Education and Outreach

WCT’s Education and Outreach program has been a part of the theatre’s culture since 1957. Classes in theatre arts education; outreach programs like the Civic Broadway Singers, the Civic Senior Players, and the ACT Outreach classes; and theatre performance opportunities like our Community Partners Productions, our ACT Productions, and our PlayMakers productions all add benefits to the community and opportunities for participants of all ages that are priceless.

Academy at Civic Theatre

Academy at Civic Theatre (ACT) offers arts education programs for ages 4-19, there are classes in improvisation, comedy, character development, dance, and acting. Classes are held over Spring and Summer school breaks. WCT is expanding the program to quadruple the number of classes offered over the next four years. Students who are flexing their creative muscles in the present also are developing into a population of citizens with a heightened sense of cultural literacy. These same students will be future participants in the theatre, patrons, donors, volunteers, and ambassadors for the arts.

ACT Productions Presents The Music Man JR.

ACT Productions gives students the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of participating in a Mainstage show at WCT. Each student participating in this program is guaranteed a role in The Music Man JR. However, they will still get the invaluable experience of going through an audition process to determine which role they will have. They will also attend theater classes designed to develop and strengthen their core stage skills as they approach the audition date. We want every student to feel confident and excited about their audition opportunity. Once casting is done, the rehearsal process begins! Students will go through the full rehearsal process and gain a better understanding and appreciation of everything that goes into a mainstage production.

ACT Cancellation Policy

  • Classes may be combined due to enrollment numbers.

  • If WCT cancels a class for any reason, students enrolled will receive a full refund or credit for future class.

  • Students cancelling registration will be charged a 10% administration fee (minimum $10 per class) on refunds for cancellations up through the first day of class. Instead of a refund, students can also choose to transfer their full tuition to a different ACT class.

  • If students cancel after the second session or later, a refund will be pro-rated accordingly.

Outreach Programs & Partnerships

ACT offers an extensive variety of outreach programs throughout the area. Our programs provide a great way to bring the fun of theatre to you. Our outreach programs are adaptable, affordable, and engaging. We can work with you to create the content that meets your specific requirements.

Our ACT Outreach programs have reached dozens of schools and community organizations in the area, working with thousands of students over the years in a variety of ways:

  • We are a weekly, year round Theatre Arts presence at a local elementary school.

  • We have conducted Artist in Residency programs in elementary, middle, and high schools.

  • We have provided 6 week after school programs for several schools.

  • We can add fun interactive presentations to your school's Fine Arts Day, Career Day, etc.!

  • We have conducted Anti-Bullying workshops in a variety of capacities.

  • We can bring the laughs to your next Scout Troop meeting with hilarious improv games!

Our outreach programs are designed to support and meet your needs, so please contact us and see how we can design an outreach program perfect for you.

Coaching Sessions

Do you have a big audition coming up? Do you need extra work on a script? We offer outstanding one-on-one coaching sessions to meet your needs. Coaching sessions last approximately 45 minutes, and we can work with you to schedule times that fit into your busy day.

In our coaching sessions, we will work with you in a supportive and helpful environment. If you have an audition coming up, we can provide you with invaluable insight and help you feel your best about your audition piece. It's about more than just learning the monologue, it's about being able to present yourself in the best way possible at the audition. We help you avoid some of the common audition mistakes, and make sure you are ready.

Whether you want to learn a monologue, understand audition technique, or just want to run lines, we can help you. To book a coaching session, simply contact:
Doug Jarecki
WCT Education and Outreach Administrator
(262) 547-4911 x21

Corporate Outreach

Are you looking for a fun team building activity for your company? Our corporate outreach program could be the perfect fit. Adaptable and affordable, our corporate outreach workshops can work for you on a number of levels.

Through highly interactive games, our workshops create a fun, safe, and relaxed environment. Participants will enjoy being taken out of their comfort zones with energetic games that work to refine listening and communication skills. The workshops are a great way to get you and your co-workers to try something new, work on valuable skills, and have a whole lot of fun together.

Maybe you have a sales staff that would like to think on its feet more quickly. Maybe you'd like a fun getting-to-know-you activity for your teaching staff at the beginning of the school year. Or maybe your staff is overworked and just needs a fun break from the grind. Whatever the reason, let us work with you to create an outreach program that fits your needs. Please contact:
Doug Jarecki
WCT Education and Outreach Administrator
(262) 547-4911 x21

Financial Aid

Waukesha Civic Theatre maintains a strong commitment to making our ACT program accessible to all students-regardless of financial circumstances. Need-based financial aid is available to any student. Download out our Financial Assistance Registration Form HERE.