High School Acting Lab, Improv Part of TAP’s Fall Education Series

Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces the class schedule for the Fall Education Series, taking place Sept. 9 – Nov. 12. Whether you are an actor interested in improving skills, a playwright working on a new piece, or a community member interested in discovering the ways theater can improve your life, there is something for everyone at the year-round professional theater in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

Kindergarten through middle school students can go to TAP on Saturdays throughout the fall season to learn theater skills through games, improvisation and ensemble building exercises in the classes: Theater Games, Elementary Acting Lab and Middle School Acting Lab. High School students may hone their skills in the High School Acting Lab on Tuesday evenings. Classes are taught by Amy Ensign and Richard Carlson. Due to a generous donation from Dennis and Bonnie Connolly to the StageKids education program, class fees range from $25 to $45. Call 920.743.1760 for more information or to register.

Adult playwrights and actors can choose between “Acting for Stage and Screen” taught by Spencer Milligan and “Playwriting Lab,” led by Paulette Laufer and Richard Carlson on Monday evenings.

New to TAP’s schedule is a series of workshops taught by Second City instructor and Peninsula Players’ actor Erica Elam. Take “Beginning Improvisation” on Sept. 18, 6-9 pm, to improve public speaking or be introduced to the basics of improvisation with a focus on support, teamwork, bravery, silliness and fun. For experienced actors, the emphasis in “Advanced Improvisation” will be placed on emotional bravery and honest scene work. This workshop is Oct. 9, 6-9 pm.

Never been on stage? Never want to? No problem! Try “Erica Elam’s Improv for a More Joyful Life” Oct. 7, 9 am – 12 pm. Come learn how improvisation can instantly increase serotonin levels, increase your heart rate, and build feelings of gratitude, empathy and joy.

For more information about the classes and workshops, call 920.743.1760 or visit

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