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Arden Drama School Fall Session Begins September 27th
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia
August 30, 2014

(Philadelphia, PA)Arden Theatre Company announces their Fall Session of theatre classes for kids from Pre-School age to High School.  Taught by professional artists with a passion for teaching, classes emphasize growing confidence and increasing skill development at each level. 

Pre-School classes are interactive with a focus on books, storytelling, music and dance.  Grades Pre-K through 5 develop collaborative skills through classes such as Sing Along, Treasure Trunk, and Storycrafters.  Grades 3-5 build the foundation skills for performance.  Classes offered include Acting, Musical Theatre and Showtime!   Special Workshops  and One Day Workshops offered throughout the session are designed to work on specific areas such as Improv, Musical Theatre and Costume Design.

Classes for Grades 6-8 further develop an understanding of what techniques actors use when performing onstage and include Fundamentals of Acting, Musical Theater and Glee Club.  As students reach Grades 9-12, students are able to deepen their skills and specify with classes such as Sketch Comedy, Acting: Process & Performance and Musical Theatre Techniques.  More Special and One-Day Workshops are available for these Middle and High School students such as Stage Combat, Shakespeare and Acting for the Camera.

Multi-week classes and One-Day workshops offered in three full sessions – Fall, Winter and Spring. In addition, Arden Drama School offers day camps in the summer.  The complete schedule of Arden Drama School can be found online at  Registration is now open for the 2014/15 School year, with Fall classes beginning September 27 for Pre-School through Grade 5 and October 11 for Grades 6 through 12.

Classes will be held at Arden Theatre Company’s Hamilton Family Arts Center at 62 N. 2nd Street, just three doors north of the Arden in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Old City Philadelphia. This building has been designed to be the home for Arden Drama School, where students work alongside the professional artists rehearsing the plays and creating the sets for Arden productions.

To enroll or for more information, call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit us online at, or stop by the box office. Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 N. 2nd Street in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Old City Philadelphia.

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Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden’s 2014/15 Season includes:
La Bête, By David Hirson –  September 11 – October 12, 2014
Great Expectations, By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Gale Childs Daly – October 23 – December 14, 2014
Beauty and the Beast, By Charles Way –  November 26, 2014-February 2, 2015
Under the Skin, A world premiere by Michael Hollinger – January 15- March 15, 2015
Macbeth, By William Shakespeare – March 5 – April 19, 2015
The Jungle Book,
A world premiere by Greg Banks – April 15 – June 21, 2015
Passion, Book by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – May 21 – June 28, 2015

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people.

In Fall 2013, the Arden completed an expansion with the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. This building is a home for process and innovation, including six classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, and Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 59 awards and 300 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.

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