Upcoming Classes
Free Pre Youth Show Workshop (ages 8 to 18)

Young students will learn audition and stage acting techniques through a series of fun exercises. No experience is necessary. Class will run on Sept 30th from 12pm to 4pm.

Limited to the first 30 kids to register.

*This workshop is designed to prepare actors for A Christmas Carol auditions on October 7th.
*A practice audition for the show will be held.
*If your plans change and your student can no longer make it please let us know so we can open the spot to someone else.
*This workshop will be taught by Youth Theater Directors Helene Benigno and Derek Davenport
*Please bring a beverage and a snack (that does not require refrigeration)

Beginning Acting Class for Teens and Adults

(ages 13 to 103)

Students will learn acting and improv techniques, how to develop characters, and audition skills to make them a better performer. All students will perform in a short scene at the end for family and friends.

Classes are limited to 12 students, so don't wait to sign up.


Saturdays October 7th, 14th and 21st from 9am to 11:30am


Ghostlight Theatre - 13541 W Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, 85375


The 3 week class is $75. Classes are limited to students ages 13 and up. Sign up for the classes at

· This class is designed for students who have limited acting experience or it’s been           awhile!

· Students will learn basic acting techniques as well as how to develop characters

· Monologues specific to each student will be provided and a mock audition process           will be held on the last day.

· There are a maximum of 12 spots available to allow for individualized instruction


Instructor Bios

Helene has been involved in theater since the age of 11 when she landed a role in “Annie” at summer camp, then returned 10 years later to run the drama program on that same stage. Helene has a multitude of experience in the entertainment industry, with a BS in Broadcasting from SUNY Brockport in New York. She then worked both in New York and Boston in both radio and TV. She’s worked professionally as a director for both children and adults in Boston and Arizona for many organizations and theater, most recently for Murder and a Meal Dinner Theater in Paradise Valley, the Phoenix Center for the Arts and Ghostlight Theatre in Sun City West where she currently also sits on the Board of Directors. Helene has seen her original work produced for the stage in New York, Boston and Arizona. She currently runs the Phoenix branch of the Young Writers’ Academy which teaches creative writing and performing to kids and teens. Helene is an award winning actress, currently represented by Dani’s Agency. She has credits for not only a multitude of stage roles but also in TV, radio and film. Helene has over 15 years of teaching experience in the arts and is looking forward to working with you

Derek Davenport is an Arizona native with over 20 years of experience in the creative arts. Throughout his professional career, Derek has enjoyed being a signed Hip-Hop artist, a national poetry competition nominee, a professional film/stage actor and director. His passion for teaching started just 2 years ago when he taught his first creative writing class for the Young Writers Academy. Since then, Derek has taught numerous writing classes for YWA along with drama programs for the Phoenix Center for the Arts and assistant directed youth shows for Ghostlight Theatre. The most recent being Hansel and Gretel (July 2016) which inspired him to return to school and pursue a degree in Fine Arts and Education. He is absolutely ecstatic to be working with Ghostlight again and hopes to see you there!

For additional information, contact Helene Benigno
by email at heleneacts@gmail.com

Classes are held at Ghostlight Theatre 
13541 W Camino Del Sol, Sun City West