Drama Classes

Backlight Theater

Our largest program where students work as a team over the course of 8 months to produce a large-scale theatrical production. All roles within the show are catered specifically to the abilities of each actor and incorporate 3-5 professional actors from a local theater company. Classes focus on expressing emotion, developing characters, on-stage comfortability as well as diction and projection with our Resident Speech Therapist.


Classes: Mondays from 1pm-4pm September-April


Cost: $100/month

Backlight On-Tour

For actors who want to take their skills to a new level and perform more than one show a year! This is a small group of no more than 10 actors who learn an hour long original performance that are performed in assemblies at local schools January-March. The message of the show is about kindness and loving and engaging others who are different than you to realize you aren’t so different after all. 


Rehearsals: Mondays from 11:30am-12:30pm September-March 


Cost: $250


*All Classes take place at Franklin School of Performing Arts – 415 Duke Dr. #370 Franklin, TN. 37067

New Works Writer's Lab

Backlight Productions & Studio Tenn partner to provide an extraordinary experience for adults with special needs who have a big imagination and enjoy the art of storytelling. Studio Tenn playwright, Benji Kern, & Backlight Productions director, Melissa Smith, conduct an 8 month program where students become the playwrights and both create and participate in their very own original production.


Classes: Every other Tuesday from 6-8pm  beginning in November with weekend performances in June


Location: Studio Tenn rehearsal facility at the Factory in Franklin


Cost: $250