Theatre Classes, Lessons and Camps
The theatre program at the BW Community Arts School includes class instruction, private lessons and summer camps for youth. Explore the exciting world of theatre and through engaging classes in Acting and Improv, or perfect your monologue through one-on-one lessons with a CAS faculty member.
Theatre Department Faculty
With over two decades of experience in theatre education as well as 30 years of professional acting experience, Heidi is currently a member of the Acting Faculty at Baldwin Wallace University. Heidi has taught performance classes at Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, and Palm Beach Atlantic Universities. Additionally, her theatre educator experience includes creating and facilitating K-12 programs as Director of Education for the (now defunct) Florida Stage and working with the Center for Creative Education and Pathways to Independence (a school for special needs students) in Florida. A professional actor and proud member of Actors’ Equity, Ms. Harris holds an MFA in Classical Acting from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University and a BA in Theatre from Florida State. She has completed and performed in programs at the British American Drama Academy (Oxford), Oxford University (UK) The Globe Theatre (London), and the Moscow Arts Theatre School (Russia), and has appeared locally at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts. Her past acting credits include sharing the stage with Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen and extensive TV/film voiceover work – including the animated film “The Ark,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Liz Huff does concert work, theater, improv, and collaborative arts projects throughout the Midwest and locations as far-flung as Estonia, Northern Ireland, and Finland. Music and comedy have led Liz to performing in many diverse venues including Severance Hall, internationally renowned jazz venue Nighttown, and the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC.
As an educator she teaches improv at Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School, leads storytelling/communication workshops, and coaches voice, in addition to having taught Distance Learning classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music for 10+ years.
An advocate for new work in theater and music, Liz has premiered works by numerous composers, including Ryan Charles Ramer. A graduate of CIM, she studied improv at The Annoyance Theater in Chicago. She is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys).
Theresa Kloos is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre. She has enjoyed mentoring young artists through Music Theatre Workshops, Improv Classes and one on one Acting and Singing Lessons. Most recently, she acted as the Resident Teaching Artist for The Weston Theater Company in Weston, Vermont. Theresa has written two, one woman comedy shows, Reasons to be Unpretty and Reasons to be Unsuccessful and performed them in New York City and Cleveland, Ohio. Favorite past shows include Every Brilliant Thing, To Kill a Mockingbird, The 39 Steps, Gypsy, Romance in Hard Times, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Dry Powder, The How and the Why and Into the Woods. In New York City, she performed in Once Upon a Time in New Jersey at the Prospect Theatre Company Off-Broadway. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.
Keira Lea McDonald
Keira McDonald is a self-producing theatre artist and associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Baldwin Wallace University. McDonald has worked professionally as an actor, director, playwright, solo performance artist, clown, producer, stagehand and stage manager with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), 14/48 projects, Theatre Anonymous, 18th and Union, Annex Theatre, 12th Avenue Arts, Cafe Nordo, Theatre Off Jackson, The School for Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (Seattle), Zach Scott Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre (Austin, Texas), and Delfont Mackintosh (London), among others.
McDonald founded Seattle’s Solo Performance Festival and was the founding artistic director. At Cornish College of Arts in Seattle, she held the positions of assistant professor of physical technique and movement area head, and she developed the solo performance class and showcase. She has toured the Canadian and American fringe theatre circuit with her original work and was awarded multiple five-star reviews and “best of fest” awards. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts from Naropa University, in cooperation with London International School of the Performing Arts.
Theatre Workshops are unique, one-time, in person, experiences designed around a specific theatre and improv topics.
Theatre workshops are taught by our expert, caring, and engaging BW CAS faculty. Each workshop has interactive, engaging, comprehensive, curriculum designed to give students a compact theatrical experience with each, age and level appropriate, class.
For detailed information about the measures we are taking to protect our students while they are at our facilities for their in person dance classes please visit our CAS COVID-19 Responsible Restart and our CAS & COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions pages.
CAS UNBOXED™ brings the quality arts programs you expect from Baldwin Wallace University's Community Arts School straight to your home! Virtual classes are led by expert BW CAS faculty and are specifically designed for a completely online style of learning. In these five-week virtual classes, students will receive weekly interactive video lessons that students can engage with at any point throughout the week. All the materials you'll need for the class will be shipped directly to your door before the program begins.
Students may enroll in private lessons to receive one-on-one instruction from a Community Arts School faculty member. Private lessons allow each student to develop independently through the careful guidance and mentorship of expert, credentialed faculty. Students that are interested in private lessons should have a specific goal or intention behind their interest in private instruction.
There are a limited number of dance private lessons available each semester. Theatre private lessons are not guaranteed and are based on instructor and studio availability.
Music Theatre Camp
A residential or commuter camp for students in grades 4 - 9. BW's Music Theatre Camp gives students the opportunity to participate in a BW summer music program while building their vocal, movement and acting skills. Registration is first-come, first served.