Endstation Theatre Company believes in the transformative experience of theatre for youth and supports the self-expression of young people.

In 2017, Endstation launched the Embark! Youth Theatre Conservatory. This program focuses on teaching the 3C’s: Confidence, Creativity, and Communication. The Conservatory gives rising 3rd through graduating 12th graders the opportunity to hone their skills under the direction of theatre professionals from around the region and nation.

2019 Embark registration will open in January 2019


  • 8:00 – 9:00 Student Drop Off
  • 9:00 – 12:00 Classes
  • 12:10 – 12:50 Lunch
  • 12:55 - 3:35 Classes
  • 3:40 – 4:00 End of Day

July 9 - 20


Early Bird  (before May 1) 
$250 + $100 deposit

$275 + $100 deposit

2018 Embark! Staff


Martha Reddick

Program Director

Martha Reddick earned a masters in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee. While there, she was a member of the advanced ensemble and appeared in various professional productions at the Clarence Brown Theatre. She is currently a teaching artist in Chicago, balancing her time between education and acting. She is a company member of the St. Sebastian Players and a producer of a Harry Potter themed improv show.


Master Teachers

Andy Blaustein grew up performing community theater in the dirt and grass at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 2010 he graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Theater Education. From 2009 through 2013 Andy worked as a teaching artist and director at a performing arts camp called Acting Manitou. There he directed The Birds: A Modern Adaption and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Since moving to Chicago in 2012 Andy has trained at Second City, iO, Acting Studio Chicago, and with the Shattered Globe Protege Program. Acting Credits include Rhinoceros (Theatre Heist), Dog Sees God (Eclectic Theatre Company), The Shape of Things (Eclectic Theatre Company), In The Heat of the Night (Shattered Globe) Midsummer Nights Dream (Theater at Monmouth), and The Real Inspector Hound (Theater at Monmouth). Andy currently works as a pre-school teacher and is represented by Big Mouth Talent.


Leryn Turlington is a Chicago-based performer with her Bachelors of Music from the Florida State University. Originally from Orlando, FL, she has spent the last three years performing in musicals, revues and plays on stages such as the Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Writers Theatre, and more. She has performed in cabarets both in Chicago and New York City and has been a part of the Chicago Artists’ Chorale and devised theatre and film projects around Chicago. Leryn is an avid reader, yogi, runner, a contributor to PerformerStuff.com, and is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency and is SO excited to work hard and play hard with the students of Embark! Lerynturlington.com 

Niki White is Director of Drama at Forest Middle School and has served as Choreographer of Cavalier Theatre productions since 2010.  She was the Kid Wrangler at Broadway's The Lion King from 1999-2010. Regional theatre work includes The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and three TheatreWorks USA touring productions.  She has taught acting at The AFA's Encore Youth Theatre and Missoula Children's Theatre and is the founder/CEO of ala Niki Handmade Candy.  A native of Big Spring, Texas, she holds a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University.


Spence White is Director of Cavalier Theatre at Jefferson Forest High School.  Prior to teaching, his acting work includes Hamlet on Broadway with Ralph Fiennes (1995 Tony Nominee, Best Revival of a Play), lead roles at The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Dallas Theater Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Lincoln Center Institute, The Lost Colony, and nine Texas Shakespeare Festival productions.  TV work includes NBC's "Law & Order," "All My Children," "One Life to Live," and several national commercials. He holds a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and an M.F.A. from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU.


Class Descriptions

Voice and Movement (Andy): Inspired by Jerzy Grotowski students in this class will be exploring what it means to exist in time and space. Grotowski believed all you need to create theater is an actor and an audience member. We will be exploring this relationship and what it means to “perform.” Students in this class will be asked to memorize a piece of text that is important to them. We will be moving throughout the space with music and without, we will stretch, we will jump, we will tumble, and we will try to learn how to be present with each other using the instruments of our body and voice.


Performance Poetry (Andy): Often as actors we are asked to perform as somebody else but rarely are we the authors of our own story. Performance poetry gives actors the rare opportunity to be oneself on stage. It can be very scary and daunting to face one's own truth, but it is also a very emboldening and empowering experience to write and perform your own 2-3 minute poem. In this class we will be participating in writing exercises, looking at different performance poetry styles, performing our poem for the class as well as receiving and giving constructive criticism.


Musical Theatre (Leryn): This class will focus on storytelling and all of the wonderful tools Musical Theatre actors have to achieve it. We will explore how to select and prepare material, how to tackle that material from an acting standpoint, and then how to layer in movement, character, musicality and the voice. We will focus on the on-going work of an actor, learn how to prepare the mind and body for that work and leave with the confidence to tackle any opportunity that may arise, be it an audition or a lifetime in the theatre!


Dance (Leryn): In this class, we will begin every class with a warm-up to strengthen, loosen and prepare the body. We will learn the many different styles of Musical Theatre Dance and exercise the mind-body connection, muscle-memory, and coordination, and also work on team-building as we prepare small pieces to explore those different styles of dance. 


Fun and games with Improv!:  In this class, students are on their feet every day, developing the strong improvisational perspective that is essential to scripted work.  Through theatre games and improvising scenes, actors develop tools to make them more trusting of their own impulses, and more generous with their fellow actors, as they fine-tune their ability to focus, listen, respond, and create!  They learn to go for the active choices, to play at the top of their intelligence, to always serve the scene, and that the best comedy comes out of listening and responding honestly! Show up ready to move and have fun!


Acting class, a Stanislavsky-based approach--Goals, Obstacles, Tactics, and Expectations--is applied to scripted material.  Students learn the basics of how an actor approaches a script and perform their rehearsed scenes for the class. To use text to pursue an intention, and play a simple action; to develop a basic, simple acting process/technique, applicable to many styles of theatre; to create truthful, moment-to-moment action within the given circumstances of the play. Above all, it's not what you say, but how you say it!