EnActe School of Drama is the educational arm of the renowned Bay Area theatre company EnActe Arts, Inc., an organization dedicated to global storytelling and diverse voices. The School of Drama has students of all ages, catering to its clientele with drama-based holistic education suitable for children, youth, adults, and even industry professionals. The primary philosophy of the School of Drama is that the skills provided by film and theatre arts are applicable, practical, and integral to the development of any career in any field. We have been successful in a constantly changing climate (even through challenges such as COVID-19), because what drama teaches most is self-thought, adaptability, resourcefulness and all attributes of social competence including presentation, perception and persuasion. We teach more than drama; we teach a new way of thinking to radically shift the way we think about the correlation between art and technology.

EnActe Academy

Summer and after school programs for ages 5-18. These classes can be taught in person and remotely through our school partners and after school providers. Some of our most popular courses are:

  • Voice Acting for Animation
  • Leadership for Future Innovators 
  • Team Building through Story

Class Offerings for Summer Camps 2022

This exciting summer course with EnActe will allow students to devise a brand-new play based around a popular story. Students will find engagement through creative writing and improvisational exercises to develop a script. Congruently, our experienced instructor will work with the students utilizing their voices and bodies to create compelling characters.

A typical session looks like:

·       1 hour, story work

·       1 hour, acting skills

·       1 hour, rehearsal

FINAL TAKEAWAY: The students will then bring the entire project to life in a final performance. This performance will be filmed by the instructor and available to view via YouTube link (private) for friends and family to view!

Pitching Pixar Shorts is a unique combination of the two most popular classes offered by the EnActe School of Drama at the end of which the student will be able to pitch an idea for a Pixar short film. During this dynamic class students will learn presentation methods from TedTalks and writing impactful stories from animated short films. Our inspiring instructor(s) will then help the students craft their work into powerful pitches.

A typical session looks like:

·       1 hour, creative writing

·       1 hour, body and/or voice training

·       1 hour, presentation skills

FINAL TAKEAWAY: Students will be filmed by instructor doing their Pixar Short Presentations, and those will be available via YouTube link (private) for friends and family to view.

Length of Course: 2 hours, weekly

 

 

If your student is passionate about local or global issues, like the environment, then this camp is for them! Students will be provided with access to software that will give them the tools to make an animated short film! This includes writing the script and designing the animated puppets. Additionally, each child will be able to bring life to their puppet, animating them with their own movements and webcam-captured dialogue. This highly technical course is for any child who is fascinated by the computer science behind the art of animation! This immersive camp is offered to older students only.

A typical session looks like:

·       1.5 hours, animation science

·       1 hour, voice acting

·       1 hour, presentation and/or research

 

FINAL TAKEAWAY: An animated short film written, directed, and animated by the students about an important topic that affects them!

Who doesn’t love Saturday Mornings? Play, fun, and animated shorts – cartoons! In this exciting course students will have the opportunity to engage in physical games and exercises that work on team building, focus, and fun. Then they will examine “cartoon” voices and learn the process of what it takes to be a voice actor! Our incredible instructor(s) will then guide the students blending the physical and vocal into a powerhouse performance!

A typical session looks like:

·       1 hour, team building

·       1 hour, voice acting

·       1 hour, rehearsal 

 

FINAL TAKEAWAY: An animated voiced by the students of the course, made available via YouTube (private) for friends and family!

Friendship and trust are the theme of this exciting class. By examining short, animated films they will learn basic story formats and through physical games they will learn about trust. Our instructors will then work with the students to construct stories surrounded by the themes of friendship and trust.

A typical session looks like:

  • 1 hour, team building
  • 1 hour, storytelling
  • 1 hour, workshop writing

 

FINAL TAKEAWAY: A published e-book! ‘

 

More from EnActe School of Drama:

EnActe Studio

Evening and weekend programs for adults.

EnActe Storytellers is a subscription program that offers customized clinics for writers, directors and performers.

Bespoke Masterclasses with renowned theatre makers and storytellers.

 

EnActe Conservatory

EnActe School of Drama is proud to announce the launch of EnActe Conservatory, a comprehensive, advanced theatre program!

More coming in 2023; stay tuned!

EnAccolades

A program in development. EnAccolades will be a celebration of theatrical excellence via an open competition for elementary, middle and high school students.