Acting Classes

The professional Centenary Stage Company (CSC) is accepting enrollment into their Adult Acting Workshop for the winter. CSC is committed to providing affordable quality performing arts education to the Northwest New Jersey Skylands region.  With professional instructors and schedules fit for working adults, this program is fit for amateurs and professionals.  The workshop open to adults ONLY.

Adult Acting Workshop

Mondays, 6:00pm - 9:40pm
September 11 - December 18
$250.00 per student
Little Theatre; 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown NJ
Professor Carl Wallnau

The focus of the course is to awaken the actor's imagination through improvisation and cultivating that toward application in scene study.  Work will be both individualized and partner focused.  The actor will utilize both imagination and physical based technique as they approach character and scene creation.  Scenes will be selected from a variety of plays and it is expected that the student will find a copy of the play to read the entire production.  A scene showing and supportive paperwork will serve as the final for the course.


 adult acting workshop instructors:


In addition to serving as Founding Artistic Director of the Equity theatre series, Wallnau is also the acting Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Centenary University.   As an actor he has worked at numerous regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Second Stage in NYC, People’s Light, The Arden Theatre, York Musical Theatre, NYMF Festival, The Lark Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (where he was seen this summer in Taming of the Shrew and Blithe Spirit), Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside,  Forum Theatre, Premiere Stages, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Theatre 1812, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Foothills Playhouse and 14 months on the road with the First National Tour of TITANIC.    He has directed over sixty productions including The English Bride, which recently had its  New York premiere at 59e59 Theatres.  He has been cited for outstanding direction in productions of The Liar, Springtime For Henry, Engaged, The Ladies Man, Deathtrap  and Pygmalion and has directed in numerous regional theatres including Hartford Theatre Works and Musical Theatre Works and Barnstormers.    Wallnau holds an MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts .





Stephen Michael Davis is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary University, the Program Director for Shakesperience: NJ, and a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association.  He has served as the CSC fight choreographer for Peter Pan, Deathtrap, The Liar, Breakfast with Mugabe, Oliver!, and The Wizard of Oz.  Stephen holds a B.F.A. in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an M.F.A. in directing from USC, where he received the Two Thumbs Up Teaching Award for making a difference in the lives of students with learning disabilities.  While at Centenary, Professor Davis was honored with both the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and the 2010 - 2011 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award.  He teaches classes to all ages in Shakespeare, stage combat, theatrical make-up, acting, directing, playwriting, video production and movement for the theatre.





Christopher John Young holds an M.F.A in Acting from The Professional Actor Training Program at Ohio University.  While at OU, Chris taught several acting classes to undergraduate students.  Those classes included acting for both majors and non-majors.  In addition, Chris teacher assisted “stage combat” while attending Ohio University.  A current adjunct instructor at Centenary University, Chris has taught Acting II, Acting for the Camera and Stage Combat to both major & non-major undergraduate students. Chris has instructed for Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop.  Classes included; acting, stage combat, voice and Shakespeare.  Chris has also taught a variety of acting and stage combat classes for children at Brundage Park Playhouse in Randolph, NJ, as well as, acted as director for several summer seasons of BPP's Summer Stages.  Chris is SAFD certified in both unarmed and single sword combat.  Chris is a member of Actor's Equity Association.  For more information visit