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after school drama

K-8 Students can explore drama through themed workshops at your school site once a week for 10-12 weeks.  Click here to see a slideshow of recent in-school workshops.


For more information, contact Conservatory Programs Manager Kathleen Lee at 415.861.6148 or


plan a new adventure for your after school students


How do you know if you like something unless you try it? With our Drama Explorer workshops, we give students a chance to explore dramatic play and acting techniques with a new theme every session. Past themes include: Circus, Dream Factory, Fairytales, Heroes & Villains and Time Travel.


See the power arts have to transform and enlighten! These classes provide supportive and creative environments for students to practice verbal and non-verbal communication skills, to use their imaginations to make interesting choices, and to gain courage and leadership skills while developing their own unique voice.


Students meet once per week and play theatre games, create scenes and plays, and practice their skills in improvisation. Each session culminates in a presentation of skills learned, which is open to families.


School Requirements


Workshops (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) range in size from 8-16 students and typically meet once a week for 10-12 weeks. Our teaching artists follow a creative dramatics curriculum that has been written to reinforce state standards for visual and performing arts, as well as 21st century skills and social-emotional learning. Every session culminates in a presentation of skills for parents.


Teaching Artists


All NCTC teaching artists are professional theatre artists currently working in their field (typically acting, directing or playwriting), hold college or conservatory degrees, and also have backgrounds in education and/or child development. Teaching staff receive regular observations and ongoing training from master artist-educators. All of our educators are required to pass a criminal background check through the state department, as well as regular TB screenings. Click here to view bios of our current teaching staff. 


Costs & Financial Aid


Drama Explorer workshops range from $180-300 per student per session, depending on the class size, length and resources of the school site. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Please contact Conservatory Programs Manager Kathleen Lee at 415.861.6148 or for an online financial aid application.


School Partners

Some of our current and recent school partners include...  Buena Vista Horace Mann Community School, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Chinatown YMCA, Clarendon Elementary School, French American International School, Glide, Gordon Lau Elementary School, Guadalupe Elementary School, Lakeshore Elementary, La Scuola International School, Live Oak School, McCoppin Elementary, New Traditions Elementary School, Peabody Elementary School,  Rosa Parks Elementary, Sunset Elementary School, San Francisco Day School, SF Friends School, Up on Top at Tenderloin Community School and West Portal Lutheran School.


NCTC’s theatre education programs are supported in part by individual donors in addition to the following institutions:






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