6 Of The Best Online Theater Courses

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Not everyone wants to – or has the means to – study on campus. As the world is now, you’ll most likely have to find another way to excel on your creative path in the absence of being able to physically attend classes. Although you may think theater and acting require in-person teaching to be effective, it’s amazing what you can learn online with these six online theater courses. 

Performing Arts Industry Essentials

This theater course from the faculty at NYU is entirely online. In this course, you’ll complete five modules that are between three to five hours in length – including assignments – to earn a non-credit certificate of completion. The course is entirely self-paced, therefore, you’re able to do it on your own time while learning from the industry’s most respected professionals. 

Shakespeare: Print and Performance

Would a list of online theater courses be complete without mention of the playwright extraordinaire Shakespeare? Unlikely. This course, developed by King’s College in London, explores Shakespeare prints and performances in both early-modern times and today. Another benefit is that you can complete this course at your own pace. Additionally, you can attend the course for free or upgrade to receive a non-credit certificate of completion.

Writing for Performance and the Entertainment Industries 

This course hosted on EdX by Cambridge University is ideal for anyone wanting to explore their theater ambitions by becoming a playwright. The course covers a plethora of subjects. These subjects include developing a scene effectively and in-depth knowledge on how to write for the stage. You can complete this course in 8 months doing approximately 8 to 10 hours of work per week. 

Additionally, this course is instructor-led, meaning assignments and tasks have due dates.

Acting Masterclass

This one hour class takes you on a quick journey on how to pursue your acting career. Award-winning actor and singer Gabriel Burrafato hosts this masterclass. Gabriel’s starred in leading roles on Broadway, The Young and the Restless, and Criminal Minds. In this self-paced course on Skillshare, you’ll learn what Gabriel’s learned in his 20 years in the industry. Including taming your nerves, finding an agent, and creating an acting resume.

The Elevated Stage: Creating Your Rehearsal Schedule

Hosted by performer, director, and teacher Britney Verria, this fifteen-minute course gives you everything you need to know to create a well-rounded rehearsal schedule. This easy to follow along course breaks down what you need to know to set up your rehearsal schedule for optimal performance the day-of your show. If you’re not the best with managing your time and commitments, this course is for you. 

Study Shakespeare Through His Key Characters

In the performing arts, having a keen understanding of Shakespeare is paramount. In this three-course program led by Harvard University faculty, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of Shakespeare. Instead, of going the conventional route, this course focuses on Shakespeare’s outsiders. The course Shakespeare illustrates these characters and artists choose to perform them. Additionally, the course includes interviews with artists, librarians, and academics at Harvard and is filmed on-location in Venice and London. 

Like we’ve learned from musical theater enthusiasts who achieve success through social media, a key component of being successful is continuing to develop your skills. These courses are going to help you accomplish that. 

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