Acting Out! At UNCSA

“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”  ~Sanford Meisner

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is internationally known and recognized for excellence. It’s a place to study and refine an artist’s craft.  In some community programs, the craft is frequently glossed over, however,a program like Acting Out!, with its focus on building tools of the acting craft, is a critical one for our community.

About Acting Out!

Acting Out! seeks to fill a void in this community and serves to reach out to theatre enthusiasts throughout the Triad. Led by UNCSA professor Janine Hawley, Acting Out! has been a part of UNCSAfor four years. Acting Out!seeks to uphold one of the central tenets of the UNCSA mission:“to be a beacon for the arts in the region and the state.”

“When the Board of Trustees tasked us with the challenge of pursuing the feasibility of a community drama program, we surveyed the area to determine if there was a need for our unique form of actor training,” said Janine.  “Our team has enjoyed developing and honing a broad range of classes for students in grades 1 – 12.  Our classes are age-appropriate and designed to build their toolbox of skills.  We focus on the process of acting versus the final product.  And with the positive response we’ve received from the community, we’ve been able to grow and expand.”


Acting Out! offers small groups of seven to 16 people per group who meet once or twice a week (depending on the class).  “Our class sizes are small to allow for more personalized instruction,” said Janine.  “The training is at the forefront of our commitment and we work diligently to lead students to reaching their potential.”

Acting Out! Instructors

“Our instructors are alumni of the UNCSA program,” shared Janine.  “It’s a win-win-win!  Our students have access to conservatory-trained teaching artists, and alumni seeking teaching experience are employed in a program related to their specific training and passion. Our faculty is committed to seeing children grow and thrive, not only as actors but as people.  The third win is for the program itself.  When we have such excellent teachers and instructors that share a love of theatre with the students, our program becomes stronger and more recognized for the quality and professionalism for which UNCSA is known.”


“Registration opened on July 15th, and our next 14-week session begins on August 27th,” said Janine.  “We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about our classes to visit us online at”

Classes include Primary Acting; Acting I – III; Musical Theatre; Tap; Movement101 for Actors; Musical Theatre / Jazz Dance; and Hip Hop. They also offer advanced classes for students who are more experienced and desire a more intensive course of study.  “PLUS classes are designed for our most driven students,” shared Janine.  “An audition is required, and students will work at a more accelerated pace than the basic classes.”


Select students of Acting Out! are given the opportunity to showcase their training through an annual production.  Most recently, students performed “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”  A sold-out run, the performance sarned rave reviews, including accolades from Forsyth Woman publisher, Keela Johnson.  “I was amazed by the professionalism and attention to detail,” said Keela.  “Acting Out! produced a top-notch performance that kept the audience laughing, engaged, and entertained!”

To learn more about Acting Out!, a community-based satellite program of UNCSA, contact Janine Hawley at Visit and be sure to like their page on Facebook and follow them on Instagram!


“Fantastic training and a great opportunity to be working with some of the UNCSA faculty, both during the classes and also during the annual musical. The kids absorb the great UNCSA ethos and work ethic as they interface with the amazing professionals from the performance, facilities, and Design and Production departments.”  ~Jeannette B.


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