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I think that the best teachers are those that are doing and practicing what they are teaching! I love what I teach because I love what I do! I’m so excited to bring my experiences as a performer and a director to create real world application for all the concepts we will be talking about in class.

Let your imagination soar!
We don’t often get to be silly, or let our hair down. But in theater, it is necessary to follow your instincts (that little voice in your head) and let your imagination soar. At any age, it feels freeing to flex that creative muscle in your body that lets you be silly, brave, and impulsive.
Get to know and celebrate what makes you, you!
Studying theater is a little like studying yourself. To understand the fundamental concepts of how to create characters and stories on stage, you have to learn the magical and unique qualities that you bring to the table, just because you are the only YOU. By building confidence and understanding yourself more deeply (your physical tics, your vocal range, your inner emotional life, your creative brain) you will be able to know what only you can bring to the creative process!
Understand the world around you!
Studying theater can help us digest and analyze the world around us. By studying plays, and the way that characters think and behave on stage, we can begin to apply the same analytical skills and non judgmental understanding to our real world environment. Since theater is all about understanding conflict, points of view, and resolution, studying theater can help us with our own conflict resolution, empathy, and ability to see a world perspective and point of view beyond our own experience and value system. Much like reading a book, studying theater is a way to open the entire world up to ourselves!
Teamwork, and community! 
Nothing feels as wonderful as accomplishing a shared goal with a group of new friends. And at the heart of theater, is teamwork! Studying theater with an awesome new group of people builds community, strengthens collaborative skills, hones relationship building skills, and is a necessary component of life long learning. No matter your skill level, background, or prior experience, studying theater is always a vulnerable and exhilarating opportunity to support, and be supported by, fantastic people.


Shannon Agnew is coming back to Millbrook Playhouse this winter, and she will be offering two weekend acting workshops for kids, teens and adults.

Ms. Agnew has been a staple at the Millbrook Playhouse for the past 4 seasons. She has been seen on stage in many of Millbrook’s favorite productions including: The Marvelous Wonderettes (1 and 2), Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Queen of Bingo, The Kitchen Witches, My Vaudeville Man, just to name a few. She taught the inaugural Littles Theatre Camp, and created Millbrook’s first ever Adult Acting Camp. Last fall Ms. Agnew wrote and directed Madcap Musical Murder Mystery. Sign up today!



What Shannon’s students have to say about her:

“Loved the camp, Shannon is the greatest teacher” – Millie Crawford (2017 camper)

“The camp was amazing. I helped me get over my nervousness with the stage. Learned so much. First audition that I had after class I got the part. I don’t think I would have gotten part without the class.” – Paul Young (2017 camper)

“If you think you want to try something on stage, Shannon makes it so much fun. Even if you are scared she will give you a safe place to try and she will hold your hand and help you through!” –  Patty Carroll (2017 camper)

“Shannon us an amazing instructor. She encourages you but doesn’t push. Through the class we learned terminology, about some playwrights, and some basic performance skills. I am anxious for another class.” – Linda Hughey (2017 camper)

“What can I say Shannon was an amazing instructor. It says something about MillBrook as well that it was 3 yrs ago that she began performing at MillBrook and continues to come back not only in shows but as awesome teacher imparting her wealth of knowledge to all of us. If acting is something that you have ever considered, dancing or singing on stage then Shannon is your girl!!!! Thoroughly enjoyed our instruction we received from her. As a matter of fact if it wouldn’t have been for Shannon I probably wouldn’t have agreed to be FDR in our Youth Ensemble production.” – John Shaffer (2017 Camper)