Classes start soon at Magenta Theater Academy

Magenta Theater Academy, 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, is about to launch its spring and summer session. MTA offers performing arts education with experienced instructors, and focuses on acting rather than on singing and dancing. MTA believes that students of the theater arts gain a valuable skill set, including confidence and the ability to effectively collaborate with others. MTA’s instructors are committed not only to the theater, but also to those wishing to grow through this art form. Instructors are provided with an assistant where needed. Classes are available for adults and youth ages 11 and up. For more information and to register, visit

The Wind in the Willows (ages 11-18)
Classes will begin with script work, character analysis, and stage presence as it transitions into application and preparation for a stage performance of The Wind in the Willows. Every student will have an opportunity to participate in performance.
Instructor: Dori Matsen
Times: Weeddays are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21; June 4, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 12, 13, 14
Performance: July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $225 (28 hours of class time including educational materials)

Improv 101 (ages 11-18)
This workshop will break down the art and skills of improvisation, giving students a full understanding of how to use this tool both on and off stage.
Instructor: Tony Provenzola
Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: July 21 and 28
Cost: $90 (12 hours of class time, educational materials, and one ticket for MIT performance on July 28)

Lighting 101 (ages 17 and up)
Classes will begin with lighting theory and move to hands-on application. The class will take part in a light hang, including preparation and technical rehearsals that are vital experiences for lighting designers or light technicians. Every student will have an opportunity to participate.
Instructor: Andrea van de Bruggen
Times: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21; June 4-8
Cost: $140 (18 hours of class time and educational materials; discounts available)

Actor’s Tool Box (ages 15 and up)
Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of acting as well as creative techniques to build and strengthen acting skills. This class will give both seasoned actors and those new to the stage the necessary tools to pursue the performing arts with more confidence.
Instructor: Melissa Barnick
Times: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dates: July 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug. 7
Cost: $90 (10 hours of class time and educational materials)