The Justice Theater Project’s Teen MasterClass Program is a fun and immersive experience exploring many facets of being an actor, taught by working, theatre professionals.


These MasterClass workshops run for one week Monday through Friday, June 24-28, 2019. Our two daily sessions run from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 4 PM, and our instructors are well recognized for their work.

Teens are invited to sign up for the entire week of classes, OR register for individual classes that will help them Get The Part.  Registration will open February 8th.   Individual class fees and class sizes will vary.  

Classes are $40 each.

Head shots and Resume class is $80 per student and limited to 10 students. (students will leave the class with a new head shot and an updated resume!) A wait list will be created and a second class scheduled, if needed)

Sign up for the entire week of classes and receive a discount rate of $350.00. (an $80 discount for the week)

HOMEWORK! Many of the Master Classes will have required pre-work that must be done by the student before class.


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Call with questions 919-264-7089

Getting the Part

One Week of Master Class Workshops

Rising 7th to Rising 12th grade

June 24-28, 2019  Monday-Friday Daytime Classes 9 a.m. - noon, 1 pm. to 4 p.m.

Raleigh. 8208 Brownleigh Drive

The Justice Theater Project Teen Master Class program is open to rising 7th to rising 12th grade students.  Students may apply for individual classes, or for the entire week. 

Please note: Students attending multiple sessions in one day are asked to bring a bag lunch. No transportation, food or before/after care is available. A Justice Theater Project staff member will be on hand each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist students and their families.

All classes must be paid in full at the time of registration.  Refunds will be issued up to 2 weeks before the class, with prior notice. No refunds available after June 10th.

Monday, June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon: Improv to Improve your Audition. $40. Limit 14 students

Join Thaddaeus Edwards (Mettlesome, Improv Noir) for an exciting dive into the fundamentals of Improv!  Explore making bold character choices, sharpen listening skills, and unleash your imagination when telling stories on the spot!

Thaddaeus Edwards is a theater artist whose work in the Triangle has spanned over a decade and a half. He has performed with Mettlesome's Golden Age and Improv Noir teams, and during 2018's Oak City Comedy Fest at ComedyWorx. He is a founding member of Bulldog Ensemble Theater, and the locally-acclaimed New Traditions Theater. As an actor, he has been seen at Manbites Dog Theater, Little Green Pig, Flying Machine Theater Company, StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, Hidden Voices, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Raleigh Ensemble Players, Burning Coal, and more. Directing credits include Curve of Departure, premiering Bulldog Ensemble Theater in Durham.

Monday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: 9:00 a.m. to Noon: Audition Techniques: Monologues.  $40 per student. Limit: 25 students

Taught by Terra Hodge. How to select and prepare material that shows you to your best advantage in front of directors. The class will also provide a road map for how to avoid common mistakes that can be made by young actors on their way to getting the part!

Terra Hodge is the theatre arts teacher at Culbreth Middle School where she was named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year, and a top 3 finalist for district teacher of the year for Chapel Hill - Carrboro City Schools. Currently the Youth Programs Coordinator with The Justice Theater Project, she is no stranger to the stage, and has also performed in many shows. Her favorite roles include Vera Stark in Bye the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Serena in Porgy and Bess, Celie in The Color Purple, Mary in Black Nativity, and Sarah’s Friend in Ragtime. Terra has produced and directed many school shows and has received Excellence in Directing at the NCTC Middle School Play festival. Her professional directorial credits include The Amen Corner (The Agape Theatre Project), Crowns (RLT), Nickel and Dimed and A Raisin in the Sun (JTP). In addition to being a performer and a director for theater, Terra has written, produced, and directed several short films. Her film Torn was screened at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.

Tuesday, June 25 9:00 a.m. to Noon: Staging the Song: Music for Auditions. $40. Limit 10 students

*Please note: each student should bring sheet music for one full song, which they should have memorized and be comfortable performing.

Taught by Alison Lawrence. This class provides group training, one-on-one coaching and staging of participants’ songs. Students will sing/perform their fully  memorized song and supply a copy of the music in a notebook to the accompanist prepared in the correct key they are singing in.

Alison Lawrence is an award winning actress/singer/director and full time voice teacher. Many of her students have gone on to successful careers (Clay Aiken, Frankie Muniz, Evan Rachel Wood) as well as being accepted into some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. She has been teaching voice for over 25 years and volunteering onstage and backstage for RLT just as long…most recently onstage as Stepmama in Cinderella and Musical Director of Divas!

Tuesday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Head shots and Resumes. $80. Limit 10 students

NOTE: The resume workshop requires pre-work that participants will need to bring with them. Information will be sent to each student upon registration.

Photographer Areon Mobasher will take individual headshots of each                student, providing one edited photo of their choice. Professional            Editor, Resume Writer, Student Coach Slee Arnold will work one-on-one with each student to improve and enhance their current acting resume. Resumes are to be submitted one week before class.

Professional Editor, Resume Writer and Student Coach Slee Arnold will present appropriate work one-on-one with each student to improve and enhance their current acting resume. Are you interested in theatre, dance, production or tech while in middle, high school or college? We will walk through the most effective methods to create and/or improve your arts resume. Elements covered will include preliminary information gathering, sections and division of information, as well as content for professional, and community productions. Acceptable formats will be shared for school, college and special programs to cover arts and theatre opportunities in production, tech, acting, and dance, among others. Your current resume and any repertoire lists will be evaluated during individual consultations at the workshop. Please provide a copy of a current resume ten days prior to the workshop. At the end of the workshop, you will understand the process, elements and how to showcase your materials in an organized and professional manner. 

Slee Arnold is the president of Slee Arnold & Company, a firm focused on freelance writing, business content, resumes,  bios, LinkedIn profiles as well as marketing strategy and implementation. She also owns Your College Essay Edits which focuses on undergraduate and graduate admissions essays, resumes and mock interviewing skills. With over 20 years of writing and resume experience, Slee focuses on effective, professional formats to share her clients’ talents, experiences and goals and specifically has experience with theatre and music majors and professionals.

Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 a.m. to Noon: Fight and Intimacy Choreography for Stage. $40. Limit 14 students

Taught by Tara Nicole Williams. Learn the FUNdamentals of stage combat and the core tenants of theatrical violence from a  member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Falls, pushes, punches, and slaps (with a few other surprises!).

Class includes: Basics of unarmed stage combat: punches, slaps, pushes, pulls, falls Contact (this class will ask you to touch your partner to achieve staged violence - always with consent)
Movement (you will be moving around quite a bit; where comfy clothes, closed toe shoes - injuries & limitations will always be worked with but may limit your interactions) Inclusion (everybody welcome!)

Tara Nicole Williams is a local actor, educator, and combat artist who has spent the last decade training with The Society of American Fight Directors. She has been honored to work alongside students at William Peace University, NC Theatre Conservatory, Meredith College, and middle and high schools throughout the Triangle. Tara was raised in the Raleigh theatre community and is honored to pass along the skills she has learned to the next generation of artists! Find out more at

Wednesday 1:00 to 4:00 pm Dialect Development and Technique.  $40. Limit 20 students

Taught by Ben Apple.  This class focuses on the three dialects encountered the most in auditions and productions: British, Cockney British, and Irish, and a crash course on each using Paul Meier's "Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen" as a guide.

Ben Apple graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 2014 with his BFA in Acting. Since graduating he has appeared in professional productions both in Chicago and throughout North Carolina. Some favorite credits include Brother Wolf, Snow Queen and A Christmas Carol with Triad Stage, King Charles III, The Greeks, Rum and Vodka and Peter Pan and Wendy with Burning Coal Theater, Bad Jews with A Big Wig Production, This Doesn't End Well with South Stream Productions, and The Actor and the Assassin with Haywood Arts Regional Theater. Ben’s dialect work was featured in several of these productions and he looks forward to passing on some of his knowledge to others.

Thursday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. to Noon: Audition Techniques: Script Analysis and Strong Choices. $40. Limit 14 students

Taught by Katie Barrett. Class will prepare you for a variety of scenarios from audition sides, to callbacks, to getting and keeping the part. Tackle the tricks of the trade in making an  impression (the right way), quick study, and discover what directors are looking for. Move the bar from terrified to confident with this course. 

 Katie Barrett is an actor, writer, and producer who has worked in the Triangle for nearly a decade. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from Peace College in 2015. Katie has had the pleasure of working with many community and professional theatres in the area including Bare Theatre, Women’s Theatre Festival, Cary Players, Burning Coal, Raleigh Village Idiots Improv, Theatre in the Park, South Stream Productions, NCSU’s Theatrefest and Little Green Pig. Katie has also appeared in several indie films as an actress and fight choreographer. She is currently the Associate Executive Producer for The Justice Theater Project

Thursday 1:00 to 4:00 pm Makeup for the Stage.  $40. Limit 20 students

Taught by NC native and Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist, Dean Jones. With his over thirty years of experience in film and television business, he has been a part of over hundred feature films and television projects.

North Carolina native Dean Jones has over thirty years of experience in film and television business. In 1985, Jones was first discovered and hired by acclaimed film director David Lynch to create the makeup effects for the cult classic “Blue Velvet”. Jones has since been a part of over hundred feature films and television projects. Dean’s inspiration comes from his own artistic and entrepreneurial vision and by the many award-winning directors he has worked with over the years such as Gore Verbinski, Sam Mendes, and Steven Spielberg. Jones has won two Emmy awards along with six nominations while working on “Star Trek – Deep Space Nine”. Jones is a graduate from UNC Greensboro with a BFA in acting and directing and was an LAPD police officer, Pacific Division and Vice Squad officer, Newton Division from 1991 to 1993. Jones stays true to his roots produces and directs the annual haunted attraction “The Hollywood Horror Show” which still remains one of the largest haunted attractions in the United States. Now a member of the Directors Guild of America Deans new feature titled “DARK AWAKENING” was shot entirely in North Carolina. It premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Market during the Cannes Film Festival and Stitgis 2014. “DARK AWAKENING” has since received a theatrical release in 2015 and released nationwide to retail chain stores in 2016 - 2017. Meanwhile, Jones has been developing a slate of feature films and television shows to be shot in North Carolina in 2018-2020. Jones now under contract with a two-year (8) picture deal with Global Genesis Group out Los Angeles California will produce this slate of projects within the state of North Carolina. These films will be helmed by Hollywood producers Michele Weisler (Trouble with the Curve, Soul Survivors, The Ring, The Ring 2) and Patrick Peach (Limitless, Three Days to Kill, The Disappointments Room, and Den of Thieves)

Friday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Memorization for the Stage… and Life! $40. Limit 25 students

REMEMBORIZE is a dynamic system that helps actors at all levels memorize faster, easier, and more accurately than ever before. REMEMBORIZE is a comprehensive program that combines motivation and time honored theatrical wisdom with the latest scientifically proven memory research. The program explodes myths and inefficient methods, transforming a chore that most performers dread into a fast, fun, rewarding, performance-enhancing experience. REMEMBORIZE will make you a better actor by making the script an indelible part of you, erasing your fears and freeing you to focus your attention on your motivations, direction, and scene partners while giving you confidence. The session will fly by with theatre war stories, visual aids, demonstrations, audience sharing, games, handouts... Oh, and cookies!

Jerry Sipp, the developer of REMEMBORIZE, is the Producing Artistic Director of The Justice Theater Project. He has enjoyed a varied 30+ year career as a professional actor, director, playwright, workshop developer, stage combat choreographer, and teacher. He has served as the Producing Artistic Director of three other NC theatre companies, directed two professional outdoor dramas, and co-founded TRIO Productions, a touring theatre with an eighteen-year production history. A member of Actors Equity Association, Jerry has acted in well over 100 productions, performing in nearly 40 states in the U.S. and in Scotland. He has directed more than 100 plays and musicals in professional, community, educational, and outdoor theatres.

Friday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Dance and Movement for Auditions. $40 Limit 20 students.

Taught by Aya Wallace. Students will learn and explore the Art of Dance to enhance their understanding of movement, gain knowledge of preparing and excelling at auditions. Students will learn of career opportunities in dance and participate in a Q&A session with the instructor.

Aya Wallace received her ballet training at Raleigh School of Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem. A North Carolina native, Aya received her B.S. in Kinesiology from Temple University and her M.A. in Dance in Higher Education and the Professions: ABT Ballet Pedagogy at New York University (ABT® Certified Teacher). She has danced for local choreographers Kristin Taylor, Allison R. Daniels (Kindly Rooted Dance Performance), and Baba Chuck Davis in Justice Theatre Project’s Black Nativity. She has choreographed in the area for JTP's 2013 production of Ragtime (co-choreographer), JTP's production of Zuccotti Park and assisted with Porgy and Bess. She was also Assistant to the Choreographer for Li V Mihob’s production of A Motown Christmas. She was recognized by Britt Picks for “Outstanding Choreography” in North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening. She is excited to co-choreograph with Chanda Branch and director, Deb Royals, in Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Three Little Birds! She currently teaches ballet at North Carolina Central University.

Aya Wallace was awarded a Cantey for Best Performance by a Lead Actress for Felicia in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Memphis. She has performed roles including Celie in Justice Theater Project’s The Color Purple, Bess (Saturday matinee understudy) in JTP’s Porgy and Bess, Wanda in RLT's production of Crowns, Armelia in NRACT's production of Ain't Misbehavin, Been There? Been There in Moses T. Alexander Greene’s Pooled, and performed for Li V Mahob’s Production of A Motown Christmas.


Puppetry by Mac McCord

(Must be purchased separately)

Wednesday, June 26 from 1pm to 4pm. All proceeds will be donated to Mac’s playwright workshop in Paris.

Join Master Puppeteer Mac McCord and his vast array of fascinating puppets.  Puppetry design includes material and set design, and the construction of sets and the puppets themselves. Skills include writing, acting, painting and art, dance and movement such as Mime, language and improvisational skills, and   experience with lighting and sound design. NEW: Mac will explore using puppets to address diversity in theatre. How gender and disability issues can be explored in a surreal, abstract, funny or heartbreaking way. 

What makes a puppet a puppet? Is it a doll? Is it..a mask..or a costume? Is it all of the above? And why are puppets so compelling? Many actors are leery of puppets, for, like dogs and children, they can usurp the actor’s presence quickly. As the excellent AVENUE Q makes clear, (and the Bunruku puppets of Japan), even when the puppet operators are in full view of the audience the audience will watch the puppet, not the person manipulating it. Puppetry is an art form encompassing craft in material and set design, and the construction of sets and the puppets themselves. Other necessary skills include writing, acting, painting and art, dance and movement such as Mime, language and improvisational skills, and experience with lighting and sound design. NEW: Mac will explore using puppets to address diversity in theatre. How gender and disability issues can be explored in a surreal, abstract, funny or heartbreaking way using puppets.