Chance classes are designed for all students, whether you are just beginning your artistic journey, or looking to further develop your skills. Courses are focused on building well-rounded artists in a nurturing and trusting environment, helping students to take risks and reach their potential as artists and people.

In 2015, we are launching our progressive multi-year program.  With a focus on ensemble-building, our curriculum is designed to develop thoughtful, confident and generous artists. Courses will be 10 weeks in length and will be offered in three sessions (fall, winter, and spring). Students are also encouraged to get involved in our Speak Up summer program.


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Submit your application by January 24th via

EMAIL: Education@ChanceTheater.com
FAX: (714) 459-7873
MAIL: Education @ Chance Theater, PO Box 3309, Orange, CA 92857

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WINTER SESSION: January 31-March 21

These 6-week introductory courses introduce students to the mission and style of the education program at the Chance.  Students will showcase their work at the Education Day event on March 21.

 

puppetActor’s Workshop – Building Characters
Tuesdays, 4-6pm
Grades 9-12

This Actor’s Workshop is centered on creating a character through truth and honesty.  Students will work on creating believable characters through exercises, improvisation, monologue and scene work.  The course will introduce to techniques that bridge themselves to the character.
Tuition: $150
Special 50% OFF Introductory Rate: $75

 

Improvisation
Saturdays, 10am-12pm
Grades 6-8

Students will explore the elements of improvisation in our introductory course. They will learn some of the core fundamentals and principles of improv, focusing on various games and exercises that encourage trust, communication, agreement (“yes and”); active listening, character, status, and making your scene partner look good.
Tuition: $150
Special 50% OFF Introductory Rate: $75

 

Creative Drama
Saturdays, 9-10am
Grades 1-5

Creative Drama classes offer our youngest students an exciting introduction to performing. This class will be exploring the freedom of expression and movement while also learning to work in an ensemble. Students will learn to explore the imagination and to work as a team through basic movement, creative singing, theatre games, and performance techniques.
Tuition: $150
Special 50% OFF Introductory Rate: $75

 

SPRING SESSION: April 11 – June 20

The following are 10-week classes designed to help beginners and advanced students alike.

 

Actors Workshop – Auditioning Techniques
Tuesdays, 4-6pm
Grades 9-12

3photosAuditioning can be an intimidating experience even for the advanced actor.  This actor’s workshop is dedicated to demystifying the process, building confidence and putting the actor in control.  This session will cover a wide range of topics from exploring what directors are looking for,  selecting the right monologues, to techniques to help connect to the words on an emotionally honest and truthful level. Students will have an opportunity to share their work with guest artists at the end of the session. This class is designed to allow students to repeat and develop new audition material.
Tuition: $150

 

The Basics of Playwrighting
Thursdays, 4-6pm
Grades 9-12

This course is designed to give students the foundation to create their own plays for the stage.  Students will explore techniques to help them take an original idea, and develop it into a 1-act play.  Exercises in dialogue, character development, conflict and structure, aw well as the reading and discussion of student work will be the focus of the class. In addition, students will be able to edit and rework their material with input from guest playwrights, Chance artists, as well as their fellow students.  The course will culminate in a staged reading for the community. Students will have an opportunity to submit their work to the Chance Young Playwrights Festival in October
Tuition: $150

 

Improvisation
Saturdays, 10am-12pm
Grades 6-8

Students will explore the elements of improv in our introductory course. They will learn some of the core fundamentals and principles of improv, focusing on various games and exercises that encourage trust, communication, agreement (“yes and”); active listening, character, status, and making your scene partner look good.
Tuition: $150

 

Creative Drama
Saturdays, 9-10am
Grades 1-5

Creative Drama classes offer our youngest students an exciting introduction to performing. This class will be exploring the freedom of expression and movement while also learning to work in an ensemble. Students will learn to explore the imagination and to work as a team through basic movement, creative singing, theatre games, and performance techniques.
Tuition: $150

Meet the Instructor

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Darryl Hovis is an actor, director, and designer, and is the Education Director at Chance Theater.  He earned his MA in Theatre Production at Central Washington University and studied acting at the Professional Conservatory at UCSD under Anna Shapiro (Steppenwolf) as well as South Coast Repertory under Karen Hensel.  He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Culver City Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, where he developed an intensive arts program for high school students in theatre, film, music, and art, and has gone on to develop theatre programs at other Southern California high schools, as well as Theatre International at Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland. He has directed a multitude of productions, some of his favorites being Therese Raquin (Chance Theater), Rent and The Threepenny Opera (Samohi Theatre), Machinal and Resurrecting Antigone (UniTheatre), and The Miracle Worker and Treehouses (AVPA).  He dedicates his work to God and to his wife, Angela, and three children, Dylan, Andrew, and Julia.

kohanlonKaren O’Hanlon, a Philadelphia area native, is delighted to be a resident artist at Chance Theater. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from East Stroudsburg University and has worked as a teaching artist, actress, and director throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. At the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, she spent several years teaching and directing for the First Stage program, as well as their in-school residency program. Karen was the regional director for Creative Theatre, where she worked to bring after-school and summer camps to children throughout the east coast. In addition, she has worked with several outreach programs designed to help at-risk youths and teens find their voice through creative expression. In California, Karen taught Theatre at Fairmont Private School, where she produced student-driven new work. Karen is also a coach and judge for the Orange County middle school debate program.