WHAT WE DO
Acting and Drama Classes
for Children and Youth, Ages 5 - 18
WE TEACH SKILLS THAT LAST A LIFETIME.
The Ottawa Children’s Theatre is dedicated to theatre that is by, for and about youth. Our mandate comes out of a deep and profound desire to enrich the lives of children and youth through theatre and the performing arts.
Drama classes at The Ottawa Children's Theatre help young people gain self-confidence as they work together in a supportive environment. We're process oriented, and our class sizes are small to ensure maximum attention on each student.
Our instructors are theatre professionals with many years of experience as actors, directors and teachers. Our young acting students receive extensive training in many areas of drama, including voice and movement; improvisation and instinctive response; acting techniques; and character development. We place a strong emphasis on language arts and literacy, body awareness and creative thinking, and on working together with the ensemble.
Our classes for young children are filled with creative problem solving. There is a focus on developing vocabulary and increasing verbal skills while exploring empathetic thinking through group work.
Older children and youth learn nuances of working within the ensemble to express complex ideas in new and unique ways. Our classes teach specific and important skills in the “Actor’s Tool Box” – developing voice, movement and creative thinking.
Our Young Creators Program explores the possibilities of original theatre creations. The classes are great confidence builders for students of all ages.
Our Improvisation classes help young people to open up to impulses and respond with energy and enthusiasm. It's a skill that teaches how to take creative leaps and risks.
Our Musical Theatre classes help young people to develop strong skills in singing, dance AND acting. The classes explore how to create and express characters through song and movement.
The Ottawa Children's Theatre is the area representative for Trinity College, London, and our students have been recognized internationally for their achievements.