Private Lessons

Why Private Lessons? 

A private lesson is a great way to help your student build their skills in acting, singing, and auditioning. Your student will get specific one on one training with a teacher, that is tailored to your child's needs.

When,Where, Pricing: We typically hold private lessons from 5:30pm-8:00pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at our theatre 3605 South State Street South Salt Lake. Other times may be accommodated if instructors are available. Lessons start at $25 for a 30min lesson(minimum requirement) and $50 for a 60min lesson.  

Private Singing Lessons: In private voice lessons your child will learn proper singing techniques, solo singer work and tailored instruction to what they need to work on. 

Private Acting Lessons: In this lesson your child will learn more in-depth acting skills to help them grow as a performer.

Audition Prep: Does your child have an upcoming audition? Do they need to improve their auditioning skills? Auditioning can be a scary thing for a young actor. This lesson will help build your child's confidence, help them pick the right audition pieces, and train them to excel at auditioning.  

To sign up for private lessons please email jcox@uctheatre.org or call 801-532-6000. 

Private Lesson Instructors:

Meighan Smith is an accomplished actress, director and teacher and is the Educational Outreach Specialist for UCT. She was the theatre specialist at Wasatch Elementary for several years and also taught for the U of U Youth Theatre. She is also a hair and makeup designer. Recent directing credits include "Anne of Green Gables,""A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Rapunzel," and "Into the Woods Junior" at UCT. Favorite roles include Lady DeWinter in "The Three Musketeers," an evil stepsister in "The Masque of Beauty and the Beast," the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz," and Goneril/Witch/Calpurnia in UCT's Best of State Winning "Breakfast With Shakespeare." 

Jana Lynne Cox is the Theatre School Administrator at Utah Children’s Theatre. She has a BFA in Theatre Arts with an Acting/Directing Emphasis from Utah State University. She has taught acting, singing, and playwriting and won the Very Special Arts National Young Playwright’s Competition for writing the musical “Dream Child” which was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She has performed at Hale Centre Theatre, Desert Star Theatre, The Grand Theatre, and Utah Children’s Theatre. Jana has also directed or stage managed numerous productions. Favorite roles at UCT include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Helena), "The Magic Fish" (Leenda the Fisherman's Wife) and the Best of State award winning “Breakfast with Shakespeare."

Amanda Smith has been performing on stage for 16 years. She received a full tuition talent scholarship to Western Wyoming College and is currently finishing her degree in Theatre Studies/ Early Childhood Psychology at the University of Utah. She was the lead teacher for the Early Childhood Education Center at the U of U and has also been a 4-H leader and judge. Amanda worked at Lehi Junior High for 6 years as a volunteer acting teacher and choreographer. Some of her favorite roles include "A Midsummers Night Dream" (Hermia), "The Haunted Theatre Spooktacular" (Miss. Gloria Bloom), "Curious Savage" (Fairy May), "Stage Door" (Anne).

Tamari Dunbar has been acting on stage since she was 9 years old. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Theatre Arts. She has worked professionally with The Growing Stage Children's Theater in New Jersey and 12 Miles West Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. Locally, Tamari worked for St. George Musical Theatre as both an actress and the Artistic Director. She has also performed at Pioneer Theatre Company, Tuacahn, The Lyric Theatre in Logan, Sting and Honey, and Pinnacle Acting Company. She owns Sounds Great Studio, where she teaches private voice lessons and does private coaching for auditions. She has taught workshops for theatre companies in St. George and at Dixie State University. A choreographer for several shows, she taught ballet at Utah State University and at her own studio in St. George. She has also taught musical theatre classes for the U of U Youth Theatre and was the choir director for the Tavaci Children's Choir in Southern Utah. A mother of 3, Tamari is signed with Talent Management Group (TMG) and enjoys film and commercial work in addition to performing on stage.