From the Bard to the Boardroom: How Wedgwood Drama School Sets Students Up for Success

Wedgwood Drama Studio is proof that with theater experience, you can become anything you want— even an entrepreneur.

“Oh, you study acting?” the naysayers ask, “what are you going to do with that?” For Michael and Christi Cruz, the answer was simple: anything we want! It’s this kind of attitude that the brother and sister team brings to their students, who range from toddlers to high school students. Wedgwood Drama Studio is proof that with theater experience, you can become anything you want— even an entrepreneur.

The school wasn’t so much a goal as a necessity. Recession brought cutbacks to local arts programs, and when Christi’s son was suddenly unable to act at school, she and Michael answered the call of duty. With an MFA and lengthy resumés between them, the duo had packed the right equipment.

Why send little Susie to drama school when she could be learning to code or playing a sport? Because theater instills poise, flexibility, and perhaps most noticably, the gift of gab. “These are skills your child will use in business presentations, writing, and working with other people,” Michael explains. “If you’re going to be in the arts you’re going to be entrepreneurial anyway.”

WDS is booking classes now! Check out these ones and more on LevelUp.

Spring Break Drama Camp (Grades K-4)

Come join us at our Studio for a fun filled Spring Break Drama Camp! We’ll play theater games, build original characters, explore movement, dramatic storytelling and learn what it takes to create theater together! There will also be time for art, singing and the playground! The campers will share some of their work for families on the last day of camp, April 15th at 3:30 pm. Camp fills at 16 on a first come first serve basis for each section. $265

Theater in the Park Camp (3rd-5th)

In six separate sessions, we’ll create an original performance all in the beautiful outdoors! Workshops will be offered between rehearsals on improv, writing, and stagecraft. Theater in the Park participants will share some of their work for families on the last day of camp each session at 3 pm. Camp fills at 18 on a first come first serve basis. $265

Studio Improv (6th-12th grades) Our Studio Improv class focuses on developing the actor’s improvisational skills. We use fun exercises to encourage first impulse, making offers, accepting offers, developing basic given circumstances, and compelling relationships between characters in the moment. We’ll explore both Short Form and Long Form Improvisation. This class is good for returning students wishing to deepen their craft and for new students seeking a fun, safe and supportive environment to try something new!

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