Sessional Classes

Arts Umbrella Theatre & Music Sessional Classes
Theatre, Music & Film classes to inspire youth ages 6-19

From script writing, to technique, to performance, our Sessional Classes give young people an opportunity to discover the world of Theatre, Music & Film. Our programs help students develop imagination, build self-confidence, and learn to work as a team.

Supportive and knowledgeable instructors guide students through classes, following a unique curriculum that focuses on process and personal development. Class exercises and performances can help young artists feel more emotionally and physically comfortable with their artistic passions.

Learn more about our full range of Sessional Classes below, and visit our Important Dates page for details about registration.

Class location and schedule details are available on our registration page.

Theatre Classes


Ages 6-8, 9-12, 12-16
Be curious, be bold, and be yourself. Students will explore a variety of age-appropriate acting tools and techniques such as the relationship between the physical body and character. Younger students develop imagination, creativity, self-confidence, and empathy in a fun and expressive way. As students progress, they will apply their techniques to solo and group scripts, improvisations, and devised work. Teen artists will learn to sharpen their instincts to make strong and consistent choices.

Curbside Cabaret

Ages 12-19
Students will work on 3-5 solo songs and string together patter to develop their own cabaret performance. Tech support and backing tracks will then be provided for students to perform a Curbside Cabaret in their neighbourhood, at a care home, or other outdoor location(s) selected by the student and instructors. Duets can be accommodated only for students who live in the same household. Previous musical theatre experience is strongly recommended.


Ages 13-19
Challenge your theatrical creativity and tell your story from a new perspective in this online directing class. Learn to build collaborative partnerships and inspire an artistic team to activate your vision on stage.

Musical Theatre

Ages 6-8, 9-12, 12-19
In these fun and challenging classes, students find their voice, and make the connection between their body, music, and storytelling. This class features acting techniques, vocal training, and choreography. Participants also collaborate on ensemble pieces, learning to work as a team on stage. As students progress, they will incorporate harmonies, complex dance steps, and advanced acting techniques to craft engaging and detailed stories through song.

Musical Theatre: Guest Artist Series

Ages 12+, prior musical theatre experience strongly recommended
Students gain valuable insight on the inner workings of musical theatre performance from professional guest musical theatre artists. Students learn audition and performance techniques to make the most of their solo material and ensemble performances. Students may be asked to prepare material in advance of the class and should be prepared to rehearse outside of class time.

Musical Theatre for Home Learners

Ages 8-12 , 12-19
Students work on group and solo pieces from the musical theatre canon to find their voice, and make the connection between their body, music, and storytelling. This class features ensemble pieces, vocal training, acting and choreography. As students progress, the intersection of dance, song, and acting, while vocal and acting techniques are brought into focus in both ensemble and solo performance.

Advanced Musical Theatre for Home Learners

Ages 8-12, 12-19, prior musical theatre experience strongly recommended.
Students fortify their connections between their body, music, and storytelling by working on group and solo pieces from the musical theatre canon. This class features ensemble pieces, vocal training, acting and choreography with a strong emphasis on individual choices to support the story. As students progress, advanced concepts in all three disciplines are introduced and explored.

Public Speaking

Ages 9-12
Standing up in front of a group and speaking takes confidence. Communication takes skill. In this program students will learn about diction, tempo, and stage presence by exploring famous monologues and a variety of theatre exercises. Through these exercises, participants will develop the tools needed to speak with clarity and motivation. Discover the power of your voice and learn to inspire your audience.


Ages 9-12
From Pinocchio to Sesame Street, puppets have an innate ability to nurture and inspire creativity. In this new class, students will create their own puppet characters from the ground up and explore an artform that encourages curiosity, empathy, and imagination that will last a lifetime.

Sketch Comedy and Improv

Ages 9-12, 13-16
Improv teaches students valuable tools for life, like problem-solving, team building, and communication. This class is a group experience that allows students of all abilities to express themselves while also developing individual skills in creativity. Participants should be ready to play, explore, and share new ideas.

Music Classes

Making Music

Ages 6-8
Songs, movement, and stories bring music to life in this fun, interactive way to introduce children to music fundamentals. In person participants are encouraged to bring hand-held percussion instruments (or everyday objects to use as instruments) from home.

Private Voice Lessons

Ages 9+
Experienced students will receive advanced 1-on-1 coaching from our professional voice teachers. Students will experience a balance of technique and performance coaching designed to stretch their abilities and enhance their performance. Private lessons are ideal for those preparing for post-secondary auditions, but are open to anyone looking to develop with individual attention.

Voice Lessons: Beginner

Ages 6-8, 9-12, 12-19
In small groups of up to four, students get specific coaching on the mechanics of great singing with a qualified voice teacher. Emphasis will be placed on anatomy, breath and release work, singing technique, and basic song interpretation.

Voice Lessons: Intermediate

Ages 9-12, 12-19
In small groups of up to four, students get specific coaching on the mechanics of great singing with a qualified voice teacher. Emphasis will be placed on anatomy, breath and release work, singing technique, and basic song interpretation. Students enrolled in intermediate classes require previous voice lessons experience.

Film Classes

Acting for the Camera

Ages 6-8, 9-12
Develop on-camera acting skills through exercises, readings, and improvisation. Young actors build confidence and self-awareness both on- and off-camera. Students also learn how to prepare as an actor and tackle creative projects like how to develop a dynamic character. As students progress, they will apply their techniques in development of original material.


Ages 10-13
From cartoons to commercials and radio to video games, voice-over is an integral part of an actor’s tool belt. In this class, students learn microphone technique and studio etiquette, and play with character voices as they explore the world of voice acting, and see how to bring a script to life.


Film: Audition Techniques

Ages 10-14
Auditioning is fact of life for an actor and a good audition comes down to craft. In this on camera acting class, students will focus on how to make strong, consistent choices, sharpen their instincts on camera, and how to craft their performance to get the most of the audition process.

Film: Commercial Acting

Ages 10-14
From fast food to family cars, commercials are an industry to themselves. In this fun on camera acting class, students will discover the world of commercial acting where they will learn to create the character and tell the story in ta short 30-second ad spot.

Writing Classes

Comedy Writing

Ages 9-12, 13-19
Students discover the world of comedy writing and create their own work. Special attention is placed on how to establish premise and how to develop a unique voice for parody, satire, and caricature. Students have weekly in-class writing activities based on the form of comedy studied that day.

Writing for Film and Theatre

Ages 9-12, 13-16
Discover the world of scriptwriting and learn how to create your own work. In this fun online class, students will explore the difference between writing for theatre and film, with a focus on story and style. Participants will uncover how to open up their creativity through writing and play by crafting their own scenes or monologues to bring their ideas to life on the page.

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