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Acting Classes in Kansas City

STAGES at The J - for 6th - 8th Graders

 12-Week Acting Intensive 

September 13 - December 20, 2020

Sundays 1:30 pm - 3:30pm
(No Class 9/20, 10/4 + 10/11)
Socially distanced recital December 20

J Members $200 | Guests $280

Scholarships available for families who could not otherwise afford this program.

This Stages class focuses exclusively on developing young actors for the Stage. While previous participation in Stages (or other) theatre experiences may be helpful, it is not required. Students (grades 6 to 8) will explore all aspects of acting, from character research and motivation, to movement, physical cues and improvisation, to voice usage, subtext, diction and inflection.


Classes take place on The White Theatre stage, and will culminate in a live recital in December, featuring monologue or distanced two-person scenework.

Note: This is an in-person class. Social distancing and other safety measures will be strictly enforced at all times. Masks will be worn whenever practical, with the exceptions including work on facial expressions, monologue and scene rehearsal sessions. Any time mask are not worn, the actors will be well-distanced from each other, other students, and instructors.


About Stages

The J’s STAGES is the perfect fit for the student who wants to give the world of performing a try with acting classes in Kansas City. Our teaching artists will work with your child to explore his or her own talents and build these important life skills:

CREATIVITY: Students will be encouraged to think innovatively and use their imagination.

COLLABORATION: Students will work together toward a common goal.

DISCIPLINE: Built through passion, determination, and practice, students will learn to focus and persevere.

EMPATHY: By exploring diverse roles, students expand their horizons and potential.

CONFIDENCE: Students, the leaders of tomorrow, will learn to be confident in their choices.


Meet The Instructors


Anne Wiedenkeller is an accomplished actor, writer, director, and teacher. With acting credits as diverse as Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly,” Hanna Mae in “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking,” Rosalind in “As You Like It,” Jenny Diver in “Three Penny Opera” and Vita in “Harvey,” and numerous directing credits at The University of Cincinnati, Wilmington College, The Dayton Playhouse, and The Showboat Majestic, Anne brings a wealth of acting and directing experience to The J. But it’s her work with young actors as the Director of Dayton Children’s Theatre, creator and director of Wilmington College’s Summer Children’s Theatre Workshops, and acting teacher at The University of Cincinnati, of which she is the most proud. Wiedenkeller has an MA in Theatre Arts and an MFA in Directing from The University of Cincinnati.



Keith Wiedenkeller (Managing Director / Director of Arts + Culture) brings a unique blend of Arts, business, and non-profit leadership experience to the role of Director of Arts + Culture at The J. A lifelong patron of the Arts, accomplished performer, and technical theatre expert, Keith marries 29+ years of operations management and business leadership at AMC Theatres with a deep knowledge of the performing arts -- onstage, backstage, and front of house. He has performed onstage, consulted, and created productions internationally (with AMC Theatres), locally (with Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City Women’s Chorus, and Kansas City Civic Opera), and at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he taught and served as Technical Director during its formative years. Wiedenkeller is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati and University of Kansas Theatre Programs, is himself a “Friend of Arts + Culture” at the “Designer” level here at the J, and has served in leadership roles on numerous non-profit boards, including two Kansas City-based non-profits which he helped found. He credits all of his success to the love and support of his spouse, partner, and chief advisor of 35 years, Anne.


Questions? Please contact Keith Wiedenkeller via email or at (913) 327-8073.

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