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Queen – Wednesdays, Oct 20 – Dec 15, 6:30pm – 9pm (In-Person)


Developing a character is a combination of how to prepare for the role by making specific choices through text work, character and scene analysis, and also how to develop and experience that role while behaving truthfully on the stage, and in front of the camera. This course will build an actor’s foundation of acting techniques through the exploration of theatre games, improvisations, and scene study. The actor will be given a scripted scene to work on with a partner. This scene will continue to develop weekly and will enable each actor to apply the techniques learned in class. During the weekly process and development, there will be a strong focus on preparation, instinct, and finding honesty in all the actor’s work. A sharing of scenes will be performed on the final day.

Note 1: The first class Wednesday, October 20 will be held in the Wynn Theater.

Note 2: No Class on Wednesday, November 24.


Instructor Bio:

Virginia Queen has earned both a BFA in Acting from West Virginia University and an MFA in Acting from The School of Arts at Pennsylvania State University, where she taught acting for two years. She moved to New York City in 1997 and balanced her career as a professional actor, choreographer, director, producer, drama instructor and coach. In addition, she worked as a social justice advocate through the arts to provide positive social change in local communities and co-founded Broad Horizons Theatre Company in New York City.

She moved to the Triangle in 2003 where she continued her work as an artist, educator, administrator and social justice advocate. She has worked with various local institutions including UNC’s Department of Theatre, Music and School of Education, Elon University’s Department of Theatre, Durham School of the Arts, North Carolina’s School of Science and Math, The Durham Arts Council, and The ArtsCenter, among others. She choreographed the musical Oliver for Playmakers Repertory Theatre’s first joint production with The ArtsCenter. She directed Project ENGAGE! for the School of Education at UNC. This production used Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to create an ongoing conversation between local schools, teachers, parents and students to strengthen their relationship and build a stronger community among them.

Virginia is passionate about her work and continues to work throughout the area. She has found a home at The ArtsCenter for 16 years where she has regularly taught beginner and intermediate acting classes in theatre and film, dance and movement courses for various programs, and currently serves as The Artist In Residence Coordinator.


Due to the spread of the Delta Variant starting October 1, 2021, The ArtsCenter will be requiring proof of vaccination and masks (as per state-mandate) for anyone who attends our ArtSchool classes and in-person performances. This was not an easy decision to make however as a leading community organization, The ArtsCenter has a responsibility to the whole community and feel this mandate is the most sensible safety measure.
Thank you

In-person classes offered during the pandemic are conducted at a low maximum capacity and with social distancing measures in place. Masks must be worn at all times. Students are required to show instructors a proof of vaccination before attending in-person classes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for in-person classes offered during the pandemic.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!