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School of Theatre Training

School of Theatre Training (SOTT) is a comprehensive 20-week program for studying the skills and techniques of acting and musical theatre. Class offerings vary at every age level, guaranteeing there is an entry point for your student in the progression of classes.

Learn More We're Keeping You Safe - We've introduced enhanced safety and social distancing guidelines for all classes, along with new cleaning and disinfecting schedules.
  • Masks required for all staff & students
  • 9:1 student/teacher ratios
  • Group singing replaced with Dance/Movement for Musical Theatre

Our curriculum is structured around the Stanislavski System, a method of performing truthfully onstage through a created set of imaginary circumstances. Telling an authentic story is part of our mission, and our teaching artists provide the tools to tell that story and meet the students “right where they are” in their development.

  • Every session ends with a showcase for families and friends to see the materials SOTT students have explored throughout the year. Demonstrations of exercises and activities facilitated by both students and the Teaching Artists surround selections of monologues, scenes and songs.
  • Every student is given a mid-point and end-of-year evaluation written by their teaching artist to track progress throughout the class. Additionally, class recommendations are given for the following year.
  • OnStage is an opportunity for students to apply their skills in a professional theatre experience.
  • We offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships for tuition for classes.
  • For a more information about the program, read through the ►SOTT Handbook.
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Plan your week - Check out the schedule for our 2020-21 classes.

Open Enrollment | No audition required

These classes are available to all interested students; and include acting or musical theatre tracks. Students in these classes may enroll for multiple years at the Focus level before they are given a recommendation for Conservatory classes.

Foundations | Grades 3 through 12 | For students who are new to the SOTT program

Core | Grades 4 through 12 | For students who have completed a Foundations class

Focus | Grades 5 through 12 | For students who have completed a Core class
Conservatory | Audition required

These classes are available by audition only and require outside assignments with a more rigorous commitment. Classes are conducted by a small group of master teaching artists, which allows for an in depth, yet flexible curriculum that meets the individualized needs of each student.

Dance and movement training is an essential part of an actor’s development. Conservatory students are encouraged to take dance classes through Children’s Theatre of Charlotte or another company. We also offer private voice and acting lessons for students interested in one-on-one learning experiences.

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Dance & Private Lessons | Supplemental

Our education department recognizes consistent dance training is critical to an actor’s development but understand it can be overwhelming to a beginner. Additionally, we recognize that many young performers are not confident in their singing skills or acting skills, and group classes can be intimidating.

Our dance classes are structured with the beginner in mind, laying the foundations to help our students feel more confident with terminology and choreography. Private Voice Lessons and Private Acting Coaching offer students the chance to work in a safe one-on-one setting until they are ready to perform in public or in front of others. These supplemental sessions are great entry points for new students, or for those continuing to make progress in their personal goals.

Dance Classes | Grades 5 through 12

Private Voice Lessons | Grades 5 through 12

Private Acting Coaching | Grades 5 through 12
OnStage | A professional theatre experience

OnStage bridges the student's work in our classrooms with a professional theatre experience. This program is only open to students who enroll in School of Theatre Training. This performance experience affords students the opportunity to bring their training and talent to the stage and work alongside professional directors and designers.

This intensive five-week program occurs every spring and requires commitment from both students and parents. Open Enrollment students participate in a lottery to receive placement in OnStage. Conservatory students are exempt from the lottery and receive early registration into the program.

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Education Team

Michelle Long
Director of Education

Adam Montague
Early Childhood & School of Theatre Training Manager

Karen Steele
Resident Teaching Artist

Stephanie Hurtado-Hoyos
Education Administrative Assistant

For more information about our education programs call 704-973-2837. Se habla español.