Westport Community Theatre’s lineup of fall classes:
WCT Juniors 12-week Program: September 23 to December 16. One session per week for 12 weeks, Fridays 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Tuition: $600
Adult & Teen Improv Classes, taught by Heather DeLude, are offered on weekends in October and December. Adult Classes are held October 8 & 9 and December 17 & 18; Teen Classes are held October 15 & 16 for teens age 13 and above. (Ages 10 -12 admitted after interview.) Class hours are 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturdays, and 1:00 – 7:00 pm on Sundays with a dinner break at 5:00 pm and Sunday performance at 6:00 pm. Tuition: $295
The WCT Juniors Program is a unique, low pressure theatre class for ages 6 and above. We focus on theatre games, improv and scene work, with a performance for the parents at the conclusion of the term. We have a professional voice coach on staff and the students learn confidence, public speaking, and performance skills without realizing they are learning. We are conveniently located in the lower level of the Westport Town Hall in a full-time theatre.
Contact Cindy Hartog at WCTJuniors@gmail.com for details.
The program is headed up by Westport resident Cindy Hartog. Professionally trained as an actress at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Cindy received her Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre from NYU and specializes in utilizing drama to increase social skills, learning, and FUN! She is assisted by Danielle Hartog and Voice Teacher Juan Ayala.
Heather DeLude is a former Chicago and Los Angeles based actress who trained and performed with The Second City Conservatory, ImprovOlympic, ComedySportz, The Bovine Metropolis (Denver), and The Annoyance Theater working with master teachers such as Del Close, Paul Sills, Martin de Maat, Mick Napier, and Gary Austin. Additionally, she studied in workshop settings with members of Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, The Groundlings, Loose Moose Theater Company, The Colbert Report, Upright Citizens Brigade, and more. Heather is also a certified teacher of English and Drama serving as Theater Arts director at Weston High School, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, and currently Wilton High School. Recent directing credits include Lend Me a Tenor, Noises Off, You Can’t Take it with You, All in the Timing, Our Town, The Laramie Project, Bang Bang You’re Dead, and various comedic improvisational troupes.
Juan Ayala (Voice Teacher) is a Connecticut-based actor and singer who majored in Theatre Arts at Housatonic Community College with training in vocal performance, acting, directing and improvisation. He has directed several musicals and concerts for HCC and the Bijou Theatre, and written and composed four original productions, and has two musicals currently in development. Juan has been the music director for the Bijou Theatre’s Summer Youth Theatre productions of Aladdin Jr. and Once On This Island Jr.; he has also been a chorus instructor and vocal coach for ASK, the Klein Auditorium’s after school performing arts program for two years, and a guest artist for Daniels Farm School’s Celebration of the Arts Day as a Mini-Theater Production instructor.
Please contact Cindy for more information or to register at WCTJuniors@gmail.com.