New Workshop Opportunity!!

Join us at WPAA on Saturday, September 23rd as guest instructor Dzi leads this high-energy workshop in the Afrobeats genre! Afrobeats is “a unique fusion of traditional and modern-day African-derived movements” accompanied by music of the same genre. Great for all ages (11+) and ability levels. Adult participants are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Come dance with us at WPAA and celebrate the first day of fall!
Follow this link to register:

The Willingham Performing Arts Academy - Fall 2023

We are thrilled to be offering Private Lessons and a new Youth Acting group class this fall! Whether you prefer to study privately or with a group, WPAA is a great place to grow your artistic talents and sharpen your skills. Please see the descriptions for our lesson offerings below:

*** Both Private Lessons and Youth Acting run from the week of September 4th through the week of November 17th with a combined showcase for family and friends at the end of the semester ***



Private Lessons are offered in the following areas of study: Voice, Piano, Acting, Song Writing, and Scenic Design. You are welcome to switch up which area of study you focus on, and even divide hour lessons into 30-mins each of two different ones. Private Lesson time slots are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and are arranged via email with lesson instructor, Charlie Kluttz. Private Lessons provide 1-on-1, high quality instruction that focuses on sharpening artistic skills and elevating students to the next level as performing (or visual) artists. 

Lesson Fees:

30mins and 45mins = $25

1-hour = $30

Private lesson fees can be paid via Cash, Check (made out to the “Yadkin Arts Council”), or electronic PayPal Invoice through email. Lesson fees must be paid in full at the start of each lesson, or before your following lesson if using PayPal. *** Please Note: If you pay using PayPal, the current PayPal processing fee of 3.49% + $0.49 per transaction will be added to your lesson fee ***


To register for Private Lessons at WPAA, email Charlie Kluttz at: expressing interest. Then, Charlie will do his best to work with his and your schedules to find an appropriate lesson time. The Private Lesson semester runs from Sep 4th – Nov 17th (11 weeks total).

YOUTH ACTING at WPAA (ages 8+)


Youth Acting is a group class (primarily for middle and high school students) that focuses on artistic exploration of various theatrical texts, interaction with our surroundings, and movement with our bodies, all in an effort to become better actors. Throughout the semester we will regularly engage in group acting exercises, play theatre games, work on monologues and scenes with fellow students, and get creative by writing and performing our own monologues.  

We will use our warm-up time at the top of each class to get our bodies moving and exploring the space, as well as a vocal warm-up to explore all the different kinds of sounds our voices can make. We may even do a lesson on acting through song where we sing a bit. Mini-discussions will be peppered into each class featuring topics like: What are character archetypes? What was the Commedia Dell’Arte? How do we release tension in our bodies when we’re on stage? How do we cry on cue? etc. Students will also have the opportunity to observe and analyze their peers performances throughout the semester as well as the opportunity to participate in a group showcase for Family and Friends at the end of the semester. Class runs Sep 4th – Nov 17th. 

Semester Fee: $300

Semester Fees can be paid via Cash, Check (made out to the “Yadkin Arts Council”), or electronic PayPal invoice on or before the first day of class (Wed Sep 6th). If you would like to be sent a PayPal invoice please let us know via email: *** Please Note: If you pay using PayPal, the current PayPal processing fee of 3.49% + $0.49 per transaction will be added to your semester fee making the total: $310.96 ***


To register for Youth Acting, fill out the Google Drive Form by following the link below:

After you have submitted your form, please wait to receive a confirmation email from with additional information. 

Edward Charles Kluttz III was born and raised in Concord, NC. He moved to Winston-Salem in 2010 where he earned his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at UNCSA he had the pleasure of performing with Piedmont Opera (South Pacific, Flying Dutchman, Carmen) and several local theaters including the Little Theatre (Forum, Little Women) and Theatre Alliance (Addams Family). Kluttz has worked as a Music Director for several theaters in Winston-Salem including: Theatre Alliance (La Cage, Nunset Boulevard, Tarzan), The Little Theatre (Yes, Virginia), and Acting Out! at UNCSA (Peter and the Starcatcher, Edges). Kluttz has been the primary Music Director for all main-stage musicals at the Yadkin Arts Council in Yadkinville, NC since 2017. You may have seen him on the Willingham Theatre Stage as Daddy Warbucks (Annie), Princeton (Ave Q.), The Wolf (Into The Woods), or Pulitzer (Newsies). He now serves as the Artistic Director for the Yadkin Arts Council and is a private lesson and group class instructor for the Willingham Performing Arts Academy in Yadkinville. He also teaches the MTPlus and MTII classes for the Acting Out! program at the UNCSA School of Drama.

We hope to see you this fall at the Willingham Performing Arts Academy!

Costume Rentals!

Our Spark Costume Shop if an offshoot of the academy and offers a wide variety of rental options for all types of performances and events.

If you are interested in signing up for a class, renting a costume, or would like more information about auditioning for a show please email