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Gateway debuts online, in-person fall classes

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 4:53 PDT, Tue September 22, 2020

Gateway Theatre continues to expand its offerings, including a series of courses for students aged six to 18.

The online class “Creating in New Spaces” is debuting as a response to the challenges of COVID-19. The Gateway Academy class will explore outlets like TikTok and Instagram as venues for creative expression, from social media content to one-person performance and physically distanced outdoor productions. Running from November through March, the class is open to students aged 11-13 and 14-18.

Gateway’s online curriculum also offers its traditional speech program, which trains students in vocal technique, public confidence and self-awareness. After beta-testing Zoom as a teaching platform in the first half of 2020, Gateway education manager Ruth McIntosh confidently asserts: “I do believe that energy can be felt through this online medium.”

The speech program will run from October to December and January to April 2021. Classes are open to students aged 8-10 and 11-13.

In addition, Gateway is offering in-person classes, taught by professional theatre artists, in appropriately distanced settings. The acting and musical theatre classes will begin in October, with a second session beginning in January. They are open to students aged six to 18. With limited places available, parents and students are encouraged to register early.

Through their new offerings, Gateway Academy is adapting to the pandemic while still bringing students together with professional artists to learn and teach.

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