Theater Ensembles

About the Yocum Theater Ensembles:

Ensembles are open to any actor by audition only. If accepted into an ensemble, you will study acting and how to devise new theater works in a master class setting. Refine improvisation skills, learn to build characters, and work as an ensemble leading up to performances of various theatrical styles. The Ensembles meet weekly throughout the school year. The Scholarship Teen Ensemble continues through the summer with special performance projects.

Established in 2007, the Scholarship Teen Ensemble has been instrumental in selecting and developing projects that impact the understanding of issues affecting the community, as well as providing family-friendly performances that promote literacy, culture, and the arts. They have performed at locations such as Berks County public libraries, the Reading Museum, public and private schools, street fairs, and the Miller Center for the Arts. Through their performances, the Ensemble has reached thousands of individuals and families from all over Berks County.

Since their start in 2007, the Ensembles have grown to include a Junior Ensemble for ages 12-15 and Yocum Players for ages 8-12.

Yocum Players (Ages 8 – 12)
Lead Teacher: Christine Cieplinski 
For our younger actors who are more serious about acting and want to experience more. Actors will be expected to spend time outside of class memorizing lines and possible added rehearsals for a performance. A wonderful supportive atmosphere for learning and growing as an actor and well-rounded theater person who understands all of the elements and positions it takes to put a production together. 
Tues. 5:00 – 6:15 PM for current tuition, please go to registration page.

Junior Theater Ensemble (Ages 12-15)
Lead Teacher: Joel Gori
By Audition Only: Those accepted into the Jr. Ensemble will be expected to work between classes on assignments leading to productions and performance opportunities in the community. Some rehearsal time outside of the weekly time may be needed. This will be arranged on a per project basis. Jr. Ensemble members will also have the opportunity to work with the Teen Ensemble.
Thur. 5:00 – 6:30 PM for current tuition, please go to registration page.

Teen Theater Talent Scholarship Ensemble (Ages 14+)
Lead Teacher: Beverly Houck
By Audition Only. Open to actors in 8th – 12th grade or ages 14+. The Ensemble is for serious acting students who want to learn and perform in a focused and performance-driven company. Building on the fundamentals of acting, teens meet weekly throughout the year to explore advanced improvisation, scripted theater, new works, and, in addition to family-friendly offerings, performances focused on social issues affecting teens and young people today. With performances in the Berks County area, master classes with guest teachers, and an optional tour that occurs during school hours, members of the Teen Ensemble are given opportunities to develop skills they need to thrive and shine in any performance endeavor
Thur. (Sept – June, plus opportunity for summer performance projects) 6:00 – 8:30 PM $40 annual fee

***The Ensemble Members are required to pay an annual $40 registration fee; however, the monetary value of the class is over $250 per session (4 sessions per year), plus production costs. This could not happen without your financial support. Please consider a gift today.***

For Schools and Community Organizations: Free/ Low Cost Start the Conversation Performances:

What do you get when you combine social issues, a diverse group of teenagers, and theater? An energized group who wants to give more to their community! Our hope is to reach deeper into the community to raise awareness and spark community dialogue that promotes positive change and perception on issues of gender, teen violence, and drug culture.

  • Between Apartment 2B and the Endzone – Teen Suicide Prevention Initiative Download Information Sheet
  • ADDICTionary – Opiod & Drug Abuse Awareness and Education

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  • Are you ready to take your acting to the next level?
  • Do you want to perform with others who are as serious about their craft as you are?
  • Would you like to use theater to create a change in your community?

If you are interested in auditioning for any of these opportunities:

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    If you have any specific questions, please contact Artistic Director, Beverly Houck

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