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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.

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Winter/Spring Drama Classes for all ages (even adults)

Winter is pretty chilly and kinda bleak. Why don't you wait it out with us having theatrical adventures? Check out our awesome line-up of classes for youth and adults 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 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!

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

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

January 28-March 17; Showcase on March 17

Tuition: $65

Register for Acting Fundamentals!

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!

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

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

January 28-March 17; Showcase on March 17

Tuition: $65

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 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!

Musical Theater

For ages 11-15. A preparatory class for our Summer Musical!This intensive 6-week course will give beginners and advanced students alike a comprehensive Musical Theater experience. Singing, dancing and acting are all a part of this class, so be ready to get work hard and have fun doing it! If you are interested in being an actor in our summer musical Oklahoma!, or even if you’re not, this is the perfect class for you! *For more information on our summer musical, contact Rachel at rachel.hamilton@nashville.gov

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

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-noon

January 9-February 13; Showcase on February 13

Tuition: $80

Register for Musical Theater!

Acting with Masks - CANCELLED

For ages 11-15. Masks have been used in theater for thousands of years. Come and learn the art of acting without using your face! In this class, students will be making their own masks, creating characters and performing using their body more than their faces, incorporating masks as a part of their performance.

Unfortunately, Acting with Masks has been cancelled.

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!

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

Stage Combat

Learn to punch, kick, slap, choke and fall taught by a SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) advanced actor-combatant. This active workshop will teach actors to safely perform a variety of combat techniques for the stage.

Wednesdays (of course)

Youth (ages 11-16): 4:30-7:30 p.m. on January 27

Adults (17+): 5:30-8:30 p.m. on February 10

Tuition: $15 per class

Register for Stage Combat

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

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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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

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Brown, Kirk
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Hamilton, Rachel
Supervisor of Theater Division

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