Walden Theatre Conservatory
CTC's Walden Theatre Conservatory
Our world-class Conservatory program engages young people and our community through extracurricular classes in acting, directing, playwriting, stagecraft, stage combat, dance, movement & voice. Our Shakespeare education program is among the most comprehensive in the nation and culminates each year in the Young American Shakespeare Festival.
CTC alumni are regularly accepted into the country's finest university theatre training programs. Seven of our graduates have attended The Juilliard School, with others going on to Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Cornish, Minnesota/Guthrie, dePaul, Yale, and a host of other prestigious programs. Former students have had unmatched success professionally in regional theatre, television and motion pictures, both as actors and as production directors & designers.
Clearly the Walden program is ambitious and sets a high bar for its students. At the same time, they are viewed not just as performers, but as developing human beings as well.
Theatre Dept. Chair, Cornish College of the Arts
Class List for Fall 2022
Students ages 6-12 of any experience level will enter the Conservatory at the Imagination or Improv level. These programs meet once a week and introduce concepts and skills that will be essential to continuing to grow as young people and young artists. As they gain experience, students will be promoted to intermediate and advanced classes to keep them challenged and further develop their skills, confidence, collaboration, and creativity.
Open to students ages 13+ who are new to the Conservatory (contact us for class placement before enrolling) and younger students promoted from Improv. Intermediate classes continue building stills with twice-weekly meetings every Wednesday and Friday. Students at these levels are eligible to audition for CTC's mainstage season of plays, where they take the stage alongside their more-experienced peers.
Students attaining this level or entering with considerable experience (contact us for class placement before enrolling) attend classes twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In Playmaking and Performance, students study advanced theatre making and acting technique, with opportunities to showcase their skills in performance, directing, and even designing and stage managing for CTC's full season of plays. Those looking ahead to college theatre programs may join our Master Skills class (more info below) that's offered as an optional, free program.
Specialty Classes (Available in the Fall Only)
Students ages 13-18 are encouraged to join the optional Playwriting class that meets weekly on Mondays. This is a free program for students already enrolled in a Conservatory class, or it can be added for a fee for upperclassmen in current good standing who are not enrolled in a Conservatory class. Advanced students planning to audition for college theatre programs can add Master Skills that meets Saturdays to hone audition packages and learn the ins and outs of applying to top schools.
CTC is not offering synchronous virtual classes currently. Click the button below to visit our CTC online webpage.
New and Prospective Families
Each term, we invite new and prospective families to look behind the curtain of one of the top theatre training programs in the nation and see firsthand the excellence of our programs. Designed for young people ages 5-18, from beginners to pre-professionals.
Adult Acting Classes
Students 18+ can enroll in 8-week sessions of Adult Acting at CTC. From total beginners who have the itch to perform to actors wanting to develop an edge in upcoming auditions, adult actors of all experience levels can take their craft to the next level at Commonwealth Theatre Center.
Benefits of Participation
The Conservatory challenges and inspires young people to be their most creative selves. Instructors and directors instill in students a love of literature, writing, and theater in a challenging, yet nurturing environment where students learn life skills and make lasting friendships – while learning to act. The skills developed in the Conservatory are ones that are necessary for every child to possess: listening, memorization, physical awareness, focus and concentration, cooperation, communicating verbally and physically and storytelling. Numerous studies have shown that participation in the arts…
- Improves academic performance and test scores
- Improves reading and math skills and the capacity for creative thinking
- Improves attitudes and skills that promote the learning process
- Builds social bonds, improves self-image, self-regulation and tolerance
Each semester, Commonwealth Theatre Center awards thousands of dollars in need-based tuition assistance. Financial Aid forms (click to request) are due approximately three weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. The scholarship committee, composed of board members and staff, reviews requests and makes awards. All financial information remains strictly confidential, and is not shared with parties other than the evaluation committee and recipient. Because of the high demand for assistance, more partial scholarships than full scholarships are awarded.
Financial aid options may be limited this semester. While we hope to be able to accommodate requests, please note that we cannot guarantee financial aid availability for all who apply. Award decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis as funds are available.
The current withdrawal policy is detailed in our handbook. You can access the handbook at commonwealththeatre.org/handbook.
COVID-19 may still affect class schedules in the Fall and we cannot predict exactly how. If CTC is not able to hold Fall semester classes at all, your payment before September 1st WILL be refunded. But if CTC is able to go ahead with Fall classes, even if in-person classes are interrupted by an act of god, governor, or the CDC, your payment will NOT be refunded, as we are confident we can fulfill our promise to students through virtual instruction in place of in-person classes, if needed.
If for any reason you decide to withdraw from class, a written withdrawal notice must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 48 hours prior to the start of class. You will receive a withdrawal confirmation email detailing any refunds due to you and/or any fees due from you.
If you make tuition installments, you will not be eligible for a withdrawal refund; you simply will not be billed for installment payments past the date of withdrawal. Delinquent accounts are not eligible for a withdrawal refund. All refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee.