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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.

Full and partial scholarships are available, but limited. These scholarships are need based only and families applying for assistance will be asked to provide documentation of their financial need. Please contact Rachel at rachel.hamilton@nashville.gov for more information on scholarships.

Fall Theater Class for Youth and Adults

Guess what?! Our Fall Theater Classes and Workshops are here! We are so excited to present an amazing line-up of opportunities and experiences for people of all ages. From preschool to seniors and from writing to fighting (stage fighting, don't worry!), we've got it all this semester. And as always, we have some of the most experienced and talented teaching artists working in Nashville. Quality arts experiences for everyone; come join us!

Preschool Drama Classes

Dramatic Play

For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Play, explore, collaborate and 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 and from their own imaginations. This class gives your child a chance to showcase their creativity, while building social skills, speaking and listening skills, and problem-solving skills, all while having crazy amounts of fun!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

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

  • August 25-September 15
  • September 22-October 20 (no class October 6)
  • October 27-November 17

Tuition: $35 per 4-week session

Register for Dramatic Play (one session or all three)!

Spectator/Creator: Workshops for Preschoolers

For ages 2-4 and their caregivers. In these exciting new workshops, parents, students and facilitators will investigate new and familiar concepts through song, dance, and theater. Immersive, sensory and exploratory, this process will take families through the creative process and give them the opportunity to watch what they’ve discovered and created played back for them by their facilitators as a performance at the end of each workshop.

At all Regional Community Centers; Hadley, Southeast, Sevier, Coleman, East, McCabe & Hartman

Saturday Mornings

Tuition: Free!

Contact Rachel at rachel.hamilton@nashville.gov to find out when we'll be at your center!

Theater Classes for ages 5-7 & 8-10

Acting Fundamentals

For ages 5-7. In this class, our young actors will work with a text and learn what acting is all about! Learning to use body, voice and imagination to create characters, memorize lines and utilize movement will help tell a familiar story on the stage.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Thursdays: August 11-September 29, 4-5:15 p.m.

Tuition: $65

Showcase on September 29

Register for Acting Fundamentals!

Story Drama

For ages 5-7. This class offers our younger students an opportunity to experience theater creation from the source: their imaginations! This ensemble-based class will work on collaboration, listening to others and sharing their own ideas. Students will experience the joy of creating a story from scratch and bringing it to life onstage.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Thursdays: October 13-December 8 (no class on November 24), 4-5:15 p.m.

Tuition: $65

Showcase on December 8

Register for Story Drama!

Acting Essentials

For ages 8-10. Learning the essential skills of being a great actor will prepare students for further work in theater. In this class, students will work with a script of a familiar story, learn to take direction and apply notes as they grow their awareness of the theatrical process and their role as an actor in that process.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Thursdays: August 11-September 29, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Tuition: $65

Showcase on September 29

Register for Acting Essentials!

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 Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Thursdays: October 13-December 8 (no class November 24), 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Tuition: $65

Showcase on December 8

Register for TheatreKrafters!

Theater Classes for ages 9-12 & 10-16

Acting 101 for Youth

For ages 9-12. Get into the fundamentals of what it means to be an actor! Designed to introduce younger actors to the next step in their dramatic journey, scene work and character development (along with theater fun & games) will all be covered in this intensive three-week course.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesdays: September 14, 21 & 28, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuition: $50

Register for Acting 101 for Youth!

Writing for the Stage

For ages 10-16. Take your ideas from mind to page to stage in this awesome class where your stories come to life through live theatre. Instruction will focus on the differences between writing prose and writing plays, and how to fully form story & character. Students will get to see their work shared in a staged reading at the end of the class.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Saturdays: August 20-September 24, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuition: $80

Showcase on September 24

Register for Writing for the Stage!

Improv

For ages 10-16. Students will learn the fundamental guidelines of improvisational comedy as taught at The Second City Training Center. The class will focus on confidence building, improv, character choice, object work and scene work. This class will benefit improvisers of all experience levels.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Saturdays: August 20-September 24, 1-3 p.m.

Tuition: $80

Showcase on September 24

Register for Improv!

Musical Theatre Boot Camp

For ages 10-16. Put your musical theater chops to the test with this intensive, fast-paced musical theater class. Get immersed in the vocals, acting & choreography for several beloved and contemporary musical numbers and bring them to life onstage!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Saturdays: October 15-November 19, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuition: $80

Register for Musical Theater Boot Camp!

Stage Combat: Brawls, Falls and More!

For ages 10-16. Taught by a SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) advanced actor-combatant, this class will give young actors hands on experience with a variety of combat techniques for the stage. While safely showcasing their skills, students will learn to integrate the techniques into a performance.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Saturdays: October 15-November 19, 1-3 p.m.

Tuition: $80

Register for Stage Combat!

Theater Classes for Adults & Seniors

Scene Study

For Adults. Ideal for experienced, professional level, adult actors. An ongoing class designed to further the fundamentals of technique through application. Students prepare scenes from published plays and work on them in and outside of class.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • August 6-27
  • September 3-24
  • October 1-22
  • October 29-November 19

Tuition: $80 per month

Register for Scene Study (one month, or several months)!

Acting 101 for Adults

For Adults. A three-week course designed to give beginners the fundamentals of the craft through lecture and class exercises. Perfect class for those who want to learn more about acting and establish a solid foundation.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesdays: September 14. 21 & 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $50

Register for Acting 101 for Adults!

Script Analysis

For Adults. An introduction to basic script analysis techniques, giving students the tools necessary to break down a scene and begin to build a character.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesdays: November 16 & 30 (no class on November 23), 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $35

Register for Script Analysis!

Theater for Seniors

For Seniors 65+. Studies show that demanding, brain-stimulating activity, like acting, not only enhances a person’s creative side, but helps maintain and improve memory and cognitive health in seniors. Join us for this fun, exciting journey into the fundamentals of acting from script work to character development. Let your creative side shine and have a lot of fun doing it!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesdays: 1-2:30 p.m.

  • September 7-October 12
  • October 19-November 30 (no class November 23)

Tuition: $65

Register for Theater for Seniors!

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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 one session 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.

Improv Workshop Series

For ages 10-16 & Adults. In this monthly workshop, 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 improvisors! Come to just one workshop, or come every month to build on your skills while working with a variety of other actors. Just say yes!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesdays: Ages 10-16 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Adults at 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • September 7
  • October 12
  • November 2
  • December 7

Tuition: $20 per workshop

Register for Improv Workshops (one or all four)!

Script Analysis Workshop

For Adults. In this one day intensive, the instructor will provide students an introduction to basic script analysis techniques, giving students the tools necessary to break down a scene and begin to build a character.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesday, August 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $20

Register for Script Analysis Workshop!

On Camera Workshop Series

For Adults. Thinking about upping your acting acumen to include on-screen work? Get the skills in this series of workshops 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.
October 19: Auditioning - Sides and Scenes, Slates and smiles. Coming from the world of theatre, auditioning for television and film can seem so different. Learn about tailoring your performance for the camera.
November 9: Commercials - Get insight on auditioning and working in commercials. Actors will go over sides, work off cue cards, and learn what casting directors and clients are looking for.
December 17: Self taping - Sending Casting Directors auditions is becoming the industry standard. Learn how to submit the best performance and the nuts and bolts of getting an economical, professional set up at home.

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesdays: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

  • October 19: Auditioning
  • November 9: Commercials
  • December 17: Self-taping

Tuition: $30 per workshop

Register for On Camera Workshops (one or all three)!

From Gorgeous to Grotesque: Halloween Makeup Workshop

For ages 10-16. Just in time for halloween! This workshop will give participants an introduction to producing their own amazing and horrifying looks on their own faces. Come with ideas, and leave with a design and the skills to recreate it on the big day; October 31!

At Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 211 27th Ave N

Wednesday, October 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuition: $40 ($30 workshop and $10 materials fee)

Register for Halloween Makeup Workshop!

Staff Directory

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Brown, Kirk
Technical Director
Hamilton, Rachel
Supervisor of Theater Division
Turner, Tiana
Cultural Arts Administrative Assistant

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