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Seeking Staff for Kids’ Summer Workshop

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Wheaton Drama is now seeking teachers for their annual Summer Workshop. Wheaton Drama workshops will help build confidence by giving the attendees first hand experience in creating a live production. Children will learn how teamwork works in building a theatrical presentation…besides having fun and making new friends.The place to be this summer is Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111.

Teachers will be responsible for working with a specific age group in building theatre skills, music skills or dance skills (depending upon the position they apply for). There will be several meetings in order to prepare for the summer as a group prior to the start of our July session. We will work as a leadership team to make sure that all staff feel comfortable and know what to expect.

Dance – Staff will be responsible for teaching each group a “class” dance to the music choose by the music teacher. They will also be teaching a camp finale dance number to the music choose by the music teacher.

Music – Staff will be responsible for teaching each group a “class” song that fits with the camp theme (to be chosen by the workshop staff). They will also teach a camp finale song that fits with the camp theme (to be chosen by the workshop staff).

Theatre – Staff will be responsible for working with their “class” on various theatre games to help build confidence. They will also find and present a short script that will fit with the camp theme (to be chosen by the workshop staff).

Our workshop moto – “It is about the process NOT the product.” We only have one week together and our goal is for the students to have fun and to learn something along the way. They should make growth from the moment they walk into the theatre on day 1 to the moment they leave on day 6. Our leadership team is there all week to help in anyway they can.

Teachers can apply for Music, Theatre or Dance for week 1 (elementary), week 2 (middle school / high school) or both weeks. They will get paid $500 per week.

All applications are due no later than midnight on March 12th.

Link to apply for a Workshop Teacher Position – https://goo.gl/forms/Q3EYznlapKjWviWi2

We will be holding staff interviews on March 16 beginning at 12:30pm. No later than March 14th, you will receive an email with a scheduled time for an interview if one is needed. (Note – an interview may not be needed if you are a returning staff member. But a completed application is required by ALL those who wish to be considered.)

Workshop Details & Dates

July 8 – 13, 2019 Performance Theatre

Grades 1-5* morning session: 8:30 am -12:00 pm

Grades 1-5* afternoon session: 1 pm -4:30 pm

Staff will be working from 8AM – 5PM Monday – Saturday. They are required to be present the whole time.

July 10 – 13, 2019 Technical Theatre

Grades 6-12*

July 10, 1 pm -4:30 pm

July 11-13, 9 am -4:30 pm

Staff will be working Wednesday from 12:30PM – 5PM and Thursday – Saturday 8:30AM – 5PM. They are required to be present the whole time.

July 15 – 20, 2019 Performance Theatre

Grades 6-12* full day session 9 am -4:30 pm

Staff will be working from 8:30 – 5PM Monday – Friday and 8:30 – 1PM on Saturday. They are required to be present the whole time.

July 17 – 20, 2019 Technical Theatre

Grades 6-12*

July 17, 1 pm -4:30 pm

July 18 -20, 9 am -4:30 pm

Staff will be working Wednesday from 12:30PM – 5PM and Thursday – Saturday 8:30AM – 5PM. They are required to be present the whole time.

Saturday Performance

Grade 1-5 morning class: July 13 -10:30 am

Grade 1-5 afternoon class: July 13 -2:00 pm

Grade 6-8, High School: July 20 -10:00 am

Register NOW: Kids’ Workshop begins Jan 8!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
A Fun Experience For All!
Young performers, Grades 1 – 8, will learn basic onstage and acting techniques while they develop their imagination and creativity.  All children will have a blast as they explore acting through a series of theater and improvisational games.  This ensemble building class will foster each student’s self esteem and help him/her become an independent thinker both on and off the stage.
Six-week sessions will be offered at Wheaton Drama, located at 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL. All sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons at these times:
January 8 – February 12, 2019 (Make Up: February 19)
5:00 p.m. until 5:55 p.m.
(Please note that this session will be Grades 1 – 8 combined and both classes will run at the 5pm time slot.)
Tuition: $100 per child for the six-week session
To register, visit www.wheatondrama.org or call 630-260-1820 and leave a message about registration. 
Contact Education Governor Elyse Willis with questions or for more information at
Note: Classes are subject to change based on enrollment.

Register NOW for Late Fall Kid’s Workshop!

Sunday, September 30th, 2018


1st Grade Through 8th Grade Classes

A six week workshop designed to strengthen the acting “muscle”. Through acting games and exercises, each week students will work on a different aspect of acting technique such as movement, voice, characterization, pantomime, plus others. Teamwork, focus and listening are added benefits in this acting workshop. Students will also work on a short 15 min skit to apply the skills learned and will perform at the end of the last class. Session will be posted throughout the year as they become open for registration (roughly a month before the class starts).

All sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons at these times:

Grades 1 – 4:  4:00 p.m. until 4:55 p.m.

Grades 5 – 8:  5:00 p.m. until 5:55 p.m.

Tuition: $100 per session per child

Registration: www.wheatondrama.org/order-tickets/



Late Fall Session: October 30 – December 11 (Make Up December 18 – Note no class November 20 due to Thanksgiving) Registration Now Open!

Winter Session: January 8 – February 12 (Make Up February 19)

Spring Session: March 5 – April 9 (Make Up April 16)

Late Spring Session: April 30  – June 4 (Make Up June 11)


Note: Classes are subject to change based on enrollment. Registration for each class will be open one month before the class begins. If there are not enough students enrolled in any given session then the class may be cancelled. Notification of a cancelled class will be sent out one week prior to the start of class and all money will be refunded. Registration for classes close the sunday before class begins.


Staff: All staff are certified teachers who go through extensive background checks each year.


Contact Elyse Willis for more information at wdieducation@gmail.com  or call 630.260.1820 and leave a message about registration.

Adult Education Workshop Summer 2018

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018


Love theatre but don’t have time to do a full show?

Never been on stage and want to give it a try for the first time?

New to the area and have no idea what Wheaton Drama is?

Well, we have the perfect answer to all of these questions and more!

Join us for our first-ever Adult Summer Theatre Workshop.
Participants will participate in this performance-based workshop (acting/singing/dancing). We have the best of the best to help guide you on your journey throughout the workshop weekend.
Our workshop weekend schedule is:
Saturday, August 18 from 9AM – 4PM (with an hour break from 12 – 1 for lunch)
Sunday, August 19 from 1PM – 4:30PM
Monday, August 20 at 7:30pm Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30pm Performance at our monthly membership meeting
The cost of this workshop is only $20, which will cover the cost of special workshop shirt and a small stipend to our teachers.

Registration is open online at www.wheatondrama.org beginning July 11 through August 17.

There are only 15 spots available, so make sure to sign up TODAY. You do not want to miss out on this amazing new experience at WDI this summer.
Questions please feel free to email Elyse Willis (Education Governor) at wdieducation@gmail.com.


Deadline extended to 3/10: Teach a July workshop

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Wheaton Drama seeks teachers for our 2018 Summer Workshop, a weeklong experience in which students learn about theatre, dance and music.

Students will spend time with each teacher (dance and theatre), learning about each performance process and developing lifelong skills. We stress process over product, but parents will see what their children have been working on during a showcase performance at week’s end.

The Wheaton Drama Summer Workshop provides comprehensive theatre instruction for children in grades 1–5 during Week One and in middle school (grades 6–8) and high school students during Week Two.

Teachers will be hired in two areas:
1. Theatre
2. Dance

Hours and dates:
Elementary Week One (July 9–14) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., performances on Saturday, July 14.
Middle and High School Week Two (July 16–21) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., performance on Saturday, July 21.

Each teacher will be paid $500 per session.

Please fill in and submit the WDI_2018 Summer Workshop teacher application form by March 10, 2018, to wdieducation@wheatondrama.org.

If you have any questions please contact Elyse Willis, Wheaton Drama Education Governor, at wdieducation@wheatondrama.org.

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