Grades 9-12

Teen Acting

Explore what it means to be an actor! Exercises in concentration, imagination, relationships, and awareness form the basis of this pre-professional acting course. Students will use games, activities, and short scenes to develop their understanding of the essential building blocks of the actor’s craft. Some memorization required. All experience levels are welcome.

Class Begins

September 23, 2023

Your instructor

Karen McDonald

A professional actor for over three decades, Karen has performed in major theatres across North America, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

In New York: Funny Girl, Othello, Those Were The Days, and Tap Your Troubles Away. In Toronto: Fiddler on the Roof, Mame, 42nd St., Singin' in the Rain, and Hello Dolly. Regional Theatres: Studio Arena, Alleyway, Forbes, Dominion Rep, Theatre Orangeville, Capitol Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Red Barn Theatre, Rainbow Stage, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Stage West, Show Boat, Bristol Valley Playhouse, and STC.

She has taught in performing arts schools for twenty years and has been a teaching artist in public schools in Toronto, Western New York, and the Bronx. She has written for as well as directed and choreographed shows with disabled artists. Her plays have been produced in Canada and the United States, most notably her one woman show "Up In A Balloon" which premiered at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan and subsequently played at Cape May Stage and Dominion Rep.

A proud member of Actor's Equity, ACTRA, and the Dramatists Guild, Karen is the first recipient of the Senator Dale Vulcar Award for Excellence in the Arts.


Classes meet at the Alleyway Theatre and will be held in one of our classrooms or rehearsal halls. Your instructor will let you know where to meet on the first day and what to bring.

Sept 23 - Nov 11, 2023

Saturdays 10am-Noon