Acting Classes for ages 5 years to Adults

Eight Weeks of Classes

January 30 – March 24


For all classes:

To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, the following procedures will be followed for all classes:

  • Masks optional
  • Reduced interaction between classes.
  • Safe distancing when feasible.
  • Students who are coughing will be asked to wear a mask.
  • Students with a fever will be sent home.

Masks will be required under the following circumstances:

    • CDC lists Hamilton County as high level of transmission
    • One or more people in class test positive for COVID

(A minimum of five students is necessary to hold a class).


Ages 5-7 years

Creative Drama

Through games and creative play, we’ll build a play together by adding characters, places, plots, problems, and resolutions to create a story we will act out using our bodies, voices, and imaginations.

Tuesdays, 4:45PM-5:5:45PM, January 31-March 21 

Instructor: Lauren Mund

Cost: $85               




Building a Character

Step into the shoes of another person. A dynamic performance starts with a believable character. Through improvisation, scripts, and theatre exercises, you will learn the techniques to create characters that come to life on the stage or screen.    

Cost: $125

 Ages 8 – 9 years            Mondays,  January 30-March 20, 5:00PM-6:30PM         
                                               Instructor: Chuck Tuttle

Ages 10 – 12 years        Wednesdays, February 1 -March 22,  5:00PM-6:30PM    
                                               Instructor: Mary Eliza Hendricks

Ages 13 – 17 years        Thursdays,   February 2 -March 23, 5:00PM-6:30PM       
                                               Instructor: Mary Eliza Hendricks

Adults                            Wednesdays, February 1 -March  22,  7:00PM-8:30PM     
                                             Instructor: Mary Eliza Hendricks





Special offering – Acting a Monologue

Need to prepare a monologue for a school audition? We can help. We’ll give you individualized help in choosing a monologue, coach you to bring out your best performance of it, and video it for you so you can send it to the school.


  • Picking a monologue
  • Coaching
  • Video recording the monologue

Times to be arranged               Contact the Director of Education to Schedule

         Cost: $40 per hour/session ($80 minimum)



About the Instructor

Mary Eliza Hendricks graduated from Emory and Henry College, where she earned a B.A. degree in Theatre.  She has directed several shows locally including Love Letters and A Stroll Down Holiday Lane, as well as assistant choreographed and assistant directed Bye Bye Birdie and choreographed Mamma Mia.  She has also performed on stage in numerous productions including Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream.  Mary Eliza’s teaching experience includes theatre, acting, and dance for a variety of ages from preschools to adults.  

Lauren Mund is a theatre artist originally from Clarksville, Tennessee who has now made Chattanooga her home. She graduated in December from UTC with a degree in Theatre and Communications. At the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, she has worked as a Youth Theatre Assistant as a part of the CTC Summer Academy, taught Creative Drama this past fall, and was in the ensemble of The Sound of Music. Other favorite roles include Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Wendy (Barefoot Children in the City of Ward), and Lucy Morgan (The Magnificent Ambersons). 

Chuck Tuttle is the Director of Education and Outreach for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Children’s Theatre and Creative Drama from the University of Texas at Austin and has over 30 years of experience doing theatre with and for young people. His professional background includes serving as Directors of Education at Austin Theatre for Youth in Austin, Texas, and Children’s Theatre Workshop in Pleasanton, California.  Mr. Tuttle has taught theatre classes to all ages in Acting, Play Writing, Technical Theatre, Shakespeare, Voice, Movement, and Comedy. He has collaborated with composer Michael Huseman to create short musicals for CTC’s Summer Musical Performance Training Academy. As sponsor and advisor of CTC’s teen interest group, TheatreQuest, he contributes to, and directs, The Alphabet Plays, an on-going series of plays for young children.