135 Main Street Putnam CT 06260     860-963-7170

The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre

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Acting Classes

Intensive and comprehensive study of technique, performance, history, design, and making.  

Students may choose to enroll in our Community School of the Arts where they can pick and choose select classes, or in our more immersive, Conservatory of the Arts, where they follow a set curriculum to promote progressive development.


Tween / Teen Theatre Education

Ages 12 to 19.  

Students explore and discover acting methods/theories, music theory, ensemble singing, character development, stage direction, theatre history, scene study, improvisation, public speaking, monologue study, character analysis, playwriting, set design, prop building, and stage theories in a highly progressive, supportive, and creative learning environment.  Our theatre department offers many different classes and performance opportunities , giving students a wide array of stage time and understanding of many styles and ways of performance. Our teen theatre classes are wonderful for the budding and passionate actor to enhance and refine their inner creative self, acting techniques, and readiness for college/professional work.  A great experience that will benefit many aspects of youth and adolescent development.  

Youth / Middle School Theatre Education

Ages 9 to 12.  

For the emerging actor in all of us.  These classes begins to introduce the youth to the philosophies of the stage.  Channel creative energies through weekly experiences that help build self-awareness and confidence.  Imaginations run wild and children benefit from the structured learning environment that puts their creative thoughts first!  Students will study acting/improvisation concepts and music theories.  Students will also have much stage time and learn the ins and outs of performing!   

Elementary Theatre Education

Ages 5 to 9.  

Sing, Dance, Act, SHINE!  Learn all about the stage in this program for our littlest performers!  The elementary program exposes students to many aspects of the theatrical performing arts and is a wonderful experience and outlet for all children.  Self-confidence, discipline, teamwork, and creativity are all developed as students explore the wonders of the STAGE!!

The Complex Performance Project

The Complex Performance Project is an arm of The Complex that offers students and adults performance opportunities in
dance and theatre

Theatre Companies Opportunities for ages 5 to adult

  • The Complex Junior Players ages 5 to 13 (with select adults by invitation/audition if needed)

The Junior Players produce one large musical per year geared toward storylines and appropriateness level for youth performers and audience members. Young cast members have the opportunity to sink into work at an immersive level, tackling roles at all levels. $125 workshop fee ($80 if enrolled in a class, free if enrolled in The Conservatory Program)

  • The Complex Players ages 12 to 19 (with select adults by invitation/audition if needed)

The Complex Players produce two large-scale musicals per years that typically take place in venues outside of The Complex. Cast members are exposed to new and classic work, thy take on many more roles than just the stage, learning about stage management, set design, costume design, technical theatre, and direction. Musicals are chosen to be age appropriate and are intended to be challenging work that advances the skill level of its participants. $125 workshop fee per show ($80 if enrolled in a class, free if enrolled in The Conservatory Program)

  • The Complex Theater Company Teen, Senior Conservatory Students

Under the direction of Seana Hendrickson and Emily Zornado

The Complex Theatre Company is open to Teen and Senior Conservatory members and is a forum for experimental performance and original creations. Students create work that challenges the parameters of tradition theater and develop a strong, unique creative voice.