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Adult Education Programs

The education program at The Waldo invites you to bring your voice and creativity to the stage. With a rotating offering of classes, we aim to help participants develop the skills needed to put on a play, while also providing a space to have fun and play. At The Waldo, performing arts is about promoting joy, expression, and connection. 

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Making It Up As You Go: The Art of Improvisation Workshops

Acting Essentials - Adult Acting Workshop series

Second Saturday of Oct -  Dec (10/14, 11/11, 12/9), 10:00-12:30

Instructor: Ryan Jackson


We are thrilled to welcome Improv Artist, Ryan Jackson, to The Waldo to expand your minds and fill your bellies with laughter! In this series of workshops, participants will engage in various Improvisation games and prompts to improve skills in storytelling, conversation, and interacting with others. You'll become experts on subjects you didn't know about before, and embrace your inner fool. Each session, participants will learn the tips and tricks that allow for uninhibited creation and the trusting of your acting instincts. Whether this is your first time, or you're already an old pro, come have some fun! Come for one or come for all!


Ryan Jackson is a born and raised Mid-Coast Maine teaching artist who has performed all over Maine for over 25 years. A 2012 graduate from the University of Maine with his BFA in Theatre, Ryan has worked professionally regionally as well as with many community organizations. Ryan performed Off-Broadway in NYC as apart of the first ever New York City Children’s Theatre Festival in the Production of the Velveteen Rabbit. In addition to being a company member of Everyman Repertory Theatre, Ryan is the site coordinator for After School Programming at RSU 13 for Oceanside Middle School. With his passion for improvisation, puppets, character work and theatre in general, Ryan is thrilled to have this opportunity to join the Waldo team. 


Designed for seasoned actors and newcomers - all levels are welcome.

Cost per workshop: sliding scale of $25-50. *The Waldo is using a sliding scale in the hope that we can create more financial accessibility to our workshops. We believe that financial resources should not be the determining factor for folks that want to access arts experiences. If you are unfamiliar with a sliding scale, each participant may determine for themselves which option along the scale is best for them. There is no income verification, everyone is trusted to make the decision that is best for them. In theory, those that are able to pay full price provide the cushion for those that are not. 


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