art disciplines: music, visual arts, theater and dance. Using their own ideas and imaginations to work together, campers will discover what it takes to write a song, create choreography, construct a piece of art, and bring a story to life onstage. Instructors will give campers the guidance to create art from the ground up, but what they create is up to them!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

July 11-15; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Tuition: $150

Showcase on July 15 @ 4 p.m.

Register for From the Ground Up Summer Camp

Puppets on Parade (Two-Week Camp)

For ages 8-12. Working with Brooklyn-based master puppet-maker and puppeteer, Kirsten Kammermeyer, students will be exposed to multiple puppet types from creation to manipulation.Ultimately, students will be the creators of a large scale puppet that they will manipulate in the International Puppet Festival Parade on Saturday, June 18.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

June 9-17; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuition: $300

Showcases on June 17 @ 4 p.m. & June 18 (downtown for the International Puppet Festival)

Register for Puppets on Parade Summer Camp!

Summer Musical: Oklahoma!

For ages 9-17. An amazing opportunity for all dancers, actors, musicians and technicians! A collaboration with the Music City Theatre Collective, this experience gives students the opportunity to work with professionals to mount a full production of the musical classic Oklahoma! in the Centennial Bandshell throughout the month of June. Preliminary workshops will be held Saturdays in May and rehearsals begin May 31.

Youth Dancers and Youth Actors Auditions will be held at the Centennial Performing Arts Studios on April 3 & 4. Please contact Tiana at tiana.turner@nashville.gov to schedule a time.

Youth Musicians, please contact Sam Frazee at samuel.frazee@nashville.gov for more information on how to get involved.

Youth Theater Technicians, please contact Rachel Hamilton at rachel.hamilton@nashville.gov for more information on how to get involved.

Workshops: May 7, 14 & 21 @ 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Rehearsals: May 31-June 5 & June 7-11 @ 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and June 13-16 @ Noon-10 p.m. (not every student will be called for every rehearsal)

Performances: June 17, 18 & 19 and June 23, 24, 25 & 26 and June 30, July 1 & 2 @ 6:30 call time & 7:30 curtain

Tuition: $200

Spring Classes for All Ages

Dramatic Play

For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Play, explore, collaborate & create alongside your preschooler in this fun, interactive, drama experience! Become characters, explore different places and use teamwork to solve challenging situations drawn from picture books & from their own imaginations. This class gives your child a chance to showcase their creativity, while building social skills, speaking & listening skills, and problem-solving skills, all while having crazy amounts of fun!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Mondays: 2:15-3 p.m. *Take this class in conjunction with Metro Dance's Creative Movement class at the same time on Wednesdays*

Three 4-week sessions: January 11-February 1, February 8-29 & March 7-April 4

Tuition: $35 per 4-week session

Register for Dramatic Play

At Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Lane

Thursdays: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Four 4-week sessions: Jan 28-Feb 18, Feb 25-March 17, March 31-April 21 & April 28-May 19

Tuition: $35 per 4-week session

Register for Dramatic Play at Sevier Park Community Center

Story Drama

For ages 5-7. This class offers our younger students an opportunity to experience using their imagination in collaboration as an ensemble. Listening to others and sharing their own ideas, students practice creating a story from scratch and bringing it to life onstage.

At the Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N.

Thursdays: 4:00-5:15 p.m.

March 31-May 19; Showcase on May 19

Tuition: $65

Register for Story Drama

TheatreKrafters

For ages 8-10. This class gives students the opportunity to flex their dramatic muscles as they work collaboratively on a story that comes directly from their own imaginations.In theater, we call this process ‘devising’. In this class, we call it 100% fun.

At the Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N.

Thursdays: 5:15-6:30 p.m.

March 31-May 19; Showcase on May 19

Tuition: $65

Register for TheatreKrafters

Greek Theater: A Partnership with the Parthenon

For ages 11-15. We have a replica of the Parthenon in our front yard. Why not take advantage? This course will be an exploration of Greek theater from being a member of the chorus to delivering solo monologues. Several classical playwrights will be introduced and students will perform their work on the steps of the great hall itself.

At the Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-noon

April 2-May 7; Showcase on May 7

Tuition: $80

Register for Greek Theater

For more information, contact Rachel at (615) 880-2281. To be placed on our email list and get the most up-to-date information on all our classes, please email Rachel at rachel.hamilton@nashville.gov.

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FEATURED ARTICLES

Workshop Wednesdays

Workshop Wednesdays are a new, exciting concept for us here at Parks Theater. Each workshop is an intensive-style class that focuses on one specific topic. Each workshop is only 1-2 sessions long (designed for busy people!) and they happen on, you guessed it, Wednesdays! We have workshops for youth, adults and some for youth and adults. We hope you'll join us for these awesome little classes designed to be high-impact and low-commitment.

All Workshop Wednesdays are held at the Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N.

Improvisation

Students will learn the fundamental guidelines of improvisational comedy as taught at The Second City Training Center. Lessons will include confidence building, scene work & object work through improv games. Suitable for all improvisers. Come once or come every month and build on your skills while working with a variety of other actors.

Wednesdays; February 3, March 9, April 6 & May 4

Youth (ages 10-16): 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Adults (17+): 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $15 per class

Register for Improvisation

The Audition Series (Preparatory workshops for our summer musical)

For those interested in auditioning for our summer musical production of Oklahoma!, or auditioning for anything really, you’ll want to come to all four of our auditioning workshops. Each one is designed to prepare students for an audition in acting, singing and dance. The final workshop is a mock audition process where you’ll do all three! This is a great way to practice auditioning (and to get your nerves out) before you audition for real. FYI, auditions for Oklahoma! are April 3 & 4, contact Rachel at rachel.hamilton@nashville.gov for more information

Wednesdays at 4:30-7:30 p.m.

For ages 9-17: ACTING: February 17, VOICE: March 2, DANCE: March 16, MOCK AUDITION: March 30

Tuition: $15 per class

Register for The Audition Series

Acting for the Camera

Thinking about upping your acting acumen to include on-screen work? Get the skills in this workshop taught by Aaron Muñoz, local actor and founder of Nashville Story Garden. A veteran of such shows as The Walking Dead (and all around awesome guy), Muñoz will share what it takes to transition from stage to screen.

For Adults: Wednesday, February 24; 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $15

Register for Acting for the Camera

Acting Between the Lines

This class will be an exploration of subtext - not relying on the words but rather the meaning behind them. Students will focus on listening and as an actor, asking the questions “Do I say what I mean?” “Do I mean what I say?” “How does the meaning affect speech and physicality?” Students will be challenged to connect with a character, deepening the experience for both the actor and the audience.

For ages 10-14: Wednesdays, April 13 & 20; 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuition: $30 for both classes

Register for Acting Between the Lines!

Creating Cultural Language through Improvisation

Why is Cultural Language so important? Often times people from different cultures have to come together and perform. Have you ever been in a situation where you may have felt uncomfortable because everyone in a room knew what was being said and you didn't, until you figured it out within the context of your own cultural language or paradigm much later? Using theatre to creatively and organically facilitate this process, we will create a new language, and learn the skills to help us facilitate this process with others, to support the cultural make-up of any group dependent on that group’s specific needs.

For Adults: Wednesdays, May 11 & 18; 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $30 for both classes

Register for Creating Cultural Language

Staff Directory

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Brown, Kirk
Technical Director
Hamilton, Rachel
Supervisor of Theater Division

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