About Classes


CB Production’s Teaching Method

Teaching with “AWE”

CB Productions is a unique theater company and school working to provide teen artists (13-18) with the necessary skills to be successful on the stage and to carry these character-building traits throughout life. Artistic Director, Carla Barwineck, has developed a distinct teaching and directing method called “AWE” (an acronym for “Acting with E’s”) which is taught throughout every aspect of CB’s theater-education programs. The goals for this technique were developed from action verbs (all beginning with the Letter “E”, of course) which are so important to theater. This carefully designed method is meant to:

  • Enrich the natural abilities of the young artist by creating experiences, which focus on using the “whole body” as an effective communication tool (body, mind and voice).
  • Equip teens with skills of observation, non-verbal and verbal communication and self-evaluation.
  • Elicit a safe environment allowing for Exploration of self and the world around us.
  • Encourage curiosity, discovery and life-long learning.
  • Enliven a sense of passion for the arts by Engaging teens in the creative process, while housed in a fun and supportive, nurturing and safe environment
  • Empower teens to take responsibility for the outcome of what is created by recognizing and improving on personal strengths and weaknesses while respecting differences.
  • EXCEL! in all tasks and projects that we undertake

“I believe that an education without the arts (theater in particular) is not a complete education. Plays act as a mirror to the world around us. It gives us insight to things we sometimes would never understand. It allows us to play in worlds we never would know and challenges us to look deeply into a world we may never encounter. Theater also gives us insight to ourselves. It offers us an opportunity to play again-to free ourselves-to be able to make mistakes and learn from them. Theater has given me so much for the past 30 + years and continues to be an extremely important piece of my never-ending personal character development.”  Carla Barwineck, Artistic Director


Who should take these classes? “My child has no experience.” “My child has vast experience.”

The greatest strength of the AWE Series of classes (and any classes we present) is that they are designed to challenge and engage each student at ANY level (whether it is their desire to pursue acting in college and beyond OR to stay involved just because they love it) there is everything to gain to include theatre in your child’s education:

“Theatre is a disciplined approach to critical thinking, intellectual insight, and problem solving. Theater fosters self-expression, emphasizing individuality, humanity, imagination and talents. It uses an individual’s strengths to the benefit of society and teaches the whole person, not just the intellectual person. Theatre builds self-confidence and self-esteem. It emphasizes concentration and fosters listening skills. It teaches students to live fully and builds a strong sense of community trust and strong interpersonal relationships. It requires students to learn perseverance, develop a work ethic, and always strive toward excellence. It teaches students to delay instant gratification and learn patience towards greater rewards. Theatre teaches the individual to be real, natural and comfortable in & out of the public’s eye. It teaches students to imagine & create and helps students identify and utilize hopes, dreams, fears and values.  Most importantly theatre is applicable to life beyond high school, regardless of whether a career in the arts is chosen.” The New York Theatre Alliance

How old do I need to be to take a class?

Our classes are designed for young people ages 13-18.  We are also now offering a Pilot Program for students ages 10-12.

What is the class size?

The average class will be 12-20 students. In our Summer Intensives we can work with up to 25 students.

What does a class cost?

All class costs are unique to the size, length and specifics of the class/workshop. Information about pricing can be found on the School Day Class and Evening Class pages.

What class should I take?

Because our classes are more than just gaining experience in the theatre arts we recommend that everyone start with a Level I or Fast Track class.

What do we wear or bring to class?

All classes are extremely active so wear comfortable pants and shoes, keep your hair out of your face, no GUM chewing and NO cellphone use during class…just use your common sense. It is a good idea to bring a light snack and plenty of water to drink.

Can parents watch class?

Parents are always welcome to stay and observe ANY class their child is involved, as long as their presence doesn’t disrupt the class. Siblings and friends are allowed to watch with instructor permission and must be accompanied by an adult (unless approved).