ARTS & EDUCATION CENTER

We love creating theatre magic with our performers and bringing that magic to the community. Now, we are excited to broaden our offerings by adding classes and other opportunities for area children, teens and adults. Currently, we are registering students for group and private classes and lessons. Please browse through our offerings to see what might interest you. Our pre-fall session begins August 16; the session lasts five weeks. 

Currently, masks are worn at the discretion of parents. Frequent hand washing is encouraged. Cleaning stations, as well as hand sanitizers, are located in each classroom. Surfaces are cleaned in between classes. 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.

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cURRENT Class offerings

FOLK TAILS

Join us for this workshop that Introduce kiddos to fables from around the world. Children will learn theatre terminology and directions as they prepare for this animal-filled play. This is an ideal production for younger children or those new to theater. This educational workshop ends with a production of Folk Tails.

Ages 7 to 11 years old (Under 7 will be considered if they are able to read)

Offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays

Director: Kalen Churcher

$150 BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER.

Contact the theatre at info@actouttheatre.com for more information or to register

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MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

Our summer Musical Theatre Classes are open to all ages and provide participants with an opportunity to begin to learn -- and enhance their -- musical theatre performance skills. Participants will work on both solo and group numbers as they work on performing stories through song. Participants will learn basics of reading music and also focus on how to handle nervousness when performing.

 

These classes are designed to be repeated. 

 

All ages

Offered from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays 

Instructors: Kalen Churcher & Dan Pittman

$100 per 5-week session. 

Contact the theatre at info@actouttheatre.com for more information or to register

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ACTING CLASSES

Our summer Acting Classes are open to all ages and provide participants of various skill levels to work together and learn from each other.

Participants will learn about basic character development, as well as how to become a character without

using costumes or props. In addition, we will use monologues and scenes to work on voice projection, enunciation and pronunciation. These classes are unique every session and are designed to be repeated. 

 

All ages

Offered from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays

Instructor: Dan Pittman & Kalen Churcher

$100 per 5-week session.

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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TEEN DRAG CAMP

Some of the best drag performers in the area will be walking our participants through the basics of what they need to do drag.

Led by JUSTICE TWIST, the performers will lead the group through choosing a song, make up, costuming, performance and stage presence. The 5-week session culminates in a drag performance with the mentors and the workshop participants.

Spots are limited! So register fast. The 5-week session costs $130 and includes a basic makeup kit. Camp is $100 for those repeating and who have their kit.

These classes are unique every session and are designed to be repeated. 

 

Ages 12 through high school senior.

Offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays

Instructor: Justice Twist

$130 per 5-week session ($100 for repeat participants)

Contact the theatre at info@actouttheatre.com for more information or to register.

PRIVATE LESSONS

In addition to group classes, we currently offer private lessons in:

  • Dance

  • Theatre

  • Audition Prep

  • Music

  • Vocal Performance

  • ...and more!

Contact the theatre at info@actouttheatre.com for more information.​

WHO WE ARE

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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 Larry in Boys in the Band at Act Out Theatre Group. In Summer 2019, 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, Dan most recently directed Give My Regards to Broadway. He is a former recipient of the NEPA Business Journal's 20 Under 40 and was also a nominee for Cultural Ambassador of the Year in 2020. 

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 All in This Together gala.

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 and 2021. Both 2017 and 2019 workshops were nominated for NEPTAs. She most recently directed Steel Magnolias (Drag Edition), The Wizard of Oz, and Snow White. She is looking forward to the Fall 2022 Season! 

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.

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JUSTICE TWIST VALENTINE is a non binary drag king currently residing in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Justice is best known for their obsession with glitter, over the top costumes, quirky numbers and live vocals. They are the 2019/2020 MR NEPA. PRIDEFEST, Mr. Pottsville Pride 2021, Lebanon Grand Divo 2021, and the current Mr. Queen of Beauty Pennsylvania 2021.

 

When not performing, they can be found costume designing and doing photography. Outside of drag, They sit on the NEPA PRIDE scholarship committee and are the arts and entertainment co-chair for QUEER NEPA.

At Act Out, Justice most recently appeared as Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Drag Edition). They also played the role of Havarti in Wine, Cheese and Murder in January 2022.