Education

Photo: “Yellow” Cast of SEUSSICAL the Musical (August 2022)
Photo credit: Kayla Ninneman Photography

YAA Principles // Conduct Policy


Upcoming Classes


YAA Classes: Spring 2023

Registrations for the Spring 2023 semester of Young Actors Academy drama classes are now open.

View and download our 2022-2023 information packet below for more information. Students who participated in our summer musical, SEUSSICAL, receive a discount on registration. Tuition scholarships and payment plans are also available for families who request financial assistance. See the info packet for more details.

PLEASE NOTE: The date of the event you are purchasing reflects the extended registration deadline and not your actual class selection. You will be asked to select a first and a second class preference during registration checkout. Some mobile devices experience issues displaying full information or applying discount codes. Try using a desktop computer or selecting “desktop site” view on your mobile device if you encounter any confusing issues, or call our box office for assistance at 612-615-1515.


Synopsis of YAA

Participants 8 to 18 years old gain confidence, develop creativity and learn theater fundamentals as they participate in skills-based acting games & activities during biweekly classes culminating in an end-of-semester showcase performance.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. We believe creativity is a gift from the Divine Artist to be used in service of the common good.
  2. We believe creative training is a highly valuable tool for the mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of young people.
  3. We believe that artists, as ambassadors of empathy, should treat others as they themselves wish to be treated, with love and mutual respect.

About the Instructors

AMANDA WEIS
YAA Administrator & Instructor (Monday & Friday classes)

Amanda is an experienced performing artist and stage director who divides her time between private vocal instruction and performing and directing throughout the Twin Cities and greater area. Ms. Weis obtained her BA in vocal music at the College of St.Benedict/St. John’s University and her Masters of Music at the University of MN, Duluth. Collegiately, she has studied classical vocal music and opera, while also participating in musical theatre and vocal jazz opportunities and study. Ms. Weis has performed leading and supporting roles with numerous notable performing arts companies in the region. Ms. Weis was also the vocal director for the national tour Nick Jr Live, a new work from Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment.

Amanda Weis is a member of the NATS – National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a solo & ensemble contest judge for the Minnesota State High School League under the name, Amanda McGivern.

JOSHUA ZAPATA-PALMER
Instructor (Tuesday & Saturday classes)

Joshua Palmer is a Twin Cities, MN film and theater artist. He has a BA in Theater Arts from Bethel University and has worked as an actor, director, producer, writer, teacher, clown, host, dancer, musician, and mime in Minnesota, Florida, Arizona, California, Poland, and South Africa. His film work includes the upcoming fantasy web series Hidden Falls, and the award-winning short films Bear, The Paper Jam, Core Value RangersWe Are KickballRosebird, Kowalskis, and Dust & Ashes. In theater, he has collaborated as an actor or director with the National Theatre for Children, Children’s Theatre Company, MN Opera, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, Arts Garden, MN Renaissance Festival, Juggler and Mime, MONDO Juggling Fest, Lakeshore Players, and Valleyfair. He regularly performs with the children’s show Lalo’s Lunchbox. Whether he’s telling stories, teaching classes, or creating new works, Josh desires to spread joy and hope in everything he does.


Questions?

Contact Amanda at: youth@openwindowtheatre.org

Personal Conduct Policy

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About

Participants gain confidence, develop creativity, and learn theater fundamentals as they participate in skills-based acting games & activities during biweekly classes culminating in an end-of-semester showcase performance.

Guiding Principles

  1. We believe creativity is a gift from the Divine Artist to be used in service of the common good.
  2. We believe creative training is a highly valuable tool for the mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of young people.
  3. We believe that artists, as ambassadors of empathy, should treat others as they themselves wish to be treated, with love and mutual respect.