Movement for Actors

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Movement training, not to be confused with dance training, is an essential part of any actors toolbox. Together as an ensemble, we will learn and grow in our knowledge of finding different ways to express yourself, your characters, and telling stories physically by letting go of your inhibitions and following your impulses. Be ready to explore!


Mondays, November 28th - December 19th 

from 6:30-7:30pm

Designed for anyone with acting experience or who has taken classes with ATY before, our new ongoing series is designed to build on foundational knowledge. Each series will focus on a new component of acting techniques, character development, and theatre movement styles to become better storytellers. We will use a combination of games, exercises, and scene work to practice and deepen our understanding of each new component. 

Wednesdays, November 30th - 
December 21st

from 5:00-6:00pm

Reader's Theatre

Brand new to acting and the wide world of theatre? Step out of your comfort zone to explore the very basics of theatre in an opening and encouraging class environment. Together we will learn how to use our bodies, voices, and imaginations to create characters and tell stories, and promote the confidence needed to do so in front of an audience of our peers. This class serves as a wonderful opportunity to shape the foundation for further acting training. 

Thursdays, December 1-22nd 4:00-5:00pm

Get into the Holiday spirit AND build your acting skills while studying Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. In this class, students will dive into script analysis, character development, and creative costume design while rehearsing a dramatized reading of the classic story. The class will culminate in a Reader’s Theatre style presentation of the play on Tuesday Dec. 20th. 

Tuesdays, November 29th - December 20th

from 6:30-8:00pm 

As a non-profit educational theater, $20 per hourly class is what covers our overhead.

However, we are passionate about our mission of making education affordable and accessible for all. If funds are the only inhibiting factor, please use the code ATY at checkout for a 50% discount, or contact us for a scholarship. In the same breath, if additional funds are available and you would like to sponsor someone else’s classes, please feel free to donate here!

Improv 1

​​Intro to Acting

Designed for anyone with acting experience or who has taken classes with ATY before, our new ongoing series is designed to build on foundational knowledge. Each series will focus on a new component of acting techniques, character development, and theatre movement styles to become better storytellers. We will use a combination of games, exercises, and scene work to practice and deepen our understanding of each new component. 

Mondays, November 28th - December 19th

from 5:15-6:15pm

Acting 1 WEDNESDAY

Freeze! The next building block in our improv series is available for those with any range of theatre experience! We’ll have novices side by side with improv veterans, working as an ensemble in no time to think on their feet, make bold choices, and perfect the art of Yes, And. This class will focus on improv techniques, acting games, and short form Improvisation. 

Wednesdays, December 7th-28th from 5:15-6:15pm

Intro to Improv

ATY is committed to empowering young artists and giving them the tools they need to succeed both in our productions and in the wider Anchorage theatre community.
In order to do this effectively, we are introducing a new class model in which students will take 4 classes in each level before progression to the next. For example: to join Improv 2, students will be asked to take 4 sessions of Improv 1 or have equivalent experience from other institutions. These classes do not need to be taken concurrently to count towards a students' progression.
This model will give instructors more time to teach fundamentals and build our students’ skills as a group, resulting in a more thorough and holistic arts education. Our dream with this tiered class system is to grow with our students, and one day culminate our 4 levels with Alaska Theatre of Youth Troupes, which will have the opportunity to study within their advanced subjects and perform in more challenging shows.

Improv 2

​​FALL 2022 CLASSES

This Intro to Improv class is the perfect choice for beginner improvisers of all ages and skill levels! Together we will work to build confidence, stretch our imaginations, and establish acting basics through short form improv games and exercises. Get ready to “Yes, And!” your way into this barrel of monkeys! 

Wednesdays, December 7th-28th from 4:00-5:00pm

Beep Beep! The newest offering in our improv series is here! Only open to students who have previously completed four Improv 1 class cycles, this advanced improv class will draw upon all previous theatre experience and challenge participants to think outside the box. We will explore advanced improv techniques, acting games, and short and longer form improvisation. Remember - the only wrong answer is “No!”. 

Wednesdays, December 7th-28th from 6:30-7:30pm

Acting 1 MONDAY

Alaska Theatre of Youth

Serving Alaska's Youth Since 1984