Currently Ongoing

In the Fall 2017 Semester, we are offering two theatre arts classes led by Artistic Director Leo Lion. If you are a teen or pre-teen with a passion for performing arts, or just looking for a fun opportunity to try something outside your comfort zone, Firebird classes are just the thing!

Firebird Nest Playwriting Workshop & Festival (ages 12-14)

Firebird Nest is a playwriting workshop for young theater enthusiasts. Over the course of a semester, workshop participants will work on individual short plays, which will later be presented as staged readings in a performance festival starring the workshop participants. Participants will share their work weekly, receiving constructive feedback from both their peers and instructor. In the process, not only will they develop and revise their original work and see it performed, but they will also learn to offer and receive constructive criticism in a supportive and friendly environment. Through the workshop and festival process, participants will have the opportunity to write original dramatic scripts, do table-reads of peer work, participate in rehearsals of their plays, and perform in the final festival readings of their fellow writers’ work.

Improv: Foundations in Scenework (ages 11-13)

Firebird’s improvisational classes continue with Improv: Foundations in Scenework. This class for advanced young improvisors is a continuation of Tween’s Intro to Improv, and will cover more advanced techniques of improvisation for building grounded scenes and telling engaging stories through improv. Through exercises to amass experience and discussion/dissection of important storytelling elements to help build their improv vocabulary, participants grow to a better understanding of the craft of improv, and develop their skills as spontaneous performers. The course will culminate in a full-length group improv performance by the students for friends and family.

Improv is a fun, cooperative activity that teaches team-building and quick problem solving, and is very useful for those theatrically inclined, or just seeking to come out of their shell.

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About the instructor:

Leo Lion is the founder and artistic director of Firebird Youth Theater, the award-winning teen-run theater company. Leo has directed five off-Broadway shows with Firebird in the past five years (two of which have received multiple awards from National Youth Arts). He is a playwright whose work has been produced by Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival, Downtown Art, and Firebird Youth Theater and received awards from Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival and Young Playwrights Inc. Leo is also an actor, who performed in over a dozen shows with different theater companies. Leo has taught the following classes for kids: Firebird NEST Playwriting Workshop, Tween's Intro to Theatre Improv; Worldcrafters Creative Writing Workshops; Programming and Animation in MIT Scratch; and the award-winning MovieMaster Movie Studio. To learn more about Leo, visit

Young Theatremakers Program (Coming Fall 2018)

The Young Theatremakers Program is a creative seminar that helps students develop skills essential to the craft of theater. Students will practice technical skills in the field of directing, performing, management, writing, etc. They will have the opportunity to see a range of productions, varying in style, scale, and subject matter. In the seminar they will discuss the works they've observed and workshop their own projects. The semester long program will culminate in a showcase of the students' work. Each student will come away from the program with foundational experience and understanding of the art of theater making and the ability to craft and develop their own work. 

A full schedule will be made available prior to the start of the program.