Saturdays (6 weeks) March 3, 10, 17, April 7, 14, 21
(no class March 24 or 31 due to Spring Break)

All Classes held at ROYAL Theatre Company's Main Street Studio:
Home of The Children's Theatre of Mason
308 West Main Street, Mason

$125 for a 6-week Saturday class
Questions About ROYAL's Education Program? Email Mary, Education Director








Ages 8+
Closed: please contact Mary for more information

10:30 – 11:45AM

Ages 5-7
Closed: please contact Mary for more information


Ages 8+
Closed: please contact Mary for more information

1:30 – 2:45PM

Ages 10+
Closed: please contact Mary for more information

Class Descriptions:

Beginning Actors

Students will learn acting techniques that will help them be comfortable on stage, inspiring a more truthful and powerful performance. In addition to being introduced to classic acting games and improvisation, the students will collectively brainstorm, produce, and perform a production for friends and family at the end of the session. This class is a great way for kids to get their feet wet with auditioning and performing.

Instructor: Colin Thornton


Young Actors

With a focus on movement, stage orientation, and fun acting games, this introductory class is perfect for the young aspiring actor with minimal stage experience. Each class will end with a small performance for the parents to give the kids the experience of acting for an audience, without the stresses of auditioning or memorization.

Instructor: Colin Thornton



The Art of Auditioning: Experts say that 50% of the work in creating great theater and film is in the casting, but how do you ensure that YOU are one of the ones who gets cast? This class teaches you all of the skills, and some of the tricks, that you need to know to ensure that every time you step up to audition, you show the casting directors that you are the perfect choice for the role.

Instructor: Brent Burington



The Art of Improvisation: Only part of the acting process involves using a script. Some of the best things that happen on stage or in film are created on the spur of the moment. Honing your improvisational skills improves every actor, allowing you to cover if someone else makes a mistake, assists you in helping out in the creative process, and releasing your inner clown to get a good laugh.

Instructor: Brent Burington


About our Instructors:

Colin Thornton

Instructor Colin Thornton has been a ROYAL acting instructor for the past 7 years. He has been teaching and performing improv comedy for 17 years, and is currently the artistic director for Improv Cincinnati. Colin has directed dozens of performances for children at Town Hall Theatre and Center Stage Players. Colin also teaches with Dramakinetics, an arts-integration non-profit.

Brent Knipper, BFA Musical Theatre, Ball State University

Instructor Brent Knipper Asst. Recruitment Coordinator for Ball State's Dept. of Theatre and Dance (4 Years), worked closely in workshops, cabarets, musicals, plays, and showcases with industry professionals such as Bill Osetek (Artistic Directory Drury Lane Oakbrook Chicago), Sutton Foster (2 Time Tony Award Winner), Rachel Hoffman (Casting Director Telsey and Company), Michael Rafter (Broadway Music Director), Eric Emery (L.A. Casting Manager), Billy Murphy (Casting Director ABC Television) and others.

Nick Washington

Nick has been teaching fifth grade in Mason for 16 years. Working with children has always been a passion of his. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano and writing music and has worked with Mason Community players along with doing the Broadway Musical camp for ROYAL for the past 7 summers.

JW Myers

JW comes to us from Maryland for the second summer this year to share his videographer skills in our Movie Camp. His credits include owner of Route 40 films and well-known producer for: A Christmas Tree Miracle (2013), The Pledge (2011) and Flamingo Dreams (2000). He instructs acting for films and on-camera scene study classes across the country each year.

Heather Hopster

Assistant Heather Hopster has been with ROYAL for the past three years as our class and camp assistant.  She currently studies international sign language at Cincinnati State Technical Community College. She also instructs cooking classes and has assisted in Dramakinetics classes.


Class Notes:
  • Questions About ROYAL's Education Program? Email Mary, Education Director
  • Maximum 25 students per class / minimum 5 students
  • Ages are guidelines - can be flexible based on experience - NO child under age 5 (must be in kindergarten or above)
  • Class payments are accepted via PayPal unless arrangements are made with Mary. Your PayPal email receipt will serve as your confirmation of class. Registration forms/Emergency contacts will be confirmed on the first day of class. Approximately one week before class begins a reminder email will be sent to those who registered online.

ROYAL cannot offer refunds except in the case of class cancellation or if there is a waiting list with a student available to take the spot.