Genesee Community College Offers Summer Theatre Workshops for Adults

Genesee Community College and Genesee Center for the Arts in Batavia continue a long-term commitment to the arts with five new theatre workshops for adults ages 15 and up. These one-and-two day workshops cover a variety of topics and are taught by theatre experts who have worked professionally in the theatre industry.

Genesee Community College and Genesee Center for the Arts in Batavia continue a long-term commitment to the arts with five new theatre workshops for adults ages 15 and up. These one-and-two day workshops cover a variety of topics and are taught by theatre experts who have worked professionally in the theatre industry. The workshops take place June 21-28 at the Genesee Center for the Arts at the Batavia Campus. 

  • How to Audition for a Play: June 21 & 22 / 6:00pm-10:00pm $50

Get that role at your next audition! Learn how to pick and perform a monologue. Learn what tools you will need to successfully audition for a play. How your voice and movement make an impression. How to make the best of “cold readings” when you have never read the script before.

  •  Improvisation Workshop: June 23 / 6:00pm-10:00pm $25

Free yourself from the text and learn how to play with a scene. Learn the secrets behind successful improv work. Be as funny as the people on “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”

  •  Voice Workshop for the Actor: June 24 / 6:00pm-10:00pm $25

Is your voice holding you back from playing that role you’ve dreamed of? Learn how to project and articulate.

  •  Musical Theatre Audition Workshop: June 26 & 27 / 10:00am-5:00pm $75

Learn everything you need to know about auditioning successfully for musical theatre. What songs to choose, how to act a song, what general dance steps will help you win the role.

  • Acting for the Camera: June 28 / 6:00pm-10:00pm $25

Learn the skills necessary to dazzle producers with your “On Camera” persona! Learn what to wear, how to interview and what to say through the camera.


Key instructor for the workshops will be Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee Community College and her daughter Jaime. Maryanne was a professional actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director before turning to a full-time teaching career. She holds an MFA in Acting/Theatre and has toured the United States with several professional theatre companies. Maryanne has created and implemented Theatre Programs for gifted high school students, as well as college students. Jaime Arena completed her conservatory training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has worked professionally as an actor and is now teaching at the Performing Arts Academy in Hartford, CT. Jaime is a sought-after acting coach and has several students in movies and on television.


“In the past we have offered a two-week theater experience for area youth,” Maryanne said. “This year we wanted to reach out to another sector of our community and involve adults in the Center for Arts. There is an abundance of talent in our region and our goal here at the College is to educate and provide creative avenues for individuals of all ages.”
For further information and/or to register, please contact Ann Winters at 585-345-6814, or email boxoffice@genesee.edu .


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