Class Descriptions

Audition Prep
This one hour, one day a week class, will concentrate on preparing aspiring young actors and actresses for the audition process.  It will operate like a “Master Class” where students will be given resources and introduced to various audition-appropriate songs and monologues for their age.  Students will prepare various songs and monologues to present to the class, in a “safe” and supportive atmosphere, where they will receive critique and suggestions. Students should come away from the class with an audition appropriate monologue, audition song, resume, biography and headshot. Class size is limited.
Instructors:  Jeff Van Paris and Jaimie Riechman


Acting for Beginners
In this fun and creative class, students will learn the disciplines required to effectively explore the arts of acting and improvisation.  They will partake in activities and theatre games that will stimulate creativity and encourage expression.  Most importantly they will learn to work together and “accept and build” on each others offerings, while developing a confidence to “take a chance”.
Instructor:  TBA


Dance Classes

The Biz offers many styles of non-competitive dance, including  ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical

Instructors:  Rachelle Macavage, Amy Western, Jeff Van Paris, and Ronne Stone


Stage School

90 Minute class that explores the three disciplines of musical theatre:  singing, dancing, and acting.  This class will meet one day a week, with a final “Showcase” presentation and the Winter 2016 session will feature the music of Disney’s Aladdin for the younger group, and The Best of Glee Season 1 for the older group!  They will learn ensemble and solo techniques with staging in addition to choreography.  Acting techniques, terminology, reading/marking musical scores and character building will also be addressed in this class.
Instructors:  Jeff Van Paris and Jaimie Riechman


Theatre make-Up
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make yourself or someone else look like an old person, an animal or even a zombie?  If yes, this class is for you!  We will also teach basic stage make-up, as well as how to make cuts, bruises, wrinkles, facial hair, aliens, fairies, etc.
Instructor:  TBA


My TIme to Shine – Classes for Performers with Special Needs

Following the great success of our summer programs, we have introduced a weekly class (10 weeks in total) in our offerings that will allow performers with special needs to take movement, acting and vocal classes in a comfortable, safe and fun environment.  These classes will be conducted by our very experienced Julie Kays and Jaimie Riechman along with additional support throughout the session.  You can sign up for this class on the sign up page.  If you have any questions or would like to share specific information about you special needs performer that can assist us making this the best experience for them, you can contact us at


Wiggle & Grow Family Classes for children ages 6 months through 4 years old (and their parent/caregiver) are being offered.  Start your child’s New Year off right with Kindermusik classes!  Our Kindermusik curriculum is scientifically proven to enhance children’s cognitive, language, physical, creative and social-emotional development.  Participation in Kindermusik  promotes school readiness by stimulating development across all learning domains:  language and literacy, language development, creativity and expression, social and emotional, large and small motor skills, math, science, and logic and reasoning!  The learning does not stop when you leave the classroom door – your subscription in class includes digital materials so that you, your child’s first and most important teacher, can extend the learning at home and/or on the go!
Additionally, if you would like to experience a class prior to making a decision to enroll, please email The Biz at, and we will let you know the days and times classes are being offered.  You can take a class for FREE, with no strings attached!
The Biz Academy of Musical Theatre - 5201 E U.S. Hwy 36, Unit #207, Avon IN 46123 - (317) 386-8969