ARTS & EDUCATION CENTER

Our road is under major construction!

For the safety of our participants, we have pushed back the opening of classes until early-November. Stay tuned for more information!

We love creating theatre magic with our performers and bringing that magic to the community. And now, we are excited to broaden our offerings by adding classes and other opportunities for children, teens and adults in the area. Currently, we are registering students for group and private classes and lessons. Please browse through our offerings to see what might be of interest to you. For Fall 2020, we are operating with a limited schedule and keeping classes extra small. But keep checking back; we plan to expand our offerings once it is safe to do so.

Masks are worn inside, temperature check are administered upon entering, and frequent hand washing is encouraged. Cleaning stations, as well as hand sanitizers, are located in each classroom, as are table dividers. Parents are discouraged from waiting inside the facility at this current time but are welcome to tour the facility and meet our instructors.

If you have any specific questions about classes/lessons or how Act Out Theatre Group LLC is working to minimize exposure to COVID-19, please email Dan Pittman, artistic director, at actouttheatre1@gmail.com.

class offerings

ART with OLIVIA

Beginner. The only requirements for this class are interest and creativity. Learn the basics of drawing, as well as a variety of techniques. Students will create several projects throughout the six-week session.

All supplies are included in the cost of the classes. Each art class is unique; ART with MATT can be taken in addition to this class for those looking for twice weekly art activities. 

Olivia offers group classes for children, teens and adults. Register here.

IMPROV with NAOMI

Beginner. Students will learn to think on their feet through improv games and other exercises.

Improv is not only important for acting purposes, but it teaches students how to communicate face-to-face in a host of situations. It also helps to heighten our sense of awareness, articulation and self confidence.

Naomi offers group improv classes for 7 to 10 year olds. Register here.

THEATRE BUNDLE with KALEN

For 5 to 8 year olds. Do you know someone who loves to perform? This bundle is a fantastic way for our youngest students to explore a variety of performance opportunities. Students will cover music, singing, theatre, dance, and of course, theatre games and crafts.

Each theatre bundle is unique; THEATRE BUNDLE with NAOMI can be taken in addition to this class for those looking for twice weekly bundle activities.  Register here.

THEATRE BUNDLE with NAOMI

For 5 to 8 year olds. Do you know someone who loves to perform? This bundle is a fantastic way for our youngest students to explore a variety of performance opportunities. Students will cover music, singing, theatre, dance, and of course, theatre games and crafts.

Each theatre bundle is unique; THEATRE BUNDLE with KALEN can be taken in addition to this class for those looking for twice weekly bundle activities.  Register here.

IMPROV with DAN

Beginner/Intermediate. Students will learn to think on their feet through improv games and other exercises.

Improv is not only important for acting purposes, but it teaches students how to communicate face-to-face in a host of situations. It also helps to heighten our sense of awareness, articulation and self confidence.

Dan offers group improv classes for three age ranges including adults. Register here.

MUSIC with KALEN

Beginner. Learn a new language as we explore how to read and interpret music while being introduced to a variety of instruments.

This class is also designed to better prepare students for instrument and/or voice lessons.

Kalen offers group classes for two age groups: 7 to 11 years old and 12 to 14 years old. Interested older students may contact the theatre for options. Register here.

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE with DAN

Beginner/Intermediate. Who's ready for Broadway?

Musical theatre dance stems from -- and celebrates -- the diversity of Broadway. Learn elements of ballet, tap and jazz as you interpret the music from some well known (and lesser known) musicals from today and yesterday.

Dan offers group classes for two age groups: 8 to 11 years old and 12 to 15 years old. Register here.

PRIVATE LESSONS

In addition to group classes, we offer a variety of private lessons in:

  • Voice

  • Guitar

  • Drums

  • Bass

  • Theatre

  • Audition Prep

  • Music

  • Vocal Performance

  • ...and more!

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information.​

WHO WE ARE

DAN PITTMAN is the owner and artistic director of Act Out Theatre Group LLC. He has a bachelor's degree in musical theatre from DeSales University, and is a NEPTA nominated choreographer and accomplished director, and performer. He has worked at a number of community theatres throughout Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and has also served as a substitute teacher in Luzerne, Franklin and New Cumberland counties.

Although Dan spends most of his time directing and choreographing, he was most recently on stage as Candy in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at Act Out Theatre Group. Last summer, he was an ensemble/dance ensemble member of Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre's production of Beauty and the Beast. He also ran the 2017 and 2019 children and teen summer workshops at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville. His 2019 workshops at the Music Box were both nominated for NEPTA awards.

At Act Out, he most recently directed and choreographed Peter Pan. Currently, he is directing Children of Eden, a (10-18 years old) musical. This winter, he was named one of the NEPA Business Journal's 20 Under 40 and is also a nominee for Cultural Ambassador of the Year. 

KALEN CHURCHER has been active in community theatre since 2014 as an actor and production staff. She is the primary costumer for Act Out Theatre Group LLC. and can most often be found directing the theatre's youngest actors and actresses. She most recently performed in Act Out Theatre's production of The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, as Mrs. Boyle, and directed Guys and Dolls Jr. at Act Out.

When she is not part of the production staff, Kalen enjoys performing and most recently performed as Madam de la Grande Bouche (aka the operatic Wardrobe) in Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre's 2019 production of Beauty and the Beast. She also ran Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre's summer theatre workshop in 2017 and 2019, as well as its online workshop in 2020. Both 2017 and 2019 workshops were nominated for NEPTAs.  She is currently directing The Boys in the Band (an adult production) and music directing and costuming Children of Eden at Act Out Theatre Group.

Kalen received her PhD in mass communications from Penn State University. She is a professor at Wilkes University and teaches courses in public speaking, multimedia journalism, public relations, media law and cultural studies.

OLIVIA BUTKIEWICZ is a local artist and co-chair of the Art Committee of Queer NEPA. She has her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Lock Haven University and her Master’s in Illustration/Sequential Art from Marywood University.

 

Olivia has shown for various First Friday walks in Scranton, as well has shown for RAW Artists both in Philadelphia and New York City. She has presented her thesis at Wilkes University’s Women and Gender Conference and Bloomsburg University’s Mid-Atlantic LGBTQ Conference in regards to independent comics and their role in society.

 

She also provides design work for WVW Aquatic Club since 2009 and most recently designed the pride shirts at Target in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

NAOMI MUENNICH is known for her energy and creativity that she brings both on and back stage. She loves working, teaching and communicating with children about the arts and its importance.

 

She is from Anchorage, Alaska, where she has participated with different theatre groups there. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Theatre with a minor in Music from Clarks Summit University, where she performed on stage throughout her college career. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in the future.

 

Her work credits include: teaching, acting, and costuming for The Alaska Theatre of Youth and Interning, stage managing, and box office for Cyrano’s Theatre Company. She has recently costumed No Opry at the Opera House Tonight (Fall 2019) and Remember My Name (Spring 2020) for Clarks Summit University as an alumna. Teaching theatre and music is one of Naomi’s passions and she can’t wait for the opportunities to come!

© 2017 by ACT OUT THEATRE GROUP, LLC

150 E. Grove St.

Suite #7

Dunmore, Pa. 18510

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