The Actor’s Edge is a two-week summer intensive for WNY teens who want to dig deeper into the craft of acting.
This pre-professional program represents an exciting collaboration between Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Theatre of Youth (TOY) to create the highest caliber of instruction for experienced young people with serious plans to pursue the performing arts.
Students will work with professional teaching artists to explore the techniques of Michael Chekhov, Bogart & Landau, Uta Hagen, and Kristin Linklater, which represent a stylistic breadth of theatre values that are usually taught in college and graduate school. By introducing these concepts at the high school level, this program provides WNY students with a head start on their study in theatre and the performing arts.
Participants audition to be enrolled, and must be entering grades 9-12 as of August 12, 2019.
This partnership between Shea’s and TOY represents our shared values and our awareness of the positive impact of theatre on children and adolescents. Research reflects the myriad ways that theatre education can improve communication, socio-emotional development, organization, listening, problem-solving, creative thinking, and many other essential 21st Century Skills.
We believe that creative confidence, cultivation of empathy, and a strong sense of self-awareness are essential life skills that every young person should be given the opportunity to develop.
We believe that theatre training can strengthen social awareness and enhance empathy across lines of difference.
We believe that young people who are exposed to the performing arts are more likely to make productive contributions to humanity.
We believe that every young person has the right to engage in the rigorous pursuit of artistic excellence.
We believe that young artists deserve training of the highest quality.
Through exposure to a vast body of theatre techniques and encouragement to broaden their personal range of theatrical approaches, we strive to empower young actors to chart their own unique journey as artists and as people.
About the Partners
The Actor’s Edge is a collaboration between Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Theatre of Youth (TOY). Both theatres are located in the heart of Buffalo, NY.
The Shea’s Performing Arts Center Department of Arts Engagement and Education seeks to facilitate multiple opportunities for everyone in Western New York to experience arts engagement, arts integration, and arts education. This is accomplished by offering a variety of programming designed to build community through shared arts experiences, connect art forms to educational objectives in a structured learning environment, and to develop the principles of the artistic process.
Theatre of Youth Company, Inc. (TOY) stimulates the imagination, nurtures the creative spirit and enhances the education of young people by engaging them in relevant, child-centered, and professionally-produced live theatre programs. TOY believes in meaningful childhood experiences in the theatre to develop confidence in creative thinking skills, cultivate empathy and establish a life-long connection to the arts.