Students learn the basics of theatre terminology, as well as understanding the basic concepts of acting. All instruction is based in the theories of Sanford Meisner, and focuses on the reality of doing, text analysis and character development. Other teaching theories and teachers are explored in order to give the student a working knowledge of a number of acting concepts. Classes learn about improvisation, basic voice and speech techniques, and warm ups and theatre games.
In the advanced level, students can take part in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest, and work on the vital skills and repertoire necessary to gain entry to the top college and university theatre programs.