Steve Leaver has been with the Actors Training Center since coming in to teach our Little Actors division in 2016. Steve is the Executive Director of Imagination Theater, a Chicago based theater company that uses original, participatory theatrical programming as a means to address various social issues with audiences nation-wide. Mr. Leaver oversees all aspects of the company and has been in charge of designing, writing, directing, and facilitating countless programs for schools and corporations. In addition to his work at Imagination Theatre, Mr. Leaver is a teaching artist with the Metropolis School of Performing Arts in Arlington Heights. He has taught acting classes for all ages and abilities. He has directed productions of “The Laramie Project”, “The Dining Room”, and “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Metropolis. From 2008-2012, Mr. Leaver served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Theatre Association where he was representing Theatre for Young Audiences. Through his work at the ITA, Mr. Leaver helped to coordinate the Theatre In Our Schools conferences every March held in partnership with the American Alliance for Theatre in Education. Most recently, Mr. Leaver has been one of seven theatre teachers and professionals working with Arts Alliance Illinois to adapt and adopt the National Core Arts Standards in Theater for the State of Illinois. Mr. Leaver graduated Cum Laude from Illinois State University.
About the course
At ATC, we believe in kids that act... on stage, on screen, and in their communities. This unique hybrid class beginning in person with safe social distancing practices, was designed for the young performer who loves to play, discover, sing, laugh, learn, and of course, ACT!
Kids that Act is a troupe of students who work together as an ensemble throughout the school year to create, collaborate, and perform all while gaining important acting basics while learning to begin building self awareness, think thoughtfully about using art to enact social change, and expand their points of view.
Class dates: This school-year class is taught in 3 sections with lengthier breaks around the holidays. Students have multiple performance opportunities throughout the year:
Part 1 - In Person w/safe social distancing measures
September 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th
Part 2 - Virtual
October 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, 19th, December 3rd, 10th
Part 3 - Hybrid of Virtual and In Person
February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
December 11th - February 3rd
March 19th - April 7th
Mini virtual performance - ATC Spring Fundraiser