Adult Offerings

Adult Classes

At The Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts, we believe education is a lifelong pursuit and offer a variety of classes for adults in areas of acting and theatre, technical theatre and design, dance and music.

New Semesters Begin in September and January



ACTING AND THEATRE

Adult Acting I (Ages 18+)
Adult theatre enthusiasts explore acting exercises as well as comedic and dramatic scene work. You’re never too old to step into the spotlight!
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: John Minigan
Times: Thursdays 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Dates: Sept 12 - Dec 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475
 
Adult Acting: Scene Study (Ages 18+)

Prerequisite: Adult Acting I or II or permission from instructor
 
Build on introductory acting courses to ensure a personal commitment in the way you approach and experience scene work and acting technique. Through exercises and improvisations, increase awareness, strengthen the ability to talk and listen and practice recognizing and experiencing moment-to-moment acting. Then apply your skills to dramatic scripts. Learn how to read a play from the actor’s perspective while breaking down and exploring given circumstances, relationships and character needs.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: John Minigan
Times: Thursdays 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Sept 12 - Dec 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475
 
Adult Improv I (Ages 18+)

Explore laugh-filled exercises and skill-driven games in a mature setting. Structured, simple play guides each improviser to experience individual success, discover the joy of ensemble support and build the foundation for successful improvisation. Discover key concepts such as “yes, and,” collaboration, commitment, communication, relationship building and truth in comedy.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: TBA/Sharon Hart
Times:
Tuesdays 6 PM - 7:30 PM OR
Thursdays 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Sept 10 or 12 - Dec 17 or 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $480

Adult Improv II (Ages 18+)

Prerequisite: Adult Improv I or permission from instructor 
 
Students with prior improvisation experience work on building a toolbox of techniques to successfully create rich characters, heighten relationships, tackle group scenes and explore the environment and given circumstances.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Sharon Hart
Times: Mondays 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Dates: Sept 9 - Dec 16 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475
 
Public Speaking (Ages 18+)

Use the art of communication to engage an audience and leave them inspired. Public speaking is a vital skill in business and life. Effective communication can open up opportunities for advancement and leadership while building confidence and character. Students explore key strategies and gain effective tools to engage and inspire others in a variety of settings.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: John Minigan
Times: Wednesdays 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Dates: Sept 11 - Dec 18 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475

TECHNICAL THEATRE AND DESIGN 
 
Intro to Audio (Teens and Adults)

This course is an introduction to audio, intended for the novice who wishes to learn basic audio terminology, functionality of component, design, set up and operation of a basic sound system. An iPad is required for this class.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Nick Joyce
Times: Tuesdays 4:30 PM - 6 PM
Dates: Sept 10 - Nov 12 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Lighting I (Teens and Adults)

Students are introduced to the vast array of lighting instruments available today and the role each type of fixture plays in entertainment lighting. Atmospheric effects, fixture accessories and expendables (gels and patterns) are also explored in how they can augment the use of the lighting element. Dimming, control and safety protocols for hang and focus are reviewed. An 8” adjustable (crescent) wrench is required.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenda Shepard
Times: Tuesdays 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Dates: Sept 10 - Nov 12 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Lighting II (Teens and Adults)

Prerequisite: Lighting Design I

Students explore the significance of light in design through the review of the four basic functions of visibility, motivation, composition and mood. Students learn about the qualities and function of light through its properties: intensity, distribution, color and movement. After the basic goal of visibility is achieved, the lighting designer’s aim is to reinforce the overall dramatic impact of the production. Students begin the creative process of lighting design. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Brenda Shepard
Times: Tuesdays 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Dates: Sept 10 - Nov 12 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Playwriting (Teens and Adults)

Work closely with an instructor on the conception and writing of ten-minute and one-act plays. Learn a variety of tools designed to offer a strong sense the specifics of writing for the stage. Assignments cover dialogue, action, conflict, motivation, plot, structure and subtext, with special emphasis on feedback and revision to improve the work. Optional public readings are offered.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: John Minigan
Times: Wednesdays 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Sept 11 - Dec 18 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475

DANCE
 
Adult Ballet Beginner I (Ages 18+)

This 90 min. class is designed to provide adults an environment where they can learn formal classical training from the absolute beginner level. Participants are introduced to body placement/alignment, French vocabulary, barre, center and diagonal work. Technical components are taught at a pace that is easy to comprehend, apply and execute.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Charlotte McNutt
Times: Mondays 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Dates: Sept 9 - May 11 (32 weeks)
Tuition: $960

Adult Ballet Beginner II (Ages 18+)

Adults advance their basic knowledge of formal classical training. Participants advance in body placement/alignment, French vocabulary, barre, center and diagonal work. Technical components are taught at a pace that is easy to comprehend, apply and execute.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Charlotte McNutt
Times: Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Dates: Sept 11 - May 13 (32 weeks)
Tuition: $960

Adult Ballet: Intermediate/Advanced (Ages 18+)

Offered to adults with basic or intermediate experience

This 90 minute class is designed for a moderate paced class to emphasize balance, coordination and connection between movements. Advancements on technical skills, French vocabulary, barre, center and diagonal work are an area of concentration. 
 
Schedule: One 90 min class/week
Times: Mondays 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM
Dates: Sept 9 - May 11 (32 weeks)
Tuition: $960

Adult Tap Beginner I (Ages 18+)

Whether you’re a beginner or just want to brush up on your skills, this fun and vibrant class is for you. Tap is an exciting and challenging art form that developed out of African polyrhythms in America’s Jazz Age. Elements of classic and Broadway-style tap are taught. The form’s musicality and rich percussive traditions are emphasized through fundamental skills and increasingly intricate progressions. Tap shoes are required.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Brittany Kaloudis
Times:
Tuesdays 6 PM - 7 PM OR
Wednesdays 11 AM - 12 PM
Dates: Sept 10 or 11 - Dec 17 or 18 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Adult Tap Intermediate (Ages 18+)

Experienced students continue the study of classic and Broadway-style tap. As students progress, musicality and rich percussive traditions are emphasized through fundamental skills and increasingly intricate progressions. Tap shoes are required. See the dress code for style.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Brittany Kaloudis
Times: Wednesdays 8 PM - 9 PM
Dates: Sept 11 - Dec 18 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Dance Expressions (Ages 18+)

This creative movement dance class is developed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), limited mobility, autism and brain injury. Participants stay active, increase self-esteem and engage in community interaction in a fun and safe environment. Instructors utilize creative and accessible movements that can be adapted to each individual’s abilities and help them realize their movement potential. For individuals with limited mobility, the class is a unique way to increase activity, improve coordination, flexibility, balance and quality of movement. Caregivers are welcome to attend this class.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Times:
Wednesdays 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM OR
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Dates: Sept 11 or 12 - Nov 20 or 21 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $250 

Zumba® (Ages 18+)

The class that started the dance-fitness revolution and changed the way we look at a “workout” forever. Zumba® mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and world rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® classes are often called “exercise in disguise.”
 
Schedule: One 45 min. class/week
Times: Mondays 11 AM - 11:45 AM
Dates: Sept 9 - Dec 16 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $300

West African Dance (Teens and Adults)

Presented in partnership with Crocodile River Music, students move their bodies to the fun and high energy music of West Africa. They learn principles of rhythm, fundamental movements and the ancient stories behind the traditional dances and rhythms of Mali. Every class is accompanied by live drums!
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Times: Thursdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Dates: Sept 12 - Nov 21 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $135/Drop In: $20

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MUSIC 
 
West African Drumming (Teens and Adults)

Presented in partnership with Crocodile River Music, experience African culture through music! Master drummer and West African native, Issa Coulibaly, leads our hands-on drumming class. Authentic instruments are provided for classroom use.

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Issa Coulibaly
Times: Thursdays 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Dates: Sept 12 - Nov 21 (10 weeks)
Tuition: $135/Drop In: $20

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