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Adult classes and workshops at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem build professional skills, spark creativity, inspire confidence, and foster new friendships!


Whether you are new to the stage or a veteran performer looking to hone your craft, you will find something to challenge and inspire you.

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February 4 - March 25, 2022

Fridays, 6:00 - 8:00pm


Instructor: Sawyer Shafer

Searching for an acting class designed with YOU in mind? Whether you’re a seasoned performer or new to the stage, this class is the perfect fit for adult performers looking to have fun playing theatre games, exploring scenes, or sharpening their character building skills on a weekly basis! With physicality, focus, and improvisation already on the agenda, this 8-week acting course is designed to be adaptable! Interested in improving your auditioning and cold-reading skills? We can cover that! Want a refresher on how stage directions work? Sure, why not?!


We're ready to act out - and the only thing missing is you!

Tuition: $200


March 30 - May 18, 2022

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm


Instructor: Britt Stone

During the course of this class you will learn all the techniques needed in order to produce quality improvisation. Whether you are interested in specifically going into the world of improv and sketch comedy or you are already working through your own performing arts adventures, this class will build a strong toolbox for any experience level. You will learn the foundations of improv and performance to enhance your comedic and dramatic acting skills. You will learn some movement and body awareness for the stage, creating give and take through scene work, as well as character work and beyond.  It will even help your auditioning skills! So, if you’re interested in learning a new discipline, understanding the constructs of comedy and acting, or just having a ton of fun, then sign up!!

Tuition: $200

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

3:00pm - 6:00pm


Instructor: Jess Barbour

Looking for a fun workshop that will increase your body awareness and help you make strong choices on stage? Viewpoints, first developed by Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart, is a great way to build ensemble and individual performance by exploring space, shape, movement, and gesture. The workshop will consist of activities moving around the space as a large group with some small group work. The goal of the workshop is to examine how actors can tell stories through movement, adding one more tool to their actor's toolbox.  Wear comfortable clothing and come ready to play. Nothing needs to be prepared in advance and all levels are welcome. 

Tuition: $38

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Sawyer Shafer

Sawyer A. Shafer is a recent addition to the Triad theatre scene, arriving from Cincinnati, Ohio, in July 2021. He previously served five years as the Producing Artistic Director of Sansami Creative Works, followed by a two year stint as the Producer and Director for Finneytown High School’s Musical Theatre program. He has worked as a writer, director, producer, stage manager, and teaching artist with Cincinnati Playhouse, Virginia Repertory, Columbia Artists, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Mad River Theatre Works, Spring Theatre, CTG, and The Little of Winston-Salem. Sawyer holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Wright State University.

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Jess Barbour

Jess Barbour is a full-time actor and teacher. She earned her BFA in Theatre from Elon University and studied with Bill Esper at The Esper Studio in NYC. She has taught and choreographed all over the area for local high schools, NCT Conservatory, Raleigh Little Theatre, and North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. She also works at the Anesthesiology Board of America and Duke University as a Standardized Patient training medical students and professionals in empathy and bedside manner through acting scenarios. She has performed professionally all over the southeast and filmed on industrials, local, and national commercials, voiceovers, television, independent and feature films. Her short film, Oh Crappy Day, was accepted into 38 film festivals, winning the 2015 Lou Costello Award for Best Comedy Short at the Garden State Film Festival and recently wrapped postproduction for the feature length film.


Attendance and Cancellation Policy: Regular attendance and participation are strongly encouraged. No make-up classes or reductions in fees will be provided for students who miss class. The Little Theatre's class sessions follow the WS/FCS public school calendar. If school is closed due to inclement weather, acting classes will be canceled and an extra class will be added at the end of the session. If The Little Theatre cancels a class for any other reason, caregivers/attendees will be alerted via email, and a make-up class will be added to the end of the session.


Refund policy: In the event that The Little Theatre cancels an entire course, camp or workshop, or if a student withdraws more than two weeks before the session begins, the choice between a full refund of tuition or a credit towards a future class, camp, or workshop held within the next year will be offered. Registration fee is non-refundable when student withdraws. Tuition is non-refundable for withdrawals made within two weeks of the start of a class, camp, or workshop.