Lackland at ESN

Lackland is a Youth Theatre Company, based in East Nashville, that exists to bring collaborative beauty to our community. It is a place to find your voice and, more importantly, to listen to the voices of others. We believe in empathy and self-awareness. We believed in the individual, and we believe in the whole. We believe that the skills developed in the theatre are not only valuable for those interested in pursuing the arts, but also for the rest of our lives.

We are so excited to continue offering drama classes at ESN! All of our classes will be taught by Hadassah Bird, Lackland’s Director and Founder. Our classes are for actors of every experience level. We love working with brand new actors, as well as actors who would like to continue developing their skills, and we also have work for children who aren’t sure about performing publicly but want to be involved and have a great time! If you have any questions about our class content or Showcase involvement, email

Fall Session is January 27th-March 10th (6 weeks)
Showcase for ALL classes is at 5pm Thursday, March 9th.
The following classes will be offered at ESN this fall (class descriptions can be found below the schedule):

Showcase for classes will be on Thursday, March 9th at 5pm in the Commons

Classes for Kindergarten and 1st Graders:
Class Length: 30 minutes
Cost: $95 / 6 week session

Movement & Storytelling – Tuesdays from 4-4:30pm
Classes are on 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, and 3/7
Showcase is at 5pm on 3/9 (please arrive by 4:15pm)


Classes for 2nd-3rd Graders:
Class Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $115 / 6 week session

Creative Acting – Fridays from 3-3:45pm
Classes are on 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, and 3/10*
*yes, we’ll have one more class after the showcase)
Showcase is at 5pm on 3/9 (please arrive by 4:15pm)


Class for 4th-5th Graders:
Class Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $130 / 6 week session

Intro to Improv & Acting – Wednesdays from 3-4pm
Classes are on 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, and 3/8
Showcase is at 5pm on 3/9 (please arrive by 4:15pm)


Class for 6th-8th Graders:
Class Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $130 / 6 week session

Acting 101 – Mondays from 4-5pm
Classes are on 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/9*
*this is a Thursday (due to Holiday and breaks, this class will have their final meeting on the THURSDAY of the performance from 3-4pm)
Showcase is at 5pm on 3/9 (students may stay after their class ends at 4pm)



Class Descriptions

Movement & Storytelling (K-1st)
In this class, we’ll explore how to tell stories through movement, character, and music. Kids will be able to play and use their imaginations to the fullest, while also finding new ways to express themselves!

Improvise with Me! (2nd-3rd Graders)
In these introductory improv classes, young actors learn to adapt, to create, to empathize, to collaborate, to be present to the moment, and to say “yes” to new possibilities!

Improv and Acting (4th-5th Graders)
In this class, students will be introduced to improv games and acting exercises that will help them explore the ways they can connect with each other and tell a story. Actors with previous experience will build on those skills and new actors will develop their foundation.

Tell My Story (6th-8th Graders)
In this class, students will be asked to collaborate to create stories together! We will explore character development, story structure, comedic timing, and how to create and share a vibrant story with the audience.


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