Academy Overview





SLT Academy provides exceptional theatre training opportunities that encourage students to develop their creativity, curiosity and craft while instilling ethics of responsibility, stewardship and involvement in the arts that will help them succeed in every stage of life.

SLT classes are designed to encourage and educate students in a setting appropriate to age, academic milestones and experience. From open-enrollment classes where play in a disciplined, nurturing environment guide learning to professional internships that require advanced level training, volunteerism and sometimes auditions.

Along with progressive training in voice, acting and movement, Academy classes explore a unique element of theatre study each semester on a twelve-year cycle. This allows students a new challenge every semester as well as the opportunity for the most diverse range of artistic experience and the chance to find their personal forte. Elements to be studied include: improvisation, sight singing, character development, voice projection and articulation, movement, auditioning, the monolog, comedy, drama, puppetry, costume design, set design, operetta, theatre history, directing, Broadway voice, scenic painting, playwriting, acting Shakespeare, the use of video in theatre storytelling, stage properties, stage make-up and theatre lighting.


Struthers Library Theatre is building the SLT Academy one program, one instructor and one curriculum at a time. The long-range goal is to make SLT Academy an arts and education destination, bursting with responsible students trained in the theatre arts under the guidance of local and visiting artist. Students will develop their own productions, attend training classes, earn professional internships, compete in musical theatre competitions, assemble professional internships, compete in musical theatre competitions, assemble professional networks with working artist and complete projects of benefit to our students’ futures, the theatre and our community. Students will be trained in theatre from Greeks to cutting-edge practices, preparing them for successful futures, ranging from an arts avocation to a happy, arts-invested life. The Academy will also become a formal theatre school, drawing tuition students for specific, intensive sessions linked to performance opportunities. Performances will benefit students and regional audiences.