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Accents and Dialects

Students will utilize phonetics to learn accents and dialects. They will become aware of their own accents and learn how placement of the lips, teeth and tongue affect the way we speak.


Designed for both new and experienced actors, this class will cover a wide range of standard acting techniques and skills, including warm-up and relaxation techniques, approaches to characterization and motivation, line reading, memorization, and ultimately scene work.


From cold readings to prepared monologues to singing a few bars, students will learn about what it takes to prepare and the audition process itself.

Costume Design

Students will learn how to analyze a script and characters, get their ideas on paper with pencil, ink and watercolor, and construct a costume using versatile inexpensive materials.


Student directors will choose a play, cast and direct it. Leadership, good communication, confidence, positive interaction, collaboration and organization will be covered.

Forum Theatre

Forum Theatre is a form of participatory arts helping participants imagine different responses and outcomes to common problems.

Improv Comedy

Act without preparation, practice flexibility, react creatively and learn off-the-top-of-your-head techniques.

Mock Trial - Fairy Tale Theatre

The mock trial has proven to be an effective learning tool for elementary and secondary school students. It helps students develop useful knowledge about the law, questioning techniques, critical thinking, and oral advocacy skills.

Multicultural Theatre

Through multicultural tales, students will gain experience in storytelling while developing acting skills.

National Shakespeare Competition

Through the National Shakespeare Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception in 1983.

Page to Stage

In this class, students explore classic literary works which they ultimately perform, getting them ACTively involved! This cross-curricular approach combines literature study with performing arts, while delving into history, culture and more!

Pechakucha 20x20

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically while the presenter talks along to the images.

Plays as Literature

In this class, students will read aloud famous, classic plays and then see it on film or live, when possible. Through lively discussion and analysis, students will explore why these plays have stood the test of time and continue to be read and performed today.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Poetry Slam

This course takes students through the process of developing, implementing, and assessing poetry performance - and beyond.

Public Speaking

This fun public speaking course teaches students how to stand up with courage in front of a group and have fun presenting.

Reader's Theatre

Students will learn how to make introductions, project their voice, articulate, utilize timing, inflection and more!

Stage Combat

Students will learn basic techniques such as the slap, punch, strangle, hair-pull, bite and kick.

The Private Eye

The Private Eye is a hands-on program looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale and theorizing.


Arts & Minds is an arts and education 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to empower individuals to use their knowledge and talents for enriching themselves and their community.

Arts & Minds was created to provide an inclusive, welcoming environment for diverse students to engage in the arts and humanities and to help individuals discover their unique capacities and talents, gain knowledge, develop skills for self-expression, build character and contribute positively to their community.

Our goal is for every student to realize their potential for making a meaningful impact on the local and global community through the arts and education.

Our dynamic talented instructors offer classes and workshops to young people through homeschool and after-school programs.

Valarie Atwood - Executive Director/Instructor

Valarie Atwood serves as Executive/Artistic Director for Arts & Minds and has been an educator for over 25 years. Her love for arts and education integration and the theatre inspired her to establish Arts & Minds. Previously, she founded Homeschoolers East Co-op where she fulfilled a variety of administrative roles on the Steering Committee for 10 years while teaching various subjects to a wide span of age groups. Before homeschooling, she developed the Virtue Of the Week (VOW) program and was a founding member of KIDPROV®, an arts-in-education improvisational comedy troupe, working with over 300,000 students and teachers throughout the U.S.

Valarie integrates her extensive knowledge and unique application of improv, creativity, problem solving and team building skills into each class she teaches whenever possible. Some organizations she has worked with include Destination Imagination, Gifted & Talented trainings, Big Thought, Artsmart, the Dallas Theatre Center Teen/Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, Brookhaven College, Northlake College, the YMCA and Girl's Inc. Valarie attended Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, MO where she majored in theatre arts and is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts of Houston, TX.