Extraordinary Education, Exceptional Experience

Spark a love for Theatre and the Arts

Barter Youth Academy is an innovative theatre education program that teaches students teamwork and creativity in a fun, fast-paced rehearsal environment.

Whether your student loves dance, comedy, drama, music, or anything in between, BYA’s team of theatre professionals will create an exceptional educational experience tailored to your student’s growth and learning.

Classes are available for ages 6 – 18

Summer 2021 Classes

Scenes from Shakespeare (Ages 12-18)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:30 am–1:00 pm, June 15-July 22
Instructor: M Gerber
Demo Date: July 31, 2021
Tuition: $175

Hybrid In Person/Zoom – In person classes will be held on the Barter Green (outside of Barter’s Smith Stage) in Abingdon VA

Take the mystery out of Shakespeare and learn how the professionals take on a Shakespeare role. In this class, you’ll learn all of the fundamentals of acting in a Shakespeare play: Character, meter, poetic devices, historical context, and more. Class meets twice a week: Tuesdays, in person on the Barter Green (outside of Smith Stage) from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, then again ONLINE (via Zoom) on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Improv (Ages 12-18)

Saturdays: 11:30 am–1:00 pm, June 19-July 24
Instructor: M Gerber
Demo Date: July 31, 2021
Tuition: $150

In Person – Classes will be held on the Barter Green (outside of Barter’s Smith Stage) in Abingdon VA

You can sharpen your mind and your acting skills without having to worry about learning lines. This class will teach you the beginning skills you’ll need to think on your feet without a script and make an audience laugh at the same time! These improv games are known as “short-form” improvisation, as each game is short and quick, and easy to learn.

Elementary (Ages 6-12)

Elementary 1 – Fridays: 10:00 am–11:30 am, June 18-July 23
Instructor: Morgan Egan, Charlie Hinchey
Elementary 2 – Thursdays: 11:30 am-1:00 pm, June 17-July 22
Instructor: Micah Untiedt, Charlie Hinchey
Demo Date: July 30, 2021
Tuition: $150

In Person – Classes will be held on the Barter Green (outside of Barter’s Smith Stage) in Abingdon VA

Have a little one aching to become an onstage star? Get them started with this class for ages 6 to 12 year olds. In this class, your child actor will learn all of the basics of professional theatre: blocking, projection, speech & diction, and storytelling. Your student, with the help of their instructor and the rest of the class, will create a true one-of-a-kind play based on a theme of the instructor’s choosing. Your young actor will then get to perform this short original piece before a live audience! (Elementary classes 1 and 2 are similar in content)

12 Year Olds – If your student is 12 and unfamiliar with BYA we suggest registering for the elementary classes.

Support for BYA Summer 2021 is provided by:

Summer 2021
Health and Safety Guidelines

Barter Theatre and Barter Youth Academy holds the health, well-being, and safety of its patrons and students in the highest priority.

By registering for a BYA class you agree to adhere to the following Covid Safety guidelines:

  • All students must properly wear a mask during class. No exceptions.
  • Any individual within 10 feet of the class area must wear a mask.
  • Students will have their temperatures checked before being signed into class. Students who have an abnormally high temperature will not be admitted into class.
  • Any student or parent exhibiting any off the following symptoms will not be admitted into class: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Each student will bring their own water bottle with their name clearly marked on it.