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What distinguishes Aurora Theatre Academy from other drama classes is that students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional theatre, and their instructors are working professionals with years of real-world theatrical experience. In addition to receiving training to be a winner on stage, students build confidence, communication, and life skills that will be a valuable part of their bright futures.


We’ve got classes for ages 3-103, covering a variety of topics and interests. Your student will LOVE their time at Aurora!


 

Aurora Theatre Academy Classes

What distinguishes Aurora Theatre Academy from other drama classes is that students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional theatre, and their instructors are working professionals with years of real-world theatrical experience. In addition to receiving training to be a winner on stage, students build confidence, communication, and life skills that will be a valuable part of their bright futures.

Before and After Care options are available. Just contact our Education Director, Jasmine Renee Ellis at Jasmine@auroratheatre.com

We’ve got classes for ages 3-103, covering various topics and interests. Your student will LOVE their time at Aurora! Classes fill quickly, register today!

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Field Trips


Aurora Theatre’s Learning Library Series features fully-staged professional productions for elementary school students performed on the Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage on weekday mornings. These shows contains multiple direct connections to the AKS, come complete with an extensive Study Guide, and are mindful of Gwinnett County Schools bus schedules.

We also welcome field trips to any of our Signature Series offerings. We have matinee performances of each of them and are happy to work with your school or group to give them an amazing live arts experience. Email fieldtrips@auroratheatre.com to plan your trip today! 


See what 12,000 Gwinnett County School Children and their teachers are already raving about!

“My students really enjoyed the play! What a wonderful job you all did. I can’t wait to take my family to a play at Aurora!” – Mrs. Millard (Teacher, Walnut Grove Elementary)

“My kids from the youngest to the oldest all got something out of it!  We talked about the characters playing multiple roles, about how much they practice, about what a stage manager does… I love the Aurora Theatre and all you do for the kids in the community!” – Tricia Williams (Home School Parent/Teacher)

Summer Children’s Playhouse Lineup 2024

Summer fun is guaranteed at Aurora Children’s Playhouse! 

 

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Aurora Theatre Signature Series Field Trips

Aurora Theatre Season 29 Signature Series

Wednesday Matinees at 10AM


Our Season 29 features Broadway-caliber musicals, thought-provoking plays, and timeless holiday magic— with twists of unexpected brilliance and heart-warming humanity. While this will be one of the best seasons in Aurora history, we want to ensure that everything we do is built to support the next generation of theatergoers. So all over our Signature Shows will have Weekday Matinee Field Trip opportunities throughout the run.

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DINO-LIGHT

DINO-LIGHT seamlessly integrates technology, puppetry, and dance into a mesmerizing spectacle. This captivating journey, honored with the esteemed Jim Henson Foundation Grant, follows the tale of a scientist with magical powers who brings a dinosaur to life! When the dinosaur wanders from home, he discovers a wonderful world of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love.

 

 

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Miss Nelson is Missing

Field Trip Opportunity – January 11 – February 2, 2025

10am and 11:45am


Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school. Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way and uncontrollable children send gentle, long-suffering Miss Nelson over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson goes missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a no-nonsense substitute who assigns piles of homework! The students learn lessons of appreciation and respect as they set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson … but will they ever get her back?

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Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart

JACKIE ROBINSON: A GAME APART is a powerful lesson of courage through dedication, perseverance, and leadership. Award -winning playwright and performer Mike Wiley gives students a glimpse of life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, and the real person behind the legend.

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Intern at Aurora


We love interns! They can get hands-on experience in any of our departments.

If you love theatre and are interested in learning and working alongside us, please reach out to education@auroratheatre.com.


Audio Assistant: Training with Audio Engineer, training and hands on experience with wireless microphone system, experience working in live performance event environment. Additional audio training available for interested candidates.

Wardrobe Assistant: Training with Wardrobe Supervisor, opportunities to learn alterations, costume care, and experience working backstage in a live performance environment. Additional wig care and styling, and costume construction training are available for interested candidates.

Lightboard Operator: Training from Head Electrician on theatrical lighting instruments, and lighting console. Hands-on experience with operational tests for smart lighting fixtures, and with operating console in a live performance environment. Additional training with electrics and light hang and focus available for interested candidates.

Props Assistant: Training with Props Designer on property construction, purchasing, and tracking. Hands-on experience with creating unique properties, and property repair and maintenance.

Teaching assistant Intern: Lead warmups and games/exercises in the classroom. Utilizing time and classroom management. Create content and a safe space for young talent. Develop scripts and performances. Act as a stagehand or board operator as needed.

Box Office Intern: Use Tessitura to perform ticket sales and record patron information.  Communicate effectively with patrons via walk-up, phone, and email for general inquiries and to sell tickets. Keep up to date on all productions, programming, and season subscription packages at the Aurora Theatre and Lawrenceville Arts Center.

Costume Intern: Work with designer, apprentice, and/or wardrobe supervisor to build and create costumes/pieces for productions. Interns may work during ongoing live performances. Perfect for those with an interest in fashion, costumes, and sewing.

Front of House Intern: Greet Patron Walkups. Distribute Will Call tickets, and sell tickets with knowledge and confidence. Work with volunteer ushers.

Tech Theatre Intern: Learn hands-on skills in technical theatre production. Assist professional carpenters and electricians in the construction and installation of theatrical scenery, sound, and lighting. Excellent introduction to technical skills for those interested in working in theatrical, concert, film/tv production.

Scenic Artist Intern: Get hands-on skills as a scenic artist. Work with professionals in the execution of professional designs and learn different painting techniques.

Music Intern: Assist the resident Music Director to create, develop, arrange, transpose, and compose music for concerts, cabarets, and full musical productions and performances. Work with music software. File and sort music compositions. Observe band rehearsals, job shadow in the orchestra during live performances. Students with advanced skills may get to play in the orchestra pit during live ongoing performances.

 

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Teen Nation



Aurora Teen Nation

Aurora Teen Nation is a program for teens interested in the arts!  All students ages 13-18 are welcome to join. They will be invited to special events just for them, and learn more about the world of professional theatre!

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This program was designed for teens who are craving more exposure to the world of professional theatre.  Aurora Teen Nation will provide:

  • Sneak peek to a preview of each Season Production.
  •      Inside scoop and participation on production development
  • Meetings/ activities with theatre games, thematic conversation, and refreshments.
  • Meet and Greet with Select Cast Members of Subscriber Series shows
  • Safe space to socialize with other Gwinnett teens with a passion for drama!
  • Aurora Academy Discounts
  • Workshops with Creative Professionals
  • Knowledge of Theatre management

Requirements

  • Each applicant must complete the application before review.
  • Each member must be enrolled in an educational institution, school, homeschool program, etc.
  • Volunteer at 2 events per month

**Applications for 2024-2025 will be open  from August 1- September 13, 2024**

Each member can choose to be a apart of one of our two Teen Nation Tracks: Varsity (Dues: $100/yr) or Jr. Varsity (Tuition-Free).

Varsity Teen Nation – $100 Dues per year : SEPTEMBER-APRIL Jr Varsity : Teen Nation (tuition-free)
Ages 13-18 Ages 13-18
  • Required to volunteer 2 events per month
  • 14 workshops taught by professionals
  • Special event invitations
  • Perform in showcase
  • Opportunity to help with show development in costumes/props/ and scenic painting
  • Tech Bagels – watch the tech process for a Subscriber series show

AND MORE…

  • Table Reads of Subscriber series show with Full Cast
  • Designer run of Subscriber series show with Full Cast and Design Team
  • Cast Talkbacks
  • Discounts on select classes and camps
  • Teen nation T-shirt included
  • +16  students can participate in Social Media Takeovers for Aurora Theatre Academy
  • Required to volunteer 2 events per month
  • 7 workshops taught by professionals
  • Tech bagels : watch the tech process for a Subscribers Series show
  • Special Event Invitations
  • Perform in showcase
  • Opportunity to help with show development in costumes/props/ and scenic painting
  • May drop-in Varsity workshops at $10/workshop

Teaching Artists


Private Acting Coaching


One on One Coaching

 

Private Coaching | $25/hr
By Appointment, January- March 2021

For anyone who wants more catered instruction, this is an opportunity to work on any individual pieces.

This is also an excellent opportunity to get additional assistance with audition pieces for school, or any kind of professional audition. Our veteran coaches will guide you so that you feel more confident in your work.

Email education@auroratheatre.com to schedule your private coaching session.

Educational Collaborators


Educational Collaborators

Thank you to our Educational Collaborators. Please support those who make what we do possible.

Georgia Gwinnett College
678.407.5000• www.ggc.edu

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Central Gwinnett High School
770.963.8041 • home.centralgwinnett.net