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Youth classes and camps at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem foster personal growth, teamwork, and creativity. Whether your child is new to the stage, or a confident performer looking to hone their craft, they will find classes at The Little Theatre inspirational, educational, and fun!

*NOTE* Due to COVID-19, The Little Theatre is currently conducting classes and camps via Zoom. 

Check back for future Acting Class opportunities. 

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Kay Smitherman

Having grown up spending summers at Shakespeare in the Park in Louisville, KY, Kay continues to share her love of iambic pentameter with her classes and camps at The Little Theatre. She received her BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University. While directing at College of the Desert in CA, an earthquake convinced her family to move back east, where Kay stumbled into Montessori education and has not looked back.

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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 post production for the feature length film.

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Tony Simotes

Tony is a Founding Member and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, a Master Teacher of Stage Fighting certified by the Society of British Fight Directors, and a full professor and Director of University Theatre at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has also held the position of Head of Undergraduate Acting at UWM and was an Associate Professor at the School of Theatre at Florida State University prior to Wisconsin. He is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and SDC. His career as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and educator has taken him all over the globe, and currently lives in Orlando, FL, where he has found a flourishing arts community. Tony has directed a number of plays for Mad Cow Theatre and directed fights for Orlando Shakes, which are the primary professional theatres of Orlando. “This past season, I did fights for Macbeth, The Three Musketeers, and Henry IV for Shakes and directed Pride and Prejudice, Top Girls and Hand to God for Mad Cow -- then COVID came and everything stopped for a while. So I am pleased to be making my Zoom debut in your area with this class!!!” To learn more about Tony, visit https://tonysimotes.com/about/


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 of Winston-Salem cancels a session, a full refund of tuition will be made. If a student withdraws from a class before the session begins or within the first week, a full credit can be applied to any class or camp occurring within the next year. Otherwise, partial refunds (less a $50 administrative fee) can be given if written or email notice of withdrawal is received prior to the first class of a session. Once the session begins, tuition is non-refundable.