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Winter 2016 Classes

Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals


Winter 2016 Classes with Professional Training for First Grade to Adult Students

It’s time to reserve a spot for yourself or your child in an Aurora Theatre Academy class. Aurora Theatre Academy intensives are for all ages! We have our traditional programs for grades 112, as well as an Adult Acting Class! Aurora Theatre, the only professional theatre in Gwinnett County, is the ideal place to study the arts. What distinguishes Aurora Theatre Academy from other theatre programs is that students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional theatre, and the instructors are working professionals with years of real-world theatrical experience. Aurora Theatre Director of Education, Jaclyn Hofmann, has put together an incredible team of teaching professionals, who you may have spotted on stage around Atlanta or on screen anywhere from Georgia Lottery commercials to HBO! In addition to receiving training to be a winner onstage, students build confidence, communication and life skills that will be a valuable part of their bright futures.

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Mini, Master & Budding Broadway Classes

Classes for Elementary School Students Grades 1–5

These classes give students the opportunity to learn what it takes to put on a play. Students will be provided with valuable stage experience, while encouraging teamwork and collaboration with peers. The experience instills a sense of self-confidence in our students. They will be active participants in creating portions of the sets, costumes, and props for these exciting, whirlwind productions presented to family and friends.

In the Budding Broadway Class students will learn the fundamentals of Musical Theatre and how to tell a clear story while singing. In the Mini & Master Classes students will focus on Acting Technique through rehearsing a short play based on a fairy tale.

Mini Class (Grades 1–3) & Master Class (Grades 4–5)
Plays: Goldie and the 3 Bears (Grades 1–3) & Little Red Riding Hoodie! (Grades 4–5)
Tuesdays, February 2–March 22, 4:30–6:00pm

Budding Broadway Class (Grades 1–5)
Mondays, February 1–March 21, 4:30–6:00pm

Tuition: $200 per Session*


Aurora Theatre Academy Acting Edge Middle School Class PhotoActing Edge Class

Classes for Middle and High School Students Grades 6–12

Teens, take the drama out of your life and put it where it belongs—on stage! Through a series of theatre games, exercises, and exploration, the class will become an ensemble of players rehearsing a collection of scenes to be performed for friends and family.

Mondays, February 1–March 21, 5:30–7:30pm

Tuition: $200 per Session*


Aurora Theatre Academy Adult Acting Class PhotoAdult Acting Class

Classes for 18 and up

If you have ever wanted to act or maybe just feel more comfortable in front of an audience, it’s not too late for you to make the leap. In the Aurora Theatre Academy Adult Acting Class, learn the craft and technique of acting used by the professionals. Work on skills like cold readings, monologue delivery, auditioning with confidence and learn how to succeed in the business of show business.

Mondays, February 8–March 14, 7:30–9:30pm

Tuition: $200 per Session*


*There is a one time New Student Registration Fee of $25. A discount is available for students taking multiple sessions or for families
with multiple students. Pre-booking guarantees your spot in one of our classes. Enrollment in each class is limited to 15 students.
All class payments are non-refundable.


Instructor Bios

jaclyn_hofmann Jaclyn Hofmann (Director of Education) is thrilled to enter her 5th Season as Director of Education at Aurora Theatre!  She is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College and a proud co-founder of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project. Representative Directing Credits include: The Explorer’s Club (Aurora), Homers (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), StinkyKids the Musical (Aurora and Synchronicity), Late: A Cowboy Song (Weird Sisters Theatre Project), Unnecessary Monsters (Aurora, Suzi Bass TYA Winner 2013), and Letters to Sala (Stage Door Players & Company J). As an actor some favorite credits include: Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Tavern), The 12 Dates of Christmas (Aurora), 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Anton in Show Business (Weird Sisters). Always thankful to Anthony, Ann-Carol, and the awesome Aurora Staff. Love to Nick, Leia, and the fam!
Katie Causey (Adult Acting Instructor) is an actor, comedian and educator living in Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Theatre and English and was a member of the very first Apprenticeship Program at Aurora Theatre. Katie teaches acting, improvisation and on camera classes at Aurora Theatre, Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. She is also the host for Aurora Comedy Nights, the monthly stand-up series at Aurora Theatre. Katie acts on stage and on screen in the Atlanta area and she loves improvising with her troupe, BANSHEE Improv. www.KatieCausey.com
Chelcy Cutwright (Mini Class Instructor) graduated from the American Musical Dramatic Academy. She then joined the acting apprentice program here at Aurora Theatre. As a teaching artist she has taught elementary children for after school and summer programs. Her theatre credits include Mary Poppins, Clybourne Park (u/s) and The Three Little Pigs with Aurora and A Night of Twisted Tales with The Weird Sisters Theatre Project. She was last seen as Marie Voodeaux with The Lawrenceville Ghost Tour. Chelcy is beyond thrilled to be an official teaching artist at Aurora!
jessica_demaria Jessica De Maria (Budding Broadway Acting Instructor) is always happy to teach at her Education Home, Aurora Theatre! Jessica also serves as the Development Manager at Actor’s Express and is a Teaching Artist there and with the Center for Puppetry Arts. Jessica’s acting credits include: Actor’s Express: Sweeney Todd, Murder Ballad. Atlanta: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Stage Door Players), Damn Yankees (Atlanta Lyric Theatre)The Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens (Alliance Theatre), Mary Poppins, Les Misérables (Aurora Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Last Time We Were Here (New York Musical Theatre Festival 2015, written and performed with Jeremiah Parker Hobbs). After Sweeney Todd, Jessica will be appearing in The Light in the Piazza at Theatrical Outfit. Jessica has also appeared with Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Synchronicity and Pinch ‘N’ Ouch and is a graduate of Oglethorpe University.
matthew_jones_2016 Dr. Matthew Jones (Budding Broadway Music Instructor) has more than 15 years working as a vocal coach, accompanist, and musical director for musical theater and cabaret settings in Georgia, Virginia, and New York. Most recently, he directed The Last Five Years at Town & Gown in Athens, where he also teaches at the University of Georgia. He has also served as musical director/vocal coach for productions of Les Misérables, Sweeny Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and The Little Mermaid. In 2014, he received a doctoral degree in musicology from The University of Virginia and is currently working on a book about music and social justice movements in the US.
jenny_lamourt Jenny Lamourt (Acting Edge Instructor) is thrilled to return to Aurora as an education artist! She has directed a middle school summer program and fall classes at Aurora. She has also worked with all age ranges from toddlers to high school students with The Atlanta Shakespeare Company. She has been an Atlanta actor for four years appearing on stage with The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and more! Before that she received her BFA in Acting at Wright State University.
Jennifer Owens (Master Class Instructor) is a graduate of Brenau University where she received her BFA in Acting. After her recent experience working with other talented Aurora Academy teachers she is thrilled to be a part of the team once again this Winter. Some of her acting credits include: Camelot (Aurora), Sense and Sensibility (Gainesville Theatre Alliance), Guys and Dolls (Gainesville Theatre Alliance), and The Secret Garden (Encore Theatre Guild).