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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.

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Fall Drama Classes for all ages (even adults!)

Hooray! Fall Drama classes are here! Check them out and register online.

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

Tuesdays; 10-11 a.m.

Four 4-week session: Aug 11-Sept 1 & Sept 8-29 & Oct 13-Nov 3 & Nov 10-Dec 1

Tuition: $35 per 4-week session

Register for Dramatic Play!

Dramatic Play is also offered at Sevier Park Community Center on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Coleman Community Center on Thursdays from 9-10 a.m.! These 4-week sessions are Aug 13-Sept 3, Sept 10-Oct 1, Oct 15-Nov 5 and Nov 12, 19, Dec 3 & 10. 4-week sessions at Sevier are $35 per session, but all 4-week sessions at Coleman are free! Please visit these centers for registration.

Story Drama

For ages 5-7. This class offers our younger students to experience acting in the early stages. Students will use their actors toolbox of body, voice and imagination to bring to life stories onstage.

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

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

September 10-November 5 (no class October 8); Showcase on November 5

Tuition: $65

Register for Story Drama!

Acting Essentials

For ages 8-10. This class gives students the opportunity to flex their dramatic muscles as they work collaboratively towards a showcase of their work. Learning the essential skills of being a great actor will prepare students for further work in this discipline.

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

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

September 10-November 5 (no class October 8); Showcase on November 5

Tuition: $65

Register for Acting Essentials!

Acting In Depth

For ages 10-14. An intensive 5-week workshop for young actors with some experience in theater. This class offers students an in-depth look at the craft of acting through script & character analysis and different acting techniques.
**This workshop will not culminate in a showcase.**

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

Saturdays; 10:00 a.m.-noon

September 5-October 3

Tuition: $80

Register for Acting In Depth!

Cabaret for Vocalists

For ages 11-15. Beginning and intermediate vocalists will learn how to put together the entire package: using a microphone, storytelling through song, performance etiquette, and simple staging & choreography. This class will end in a showcase of solos, duets and group numbers.

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

Saturdays; 10:00 a.m.-noon

October 17-November 21; Showcase on November 21

Tuition: $100

Register for Cabaret for Vocalists!

Improvisation (for three ages groups!)

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 budding or seasoned improvisors!

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

Wednesdays

10-14 year olds: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

14-18 year olds: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Adults: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

September 15-November 4 (no class on October 7); Showcase on November 6

Tuition: $85

Register for Improvisation (10-14 year olds)!

Register for Improvisation (14-18 year olds)!

Register for Improvisation (Adults)!

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.

Centennial Black Box New Play Reading Series

Centennial Black Box sign

Now in our fourth year, the New Play Reading Series continues to encourage new work by provided the theater space for the reading of a new play or musical. Each month (except June and December) our partners at the Nashville Dramaturgy Project and the Actor's Reading Room coordinate the details to bring audience and creator together. The series honors the labor-of-love process that is required to get a new piece of theater through the necessary stages, so that it will eventually be ready for a full-scale production. The New Play Reading Series is currently coordinated by Jaz Dorsey, whose years of experience allow for a selection of material that covers a broad range, from comedy to drama, from mainstream to the avant-garde. Playwrights who would like to be considered for the series may do so by sending a preliminary request to the Metro Parks Theater Department at rachel.hamilton@nashville.gov.

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