ETC's Education Programming Supported by Virginia Castagnola-Hunter, The Towbes Foundation, John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington, The Leni Fund and Sara Miller McCune.
Summer 2020 Programs at a Glance
This two-week workshop offers middle school students ages 9-14 the chance to expand their performance skills by exposing them to the fundamentals of acting, singing and dancing. Perfect for students new to the stage or those looking for a challenge, this training program encourages risk-taking and growth with nurturing guidance from theater professionals. Individual attention, ensemble building, character development and improvisation exercises are used to enhance creative expression, positive self-image and confidence. The camp runs Monday through Friday and culminates with a showcase of the students work.
Dates and Times: June 22 - July 3, 2020 Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Performance: Friday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m.
The Acting Intensive
This 2-week course offers aspiring actors comprehensive performance training normally reserved for collegiate students. With a curriculum that focuses on principles of acting, movement, voice, improv, and vocal performance training, the Acting Intensive is a fun and challenging program for aspiring artists ages 14-19 with a passion for delving deeper into the craft of theater! This course will culminate with a showcase of student’s work for family and friends.
Dates and Times: July 6 - 17, 2020, Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Performance: Friday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Musical Theater Performance Workshop:
Production: Hello! My Baby
Students ages 13-19 are selected by audition for this four-week intensive training and performance program. Under the leadership of award-winning actor/director Brian McDonald and a faculty of professional teaching artists, participants are immersed in musical theatre training which includes advanced performance skills and techniques in voice, dance and acting. The workshop culminates with fully-produced performances of Hello! My Baby on the stage at the New Vic.
Dates and Times: July 20 - August 16, 2020, Monday through Friday (with some Saturdays) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Performances: August 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. / August 15 and 16 at 2:00 p.m.
ETC Educational Outreach Mission Statement
Our mission at ETC is to provide educational opportunities that will deepen the relationship with our community, our existing patrons and encourage both adult and youth audiences to attend the productions, with a heightened awareness, passion and understanding of the theatrical process, the artistic process as well as the issues presented by the work. In this way, we hope to enhance the current work on our stage and position the institution as essential to the cultural and social well being of the Santa Barbara community, our schools and the American theatre.
It is important to us that our educational endeavor, through classes and outreach programming, finds a way to maintain a connection to the practices of the past, drawing on them, creating in the present, while structuring a vision for the artistic educational road ahead, with truth and fervor.