The Media Theatre continues to expand its curriculum with new Level One and Level Two Acting Classes for youth as well as a Teen Improvisation Class. All will begin in September, along with its renowned New School, which is a conservatory-style educational approach to music theatre.

The Fall Session of Acting Classes begins the weekend of September 7 with Level One for Children, Saturday Mornings at 9am. This 10-week one-hour course is primarily for ages 6 to 9, or for those beginning to explore an interest in theatre. 

Classes are structured to include exercises for building basic speaking skills on stage (volume, diction), learning stage directions, and developing self-esteem. Fun theatre exercises are used to introduce acting skills based on The Meisner Technique, which advances the idea that “Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance,”. Each student has the opportunity for one-on-one instruction with the educator within a group environment. Students are given many opportunities to gain access to who they are as actors.

For children who have some experience onstage Second Level Acting, Tuesdays at 4:30pm would be more appropriate. This 10-week one-hour course begins September 10 and is for children ages 8 to 11, or for those who have some onstage experience. Classes are also structured on the principles of the Meisner Technique. The focus is primarily on student scene work to strengthen beginning acting skills. Theatre exercises are also implemented to enhance stage focus and discipline. Diction is a big part of this class, as well as following direction with one-on-one instruction within a group environment. 

There are more opportunities for Teens this year as well. Along with the Teen Acting Class, an Improvisation Class has been added.

The Teen Acting Class meets Sundays at 6pm starting September 8. This eight-week 90-minute class is ideal for ages 12 and up and is best for the beginner to the more experienced actor. Each student is given one-on-one instruction within a group environment. The focus is on stage skills, following direction, and monologues. As the class progresses, the monologue is steadily enhanced through continued study and performance. The class is instrumental in providing self-awareness, self-esteem, and the ability to work well with peers. The Meisner Technique is used to create true student identification to the material.

A new Teen Improv Class, Tuesdays at 5:30pm, will begin September 10. This 10-week one-hour course is for children ages 12 and up. The course of study strengthens improvisational skills. Comedy and drama are the focus for this fun class that assists students in developing quick thinking skills and strengthens their ‘Listening and Responding’ abilities. This class is also founded on the  tenets of the Meisner Technique.

For adults who wish to explore acting for the first time or strengthen skills, the Adult Acting Class meets Sundays at 7:30pm starting September 8.This eight-week 90-minute class is designed for ages 18 and up. Scene study with partners and monologues are the   focus. This class uses the Meisner Technique with the premise that “acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.”

Roger Ricker, who has been with The Media Theatre since 1994 and has appeared in over 90 productions, will be instructing Level One Acting for Children and the TeenActing Class. Tim Haney, an actor and stage manager, will instruct the Teen Improv Class and Level Two Acting for Children as well as the Adult Acting Class.

The Media Theatre’s New School, a conservatory-style educational approach to music theatre, is headed into its fourth year. Enrollment is by interview or audition only. Jesse Cline, the theatre’s Artistic Director, will hold auditions on Saturday August 17 for the 2013-2014 session.

Cline, who led the theatre to Broadway World Philadelphia’s “Best Theatre Company 2012” Award,  instructs the acting classes within The New School, while resident music director Tom Fosnocht teaches vocal music and music theory. There is also a movement element to the course. 

The New  School is the only theatre school in Delaware County and the region with a focus on preparing students for performance in music theatre. It includes instruction in the three disciplines of acting, music, and movement—all of which are needed in the performance of music theatre.

Acting, music, and dance are intertwined throughout this program,” Cline added. “The objective of the New School is to incorporate all of these elements into a common approach put forth by the faculty. If one were to synthesize the fundamental premise of the training it would be that ‘the truth is everything’. This premise is essential and should maintain itself in everything that takes place on stage. Each student finds the truth within himself or herself and that particular truth means they are individual and special.”

Cline and Fosnocht look forward to The New School which enters its fourth season September 23 with two age groups. The teens meet on Mondays at 4:30pm with the younger age group meeting on Thursdays at 4:30pm. Only 15 students are accepted for each age group. Each semester of The New School culminates in a recital.

For more information regarding The Media Theatre's Acting Classes or New School, call610-891-0100 or visit

Pictured: Students of The Media Theatre's New School rehearse.