ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Steele Memorial Library has partnered with actor and playwright Tim Collins for area teens to learn both acting and playwriting.

"This is... just a cool opportunity where students can try out new ways to exist on stage, create characters and monologues, Really develop fundamental acting skills and experience what it is to develop their own original works for production," Collins said.

The series of classes, called Teen Acting Lab of Elmira will take place every Tuesday and Thursday starting Feb. 6. The hour long sessions from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. will focus on acting each Tuesday and playwriting each Thursday.

Sessions will be held at the Steele Memorial Library's Teen Space, 7th through 12th graders with any experience are welcome.

"The library's about cultural expression and learning new skills and having fun, so it's a perfect match," said Doris Jean Metzger, the Teen Librarian for the Chemung County Library District.

The classes are billed as only for Chemung County Teens, but officials with the library say they do not plan on turning anyone away. The classes are free, and are scheduled to last the whole year. Officials are considering extending the program as long as there is interest.