Lights! Camera! Action! Do you have a budding thespian or a young drama king or queen aching to take to the stage? You are in luck, because Portland is full of dramatic opportunities that will help your kiddos to take their natural talents to the next level. Read on to find out all about the cool acting and improv classes Portland has to offer this spring and throughout summer.

photo: Owen Carey via Oregon Children’s Theater

Oregon Children’s Theater

At OCT even the youngest actors and actresses receive instruction from the professionals. Seasonal classes are offered for beginning, intermediate, and advanced thespians, and improv-specific classes are offered for the 8-12 age group and older. Students will learn how to create scenes and characters at a moment’s notice, and will practice forms and enjoy a variety of games that allow them to be spontaneous and creative! By the end of the class session all students will have gained the foundational skills required to be true performer. You can view classes, schedules and fees on their website.

1939 NE Sandy Blvd.
503-228-9571
Online: octc.org

Photo: Steve Borsch via flickr

ComedySportz Portland

ComedySportz knows entertainment and the teachers are ready to help your kiddos learn to improv like a professional. They offer Improv classes for Families and Kids that get the whole family involved. And ComedySportz for Kids, is a once-monthly show where performers give the youngest members of the audience an interactive performance and have games and suggestions that are focused on those 12-and-under. After the curtains close, the players mingle with the audience and give little ones a great opportunity to chat with their favorite actor— they might even get an acting tip or two. Be sure to make your reservations ahead of time. Once your eager actors have seen the show, they’ll be begging to attend the ComedySportz Summer Camps, for ages 8 and up, so keep checking their website where summer offerings will be posted in early March.

1963 NW Kearny St.
503-236-8888
Online: portlandcomedy.com/youth

photo: David Kinder via NW Children’s Theater

NW Children’s Theater & School

NWTC is gearing up for their spring class schedule to begin, and registering for their summer theater classes too. They offer a variety of options for children ages 3 to 18 and hold classes in the evenings and on the weekends during the school year and during the week days during the spring and summer breaks. Your kids can choose from improv classes, skill building classes and Playlabs, where they get to rehearse and perform a play (everyone gets a part!) The full summer schedule goes up online first of March so check their website and reserve your kid’s spot in a class or camp before they all fill up.
1819 NW Everett St.
503-222-2190
Online: nwcts.org
Where does your family go to build your stage-acting chops? Share with us in the comments below!
 

— Marianne Walters