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Drama at BAX emphasizes face, body, and voice work through creative play, including improvisational games, embodied storytelling, devising as an ensemble and performance.

Drama/Theater Classes

Drama Rama I
(Ages 5-6)
In this playful setting, young students enjoy creative play, imagination, and the process of working collectively. Students explore their bodies by experimenting with different shapes, sizes, and levels and explore emotionality through embodied story-telling, dynamic facial expressions, and physical transformations. Each class, students work in partnership and/or as an ensemble through mirroring games, breathing exercises, and group devising and reflection. Performance helps to build a sense of teamwork, taking turns, and harnessing individual energy for group fun.View Schedule & Register
Drama Rama II
(Ages 6-8)
Building on the Drama Rama I class experience, students continue to experiment physical and vocal exercises through focused play. Students expand their improvisational skills to include more pantomime, confident vocal projection and articulation, prop and costume fun, and amplified gestures. Through short ongoing projects, students work together to create original and adapted scenes through improvisation, which they rehearse and perform. Working in an ensemble capacity, students engage in active listening, reflection, and creative problem solving. View Schedule & Register
Physical Theater I
(Ages 7-9)
Physical Theater has become an increasing practice in the theater world and is a critical part of actor training. Drawing on tumbling, dance, comedy, and mime traditions, Physical Theater I offers students a playful environment to explore and experiment with characters, imaginative & real scenes, morals/allegories, creative impulses and relationships. Students tell embodied stories and perform theatrical experiments with an emphasis on clarity of voice, expression, physical gestures and scale, and audience awareness. We will ask: What does my character look like? What does my character think about? What does the character want? How does this character work with others? What can we make together? View Schedule & Register
Physical Theater II (Ages 9-12) This class offers a deeper exploration and experimentation with the skills and approaches of Physical Theater I with more of a focus on performance structures. What kind of a story do we want to tell and how can we tell it differently? We will use tableau, dance, group movement, and characterization in the creation of a performance. View Schedule & Register
Writing for Performance
(Ages 10+)
In this class, students will draw on classical and contemporary dramatic texts, performance poetry, musical theater, and improvisational tools to write their own performances. Throughout the creative process, they will experiment with embodied character development using face, voice, and physical expression, as well as reading and discussing different models of dramatic structure, performance poetry, and dramatic song. Each student will write their own short plays, poems, and songs, and will direct and perform each other’s work.View Schedule & Register
Dance, Act, Sing Musical Theater I
(Ages 7-9) & II (Ages 10+)
For the performer who loves to sing and dance! This playful workshop guides students through the three fundamental facets of musical theater: acting, singing, and dancing. In a relaxed and imaginative environment, students explore all three disciplines and rehearse musical numbers, both score and script, from Broadway favorites to original creations. As students advance, they work on character roles, develop scenes, sing songs, and create choreography independently and in small groups.View Schedule & Register
Circus Arts
(Ages 6-9)
Drawing on contemporary circus traditions and props, students work independently and as an ensemble to develop unique circus styles and characters. Students will exercise coordination skills through juggling and object manipulation using such props as diabolos, scarves, and feathers while improving their body awareness and ability to work as part of a team. View Schedule & Register

 Our progression of drama classes culminates in a unique, collaborative, theater-making and performance program for our most motivated senior students (ages 9-18). To learn more about our full-year BAX Theater Company CLICK HERE.