About The Academy 2020-02-27T19:56:43+00:00

Our Philosophy

The Academy is a place where students of all abilities can learn about the theatre.

Whether a student is looking to get their feet wet, or is a seasoned veteran of the stage, our camps give each student the opportunity to grow and thrive in a supportive environment.

Our sessions focus on theatre skills, knowledge, theory, and practice, and typically culminate in a live performance for friends and family. We take students through all phases of the production process: from auditions to rehearsals to performance. Students walk away from our camps feeling great about not only the final production, but their own inner growth and new skills they learned along the way.

Our goal is to give each of our students the opportunity to explore his or her own creativity and understand all aspects of theatre in a fun and safe manner. We strive to create an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competition. This helps to promote a nurturing environment that is supportive of personal development.

Our Teachers

Kearney Jordan
Kearney JordanSpring Classes: The 3 Little Pigs, Moana, The Giver

Kearney currently serves as the Academy Director and has been involved with Spokane Civic Theatre since youth. She finds serving as a mentor for a new generation of young performers is an absolute dream job!  A graduate of Eastern Washington University, and mother of three, Kearney is incredibly proud of the growth and development that the Academy has seen in her tenure, and is dedicated to providing quality programming to nurture and encourage the creativity in each and every participant.

Karlin Kahler
Karlin KahlerSpring Classes: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the 7 Dwarves

Karlin’s journey with the Academy began as a student performer, and now we are so proud to have her not only as an instructor, but the Academy Assistant! When not teaching at Civic, Karlin teaches drama at The Community School. She is very active in the local theatre community as an actress, director, stage manager, and board member.

Ben Dyck
Ben DyckSpring Classes: Superhero Showdown

Ben Dyck has been a fixture on the Spokane Civic Theatre stages since he returned to the region five years ago, playing a wide variety of roles in shows like Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Rocky Horror Show, 2.0, and many more. When not sharing his talent on the stage, he can be found in the classroom, where he currently teaches Kindergarten, and spending time with his family, children, and pets.

Bryan D. Durbin
Bryan D. DurbinSpring Classes: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mulan

Bryan is a man of many talents; in addition to being a veteran Academy teacher, he is an actor, director, and the region’s most sought-after fight choreographer. A father of two daughters, Bryan enjoys working with kids and teaching them the importance of collaboration and teamwork. He is a graduate of the Eastern Washington University Theater Department, and serves as Civic’s Master Electrician.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are scholarships available for Academy courses? 2018-03-26T21:57:00+00:00

Yes! Spokane Civic Theatre Academy annually awards $7000 worth of partial and full scholarships to the students and families who qualify.

Download the scholarship form here or stop by the Box Office during business hours to pick one up.

Please fully complete form and return to the Box Office at least 10 days prior to the start of the course. An initial payment of $10 is due at the time of application. No further payment is due until the scholarship application is processed and you are contacted by the Academy Administrator.

Are there auditions for the Academy? 2017-12-20T00:26:20+00:00

The academy classes that are offered each quarter are not audition based and anyone in the age range of the class may sign up to participate.

The intensives and other special performance camps may require an audition, so please check our audition page for any Academy shows that are coming up for auditions.

Why choose Spokane Civic Theatre’s Academy? 2017-09-06T22:56:28+00:00

What sets us apart from other theatres in the community is the overall quality of the classes and productions we offer, along with the credentials of our amazing faculty .

Who can participate? 2017-09-06T22:55:49+00:00

Students in the academy range from 5 to 95, with a range experience levels! We just ask that you come ready to learn, create, and have a great time!  Whether a student is looking to get their feet wet, or is a seasoned veteran of the stage, our camps give each student the opportunity to grow and thrive in a supportive environment.

What is Spokane Civic Theatre’s Academy Program? 2017-09-06T22:54:28+00:00

The Academy is more than simply a place to “do a play”. We teach important lessons on accountability, discipline, positive reinforcement, and skill building – especially in our childrens’ classes.

We offer courses for a variety of ages, interests, and skill levels. So, whether you’re a seasoned actor or you’ve never set foot inside a theatre, we have a class that’s right for you.