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Unlike Zoom school, our drama classes are full-bore interactive, involving play and experimentation, and even a little risk. Our classes come at a time of day when the kids are ready to BE THEMSELVES and we wouldn't have it any other way. We move, we decompress, we encourage and inspire. I've got a fantastic team of theatre artists, from award-winning Playwright Rachael Carnes to Pierce School Musical Director Olivia Painchaud to my favorite newcomer, Erin Thrush (who is awesome with the young-uns). Each is ready to inspire, share and create safe and enjoyable space around your child's hectic day.

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Rachael Carnes

Grade 6-8 Playmaking with Rachael

Mon & Wed, 4:00-5:30pm, Jan 11 – Mar 10

No class Monday, Jan 18, makeup class Tuesday, Jan 19 

No classes Feb 15 or 17 for Feb Break


Can you write a better play than the last one you were in? Let’s find out! We’ll focus on playwriting by examining short plays, learn storytelling basics and set to work writing our own group play to be performed at the end of the class on March 10. Serious, silly, adventuresome and cautious students all welcome!

Rachael Carnes • Director, Playwright has taught dance and drama for K-8 students for 25 years as a teaching artist in the schools, in summer enrichment programs and online during Covid-19; she has garnered over 75 productions of her work in 2020 alone! Rachael received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship and a 2020 Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant. Her plays are produced across the U.S., U.K., Canada, the Middle East and Asia. We are thrilled to welcome her to BrightSpot Theater, where she'll be sharing her expertise and love of theater with our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. www.rachaelcarnes.com

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Olivia Painchaud

Grade 5-7 Comedy Drama with Olivia

Tue & Thu, 3:30-5:00pm, Jan 12 – Mar 11

No classes Feb 16 or 18 for Feb Break


Comedies! There's nothing more fun than acting for laughs and we'll explore humor in plays by reading them and Zoom-performing two of them for families. We'll delve into acting techniques and the multiple layers of humor and subtext found in a play.

Olivia Painchaud • Director has directed theater and education programs at Pierce School Musical, Art Barn, and Freelance Players. A graduate of Boston College (2019), Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Malaysia beginning in January 2020. Her work was cut short by COVID-19, but she's home safe and committed to working with young people, building their confidence through the arts. 


Erin Thrush

GRADE 3-4 DRAMA, Session 1 with Erin

Mon & Wed, 5:00-6:00pm, Jan 6 – Feb 10 • $140

For kids who love to be silly, read plays, invent props and play games for an hour. The perfect class for outside cold and inside fun, and includes an online performance.

GRADE 3-4 DRAMA, Session 2 with Erin

Mon & Wed, 5:00-6:00pm, Feb 23 – Mar 31 • $140

Enough round of silliness after February break! Read plays, invent props and play games for an hour. The perfect class for outside cold and inside fun and includes an online performance.

Erin Thrush • Director has loved performing since she was a young girl. She's currently pursuing an Associate Arts degree at Las Positas College in CA, where she has performed the role of Judith Canfield in Stage Door. Other roles include Schwarzy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dotty Otley in Noises Off, and Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone. She has a deep love of singing and is a member of the Las Positas Chamber Choir as the vocal jazz ensemble, Vocal East. She can't wait to create awesome theatre with the 3rd and 4th graders.