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Academy

Bay Area Children’s Theatre is dedicated to ensuring that children from all backgrounds can benefit from our award-winning educational programs. 

For questions and more information, email academy@bactheatre.org 

Join us at our new Downtown Oakland Studios at Academy HQ!

Click HERE for an area map of the Rotunda Building where BACT’s new Academy HQ is located. We provide staff for pick-up and drop-off at The Rotund Building’s 16th Street entrance (yellow zone to the left) 15 minutes before each class until 5 minutes before the class starts. After 5 minutes before the class starts, parents will need to pay for parking and walk students to our direct entrance in the plaza near Telegraph.

Classes & Workshops

SPRING Classes and Workshops in our Downtown Oakland Studios | Register NOW

Little PerformersClasses and workshops for grades K-2

Young PerformersClasses, workshops, and performances for grades 3-5

Next StageClasses, workshops, and performances for grades 6-8

Teen Conservatory | Courses and performances for students grades 9-12

San Ramon Classes | BACT classes offered through The City of San Ramon

Advanced PerformersBACT award-winning competition and touring performance program | Audition Only Admission

Summer Youth Leader Program

Youth have the opportunity to gain leadership experience in the arts! 

Student Leader (12-14 years old or based on experience)
Receive valuable training on the creative process that goes into a production and learn to help with classroom management by proactively addressing issues that arise in class. This is a training role with a participation fee of $100.

Counselor in Training (15-16 years old or based on experience)
In addition to helping with classroom management, counselors in training lead warm-ups and run games with minimal supervision/instruction. This is a training role with a participation fee of $100. 

Counselors (17-18 years old or based on experience)
A role model to students and staff alike, Counselors help with classroom management, take initiative with leading warm-ups and  games, create blocking/movement at the request of the creative team, and run breakout sessions with small groups without adult supervision. Requirement: Previous participation in a BACT class/camp as a Counselor in Training.  

Advanced Performers

BACT’s Award-Winning Competition and Touring Performance Program  

Now in its 7th year,  Advanced Performers is Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s nationally recognized educational theatre program. In February, this year’s cast of Matilda Junior received awards for Excellence in Dance and Excellent Student Direction at the Junior Theatre Festival West in February. This award-winning, competitive-level traveling musical theatre team is for children ages 8-18. Participants develop musical theatre skills with BACT specialists in dance, voice, and creative storytelling, with an emphasis on ensemble work. Candidates interested in auditioning for next year’s cast can email  for more details!

Our Academy program provides quality and focused theatre skill building curriculum for children from Kindergarten through High School.

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