Sep 19 - Dec 19, 2019


Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365



Per Month OR


Fall Semester

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, in partnership with instructor Jennifer Hamilton, offers comedy improvisation theater classes for fourth- and fifth-grade students from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 19 through Dec. 19 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, culminating in a performance for friends and family on Thursday, Dec. 19. Students will learn the basics of improvisation (the foundation to good acting). They will learn several improvisation games and prepare an interactive performance for family and friends.

Please review the policies, sign and return completed registration form with your first month’s fee of $33 (or pay $132 for entire semester) to the OCCA office (located within the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport) no later than Friday, Sept. 13. Registration forms and payments may be dropped off at the PAC during box office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you have questions regarding class content or anything else, please contact Jennifer Hamilton at


Jennifer Hamilton began her professional theatre work as the education director for Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy in Topeka, Kansas, a position she held from 2002 until 2014. In that role, she administered year-round classes for ages four through adult, developed and grew a summer camp program from 30 students to more than 300; helped to create a teen improvisation performance troupe; developed outreach programming for area schools and underserved communities, including a teen outreach team of actors who performed at schools and community events; and directed over 50 youth and theatre for young audiences.

Jennifer has also been involved with the American Association of Community Theatre for over a decade and serves on their Education Committee. Most recently she facilitated their Education Director’s conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently planning and will facilitate the Youth Theatre Conference (a part of AACTfest 2019) in Gettysburg, PA.

Earning her bachelor of arts degree in theater from Sterling College in 1993, Jennifer subsequently earned her master’s degree in theater and film from the University of Kansas, where she also taught improvisation and introduction to the theater, in 2003.

Newport Performing Arts Center

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