Performing Arts Classes

Children's acting classes - Towngate Theatre

Oglebay Institute’s Performing Arts Department offers a series of youth theater classes each semester. Classes explore character development, stage presence & movement and voice control in a grade level based progressive format. The youth theater program is the perfect supplement to classroom teaching, allowing young thespians to hone their skills outside of school in a real theater environment.


COVID-19 Safety Precautions:

Those entering OI facilities should expect the following:

  • Masks will be required or recommended to coincide with current state & CDC guidelines.
  • Temperatures may be checked upon entering.
  • A short health screening questionnaire may be required.
  • Class sizes and seating will be limited to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

Acting Is Believing
Explore the basics of acting. Exercises in improvisation, character development, voice & movement help students find truthfulness in acting. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 3-5
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$85/$75 OI members

Becoming the Character
An introductory look at methods of acting in order to properly develop characters for the stage. The ideal class for beginning actors who want to take their craft to the next level and truly become one with the role they are portraying. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-9
Meets: Saturdays, Noon-1pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): P.D. Gregg

$85/$75 OI members

Theatrical Play
Begin to explore the natural creativity, unique talents and potential children possess in an exciting and challenging form of play. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 1-2
Meets: Saturdays, 10-11am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$85/$75 OI members

Why Are They Wearing That?
In this hands-on class, students will learn the important role that costumes play in the theater by exploring costumes from different time periods and by designing and creating a variety of costume styles from start to finish. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 5-8
Meets: Saturdays, 1-2pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 19
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Dave Henderson

$85/$75 OI members