Where Kids can Take Center Stage + Theater Classes Around Kalamazoo
Consider these locations for dramatic arts instruction with many offering both year-round courses and summer camps. There are fun options for all ages (including adults) and varied interests to let kids take center stage.
Topanga Studio hosts a creative space for families to learn and explore. Courses include music, dance, theatre and creative play. Weekly classes average four weeks. Target ages: 2-7.
Crawlspace Theatre Productions holds courses on improvisation for ages 7-13. Classes meet for weekly for five weeks in the First Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. No experience is necessary to join; adult classes also offered.
Known for their theatrical productions, The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre offers their own Academy of Theatre Arts to teach students from ages 3 to 103 in the dramatic arts.
Their focus is on education and process, rather than the end stage performance. Classes meet weekly for five weeks and emphasize inclusiveness; all experience and backgrounds are encouraged and welcomed.
Vicksburg Community Center is now home to Prism Performing Arts. This center includes playwriting, directing, acting and improvisation. Courses and summer camps are offered, and geared for ages 4-14.
Opening Act Theatre Company in Lawton focuses on telling a good story through performing arts (acting, music, and dance). Performances are shown at the Paw Paw Playhouse. They offer private lessons, summer camps, and after school classes for grades 1-8.
Head a north to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for their School of Theatre Arts; you will find a comprehensive program covering acting, sketch comedy, musical theatre, improvisation and dance. Students starting at age 4 are mentored by professional theatre artists. Classes meet weekly for six weeks.