Education Program

Youth and Adult Classes
Spring | Summer | Fall

Registration for Fall classes opens AUGUST 1. Register by September 1 to receive a 10% discount off tuition!

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The program is designed for youth and adults interested in learning the fundamentals of theatre and nurturing existing talent to become active members of the theatre community.

Limited partial and full scholarships are available for families with children unable to cover the costs associated with attending youth classes. Harlequin is committed to strengthening the foundation of artistic education by creating artistic opportunities for the community as well as the next generation of actors interested in pursuing a career in theatre.
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Youth Acting • Grades 3 – 5
Learn to make a muppet-style hand puppet!  Students will design and create their own puppets and then develop a puppet show performance to share with family and friends.
Fall: October 8 – November 7, 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6pm
Cost: $400 for 5 weeks
Teacher: Amy Shephard
Amy loves everything and anything theater. She has been performing and teaching theater to young people in the greater Olympia area over 6 years. Amy received her bachelors with a focus in performance from the Evergreen State College in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in Applied Theater from the University of Exeter in 2012 and is working on a Masters in Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management. You may have seen Amy on the Harlequin Stage as she is a veteran actor and choreographer of 10 shows! Her favorite theater subjects to teach are choreography, verbatim theater, and musical theater.
Teen Acting • Grades 6 – 8
Improv Comedy
This class will focus on letting go of fear and having fun on stage without a script. Expect plenty of hilarious improv games as well as exercises developing fundamentals in long-form scene work. No improv experience necessary!
Fall: October 7 – November 6, 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-6pm
Cost: $400 for 5 weeks
Teacher: Mark Alford
Mark has been performing and teaching improv for more than 14 years. A graduate of the Unexpected Productions School of Improv, Mark has founded multiple performance troupes, including Something Wicked and The Olympia Improv Collective, and performed improv in Olympia, Seattle, Los Angeles, NYC, and along the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit.
Acting for Adults • Ages 18+
Adult Acting
This class will explore our ability to tell stories via a variety of techniques including but not limited to concentration, trust and support, impulses, listening and script analysis. It will culminate in either monologue or scene work.
Fall: October 14 – November 4, 2019
Mondays, 7-9pm
Cost: $200 for 4 weeks
Teacher: Brian Tyrrell
Brian Tyrrell retired from Centralia College in 2016 after stewarding the theatre program there for 25 years. In that span, he taught acting, dramatic literature, Shakespeare, playwriting, and introduction to theatre. He also directed and/or produced 96 productions. Post-retirement he taught, directed and produced theatre at St. Martin’s University for two years. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion for service to the Northwest Drama Conference. For the past ten summers, he has taught acting at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. Beyond academia, his directing credits include productions at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Olympia Family Theatre, Capital Playhouse, and The Rainmaker and Rabbit Hole at Harlequin Productions. Since 1987 he has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.