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Discover a world of possibilities with ACT II STUDIO: learn new skills, discover hidden talents, and join a community of theatre lovers. It’s never too late to explore your creativity!

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The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO

The Estelle Craig ACT II STUDIO at Programs for 50+ is an inclusive, creative program that provides adults over 50 the opportunity to develop skills in the dramatic arts and hone them in a nurturing environment. Students from all walks of life and any level of experience can focus on acting, directing, playwriting, or storytelling in many different genres from Shakespeare to avant garde. If you’re looking for a chance to express yourself through the magic of theatre, come join our vibrant creative community. 

Current Act II Studio Courses

CSAC 101 - Introduction to Acting I
CSAC 102 - Introduction to Acting II
CSAC 106 - Monologues: The Basics
CSAC 346 - Uta Hagen: Methodology and Practice Workshop
CSAC 347 - Uta Hagen: Methodology and Practice Workshop II
CSAC 404 - Shakespeare: King Lear
CSAC 519 - Advanced Scene Study: John Patrick Shanley
CSAC 530 - Acting and Directing with Matthew Jocelyn
CSAC 660 - Next Generation Showcase - Changing Faces
CSAC 661 - Next Generation Showcase - Changing Faces - Self Tapes
CSAC 706 - Creative Clown Intensive

CSMA 200 - Four Women Filmmakers: A viewing and discussion series
CSAC 330 - The Directing Project
CSAC 530 - Acting and Directing with Matthew Jocelyn

CSHW 200 Mindful Movement

CSAC 453 - The Creative Process of Writing for Theatre
CSAC 350 - Comedy Writing for Sketch and Narrative



Enhance your theatre experience by joining act2studioWORKS, a non-profit organization created by ACT II STUDIO students.

act2studioWORKS provides students with extended programming opportunities to put developing skills into practice. Performances, playwriting circles and play workshops, StoryFests, collective projects and Directors’ Showcases complement courses offered through ACT II STUDIO.

Through act2studioWORKS’ touring arm, Moving Scenes, take part in community outreach by participating in shows that communicate older adult voices and raise awareness about pressing social issues such as dementia, ageing and ageism, elder abuse, and health care.

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