Business Name: Birmingham Children’s Theatre
Telephone: (205) 458-8181 (General public information)
(205) 458-8899 (School groups)
(205) 458-8182 (Workshop)
Birmingham Children’s Theatre
P.O. Box 1362
Birmingham, AL 35201
Fax: (205) 458-8895
School exists to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theatre.
BCT’s Academy of Performing Arts Classes provides one-on-one instruction for students ages 3-18 in theatre training and fundamental childhood growth skills.
The Academy of Performing Arts at Birmingham Children’s Theatre is designed to inspire creativity, confidence and a sense of community through the exploration and practice of theatre skills. Professional teaching artists lead students through engaging, interactive sessions in their rehearsal and performance spaces at the BJCC in downtown Birmingham. BCT believes that, through theatre, every child can become more comfortable and confident with their own voices, bodies and ideas as well as become better equipped to work as a part of a team. National studies have indicated that students who actively participate in the performing arts have higher levels of self-confidence and greater comfort speaking, making presentations, and reading aloud.
No matter the background or experience, every child is welcome to study theatre arts as part of the BCT Academy, and no audition is ever required. Class sizes are kept small so that every child can receive one-on-one instruction.
One of the nation’s oldest and largest professional theatre companies for young audiences, Birmingham Children’s Theatre (BCT) produces high-quality, professional theatrical entertainment and curriculum-relevant arts education experiences for children and families. BCT is the second largest employer of professional theatre artists in Alabama, and is Alabama’s only professional touring theatre company. As the resident professional theatre company of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in downtown Birmingham, BCT operates the 150-seat Dominick Studio Theatre, the intimate 250-seat Wee Folks Theatre for students ages 3–6 and the larger 996-seat Mainstage Theatre for students ages 6-up.
Established in 1947, BCT has touched the lives of over twelve million students throughout its six-decade history. BCT’s ongoing New Voices Project has commissioned over 50 original scripts, stories, musicals and adaptations for young audiences since 1982 alone, and maintains a commitment to discovering new voices among playwrights, and the presentation and experimentation in dramatic literature for youth. In 2011-2012, BCT offered more than 250 in-house performances and 200 tour performances that reached over 570 K-12 schools and served over 170,000 youth and families.
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Category: Child Acting - Alabama