ALL classes at ACTive Roles are FREE of charge to ALL students. Classes will be determined by student interest and availability.  Potential course subjects include: Acting (voice, movement, methodology); script analysis; scene study; theatre history; directing; stage managing; production & design; theatre management; outreach; audition technique; and theatre as a career.

Students will be given a survey at the first session they attend which will be used to influence course topics and meeting times. 

Check back regularly for updated class times and subjects!

ACTive Roles Syllabus - Fall 2017

Megan Simcox - (740) 359-0473



Students will engage in activities and exercises that foster team-work, build confidence, and refine existing acting skills, including, but not limited to, improvisation, voice, movement, script analysis, scene-work, and generation of original work.



Students are highly encouraged to attend every class, as this year we will be building on skill-sets each week. I ask that if a student needs to miss a class or is going to be later than the 4pm start time, to text me at least 15 minutes before the start of class. I will do my best to catch up students at the next class, but depending on the topic being covered, they may be asked to sit out certain activities, or be assigned a different topic. We will still welcome walk-ins and new students at any class, and those new students will be caught up to the best of our abilities, but may miss out on certain lessons. If there are repeated absences, or an influx of new students we will discuss scheduling make-up classes as necessary. 



If I for any reason need to cancel class, I will do everything in my power to give at least 24 hours notice. Typically, I will text everyone to let them know class is cancelled, unless I’ve been notified of alternative preferred methods of communication. If we have to cancel due to inclement weather, the general rule is that if Martins Ferry City Schools have cancelled for the day, we will also cancel. However, if they are operating on a two hour delay, we will still have class. In the event that school is in session and an afternoon storm rolls in, students will be alerted via text message (or other preferred communication) that the decision has been made to cancel class. 



If any student has special concerns or needs accommodating in any way that is not already being addressed, please let me know immediately. ACTive Roles is committed to creating an accommodating environment for all students, but it is easier to address issues if we have advanced notice.  Do not hesitate to contact me regarding anything we can do to better this experience!



            Weds. Sept. 20th:

            FIRST CLASS OF 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

            Introductions, intro to voice technique, and getting-to-know-you games.


            Weds. Sept. 27th:

            Intro to movement techniques, and intro for playwriting improv outreach project.


            Weds. Oct. 4th:

            Intro to basic improv, and character development for improv script.


            Weds. Oct. 11th:

            Mask making, and plot development for improv script.


            Weds. Oct 18th:



            Weds. Oct. 25th;

            Intro to basic masking, work improv script.


            Weds. Nov. 1st:

            Mask dance assignment due, and work improv script.


            Weds. Nov. 8th:

            Intermediate improv (with and without masks), and finalize improv script.


            Weds. Nov. 15th:

            Intro to scene work, and first walk-through of improv script.


            Weds. Nov. 22nd:



            Weds. Nov. 29th:

            Scene work, and rehearse improv script.


            Weds. Dec. 6th:

            Intro to dialects, and rehearse improv script.


            Weds. Dec. 13th:

            LAST CLASS OF 2017 / CHRISTMAS PARTY            

            Dialect scene work, and prepare improv script for performance (if we do a public performance it will be sometime this week!)


I will issue a new syllabus in January to get us through the rest of the school year, but broadly speaking, we will spend January doing audition technique and prep, February and March we will continie dialect work, and April we will focus on musical theatre.