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 TOY’s FOUNDERS SCHOLARSHIP information and application. 


WINTER/SPRING 2024 Workshops

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT, GO DOG! (Gr. K-2, AM Session from 9am-12pm)SPRING BREAK, (Mon. – Fri. April 1-5)

This half-day week-long session gives students to opportunity to learn how to act out familiar stories in a theatrical way. Using inspiration from our upcoming production of GO, DOG. GO! (based on the book by P. D. Eastman), participants learn how to animate their voices and bodies to tell a story. Working as a group, actors will be challenged to follow the leader in a storytelling adventure. Teamwork and sequential memory skills will be challenged and strengthened!

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PLAYWRITING AT TOY (Gr. 3-6, PM Session from 12:30-3:30pm) – SPRING BREAK, (Mon. – Fri. April 1-5)

Do you have a student that likes to create stories? This week-long half-day workshop will explore the imagination of storytelling through script writing! Actors will write their own mini-plays with the guidance of the instructor and have an opportunity to act them out! Participants may swap and share their scripts with others to expand on ideas – this workshop is an acting and writing mash up!

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SUMMER 2024 Workshops

TOY: PAINT BY CHARACTERS for Grades K-2, JULY 8 – 12 from 9am-12pm

NEW WORKSHOP – this week-long, half-day session combines visual arts media (painting and acting) to create a unique exploratory journey of a self-portrait.
Students will examine beloved theatre characters and archetypes while delving into the physical world of acting exercises to explore playing on stage. These lessons will then be transferred to the brush, creating visual media translation of these characters. Moving onto self-analysis, students will turn their focus to themselves to create their own self-portrait.
At the end of the week, students will have more confidence on the stage and take away both a mini-portfolio of their work, and a final canvas self-portrait.

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TOY: PAINT BY CHARACTERS for Grades 3-6, July 8-12 from 1-4:00pm

NEW WORKSHOP – this week-long, half-day session combines visual arts media (painting and acting) to create a unique exploratory journey of a self-portrait.
Students will examine beloved theatre characters and archetypes while delving into the physical world of acting exercises to explore playing on stage. These lessons will then be transferred to the brush, creating visual media translation of these characters. Moving onto self-analysis, students will turn their focus to themselves to create their own self-portrait.
At the end of the week, students will have more confidence on the stage and take away both a mini-portfolio of their work, and a final canvas self-portrait.

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ACTING OUT! Teen Essentials – ONE WEEK ONLY, July 15-19 from 9am-3:30pm

Instructed by Chris Kelly. Acting fundamentals coupled with the exploration of group storytelling. This full-day week-long 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.

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THE MAGIC DOOR for Grades K-2, July 22-26 from 9am-12pm

This half-day full-week workshop explores imagination through theatre activities. Beginning with actor warmups and focus exercises, students will work as a group to create a world behind The Magic Door, and then explore the world they’ve imagined! Skills will include listening, following instructions, confidence in choice making, creative thinking and improvisation.

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YES AND… for Grades 3-6, July 22-26 from 1-4:00pm

Introductory level improvisation class for young people! Learn how to “play pretend” with guidelines and how to build on the creative elements of improvisation. Expanding on the fundamentals of theatre through accessible, but challenging activities, students will learn to say YES to new ideas and experiences and begin trusting their choices.

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SET THE SCENE: Playwrighting for Grades 3-6, July 29-Aug 2 from 9am-12pm

Through the understanding of important acting and writing fundamentals, students will learn how to make specific choices on the page and on their feet. Workshop participants will work together to set the scene, creating their own unique play.

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SPEAK THE SPEECH: Shakespeare for Teens, July 29-Aug 2 from 1-4:00pm

BACK FOR A SECOND SUMMER! This Shakespeare focused workshop 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 monologues and scenes. This workshop will culminate in a final performance.

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TOY: IN PRODUCTION for Grades 3-7, August 5-9 from 9am-3:30pm

NEW WORKSHOP This summer for the first time, TOY is launching a one-of-a-kind workshop, IN PRODUCTION.
For this week-long, full-day workshop, students will combine elements of theatre (acting, props, costume and sound design) to create a devised production of their very own.
An exploration in combining theatre activities, sense of play and storytelling to work both individually and together in group scene work. Students will use their imagination to create their own world to really explore the world and story they’ve imagined! Skills will include listening, following instructions, confidence in choice making, creative thinking, collaboration and improvisation. 

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