Whether you’re looking for social skill and confidence building or a deeper experience with theatre and performance, TOY has something for everyone!

TOY and our teaching artists will be closely following all CDC guidelines while celebrating JOY and WONDER!

Please register online or call 716.884.4400 ext. 308. At TOY, we believe in opportunity.  Scholarship assistance is available. Please click here for information and application. 

SPRING 2023 Workshops

CENTER STAGE for Teens – April 15, 22, 29 (Grades 7-12)

For the teen who wants to explore the world of the play and relationships between self and characters. This workshop will allow students to discover and play with a variety of scenes and monologues. This workshop is perfect for the student working towards auditions and actors of all experiences welcome!

Running 3-weeks on Saturdays, April 15, 22, 29 from 9am-12pm


SUMMER 2023 Workshops

IMAGINATION CELEBRATION (Grades K-2) AM Session, July 10-14

An introduction to theatre for your mini star.  Through theatre games and creative explorations your child will engage their imaginations and build creative confidence.  Theatre is packed with transferable skills such as self-awareness, listening, trusting instincts and group participation. For grades K – 2.


ACTING, & CHARACTERS & IMPROV, OH MY! (Grades 3-6) PM Session, July 10 – 14

Participants will engage in “on your feet”, theatre based activities that explore the use of the imagination and bold choice making skills. This is an improvisation style class, allowing participant to utilize props and costumes which progresses into character-based storytelling. Kids walk away from this workshop a little more confident, better problem solvers and embracing possibilities. This workshop is for grades 3 – 6.


ACTING OUT! Teen Essentials (Grades 7-12) Two-week program, July 17-28

TEENS ACTING OUT (Gr 7 – 12), Two-week program (Monday-Friday), July 17 –July 28 from 9AM – 3PM
In-person at TOY (Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street, Buffalo 14201)

Instructed by Chris Kelly

Acting fundamentals coupled with the exploration of group storytelling. This two-week program is fun, yet rigorous and challenges all levels of students. Maintaining a connection to the body and voice of an actor with the freedom to create and build upon the tiniest morsel of an idea. The workshop, filled with skill building and techniques for young actors, culminates in a workshop style production conceived and created by the students.


MAKE BELIEVE (Grades 3-6) AM Session, July 31 – August 4

How do we make plays believable? Your child will learn important acting fundamentals. Through listening, responding, and behavior based theatre exercises your young actor will learn how to make specific choices, follow through and explore and strengthen their creative confidence. For grades 3 – 6.


STEP KICK SING (Grades K-2), PM Session, July 31-August 4

This one-week half-day afternoon camp is filled with games, singing and dancing for every child! Using musical theatre as our foundation of song and dance, students will practice basic performance building while singing and dancing. Instructors will guide the class through breath and body work to support the text and intentions of musical theatre material. This workshop will increase your child’s confidence and collaborative imagination.

Instructed by Bobby Cooke. For Grades K-2.


SET THE SCENE (Grades 3-6) AM Session, August 7 – 11

This is a one-week half-day morning session. 

Through the understanding of important acting fundamentals, students will learn how to make specific choices, follow through and explore and strengthen their creative confidence. Workshop participants will work together to set the scene, creating their own unique play.  This workshop is for grades 3 – 6. 


ARTS ALIVE (Grades K-2) PM Session, August 7 – 11

This Creative Dramatics based class explores fundamental theatre skills through games, improvisation, voice & movement and storytelling. For grades K-2. This is a half-day, full-week program.


SPEAK THE SPEECH: Shakespeare 101 (Grades 7-12) August 14-18

This full-day, week-long workshop brings the life and fun to Shakespeare’s works. Throughout this program, TOY Instructors will guide the class through breath and body work to support the text and intentions of some of the Bard’s most beloved plays and characters. Students will explore scenes and this workshop will culminate in a final performance.  


TRIPLE THREAT: Musical Theatre for TEENS (Grades 7-12) PM Session, August 21-25

You can sing, you can dance, you can act = You’re a TRIPLE THREAT! In this half-day week-long workshop students will delve into process oriented exploration, solo and ensemble work, and theater skill enhancement to prepare for any song & dance opportunity! Students should be prepared with a monologue choice and song option to work with during the week. Instructors will guide the class through breath and body work to support the text. All levels of experience welcomed!
Instructed by Bobby Cooke, for grades 7-12


GUARDIAN/STUDENTS: Please complete Student Information Form and return to Executive Director Tracy Snyder at [email protected] prior to the start of your scheduled workshop.