The Sandbox is our core theatre training program for youth ages 9-18 years. It is a place to play. It is a place to learn. It is a place to stretch your creative imagination, have fun, and make new friends. The Sandbox is structured into four sessions over the course of the school year to build a participants' foundation in performance skills. The four sessions are: Improvisation, Scene Study, Actor's Toolkit, and Performance Showcase

What is The Sandbox?


Learning how to act is a lot like studying what makes humans tick. Uncovering your character’s motivations and what actions they do to achieve their goals helps you better understand what drives people. Acting classes can help you: gain confidence expressing yourself in public; discover your spontaneous creative self; and, be part of a creative community.

Why acting?


Green Light Arts is dedicated to delivering high quality arts education programming that empowers participants to seek their creative potential. Our instructors have extensive training and experience working in the performing arts and will provide students with an excellent opportunity to develop their acting craft, work collaboratively in a group, all while nurturing an environment that celebrates each participants' contributions.

Why join?

Session #1: Improvisation

This six-week course immerses students in the ART of IMPROVISATION. Free your imagination and build the foundation to becoming a better actor as you gain confidence and follow your impulses to become more spontaneous on stage! No experience necessary – just a willingness to trust your instincts and appreciate others and what they bring to the table.

$120 + HST

6 weekly 3-hour sessions
September 26 to November 7, 2017 | Tuesdays 6-9pm

Please note there is no class on Oct 31st.

Ages 13 to 18 years - sessions held at 44 Gaukel and taught by Nathaniel Voll

Session #2: Scene Study


This six-week course introduces students to ACTING IN A SCENE.
Develop your acting technique through a series of exercises and short scenes that focus on BUILDING YOUR CHARACTER and making strong, believable physical and vocal choices in your scene. Students will showcase their scenes will be at the end of the six weeks for family and friends. No experience necessary – just a willingness to trust your instincts and appreciate others and what they bring to the table.

$120 + HST

6 weekly 3-hour sessions
November 14 to December 19 , 2017 | Tuesdays 6-9pm

Ages 13 to 18 years - sessions held at 44 Gaukel and taught by Nathaniel Voll

Session #3: Actors' Toolkit

This six-week course introduces students to MASK, MOVEMENT, VOICE and HOW TO
AUDITION. Develop your acting technique further by incorporating these essential tools to learn how to use your whole body and voice in creating characters and building the world of the play. This session concludes with a focus on how to audition including a mock audition in preparation for the audition to the PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE.

No experience necessary – just a willingness to trust your instincts and appreciate others and what they bring to the table. We do recommend students take one of the previous sessions offered however it is not a pre-requisite.

$120 + HST

6 weekly 3-hour sessions
JANUARY 23 to MARCH 6, 2018 | Tuesdays 6-9pm

Ages 13 to 18 years - sessions held at 44 Gaukel and taught by Nathaniel Voll

Session #4: Performance Showcase

This 10-week course will showcase your artistic talent as you apply the skills you have developed throughout the year as part of the ensemble in our PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE. We strongly recommend completing at least one session prior to participating in the PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE.

$250 + HST 

Auditions week of March 26, 2018.
Rehearsals begin week of April 9, 2018

10 weeks - 2 x 3-hour sessions per week
April 10 to June 19, 2018 | Tuesdays/THURSDAYS 6-9pm
Showcase presentations on June 21 & 22, 2018 at 8pm.

Ages 12 to 18 years - sessions held at 44 Gaukel and taught by Nathaniel Voll

Presentations at the Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre. Tickets to the PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE presentations will be available to the general audience for purchase. 


44 GAUKEL, 2nd Floor Rehearsal Studio
44 Gaukel Street
Kitchener, ON N2G 4P3



Nathaniel is a professional artist, born and raised in Kitchener. He started his artistic career as an actor over a decade ago, and has since worked as a director, writer, visual artist, arts administrator and arts educator both locally and in the GTA. Having worked with children and youth for years, he now manages community programs and develops community across the Waterloo Region, and supports people with disabilities in programming settings. When Nathaniel isn't working, you'll find him longboarding, catching invisible Pokémon with his 6-year-old son, or negotiating bedtimes and dessert menus with that same 6-year-old son.  


  • Participants must be between the indicated ages for each session.
  • If you are registering more than 2 youth, please fill-out a second registration form.
  • Registration is considered complete once we have received the following:
    1. Completed On-line Registration Form
    2. Payment
    3. Enrollment is limited so please ensure prompt delivery of all registration items in order to secure your child’s spot.
    4. Refunds must be requested in writing/email no later than 14 days prior to the start of each session.
    5. Questions and inquiries: or call us at 226-444-8011

    Code of Conduct:

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    The safety and well-being of each participant is very important to us. In order to ensure the best programming experience for all participants, please note the following practices adhered to by all staff and representatives of Green Light Arts:

    1. Green Light Arts staff do not have specialized medical training. However, a number of our staff are certified in Basic First Aid and CPR-C. If the participant has a specific medical concern, please consult with Green Light Arts prior to their enrollment to ensure that proper attention to their specific needs are in place.
    2. In case of emergency, sickness, accident or incident, parents/guardians must leave adequate contact information where they can be reached and be available to come and pick up the participant, if needed.
    3. Participants enrolled in The Sandbox are to be picked-up by authorized persons ONLY as indicated by parents/guardians on the application form. Written notice is required for all changes to persons designated in this regard. Please note that photo ID may be requested from any adult (parent/guardian/or otherwise) who is picking up a participant to verify their identity.
    4. Participants are not to wander on or off the premises, either on their own or with other participants, without the supervision of a Green Light Arts staff member. If a participant must leave an activity they are to stay under the supervision of a staff member until they return to the activity or until their parent or guardian can pick them up.
    5. Green Light Arts demands the highest level of conduct from their staff and representatives. It is important to us that each participant feel supported, encouraged, empowered, and respected. Our staff are hand-picked with the highest of standards for both their knowledge of theatre craft and their ability to interact well with youth of all abilities and backgrounds.
    6. In alignment with our mission/mandate statements and company goals, Green Light Arts expects the highest level of conduct from its participants as outlined by the following:
              - Respect & Equality for All (regardless of race, gender, religion, beliefs or ability)
              - Courtesy in all Actions and Good Behaviour
              - Respect for Personal Property
              - Co-operation with Green Light Arts Staff
    7. Green Light Arts will not tolerate hurtful, destructive and dangerous behaviour and reserves the right to remove participants from programming, without refund, for behaviour that doesn't meet expectations.