Bucks County Playhouse announces lineup of fall education programs

The schedule is highlighted by ground-breaking teen program ‘Girlspeak’ and more

Bucks County Playhouse recently announced the lineup of education programs being offered this fall. They will take place in Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge St., Lambertville, New Jersey. All fall education programs are on sale now. Visit bcptheater.org for more information, or call Ellen Gallos, education manager, at 267-740-2090, Ext. 106.

“Girlspeak” begins Sept. 25. In this acclaimed program, girls ages 13-18 work with professional theater artists to become playwrights, actors and directors as they create an original show about their lives, experiences, hopes and dreams. Sessions are guided by BCP director of education Michaela Murphy, and teaching artist Ellen Gallos. Girlspeak culminates with a public performance of an original theater piece created through improvisation, acting and writing exercises and a tour of performances featuring peer-to-peer workshops on devised theater to local high schools. Girlspeak meets Monday and Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Acting for Beginners” takes place Oct. 1-Nov. 19. In this class, using monologues and short two-person scenes, students explore a character’s journey and the actions to be played through objective, conflict and relationships. All students are welcome. Prior theater training is not required – just a desire to act. This class is taught by June Ballinger, a teaching artist who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in numerous regional theaters across the country. Ballinger is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Actors Center and The National Alliance of Acting Teachers. The class meets on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Tap for Beginners” is held Oct. 5-Nov. 16, with no class on Nov. 9. Every great tap combination begins with the first step. No prior dance experience necessary – the only requirement is knowing how to put on your tap shoes. Led by professional dancer Dani Tucci Juraga, this six-week class teaches basic tap steps and fun combinations. Ages 15 to adult. The class meets on Saturdays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

“Yes and…Improv for Adults” takes place on Thursdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, this class offers two hours of collaborative active games, improv techniques and opportunities to nurture creativity. No experience necessary – just a desire to laugh. For performers 18 and up, this class is taught by Tabitha Dell’Angelo, an actor and playwright with more than 20 years of experience in improvisational theater and storytelling, and David Lee White, a New Jersey-based playwright who has worked with Passage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Dreamcatcher Rep, PlayPenn and many other programs in the area. Classes are taught by White on Sept. 26, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Classes are taught by Dell’Angelo on Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14.