theatre classes 2019 - 2020 ARE open for registration

Read DRT'S Educational Philosophy at the bottom of this page

“Every time our daughter takes one of your acting classes, her reading scores leap up.” DRT Family since 2013

Cost for each 8-week session: $175 with a 10% discount for 2nd+ child in family enrolled

CLASS LOCATION: CityWell Church, 2317 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC (Corner of Huron & Chapel Hill)

SCHOLARSHIPS always available. Click Here for a: Scholarship Application form. 

  • Acting students perform a showcase play at the end of each 8-week class session.

  • DRT acting classes are designed to increase acting, language, physical, problem-solving and communication skills by playing acting games and rehearsing & performing original plays

how to register  

  • With a CARD: Press the BUTTON below the class session(s) you want to join

  • With a CHECK: Send Check & registration form to Durham Regional Theatre (DRT), PO Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715.

  • Download, fill out and return a DRT Class Registration Form 2019-2020

DRT REFUND POLICY: DRT does not refund camp or class registration fees except in the case of medical emergencies. YOU MAY: 1) Make a tax deductible contribution to our vital SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM or 2) apply your registration fee to a future DRT class or summer theatre camp.

drt theatre classes 2019-2020

TUESDAYS - 4:30 - 6:00

Creative acting I (Ages 9-14)

The FALL SESSION of This CLASS is FULL - please check out the Friday Creative Acting II class or the winter and spring sessions of the Tuesday - We hope to see you soon

In Creative Acting I, beginning and intermediate young actors create characters, select locations and determine basic plot elements, which Ms. Justice writes into a script for rehearsal and performances. Actors perform characters they helped create.

September 10 - October 29, 2019, A Magical Mystery Tour

January 7 - February 25, 2020, Adventures in the Alaskan Wilderness

March 10 - May 5, 2020, (No class DPS Vac Week) Paris in Springtime

Tuesdays Winter 2020
Tuesdays Spring 2020

FRIDAYS - 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Creative acting II (Ages 9-14)

September 13 - November 1, 2019, Ghosts R Us in “Voices In the Bamboo Forest”

January 10 - February 28, 2020, Terry the Time Traveler (New Episode)

March 13 - May 8, 2020, (No class DPS Vac Week) Acting Games (Improvisation) and Scenarios

Fridays Fall 2019
Fridays Winter 2020
Fridays Spring 2020

SATURDAYS - 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Story-theatre (5-9 year-olds)

with Master Storyteller (Boston Globe,) Jennifer Justice

Story Theatre  for imagination, language development, group cooperation, self-esteem, play invention and problem solving - and FUN! FUN! FUN! Students help develop characters and plot, then learn and act out a play written specifically for them! PLUS!

This year we will be creating 3 BRAND NEW “JACK Folk TALES”

September 14 - November 2, 2019, Jack & Jack’s Cat in the Ghostly Mansion

January 11 - February 29, 2020, Jack & Jack’s Cat Race a Colossal Blizzard

March 14 - May 9, 2020, (No class DPS Spring Break) Jack & Jack’s Cat on a River Boat Ride

Saturdays Fall 2019
Saturdays Winter 2020
Saturdays Spring 2020

See you at acting classes!

Jenny Justice, Artistic Director

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DRT EDucational philosophy

Durham Regional Theatre has a student centered educational philosophy that utilizes the ability of theatre arts to engage each child’s power to learn, with a special focus on literacy.

“Every time our daughter takes one of your acting classes, her reading scores leap up.” DRT Family since 2013

Each DRT theatre class provides learning opportunities across a range of knowledge – including art, music, math, history, science, geography, empathy, problem solving, group collaboration, as well as oral and written word literacy …

Two cornerstones of literacy are ownership of language and the motivation to use language. Even so-called ‘non-reading’ students take scripts eagerly from my hands and start to read without being asked, picking out key words and noting new vocabulary - deciding which character they want to play, whose words and feelings they will make their own and bring to life.      Jennifer Justice, DRT artistic director                                                                     

One mother asked her ‘non-reading’ daughter why the girl studied her scripts so diligently, underlining and looking up words she didn’t know, trying out the sound of lines she liked. The 5th grader answered with the strongest motivator of all (after our innate desire to learn.) She said, “This is fun.”
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Class Location at CityWell Church, 2317 Chapel Rd., Durham, NC

Wormy with DRT faculty, Jeffrey Sullivan

Wormy with DRT faculty, Jeffrey Sullivan