Journey Theater Classes: Portland

Class sessions begin in September, January and late March or early April. Class information will be posted four to five weeks before each session.

Spring 2017 Session Information

Location: Mt. Scott Church of God – 10603 Henderson St, Portland, OR

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dates: March 21 – June 6, 2017; no class March 28 or May 16

Showcase: June 6 at 7:30 pm

Registration for Spring 2017 classes opens February 13th!

Here are a few new things to be aware of:

1.) We have changed our “Beginning Dance, “Beginning Voice,” and “Beginning Drama” classes to be “Foundations of…” classes. They are still our CORE CLASSES that serve as prerequisites for continuing on to other classes. If you have taken DA100, V100, and/or DR100 in the past, your prerequisite for the appropriate series has been met. These classes are comparable to collegiate “survey” courses so we have adopted a new “090” numbering for them.

2.) Classes listed with a * have prerequisites.  Please read the class description for details before registering.

3.)  We have taken big strides towards further developing our 100-level classes so as to really lay a solid educational foundation for 200-level classes and beyond. If you have a question as to whether you meet the prerequisites for a class you’d like to take, please email the Journey Registrar, Beth Maxwell, at

4.) Remember to list your second choice of class!

Portland Classes - Spring 2017

DR090 Foundations of Drama (ages 8-18)

Teacher: Jill Hearing

Become a character from head to toe. Explore the building blocks of acting through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination journeys and more! You’ll be able to use your whole body, voice & facial expressions to portray everything from a swashbuckling pirate to an Oompa Loompa.

DR090 Foundations of Dance (ages 8-18)

Teacher: Lindsey Doak

1, 2, 3, 4 – Let’s get up and rock the floor! 5, 6, 7, 8 – Point your toes and stand up straight! Step up to all the basic techniques that will prepare you to take on any form of dance. Whether you want to learn Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, or Ballroom, this class will give you the foundation you’ll need to succeed.

V090 Foundations of Voice (ages 8-18)

Teacher: Bailey Jackson

Whether you sing in your church choir, along with Rock Band, or just in the shower, singing can be fun! Learn how to put those pipes to use with good technique and style. In this interactive class, students will learn the fundamental concepts and training of the voice, learn proper posture and breathing techniques, phrasing and how to stay on pitch. Students will develop the confidence they need to perform solos in showcase through an encouraging learning environment.

V105 Voice: Leading Roles (ages 9-18)* THIS CLASS IS FULL

Teacher: Alec Martinez

Prerequisite: V090

Playing characters on stage is so much fun, but it’s more than just putting on a costume, and even more than changing your physicality.  You’ve got to sound like the character in order for the audience to really enter into the storytelling.  This class will explore ways to tackle characters while still keeping a healthy voice.  Through resonance, breath control, and registration, you’ll really enjoy exploring all the variety that your voice can accomplish and unlock the power to portray lots of different characters in performance!  Focused topics for this class may include:  Animals, Cartoon, Superheroes, etc.

CI100 Beginning Improv (ages 11-18)*

Teacher: Josh Carter

Prerequisites: DR090

Create drama, humor and stories on the spot. This class will give you the basic principles of improvisation and give you the confidence to embrace everything that is thrown at you when you don’t have a script in your hands. Learn team building skills that will strengthen your ability to play with your partners on stage. In this class, which focuses on short-form improv, you will learn how to live “in the moment” and confidently say “Yes!” to anything.

CI205 Comedy: Comediennes (ages 12-18)*

Teacher: Jael Shepherd

Prerequisites: DR090, Girls Only

The entertainment business has influenced and shaped our culture like nothing else.  It’s common knowledge, however, that much of the entertainment field caters to male actors and male artists.  While not discounting the social and cultural value and impact of these male trailblazers, it’s important to recognize that there have been some female performers who impacted the world of comedy, film, and television thus paving the way for generations of aspiring young female artists.  This class honors a few of those pioneering women by examining their lives, the obstacles they overcame, their unique fingerprint on media, and the legacy of work they created for us.  Join in the barrel of laughs as this class examines Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and more!

MT206 Intermediate Musical Theater: Composers - Lin Manuel Miranda (ages 14-18)*

Teacher: Kristi Foster

Prerequisite: MT100

The musical theater lexicon is full of diverse composers who have shaped the sounds and inspired the sights of what we know as Broadway today.  This class brings the spotlight to the composers who have made a big impact on the beauty of the stage and created the melodies that are embedded in our hearts.  The focus of this class will change from session to session, highlighting one specific composer (or composition team) from Rodgers & Hammerstein, to Alan Menken, to Stephen Sondheim, to Comden & Green, from classics to contemporaries, and more!

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