EDUCATION PROGRAMS 2020-2021:
ENGAGE. CREATE. INSPIRE.

Unity Theatre is committed to providing high-quality theatre experiences that engage people of every age, income level, ethnicity, location, ability, and level of interest. Our professional faculty of experienced teaching artists aims to help others develop their voices, bodies, and minds by teaching theatre skills that will foster relationships, enrich lives, and build community.

STUDENTS ON STAGE

HOMESCHOOL ACTING CLASS

Homeschool Acting Class

Each year Unity Theatre teaches a Homeschool Acting Class Fall Session – Workshop (during the months of October/November) and Homeschool Acting Class Spring – Showcase (during the months of February/March/April) for children ages 9-18, in grades 4-12.

Currently, we are keeping an eye on the State and CDC guidelines regarding safety and social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as we are able to welcome your children safely back to the theatre to participate in these exciting opportunities, we will post class information here, on social media, and via email. Check back here for class dates and more information, hopefully COMING SOON!

Our homeschool acting classes explore the world of theatre in 10-week daytime sessions, designed specifically for homeschoolers. These classes culminate in showcases for family and friends.

Gain knowledge of the life and times of various civilizations/societies throughout history.
Build voice, movement, and team-building skills.
Analyze, memorize, and perform scenes.
Develop an appreciation for language and movement.

Our most recent Homeschool Acting Classes have included:

Shakespeare:
Duels, Dance & Drama
2019

Students experienced the Renaissance of theatre while participating in drama activities. They learned about the Elizabethan Era and the role that theatre played during that time; analyzed, rehearsed and performed classic Shakespearian monologues and soliloquies; learned the basics of dueling and how it was used in theatre; and explored the fun of Shakespearian dance.

Aristophanes’ The Frogs,
a comedy adapted by I.E. Clark
2018-2019

Students explored the Ancient Period of Theatre during the Fall Workshop, while participating in drama activities that served as preparation for our Homeschool Acting Class-Spring Showcase. They learned about Ancient Greece and the role that theatre played during that time; discovered Ancient Greek playwrights and their plays; and explored a variety of acting styles associated with Greek Theatre. In the Spring Session the students rehearsed and strengthened their theatre skills by presenting, Aristophanes’ The Frogs, a comedy adapted by I.E. Clark at the Dr. Bobbie M. Dietrich Memorial Amphitheatre, Hohlt Park.

Kids on Strike
2017-2018

Students experienced the Modern Period of Theatre while participating in drama activities, learning about the Industrial Revolution and its effect on American Theatre; and exploring different theatre styles including Vaudeville, Melodrama, and Music Theatre. Students then practiced and strengthened theatre skills by presenting, Kids on Strike!: a compilation of pieces dealing with the rights of children during the Industrial Revolution.

For more information about our Homeschool Program contact Kate Revnell-Smith, Executive Artistic Director at kate@UnityBrenham.org or (979) 830-1460.

STUDENTS ON STAGE

SUMMER DRAMA CAMP

My kids LOVED it…and so did I!
Thanks for a wonderful experience!

– Sarah F.

Summer Drama Camp

(Entering Grades 2-12)
Unity Theatre Summer Drama Camp is a great way for your child to have fun and experience the joy and magic of live theatre.

Led by an outstanding team of professional teaching artists and performers, our Summer Drama Camps inspire creativity, exercise imaginations, and introduce students to the craft of creating characters and bringing theatrical performance to life on stage.

FULL and PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE.

Creative Dramatics (for students entering Grades 2-3)
July 12-16, 2021
9am-12pm
$180
Final Showcase on Saturday, July 17 at 10am

Imagination, movement, theatre games and more! While exploring the tools of drama, students will strengthen theatre skills and experience the fun in performing as an ensemble.

Playbuilding (for students entering Grades 4-6)
July 12-16, 2021
1pm-4pm
$180
Final Showcase on Saturday, July 17 at 12pm

Collaborative theatre techniques, storytelling, and improvisation exercises will guide students on an exploration of character and text. Students will strengthen their own artistic voice as well as work collectively to create an original performed piece of theatre!

Acting in Performance Jr. (for students entering Grades 4-6)
July 19 – August 1, 2021
Week One: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, lunch break 12-12:30
Week Two: Monday-Wednesday, 9am-3pm, lunch break 12-12:30
$250
Performances of The Wizard of Oz:
Thursday, July 29, 9:30-11:30am or 1:30-3:30pm
Friday, July 30, 9:30-11:30am or 1:30-3:30pm
Saturday, July 31, 12:30-2:30pm or 3:30-5:30pm
Sunday, August 1, 12:30-2:30pm or 3:30-5:30pm
(students will each be assigned one daily performance time)

Lights, Curtain, Action! Students will be cast as supporting characters in our summer musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Cast members will work with professional artists to develop rehearsal and performance etiquette while practicing acting skills. Some elements of theatrical design will be introduced.

Acting in Performance Jr. Camp registration fee includes TWO complimentary tickets to one of the performances.

Acting in Performance: Showcase (for students entering Grades 7-12)
July 12-23, 2021
Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm
Lunch break 12-12:45pm
$350
Showcase Performances:
Friday, July 23 at 7pm
Saturday, July 24 at 2pm

Work with industry professionals to take your singing, dancing, and acting skills to the next level. In this two-week intensive camp, students will audition for, be cast in, and prepare a black box production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Based on the ever-popular, award-winning 1970’s cartoons, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes! Camp culminates in two showcase performances for family and friends. Unity Theatre reserves the right to change the title of the show based on registration numbers.

 

For more information about our Summer Drama Camps, please contact Unity Theatre at (979) 830-1460 or info@unitybrenham.org.

STUDENTS ON STAGE

SCHOLARSHIPS

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP!

Full and Partial Scholarships are available for students needing financial assistance.

The Janice Cass Scholarship (2018) was created in memory of Janice Cass by her family and friends to recognize her dedication, service and love of Unity Theatre.

Every year, we offer the David Folschinsky Full Scholarship to one of our Summer Drama Camp students in honor of David and his wonderful staff at Design II who were generous supporters of Unity Theatre for many years.

 

For more information, contact Unity Theatre at (979) 830-1460 or info@unitybrenham.org.

STUDENTS ON STAGE

PRIVATE COACHING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Coaching

If you are interested in private coaching to help you strengthen your acting skills, gain a better understanding of your material, and become more confident for your next performance, contact Kate Revnell-Smith, Executive Artistic Director, at kate@unitybrenham.org.

BEHIND THE SCENES

PLAY READING CLUB

The Play’s the Thing!

Do you love live theatre?
This play reading group, led by our Executive Artistic Director, Kate Revnell-Smith, is for people who enjoy (or think they might enjoy) reading plays aloud and discussing them with like-minded theatre fans.

Each meeting we’ll do a cold table read of a play you’ve always wanted to see, or one that you’ve loved for years or one you’ve never even heard of. Meet other people interested in theatre, who appreciate the spoken word, and love to talk about it. No acting experience is necessary, we welcome anyone to join us in our play readings or to simply listen – an interest in plays is the only requirement!

Playclub meets one Monday a month from 10am–noon and there is no need to register or sign up, just drop in and join us!

September 14, 2020
October 12, 2020
November 9, 2020
December 14, 2020
January 11, 2021
February 8, 2021
March 8, 2021
April 12, 2021
May 10, 2021
June 14, 2021

We will abide by the State and CDC guidelines regarding social distancing in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

For further details, contact Kate Revnell-Smith, Executive Artistic Director at kate@UnityBrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext.12

BEHIND THE SCENES

TALK BACK SESSIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Talkback Sessions immediately following the performance, you can chat with the actors, director and crew to ask questions and share your thoughts about the performance you just watched!

We invite you to stay in your seat after the show, and let us hear your feedback and answer your questions. The cast and artistic staff of the show will also share the experience of creating the play for you. 

Crimes of the Heart
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve
Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Game’s Afoot – Holmes for the Holidays

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Ben Butler

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Barefoot in the Park

Thursday, May 6, 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES

DIRECTORS CHAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With each Unity Performance, you have special opportunities to learn more about the theatre and what goes on behind the scenes. 

Arrive early for the show and come face-to-face with the director!

A great opportunity to hear what goes on behind the scenes of the production, the director’s concept, the challenges and inspiration, and how they put it all together! Director’s Chats begin 30 minutes before curtain.

Meet the Director Dates:

Crimes of the Heart
Directed by Julia Traber
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve
Directed by Sophia Watt
Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm

The Game’s Afoot – Homes for the Holidays 
Directed by Andrew Ruthven

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Ben Butler
Directed by Kate Revnell-Smith
Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Directed by Kate Revnell-Smith
Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Barefoot in the Park
Directed by Jimmy Phillips
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

BEHIND THE SCENES

GROUP TOURS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Backstage Tours are available to any group or organization that schedules an appointment. 

All tours include an informative question and answer session, and are free of charge.
Come see what goes on behind the scenes!

For more information about our backstage tours, please contact Unity Theatre at (979) 830-1460 or info@unitybrenham.org.

UNITY ON THE GO!

SENIOR ADULT OUTREACH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TimeSlips with Senior Adults
Living with Dementia

In partnership with Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and other centers in our community, Unity Theatre uses a method created by TimeSlips to provide a creative engagement opportunity that proves people living with dementia have much to offer and share, especially when using their imagination.

Certified TimeSlips Facilitator, Kathe Forrest, facilitates creative story making sessions with a group of people or individuals, varying in different stages of dementia. They are inspired to use their imaginations rather than recalled memories or facts to tell a story.

Stories are collected and published on the TimeSlips website to be shared with family and friends. When working with a group, the sessions culminate in an evening storytelling event at the center. Professional actors Kate Revnell-Smith and Lisa Thomas honor the storytellers by reading their stories aloud for staff, family, and friends.

While TimeSlips is currently on hold due to the State and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we look forward to the day when we can restart this amazing program.

“Freedom becomes him.”

– Phyllis, Brenham Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center

Reactions from the staff at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center:

“Thank you so much to Unity Theatre for the time and effort put into the TimeSlips storytelling program with our residents. I was blown away by how much our residents were captured within the short stories shared. They were so creative and show so much about our residents’ personalities. I felt like I took a step back in time…” – Kelly, BNRC Assessment Nurse

“The program was a success!! The residents loved it and that is always the bottom line for me. Both Phyllis and Bonnie stated that they “felt so important” while the wonderful actors were reading their stories. I cannot express enough the therapeutic value of programs like this. I have been a Recreational Therapist for 30 years and I think this is the best yet!” – Mary Sparks, CTRS, CDP, CDCS, BNRC Director of Activities

Published Stories from Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: timeslips.org/stories/BrenhamNursing

To find out more about this outreach program, contact Unity Theatre at (979) 830-1460 or info@unitybrenham.org.

UNITY ON THE GO!

CREATIVE DRAMATICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Dramatics at the Boys and Girls Club.

Last season we partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, providing Creative Dramatics classes for children after school.

We are proud to be a Partner for P.E.A.C.E., a program that supports an effort to help local kids see that values exist in school, in families, and throughout communities. Through theatre education, children grow in team-building skills, self-confidence, and imagination. Our theatre classes will be infused with Core Essentials’ monthly value, exploring its meaning through creative play. We are eager to resume our partnership as soon as it is safe to do so. Script courtesy of https://www.dramanotebook.com/plays-for-kids/.

UNITY ON THE GO!

ARTIST CONNECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity Theatre is proud to be a participant in Artist Connect.

For the past five years, Unity Theatre has participated in this important project funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Wells Fargo Trust, through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

As we fully anticipate the growth of this program, we plan to continue partnering with ACBV and other theatre companies in our region to select professional teaching artists who will provide TEKS-based theatre workshops to students who attend Title-1 schools in underserved areas of the Brazos Valley.

Want to support or learn more about Artist Connect?
Visit www.acbv.org/p/programs/artistconnect

 

GET INVOLVED

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at Unity Theatre we believe that all children should have the opportunity to be exposed to and participate in the creative arts. 

Whether students intend to pursue theatre and the arts as a career or a hobby, exposure to a creative atmosphere will enrich their lives and make students more confident in all areas.

Become a Partner in Education!

Drama teaches improved communication skills, increases powers of concentration and refines social skills – gifts which will serve children all of their lives. It teaches how to win and how to lose and how to handle success and failures with grace and dignity.

Here at Unity Theatre we believe that all children should have the opportunity to be exposed to and participate in the creative arts. Whether students intend to pursue theatre and the arts as a career or a hobby, exposure to a creative atmosphere will enrich their lives and make students more confident in all areas.

Our education program promotes teamwork and how to work toward a common goal. It instills team spirit and cooperation. Theatre classes provide the perfect learning arena for characteristics such as integrity, sportsmanship, determination and developing self-esteem in young people.

With your assistance we aim to include all children from Washington County and the surrounding area regardless of their ability to pay so we can provide this opportunity to as many children as possible.

Support our program and reap the rewards!

Chancellor ($5,000 and Above)
• One full page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education
• Logo framed and prominently displayed in theatre lobby for one year
• Logo on Unity Theatre’s website for one year

Dean ($2,500 – $4,999)
• One half-page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education
• Logo framed and prominently displayed in theatre lobby for one year
• Logo on Unity Theatre’s website for one year

Professor ($1,500 – $2,499)
• One quarter-page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education
• Logo framed and prominently displayed in theatre lobby for one year

Scholar ($500 – $1,499)
• One eighth-page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education

Mentor ($250 – $499)
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education

By Check:
Please make your check payable to “Unity Theatre” , note it as PIE, and mail to us at:
300 Church Street
Brenham, TX 77833

By Phone:
Call our Box Office at 979-830-8358,
10:00 am-2:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Donations can be made using Visa, Master Card or Discover

Thank You for Your Support!
On behalf of the many people who enjoy and believe in Unity Theatre, we appreciate your assistance.

Questions? Please contact Kate Revnell-Smith, Executive Artistic Director, at kate@unitybrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext. 12

Unity Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) arts organization.
All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Partners in Education!
BP Corporation
Brianna’s Del Sol
HEB Tournament of Champions
Industry State Bank
Rotary Club of Washington County

GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER & LEARN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer and Learn about the Performing Arts.

One of the best ways to support Unity Theatre is to become a volunteer – it’s a great opportunity to be part of the Unity Community. We welcome new faces and all levels of talent and experience. Our theatre staff provides a rewarding and educational experience for all volunteers.

Unity Theatre welcomes and encourages community involvement. Volunteers participate in almost all aspects of our operation, so there are many opportunities to be a part of live theatre.

Whatever your interests and talents, there is sure to be a position you could fill, either behind the scenes or during our productions. You will work side by side with our theatre staff and other professionals and receive clear guidance and training as needed.

Some volunteer jobs require only an occasional hour or two and others require a specific time commitment.

The following is a list of some of our volunteer opportunities and Pre-Production Positions: 

Begins six to eight weeks before a play opens. These positions require a variable amount of time and allow flexible schedules.
• Costume Shop: shopper, crafts person, construction, alterations, assist our Costume Shop Manager and Designers – flexible schedule
• Set Construction: carpentry, set painting, moving backdrops and furniture–must have weekday/daytime availability- 4 hour minimum commitment per shift
• Props: shopper, construction, locator of unique items – flexible schedule
• Electric: assist with light installation/ focus and sound installation – usually one week before each show opens – 4 hour minimum commitment per shift

Office/Ongoing Helpers:
Administrative positions assist theatre staff with day-to-day operations.
• Receptionist: greet visitors, answer questions, transfer calls, stuff envelopes, stamp bulk mailings, copying, general office help-once a week or every other week from 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm, weekdays only
• Recycler: picks up and delivers material to local recycling center – once a week commitment, flexible schedule
• Publicity: distribution of posters, postcards and other materials – needed once prior to each play opening, flexible schedule
• Facility Maintenance: installations, repairs, custodial, landscaping – flexible schedule

Showtime!
Front-of-house positions: share the excitement of Unity Theatre with our patrons as they enter our doors. For this important area, volunteers must be engaging, friendly, courteous and good at trouble-shooting

• House Managers: oversee ushers and concession workers before, during and immediately following the performance, address any issues that arise in a calm and professional manner, make the curtain speech – training provided
• Concessionaires: operate concession area before performances and during intermission
• Ushers: welcome attendees, take tickets, stuff and distribute playbills and help to seat patrons

Ushers and concessionaires may watch the performance that they are working – House Managers are welcome to come back to another show when they are not working as our guest.

If you have volunteered on a play in any capacity, you will be invited to be our guest at the Invited Dress Rehearsal before each opening as a small ‘Thank you’ from us for your valued time.

We would love for you to play a role in the Unity Community – please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it to us and we will contact you about current opportunities!

For more information, or to volunteer your services, please call 979-830-1460 ext10 or email tickets@UnityBrenham.org.