Young Actor’s Lab

What makes a scene, a scene? And how do the actors tell that story in an exciting way? Through creative play, group exercises, and skill-based rehearsals, learn what it takes to put it together! Students will gain invaluable training in voice and diction, characterization, focus, staging, and how to answer that pesky question: “what’s my motivation?” Learn why a play is called a “play,” and have fun exploring what it means to work with other actors on stage. Each actor will display the scenes and exercises they work on at their showcase performance after the last class!

Young Actor’s Lab Course Details:

  • TIME: 5:00 – 6:00pm
  • Grades: 6th – 12th
  • 15 SESSIONS: Wednesdays
    • PARENT MEETING: Monday, August 14th (during class)
    • August: 14, 21, 28
    • September: 4, 11, 18, 25
    • October: 2, 9, 23, 30
    • November: 6, 13
    • December: 4, 11
  • Showcase Performance: December 11th at 7:30PM
    • The showcase will display each actor’s progress by presenting the scenes, monologues, and exercises they excelled at in the course.
    • Each actor will be given 5 free tickets to the showcase.
  • REGISTRATION FEE: $80.00 (NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT AFTER AUGUST 14th)
    • Materials: $20.00
    • August Tuition: $60.00
  • TUITION: 5 Monthly Tuition Payments of $60.00
    • (15 Sessions at $20/each)
  • Full Semester Price: $320 (Includes Registration Fee)
  • Max: 14 Students
Pay September tuition HERE
Pay October tuition HERE
Pay November tuition HERE
Pay December tuition HERE
Pay Full Semester HERE

Meet our Acting Instructor:

Max A. McCreary

Max A. McCreary is a director, dramaturg, and playwright originally from Zionsville. After spending a year working in the Artistic department at Cleveland Play House, he has returned to the Indy area. He completed his BA at Emory University, where he received High Honors for his thesis play, Phantasmagoria. Since graduating, his plays have been performed across the US and Australia. As a director, Max is most interested in work that is highly theatrical and deeply intimate. He uses the rehearsal room as a laboratory to experiment with all forms of communication, and as a classroom to teach social-emotional learning. He specializes in the principals of scene work, ensemble building, and narrative speeches. Max loves collaborating with other playwrights and believes in the innate powers of compassion and curiosity. Recent directing credits include productions of [Title of Show] and Iphigenia and Other Daughters (Atlanta) as well as Sweat and Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Cleveland).

"Theatre is immediate, it's alive, you're there with the audience, it can't be done again and again and again and again, it's organic" ~ Kim Cattrall