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Theater company shifts to online classes

Arizona Theatre Company is providing lots of ways for students and the public to enjoy the performing arts from the safety of their homes.

The organization is offering its ATCteen program for youths online every Tuesday at 3 p.m. It is normally held in person at 1636 N. Central Ave. but now the classes in acting, dance, comedy improv, playwriting, design; technical theater production and other topics are held online with some industry professionals talking to students and staff members through Zoom. Its classes are free. Classes typically last up to two hours and are geared towards youths ages 12 to 20 years old.

Students also may engage in the Playreader’s Club every other Friday online with the next one coming up May 1, then the rest planned for May 15 and 29; June 12 and 26. Youths read scenes aloud from plays and discuss what the plays mean to them. Children and teens also may engage in a Radio Drama Project, where they write, record and produce a podcast that may be found on Facebook and Instagram at facebook.com/ArizonaTheatreCompany and atc_education respectively.

Adults also may participate in a play reading club online and take classes virtually through Arizona Theatre Company. For more information about dates and times and to enroll in the programs, email education@arizonatheatre.org or visit the Instagram page at atc_education.

“Theater can bring so many things into the lives of people,” said Jasmine Roth, director of learning and education for Arizona Theatre Company. “Theaters across the country are certainly struggling. It is important if you care about the theater to continue to support the work we’re doing. We’re in this time of crisis and the arts can be so cathartic for people.”

Learn more about Arizona Theatre Company at arizonatheatre.org.

 

 

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