Pre-Teen Workshop II

Theatre Three strives to offer the best educational acting experience. Our experienced teachers help participants explore their creativity, expand their skills, and experience live theatre in new ways, all while having fun. We believe any student should have a chance to be onstage. We create a safe space for all students to try new things. Part of our mission is to give our students the most interesting, innovative, and exciting experience possible. Students will receive two tickets to attend any Mainstage or Children's Theatre production during the 2023-24 season. They will be given an opportunity to discuss the production with their instructors and classmates.

Workshops are limited to 20 students and meet once a week for for a total of 10 classes. Classes begin February 2, 2024.


Sorry, no refunds unless classes are cancelled. Register online, by mail, at the Box Office, or charge by phone!

Questions? Call Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (631) 928 - 9202

Ages 8 - 11

Fridays 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Introduction to acting. Improvisation, theatre games, beginning scene and monologue work.

Final Class: Original Showcase Performance based on classwork.

Classes begin  2/2

Class dates:2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19 (Showcase on 4/19 at 5:30 p.m.)

Instructor: Gina Lardi

Teaching Assistant: Riley Butler


RILEY BUTLER (Teaching Assistant Pre-Teen I & II) got her start on stage as an 8-year-old Munchkin cast in THE WIZARD of OZ and her love for theatre was born. Her mainstage credits include Maisie in SEUSSICAL, JR., the Genie in ALADDIN, JR., Bruce in MATILDA, and most recently as the evil Queen Aggravain in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Riley has also acted on the THEATRE THREE stage as Young Elsa in FROZEN JR., and in THE ADDAMS FAMILY YOUNG@PART. She loves performing on stage and working with a diverse set of theatre friends. Riley is also comfortable behind the scenes and has been a student director for the Minnesauke Elementary Drama Club for the last 2 years.

SUZIE DUNN (Dean of Dramatic Academy/Instructor Teen Workshop) Teaching career began at THEATRE THREE at age eighteen teaching classes for ages 6 through 17. BFA in Theatre; MA in Elementary Education. Seven years a teacher of dance and drama at Oakland Garden Elementary School, New York City; Arts Liaison between schools and The New York City Blueprint for The Arts, working with teaching artists from across the world. Assisted in writing the Arts Standards for New York State. Proud co-founder of The Cue Theatre, an educational lab theatre that works with hundreds of students throughout the capitol region. She is the author of a curriculum for Arts-in- Education "Cue the Classroom" launched in 2014. She appeared on Central Park's Delacorte stage in The Public Theatre's TWELFTH NIGHT (summer 2016 and 2018), AS YOU LIKE IT (summer 2017), and Disney's HERCULES (summer 2019). She has also been seen on THEATRE THREE's stage in A CHRISTMAS CAROL for over 200 performances.

GINA LARDI (Instructor, Creative Dramatics & Pre – Teen I & II) an actor, composer, and costumer from Kings Park, NY. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Music. Over the years, she has privately coached students in voice, piano, and audition prep. In addition, she was certified in Music Funtime (preschool music education) at Grace Music School. As a THEATRE THREE alum, she is so excited to be back where it all started, passing along all that she has learned!

JEFFREY SANZEL (Executive Artistic Director) BFA in Acting & Directing from Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. With THEATRE THREE since 1989. Appointed Artistic Director July 1993. Director of over two hundred productions including the 2015 Musical Theatre Factory II's production of GODSPELL, JR.

CASSIDY WORRELL (Teaching Assistant, Creative Dramatics) has been with THEATRE THREE since 2020. She debuted on the THEATRE THREE Mainstage in A CHRISTMAS CAROL two years ago as The Girl. Favorite credits include SEUSSICAL, JR (Gertrude), GREASE, JR. (Patty Simcox/ Roger), and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Linus). She is excited to be returning to A CHRISTMAS CAROL this year as The Charwoman & Margaret.