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Fall 2017 Classes

Preparing Students to Perform Like Professionals

Fall 2017 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. The Mini class will culminate in a presentation of Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs (a mashup) while the Master class will culminate in The Classic Case of the Missing Slipper.

Mini Class (Grades 1–3) & Master Class (Grades 4–5)
Tuesdays, September 5–October 24, 4:30–6:00pm

Budding Broadway Class (Grades 1–5)
Mondays, September 11–October 30, 4:30–6:00pm

Tuition: $200 per Session*

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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 11–October 30, 5:30–7:30pm
Tuition: $200 per Session*

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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 18–October 23, 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 (Director of Education)  is thrilled to enter her 7th 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: I and You and “Master Harold” …And the Boys (Aurora), Equivocation (Shakespeare Tavern), 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, Oliver, and the fam!
Renita James (Education Coordinator) is a proud member of the graduate class of Appco 2013. It was during that year that she furthered her love of educational theatre while performing in Unnecessary Monsters and teaching several classes and workshops. Upon completion of the apprenticeship she went on to perform at Stone Mountain Park, Stage Door Players, and Peach State Summer Theatre. She spent time performing and teaching in a variety of settings, including an educational tour with the National Theatre for Children and a starring role in FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life. Most recently, Renita was a Teaching Artist Fellow with Metro Theater Company in St. Louis. In this fellowship, she taught theatre in residencies and school-based classes, as well as developed and performed in a Theatre for the Very Young piece. Her work focused on using arts integration to address social justice issues and to build community.
Gabriella Anderson (Mini Class) is a graduate of Auburn University where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre and went on to complete the apprenticeship at the Shakespeare Tavern, where she works as an actress and a teacher. This winter she’ll be reprising her role as The Littlest Christmas Tree at Stone Mountain for the holiday season!
Julia Steudle (Master Class Teacher) is thrilled to join Aurora Academy this fall for their 4th and 5th grade master class! She moved down from Michigan in August of 2016, and completed her apprenticeship with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company in May of 2017. In Michigan, she worked with the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company as well as ran her own princess events business called Enchanted Princess Parties by Julia. On top of that, she taught reader’s theatre and etiquette lessons with a summer program called WINGS run through the local community college for five years. Upon moving to Atlanta, she has been a teaching artist for the Shakespeare Tavern and for Forefront Arts. “Working with children is such a fulfilling role, and I am so grateful for the opportunity!”
Cody Russell (Budding Broadway Instructor) is a proud alumni of Aurora’s 2017 Apprentice Company. Recent credits include: Aurora Academy’s  Musical Mashup camp, All star Camp, The Wiz, Lion King Jr., and Aurora Theatre’s  touring holiday performance Reindeer Games. SMTE’s Wizard of OzHairspray, Joseph… Dream Coat, Beauty and the Beast, and Damn Yankees (assist Mus Dir). When not teaching you may find him hamming it up on stage performing (perhaps you’ve seen some of his more recent work here at Aurora or singing with the Atlanta Opera) or hiding backstage designing props for theaters all over the metro Atlanta area.
Julie Skrzypek (Acting Edge Instructor) is an Atlanta-based Collaborator, Director, Producer and Stage Manager. She holds a B.A in Performing Arts from Clayton State University. Julie has directed at Synchronicity Theatre, Dallas Theatre, Essential Theatre, Academy Theatre, The Seedling Project, Emory University, and Clayton State University as well as partnered and stage managed with many Atlanta Theatre’s along with Flying Carpet Theatre (New York), MAPP International (LA) and Chez Bushwick (New York). Julie is also a new and proud Artistic Director of Theatre Buford and Producer for the Weird Sisters Theatre Project. Currently, she is embarking on a world tour with Jonah Bokaer, Daniel Arsham, and Pharrell Williams’s Rules Of the Game which is co-commissioned by SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, BAM, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, with major presentation support at La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon and the Brisbane Festival, Australia. Look for her next Directing Vivian at The Lyric, A Little Room with a View at Onion Man or Heidi at Synchronicity!