Turley also will be teaching workshops for teenagers and adults.
For the teens, she'll work on eliminating self-consciousness to obtain a natural performance. In the adult workshop, for those with intermediate to advanced skills, various methods of acting will be covered, as well as sensory awareness techniques.
Turley said acting is an emotional connection with complete strangers. "As an only child, I had imaginary friends. It's a way to communicate something bigger than myself."
That's why Turley wants to pursue a career onstage: Every night there's a new audience to connect with.
For a young actress, she said, the new work being done in the Washington-area theater seems like a good opportunity. "There's a lot of theater in D.C., and it has a very educated audience. I want to be where the audience supports the theater."
As a working actress, Turley said she will work to get auditions and hope to get cast. "It's all about getting that first show," she said.
She was cast in five shows at UNCG and has performed in several productions at the Triad Stage, Greensboro's professional theater. "I got paid to do this. That was very exciting."
Turley's first appearance was at age 4 as a gosling in the Children's Theatre of Charleston's production of "Charlotte's Web." Later, Turley became involved in the Charleston Stage Company's art camps.
She attended Elkview Middle School because of its theater department -- "by that I mean Joseph Gibson and 10 kids." She said her theater experience at Capital High School prepared her to be a professional actress.
"I was a kid dying for an arts education," she said, in elaborating on the responsibility of organizations like the Clay Center to provide such outlets.
Turley's children's acting class will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. July 23-27 at the Clay Center. The fee is $65 for members; $75 for nonmembers. Class size is limited to 25. Call the Clay Center at 304-561-3570.
The workshop for teenagers takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 and 28; $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers; registration ends July 20. The workshop for adults takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4; $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers; registration ends July 30. The adult and teen workshops are limited to 20 students each.
Reach Rosalie Earle at ea...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.