Additional Class Info

10 weeks

Jan. 12th - Mar. 23rd

3:10 PM

Center Screen: Theatrical Styles

Tuesdays | 3:15-4:15 pm

Grades 4th-5th


In this virtual course, students will learn about the impact of style upon performance and then dive into three distinct theatrical styles: puppetry, radio drama, and pantomime. We will learn about and watch examples of each style, practice specific techniques, and then apply those techniques to scenes and other short performances. Students will come away with a broader knowledge of theatre and a set of acting skills that can carry over to any type of performance. They will also have the opportunity to build a custom puppet in class.



Elizabeth is thrilled to be continuing with the team at Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory! She has worked with a number of schools and theatre companies in California and Massachusetts, including California Theatre Center (where she was the Education Coordinator), Starting Arts, Somerville Arts for Youth, Watertown Children's Theatre, Arlington Center for the Arts, and more. She also spent 3 years as the drama teacher and theatre director for Ashland Middle School in Massachusetts. She taught every child in the school and ran the after-school theatre program, directing two productions each year and leading a company of up to 80+ cast and crew members. Highlights among the 20+ productions she's directed include The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man JR., Macbeth, Seussical JR., The Phantom Tollbooth, Amelia Earhart: Flights of Fancy, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre (Massachusetts premiere). Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a B.A. from Whitman College.

Refund Policies 

1) TUITION: For our four-week, three-week, and two-week long camps, you have the option of processing your camp tuition in full, or by installments. Final payments are due at the start of the camp session. A first payment of $250 is required at the time of registration. For classes payment is due at the time of registration. Students who have not paid by the first class will not be admitted into the classroom. Tuition can be processed by credit card, check, or cash.


$25 is non-refundable for after school class tuition. There are no refunds after the first day of class. Please see summer camp pages for detailed information about our summer 2021 camp refund policy.

3) LATE REGISTRATION: If you would like to register after the first day of a class, you may do so up until the second class meeting. After the second class meeting, we may not be able add additional students as the script has already been developed, casting has taken place, etc. We do not pro-rate classes that are added late.

4) TRIAL CLASS: We understand that some of our younger artists may be hesitant about trying a theatre class. If you have a young student and wish to test a class, please feel free to call the theatre office at (650) 530-2428 to make arrangements for a trial class before formally registering online.

​5) SCHOLARSHIPS: PVTC offers a limited amount of need-based scholarships for our after school classes and camps. Families can apply for a scholarship HERE. Questions? Please email ​​ for more information.