PICT Educates

3 ACTS
Actors Collaborating with Teachers and Students

Act One
Pre-performance Visit

Act One: Consists of a school visit by PICT Teaching Artists and/or Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford depending on availability. The purpose of the visit is to prepare students to see the chosen student matinee through presentation and discussion including engaging the students in the play’s language. Study materials, including writing prompts aligned to the PA Core Standards, will be provided for selected student matinees.

Act Two
Student Matinee

Act Two: Students and their chaperones attend a matinee performance. PICT staff members will assist with logistics such as seating charts and payment details. Should time permit, the performance may be followed by discussions with the actors.

Act Three
Post-performance Activities

Act Three: As a post-matinee activity, students are encouraged to respond to a writing prompt provided by PICT Classic Theatre. Each student will receive feedback from a member of the PICT Educates Team. Students may also choose to respond in other ways such as with original artwork, which may be selected for display by PICT.


Please contact PICT Classic Theatre for more information regarding 3 ACTS!
Carolyn Ludwig: cludwig@picttheatre.org
Phone: 412 561 6000 x207 Fax: 412 561 6686

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PICT’s Class Act
Theatre Classes for Adults

PICT Classic Theatre is pleased to offer a series of theatre classes for adults aimed at connecting the PICT professional theatrical community with the Pittsburgh community at large.

Led by professional actor James FitzGerald, other PICT artists including Alan Stanford, Daina Michelle Griffith, Ken Bolden, Karen Baum and Martin Giles will also act as instructors.

PICT will offer classes in its new rehearsal studio in the South Side for adults with an interest in acting. Classes are $10 each, and they are held in one-hour sessions on Mondays from May 4 to November 30.


PICT 101
Come As You Are and Get What You Need

An hour long session with a working professional from the PICT family of artists who will offer advice, feedback or instruction on anything you might bring to the table for them to discuss or review. Classes will take place every other Monday at 6 p.m. from May 4 through November 30.

PICT 102
Audition Preparation

An hour long session with a working professional from the PICT family of artists who will offer audition preparation insights into character traits, casting protocol and how to leverage your own core talents so you are best prepared for any type of audition opportunity. Classes will take place every other Monday at 6 p.m. starting May 11 through November 30.

PICT 103
Mock Auditions

An hour long session with a working professional from the PICT family of artists who will offer feedback on your headshot/resume, choice and length of material, and ways in which they believe you could improve your audition experience. An accompanist is available one class a month. Please check the website for more details. Classes will take place every Monday at 7:30 p.m. starting May 4 through November 30.

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Shakespeare Camp
A Partnership with Falk Laboratory School

The Shakespeare Camp, limited to 20 students entering second through eighth grades, will be held two separate weeks June 22 (sold out) and June 29. Falk teachers, with support from PICT teaching artists, will lead a wide range of activities from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. culminating in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream scheduled for 1:00 PM on Friday, June 26 and Friday, July 3. Activities include:

  • A “behind the scenes” field trip to The Charity Randall Theatre, ensemble building.
  • Reading of the Bruce Coville storybook version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • “Direct the actor” sessions.
  • Writing activities.
  • Kinesthetic activities including a Midsummer-themed tag game to be played in the gym.
  • Art activities, block play (including the creation of Midsummer “action figures”).
  • Performance-based acting activities including scenework and tableaux vivant. PICT teaching artists provide the stage view of the actor’s role in speaking the words and illuminating the text for an audience.

The Shakespeare Camp was developed by PICT and Falk teachers Rebecca Nazario-Wright with assistance by Carrie Smith and has been developed to engage a group of students from a range of ages who may or may not be familiar with Shakespeare.

Cost: $250 for first child. $212 for each additional child (15% discount)


Please contact PICT Classic Theatre for more information regarding the Shakespeare Camp!
Mona Rush: mrush@picttheatre.org
Phone: 412-561-6000 Fax: 412-561-6686

Other Programs

In addition to 3 ACTS and Classics Alive, PICT offers many other educational opportunities for learners of all ages, including:

  • 2015 PICT Summer Camp at Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School
  • University of Pittsburgh Osher Class with PICT’s Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford
  • 2015 Season Programming Activities
    • Sunday Post-Talks (occur the Sunday after every Opening Night)
    • Wednesday Pre-Lectures (occur the first Wednesday of each performance)
    • What’s the BIG DEAL (occurs the last Thursday of each performance)

Please contact PICT Classic Theatre for more information regarding 3 ACTS!
Carolyn Ludwig: cludwig@picttheatre.org
Phone: 412 561 6000 x207 Fax: 412 561 6686

Classics Alive

Aiming to increase appreciation for the classic art form and to develop in young minds a willingness to experiment and engage with theatre, PICT teaching artists will bring their expertise directly into your classroom. Sample activities include: how to prepare for an audition, table readings of selections being studied in the classroom, discussion on plays scheduled by PICT, or customized activity on other appropriate content area such as historical context, design and costume concept. Specific activities, timeline and topics, whether focused on literature, technical theatre, or dramatic readings, will be defined through discussions with the individual teacher. Please see the Overview for prices.


Please contact PICT Classic Theatre for more information regarding 3 ACTS!
Carolyn Ludwig: cludwig@picttheatre.org
Phone: 412 561 6000 x207 Fax: 412 561 6686

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