Those wishing to pursue a career in acting or singing may choose from a variety of courses at The Media Theatre beginning the weekend of January 11, 2014. The Winter Session of classes offers acting lessons weekly for children through adults as well as a new Improvisation Class with an instructor from Second City Training Center. 

All Media Theatre classes follow the Sanford Meisner Technique, which is based on the premise that, as the legendary acting coach stated, “Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.”
Siblings Beada and Dan Briglia, both Media Theatre New School students, who have achieved national success in 2013. Beada is currently seen in the Tony nominated "A Christmas Story" at Madison Square Garden, while Dan is in his first national tour titled "Radio City Christmas Spectacular". In this photo they perform a song from The Media Theatre's "Velveteen Rabbit Christmas" 2012 production. 
There are two levels of instruction for children, both one hour weekly. Level One Acting takes place Saturdays at 9am for ages 5 to 9, or for those who are just starting out with an interest in theatre. The 10-week course is structured to include exercises which assist basic speaking and stage skills, learning stage directions, and developing an ability to work with others while gaining self-confidence and self-awareness.

Level Two Acting, which is also a 10-week course, takes place Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Primarily for those ages 8-11, or for those with some stage experience, the class focuses on scene work which is created by the students and strengthened by the instructor. Focus and discipline are a large part of the class.

Teens have their Acting Class on Sundays at 6pm. The 8-week 90 minute sessions focus on monologues previously written as well as composed by the students, plus scene work. As the class progresses the monologues are strengthened through study and performance, and the scene work is enhanced. All is done within a group setting, allowing the students to have one-on-one instruction as well as to learn by watching others.

The Adult Acting Class is a 90 minute 8-week course as well, Sundays at 7:30pm. For ages 18 and up, it’s for those who wish to explore something new or wish to solidify their stage skills. Scene study with partners is the focus, as are monologues. The class is instrumental in developing renewed self-esteem and a stronger ability to deal with business associates. It is also a great class for those who have careers which deal with public speaking or who deal with the public on a day-to-day basis. No experience is necessary. 
Robert Huntington, of Chicago's famed Second City Training Center, will instruct the new Improv Class starting Tuesdays January 14.
The new Improv Class will be instructed by Robert Huntington, an alumni of Chicago’s famed Second City Training Center. It meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm for 8 weeks. The 90 minute course will be fun and instrumental in building a quick rapport with other actors. For teens and adults, the class will be specifically designed to each participant’s level of experience. Robert Huntington will bring his expertise from Second City’s conservatory program and from working with Improv Olympic and the Victory Gardens in Chicago.

Roger Ricker, a veteran of over 85 productions at The Media Theatre and show director for “The Wizard of OZ” and “Pinkalicious”, will instruct the Children’s and Teen Classes. Tim Haney, seen recently in “Spamalot”, leads the Adult Class.

All classes at The Media Theatre are under the supervision of Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who adds his own expertise to The New School, a conservatory-style music theatre education program for youth. Cline is nominated for Best Director on Broadway World for his production of “Mame” starring Andrea McArdle. He has maintained the integrity and award-winning status of The Media Theatre’s Media Music Theatre Company for two decades. The New School is accepting registrations for its second semester which begins mid-January. 

For information on Acting Classes or The New School at The Media Theatre, call 610-891-0100 or visit to register. The New School is by audition or invitation only. All other classes are open to registration.