Camps & Classes

Acting I: Improvmania

In-person Theatre Fundamentals Class

Multi-Week Class, Half-Day

Age 8-13

Dates: Sep 25 - Nov 20 (No class 10/9)
Times: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Price: $195*

Dates: Sept 14 - Nov 16 (No class 10/5 or 10/12)
Times: 5:00 - 6:10 PM
Price: $99*

*No hidden fees. This is the final price.

Location: Campus of Imagination & Wonder 900 S. Mitchell Drive Tempe AZ 85281

(Recommended: Take this class in conjunction with Musical Theatre I to save on both classes. Students can remain in our care between classes.)


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This course builds student confidence in performing through a physical and improvisational approach to acting. Training in mime, tableau, gesture, and expression help performers learn how to better express character and story physically. Improvisation is taught with a variety of theatre “games” which create a fun and safe environment for student risk-taking. Improvisational skills help students understand more about story structure, gain confidence, and develop adaptability when performing with other actors.

This program includes a progressive curriculum culminating in a showcase on the last day of the eight-week term. Some previous acting/theatre experience is suggested although not required.



Thomas J. Underdal is an interdisciplinary theatre maker and educator who has worked with Childsplay as a teaching artist since 2017. His work as a theatre practitioner spans the roles of performer, director, choreographer, playwright, designer and dramaturg. Thomas holds a BA in Theatre (Design and Production) and arts certificates in Arts Entrepreneurship and Socially Engaged Practice in Design and the Arts from Arizona State university.