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Fall 2016 Classes

Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals


Fall 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)
Tuesdays, September 13–November 1, 4:30–6:00pm

Budding Broadway Class (Grades 1–5)
Mondays, September 12–November 1, 4:30–6:00pm
Please note there will be no classes on Monday, October 31st to allow for Halloween.  The final class and performance will take place on Tuesday, November 1st.

Tuition: $200 per Session*


Aurora Theatre Academy Acting Edge Middle School Class PhotoActing Edge Class

Classes for Middle School Students Grades 6–8

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, September 12–November 1st, 5:30–7:30pm
Please note there will be no classes on Monday, October 31st to allow for Halloween.  The final class and performance will take place on Tuesday, November 1st.

Tuition: $200 per Session*

Find out more about the High School Series #AllTheSkills here.


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, September 19–October 24, 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!
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!
renita_james Renita James (Budding Broadway Acting Instructor) is excited to be in her first season here with Aurora as education Coordinator. She recently returned to Atlanta from the Saint Louis area where she spent the majority of her time in classrooms teaching theatre arts to students of all ages. Renita is a former apprentice who taught many classes and workshops at Aurora, including the Budding Broadway class. When she isn’t teaching, Renita can also be found performing. Her recent credits include: Say Something Do Something with Metro Theater Company, FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life, At 7 stages, and many seasons spent with Stone Mountain Park. You can catch her this Christmas in 12 Dates, here at Aurora!
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).
Tiffany Porter Tiffany Porter (Adult Acting Instructor) is an Atlanta-based actor originally from North Carolina. She is a proud graduate of The East Carolina School of Theatre and Dance where she holds a BFA in Acting. PIRATES AAAAARRRRGH! Previous Atlanta credits include The Whale at Actor’s Express, Element Pea at Horizon Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at The Shakespeare Tavern and Criminal Hearts at Weird Sisters Theatre Project. She is a Co-founder and Producer with The Weird Sisters Theatre Project producing female-centric works each summer.
Cody Russell (Budding Broadway Music Director) is a graduate of High Point University where he studied Theatre Performance and Music. He recently returned from his second national tour with Windwood Theatricals, performing for deaf and hard of hearing children across the country. Favorite credits include NYC Fringes’s Kriep… (JAK), and High Point University’s world premier of  Love Sick (Mike/Bill).
India Tyree (Acting Edge Instructor) is proud to say she was a member of the 2015-2016 Apprentice Company here at Aurora Theater. After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Theater from Old Dominion University, she moved to Atlanta to further her career and has been seen in shows such as Vanya, Sonya, Masha, and Spike (Nina), and co-productions with Theatrical Outifit, Memphis and In The Heights (Carla). During undergrad, she dove into teaching, assisting many children’s programs and core classes such as improv, voice, scene study and script analysis. India began teaching at Aurora Fall 2015, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge of theater in the years to come.