Summer Theatre Workshops

for Ages 4 - 17

WE LOVE SUMMER!

We're headed OUT OF THE BOX with our Summer Theatre Workshops! While we are unable to gather together as we have in the past we are planning an AWESOME Summer of opportunities for kids to get creative and theatrical with us!

GET ALL THE INFO YOU NEED ABOUT 2020 WORKSHOPS
Watch this video from Stages Theatre's Education Director Megan Collins.
 
 
 
There are lots of exciting changes below! Please refer to the registration section of each age group for instructions for CURRENT and NEW students.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE IS: MAY 31, 2020
Space is limited!
 

WORKSHOP DIRECTORY

QUESTIONS?

For questions about Workshop Curriculum contact
Megan Collins via phone: 952-979-1117 or
For questions about Tuition Assistance contact
Matt Ouren via phone: 952-979-1112 or

AGES 4 - 6 YEAR OLDS

Discover your actor tool box through creative play. Use your body, voice and imagination to tell a story!

Tuition: $125

per student, per session

What to expect from our new Summer Theatre Workshops: Out of the Box


Watch this video to learn more! (Ages 4-6 Workshops)

 
 
 
All your favorites classes are here!
All your favorite class titles are the same but some dates and times have been adjusted.
We'll be utilizing our website to share exclusive video content for these classes. Internet access is required. The rest is "in the box".

When is my new workshop?
All CURRENT students have been transferred into the section of Out of the Box with the SAME THEME. The dates are listed below. You will receive an email confirming ALL the details about your NEW workshop prior to the start date.

STW: Out of the Box (Ages 4-6) will be offered in two week increments.
This format is designed to be FLEXIBLE, and fit your family’s unique summer schedule.

Want to follow our 5-Day “typical” Summer Theatre Workshop format? Perfect!
Jump right in and work through it day to day for 5 days.

Need a break from screens to go outside? No problem!
Put your workshop back in the box for the day and come back when it’s a better day to be inside.

We will provide a recommended order in which to watch video content that will best engage your young person! Whether it’s 5 days straight, or a 2-week adventure.

We DO want to see your student this summer!
Let's celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as safely as possible.
Each Workshop Participant and their family will be invited to special IN-PERSON social distancing events such as a socially distanced end-of-workshop celebration and outdoor sing-and-dance-alongs.
 


Workshop Titles & Dates for 4 - 6 YEAR OLDS


Unicorn Universe & Other Enchanted Worlds


Magical and sparkling, unicorns are incredibly beloved by our young actors (and by our Teaching Artists too). Inspired by Not Quite Narwhal, How to Catch a Unicorn and Not Your Typical Dragon we’ll make our way through enchanted lands finding dragons, trolls, butterflies, mermaids, fairies and much more along the way!
July 13-24
Special event dates will be included in Welcome Packet!

Funny Furry Tales


Animals are up to the craziest things lately and we want to join them. Paw Patrol, Elephant & Piggie, Grumpy Monkey, Pete the Cat and The Wonky Donkey all have something in common: we are hanging out with them this summer! Let’s get goofy with our favorite furry animals friends! Join us!
July 27-August 7
Special event dates will be included in Welcome Packet!

Farmyard Friendship


Friendship can come in all shapes and forms; we want to help our young actors make new friends through wonderful stories of companionship. We’ll take a trip to the farm to visit some of our favorite friends in Little Blue Truck, Click Clack Moo, Peppa Pig, Otis, and The Ugly Duckling to tell a new story that every pair of pals will approve.
August 10-21
Special event dates will be included in Welcome Packet!
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
(Ages 4-6)
A Book
5 Sensory Props
Crayons, Crafts, and Coloring Activities
Outside & Off Screen Activities
Snack Suggestions
Invitations to Social Distanced Costume Parades & Sing-A-Longs!
Secure Links to Pre-Recorded Video Content including Wiggle Warm Ups, Songs, Dances, and Performances Videos!
One child’s ticket to an upcoming Stages Theatre Company production.

CAN'T QUITE PICTURE IT?
In addition to your pre-recorded video content including Wiggle Warm Ups, Songs, Dances, and Performances Video, each Workshop Participant and their family will be invited to special IN-PERSON social distancing events such as a socially distanced end-of-workshop celebration and outdoor sing-and-dance-alongs. Watch a few videos of what that might look like.
INSIDE THE BOX
PICK-UP-PALOOZA


STORY TIME


CELEBRATE



 
REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR AGES 4-6

  • If your student is CURRENTLY enrolled in a workshop, you will be automatically enrolled into STW: Out of the Box for the theme you’re signed up for and notified of the new dates for your Workshop, if applicable.

  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO SWITCH TO A NEW THEME OR WEEK click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX THEME, and utilize our Additional Workshop Discount click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX, please send an email via the button below, letting us know if you’d like to…
  • 1) Convert the cost of your Summer Theatre Workshop registration to a donation to support Stages Theatre Company and help us navigate this difficult time.
    2) Receive a Stages Coupon to enjoy a future class, workshop or performance at Stages Theatre Company.
    3) Receive a refund.

    EMAIL CALL 952-979-1111
    Temporary Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, Noon to 4:00 pm

    NEW CANCELLATION DEADLINE IS: MAY 31, 2020
    In order for us to plan accordingly for the best summer ever, please confirm as soon as possible, before May 31, 2020.
     

    TEACHING ARTIST FOR AGES 4-6

     
    Megan Collins
    (Ages 4-6)
    Megan has been teaching Tiny, Little and Rising Stars, Pre-School Play-A-Day, and K Stage at Stages for the past two years!Megan's biggest and best idea for this summer would be to build a farmyard full of unicorns, dragons and furry friends to play with this Summer!
     
    Matt Ouren
    (Ages 4-6)
    Matt has been teaching Tiny, Little and Rising Stars, Pre-School Play-A-Day, and K Stage at Stages for the past two years! Matt's ideal Royal Rumpus would be a Breakfast Tea Party complete with pancakes and bacon. His favorite furry friend is a fox.

    GRADES 1-3

    Work together to create and perform an original story using your actor tools!

    Tuition: $150

    per student, per session

    What to expect from our new Summer Theatre Workshops: Out of the Box


    Watch this video to learn more! (Grades 1-3 Workshops)

     
     
     
    All your favorites classes are here!
    All your favorite class titles are the same but some dates and times have been adjusted.
    We'll be utilizing our website to share exclusive video content for these classes. Internet access is required. The rest is "in the box".

    When is my new workshop?
    All CURRENT students have been transferred into the section of Out of the Box with the SAME THEME. The dates are listed below. You will receive an email confirming ALL the details about your NEW workshop prior to the start date.

    STW: Out of the Box (Grades 1-3) will be offered in two week increments.
    This format is designed to be FLEXIBLE, and fit your family’s unique summer schedule.

    Want to follow our 5-Day “typical” Summer Theatre Workshop format? Perfect!
    Jump right in and work through it day to day for 5 days.

    Need a break from screens to go outside? No problem!
    Put your workshop back in the box for the day and come back when it’s a better day to be inside.

    We will provide a recommended order in which to watch video content that will best engage your young person! Whether it’s 5 days straight, or a 2-week adventure.

    We DO want to see your student this summer!
    Let's celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as safely as possible.
    Each Workshop Participant and their family will be invited to special IN-PERSON social distancing events such as a socially distanced end-of-workshop celebration and outdoor sing-and-dance-alongs.
     


    Workshop Titles & Dates for Grades 1-3


    Broadway Bop (sing and dance)


    Want to perform like the next big Broadway star? We are going to give our young actors the confidence to take the stage! In this workshop, we will develop our “star-power” singing and dancing to our favorite musicals like Aladdin, Anastasia, Frozen, and Matilda. Your young actors will learn songs and choreography and create a story inspired by their favorite Broadway shows!
    July 6-17
    Special event dates will be included in Welcome Packet!

    Superheroes, Assemble! (acting)


    Superheroes save the world, but some of our favorites create some serious chaos before saving the day. To name a few: Princess in Black, Captain Underpants, Batgirl, Dog Man and Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot. We’ll combine first-person narratives to make plays of real-life adventure, dramatic disaster and zany comedy, all before saving the day!
    July 6-17
    Special event dates will be included in Welcome Packet!

    Descendants Disney Dreams (sing and dance)


    With the final journey to Auradon done, it’s time for us to keep adding to the legend. We’ll develop our singing & dancing skills while chillin’ like villains as we create a new story featuring the next generation of Descendants! Which Disney favorites will join the story next?
    July 20-31
    Special event dates will be included in Welcome Packet!

    Pokémon Party (acting)


    Gotta Catch ‘em All! People have been following the amazing world of Pokémon for decades. They visit exotic destinations, meet interesting new people and have exciting adventures. Join us on the adventure and, along the way, learn about teamwork, compassion, friendship, and fair play as our actors discover what it takes to be a Pokémon Master.
    August 3-14
    Special event dates will be included in Welcome Packet!
    WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
    (Grades 1-3)
    Stages Swag
    Scripts & Sheet Music, and a Pencil
    Craft Activity
    Outside & Off Screen Activities
    Snack Suggestions
    Invitations to In-Person Socially Distanced Celebrations
    Secure Links to Pre-Recorded Video Content & FilpGrid Share Space

     
    REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR GRADES 1-3

  • If your student is CURRENTLY enrolled in a workshop, you will be automatically enrolled into STW: Out of the Box for the theme you’re signed up for and notified of the new dates for your Workshop, if applicable. You will also be AUTOMATICALLY REFUNDED for the change in Tuition.

  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO SWITCH TO A NEW THEME OR WEEK click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX THEME, and utilize our Additional Workshop Discount click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX, please send an email via the button below, letting us know if you’d like to…
  • 1) Convert the cost of your Summer Theatre Workshop registration to a donation to support Stages Theatre Company and help us navigate this difficult time.
    2) Receive a Stages Coupon to enjoy a future class, workshop or performance at Stages Theatre Company.
    3) Receive a refund.

    EMAIL CALL 952-979-1111
    Temporary Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, Noon to 4:00 pm

    NEW CANCELLATION DEADLINE IS: MAY 31, 2020
    In order for us to plan accordingly for the best summer ever, please confirm as soon as possible, before May 31, 2020.
     

    TEACHING ARTIST FOR GRADES 1-3

     
    Megan Collins
    (Grades 1-3)
    Megan serves as Stages's Education Director and first attended Summer Theatre Workshop as a student when she was in Grades 1-3! A Broadway fanatic, Megan loves listening to Frozen and Matilda, but has become a recent fan of Queen of Mean. While she'd love to have purple hair like Mal, she'd also really enjoy being a chemistry wiz like Evie!
     
    Matt Ouren
    (Grades 1-3)
    Matt has been teaching with Stages Theatre Company for 7 years, and can frequently be seen onstage as well. Matt's favorite Pokémon is Eevee, Articuno, or Ninetales, and he's been a proud Pokémon collector since he was in Grades 1-3. He is unwilling to commit to Marvel or DC, as he enjoys both Batman and Spiderman. When he's not teaching, he can frequently be found rocking out to High Hopes, and other greatest hits.

    GRADES 4-6

    Develop performance confidence as you create characters and scenes as an ensemble.

    Tuition: $190

    per student, per session

    What to expect from our new Summer Theatre Workshops: Out of the Box


    Watch this video to learn more! (Grades 4-6 Workshops)

     
     
     
    All your favorites classes are here!
    All your favorite class titles are the same but some dates and times have been adjusted.
    Internet access is required. The rest is "in the box".

    STW: Out of the Box (Grades 4-6) is designed to be flexible!
    A flexible format to fit your family’s unique summer schedule, while still providing your student with a supported education experience. 

    A meaningful experience!
    We recognize that theatre is meant to be created in-person, but while that is not an option, we are committed to giving your student the most meaningful experience possible. 

    An Alternate End of the Week Showcase to Share Near & Far!
    While an in-person end of the week showcase will not be a possibility, we will be working towards the culmination of a live virtual presentation that will be made accessible to family and friends, near and far and will still give your student the opportunity to perform!  

    We DO want to see your student this summer!
    Let's celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as safely as possible.
    Each Workshop Participant and their family will be invited to special IN-PERSON social distancing events, including socially distanced block parties and art slams.
     


    Workshop Titles & Dates for Grades 4-6


    Hidden within Hogwarts (acting)


    There is a mystery hidden within the walls of Hogwarts...and we have to solve it or face the Dark Arts taking over our school! With the release of the Harry Potter Illustrated series, it’s time to dig into the magical world with more gusto than ever. Combining our acting skills with the legends of this blockbuster franchise, your developing actor will choose a path to explore adventure, intrigue, and the origin stories of this beloved world.
    July 20-24
    August 3-7
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.

    The Rise of the Heroes (acting)


    Notice how kids seem to be saving the world in an awful lot of shows and books lately? Inspired by the best-selling series, The Last Kids on Earth, and the final chapter in the Star Wars Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, we are going to create the perfect workshop for anyone who’s ever dreamed of starring in his or her own comic book, video game, or epic adventure. Gear up and help us save the world this summer!
    July 13-17 - SOLD OUT
    July 27-31 - SOLD OUT
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.

    On Broadway (sing and dance)


    The shows that light up Broadway are at the center of this workshop, putting your actor right in the heart of NYC this summer. Newsies, Shrek, Beetlejuice, Waitress, The Lion King and more will come to life on our stage. With a strong focus on developing triple threats (singing, dancing, acting), we are going to bring (appropriate) musical numbers and scenes straight from New York City to Stages!
    July 13-17 - WAIT LIST
    July 27-31
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.

    Playlist Pandemonium (sing and dance)


    Your most epic playlist is about to come to life, as we dive into Spotify and hone our skills in performing with stage presence and musicianship. If you love singing, want to expand your song collection, and connect choreography to those smash hits, then this is the week for you. Creating and perfecting a playlist is an awesome way to bring new meaning and style to music. Are you ready to get creative and go for it?
    July 20-24
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.
    WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
    (Grades 4-6)
    Stages Swag
    Scripts & Sheet Music, and a Pencil
    Craft Activity
    Outside & Off Screen Activities
    Invitations to In-Person Socially Distanced Celebrations & Art Slams
    2 hours per day in our ZOOM Classroom - Zoom Time will be split into multiple sessions throughout the day (Four 30-45 minute sessions in our Zoom Classroom, per day) we'll spend no longer than 45 minutes, consecutively, on Zoom. Daily schedule will be sent prior to the start of workshop!
    2.5 Hours of Off Screen (Guided) Work Time
    .5 Hours in our FlipGrid Classroom
    Live, Virtual, End of the Week Performance

     
    REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR GRADES 4-6

  • If your student is CURRENTLY enrolled in a workshop, you will be automatically enrolled into STW: Out of the Box for the theme you’re signed up for and notified of the new dates for your Workshop, if applicable. You will also be AUTOMATICALLY REFUNDED for the change in Tuition.

  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO SWITCH TO A NEW THEME OR WEEK click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX THEME, and utilize our Additional Workshop Discount click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX, please send an email via the button below, letting us know if you’d like to…
  • 1) Convert the cost of your Summer Theatre Workshop registration to a donation to support Stages Theatre Company and help us navigate this difficult time.
    2) Receive a Stages Coupon to enjoy a future class, workshop or performance at Stages Theatre Company.
    3) Receive a refund.

    EMAIL CALL 952-979-1111
    Temporary Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, Noon to 4:00 pm

    NEW CANCELLATION DEADLINE IS: MAY 31, 2020
    In order for us to plan accordingly for the best summer ever, please confirm as soon as possible, before May 31, 2020.
     

    TEACHING ARTIST FOR GRADES 4-6

     
    Jeannine Coulombe
    (Grades 4-6)
    Acting Teaching Artist, Playwright, Director - Jeannine has been a teaching artist with Stages Theatre Company since 2002 and on staff since 2008. She has taught acting, creative dramatics and playwriting for ages 3 through 83 for over 20 years. She serves as Stages Conservatory Director and the Manager of New Plays. She is also a playwright and director and an avid reader of books of all kinds! She loves to tell stories, listen to stories and play with stories. She is also a confirmed Potterhead (Ravenclaw, for sure!)
     
    Laura Mahler
    (Grades 4-6)
    Singing + Dancing & Acting Teaching Artist, Director, Choreographer- Laura started with Stages Theatre Company long ago as an 8 year old actor. She grew up taking all of the classes and conservatory programs and eventually used her training to graduate from The Goodman School of Drama- Depaul's Theatre Conservatory program in Chicago. For the past 10 years, she has been back in MN working for Stages as an Education Associate, teaching Middle School Drama at The FAIR School, Crystal. She also choreographs productions for the mainstage, directs after school shows and has taught in the Conservatory program and teaches hip hop dance with ESCALATE DANCE. When she is not teaching, you may remember seeing her onstage as MRS GLOOP in last summer's WILLY WONKA! She also loves to Roller Skate and plays Roller Derby with MINNESOTA ROLLER DERBY! Don't Hate - Roller Skate.
     
    Trudy Monette
    (Grades 4-6)
    Singing + Dancing & Acting Teaching Artist, Choreographer, Director - Trudy is proud to be an Education Associate with Stages Theatre. Starting as a teaching artist, she has been with the Company since 2003. She taught the Arts & Literacy program to kindergarteners throughout Hopkins School District for 9 years and currently teaches it to students in grades K through 4 at Fair Pilgrim Lane Elementary in Robbinsdale. Trudy has taught acting and dance; performed in and choreographed shows for over 20 years in 3 different states.
     
    Matt Ouren
    (Grades 4-6)
    Singing + Dancing Teaching Artist, Composer, Actor - Matt is a Stages Theatre Company Creative Play Academy and Conservatory teacher and appears regularly on our mainstage. He's been in Spookley the Square Pumpkins THREE times and he's appeared in and composed the music for our Theatre for the Very Young Production of Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch. Other credits include: Fish in a Tree, The Nightingale, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Shrek The Musical, and many more.
     
    André Samples
    (Grades 4-6)
    Acting Teaching Artist, Director, Devisor- André has been teaching at Stages Theatre Company since 2012. He has taught classes and directed shows for them at Columbia Academy, FAIR School Crystal, and FAIR School Downtown. He has been working in theater since a very young age, having performed on the stages of the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Penumbra, Illusion, Park Square, and many other local theaters. He has lived in Minneapolis his whole life, and enjoys spending time at all our local parks with his wonderful family. Black Lives Matter.

    GRADES 7-12

    Deepen your skill set and focus your training with like-minded performers.

    Tuition: $190

    per student, per session

    What to expect from our new Summer Theatre Workshops: Out of the Box


    Watch this video to learn more! (Grades 7-12 Workshops)

     
     
     
    All your favorites classes are here!
    All your favorite class titles are the same but some dates and times have been adjusted.
    Internet access is required. The rest is "in the box".

    STW: Out of the Box (Grades 7-12) is designed to be flexible!
    A flexible format to fit your family’s unique summer schedule, while still providing your student with a supported education experience. 

    A meaningful experience!
    We recognize that theatre is meant to be created in-person, but while that is not an option, we are committed to giving your student the most meaningful experience possible. 

    An Alternate End of the Week Showcase to Share Near & Far!
    While an in-person end of the week showcase will not be a possibility, we will be working towards the culmination of a live virtual presentation that will be made accessible to family and friends, near and far and will still give your student the opportunity to perform!  

    We DO want to see your student this summer!
    Let's celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as safely as possible.
    Each Workshop Participant and their family will be invited to special IN-PERSON social distancing events, including socially distanced block parties and art slams.
     


    Workshop Titles & Dates for Grades 7-12


    Musical Theatre: Contemporary Broadway Squads


    Where do you belong…on Broadway right now? From Queens to mathletes, and even ghosts, we’re joining the Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Six and The Prom squads this summer to hone your triple threat skills (singing, dancing and acting). Using (appropriate) material from these musicals and led by top Twin Cities professionals, this fast-paced, rigorous, and oh so fetch workshop will push your musical theatre performance to the next level.
    July 13-17 (9:00AM-3:30PM) - WAITLIST
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.

    What’s Your Story? Genre Mash-up


    What stories catch your attention? Comedy? Realistic drama? Horror? Mystery? Fantasy? Sci-Fi? Or is it a mash-up of all of the above? This summer, we are diving into the genres that most excite us and the stories we want to tell. Led by students’ interests and inspirations, we will create brand-new plays guided by Stages Teaching Artists. We will work throughout the week in small group ensembles to write, act, design and perform world premiere productions for our audience.
    July 20-24 (9:00AM-3:30PM)
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.
    WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
    (Grades 7-12)
    Stages Swag
    Scripts & Sheet Music, and a Pencil
    Outside & Off Screen Activities
    Invitations to In-Person Socially Distanced Celebrations & Art Slams
    3 hours per day in our ZOOM Classroom - Zoom Time will be split into multiple sessions throughout the day, we'll spend no longer than 45 minutes, consecutively, on Zoom
    2.5 Hours of Off Screen (Guided) Work Time
    Live, Virtual, End of the Week Performance

     
     
    REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR GRADES 7-12

  • If your student is CURRENTLY enrolled in a workshop, you will be automatically enrolled into STW: Out of the Box for the theme you’re signed up for and notified of the new dates for your Workshop, if applicable. You will also be AUTOMATICALLY REFUNDED for the change in Tuition.

  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO SWITCH TO A NEW THEME OR WEEK click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AND YOU’D LIKE TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX THEME, and utilize our Additional Workshop Discount click the email or call buttons below
  • IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOP: OUT OF THE BOX, please send an email via the button below, letting us know if you’d like to…
  • 1) Convert the cost of your Summer Theatre Workshop registration to a donation to support Stages Theatre Company and help us navigate this difficult time.
    2) Receive a Stages Coupon to enjoy a future class, workshop or performance at Stages Theatre Company.
    3) Receive a refund.

    EMAIL CALL 952-979-1111
    Temporary Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, Noon to 4:00 pm

    NEW CANCELLATION DEADLINE IS: MAY 31, 2020
    In order for us to plan accordingly for the best summer ever, please confirm as soon as possible, before May 31, 2020.
     

    TEACHING ARTIST FOR GRADES 7-12

     
    Jeannine Coulombe
    (Grades 7-12)
    Acting Teaching Artist, Playwright, Director - Jeannine has been a teaching artist with Stages Theatre Company since 2002 and on staff since 2008. She has taught acting, creative dramatics and playwriting for ages 3 through 83 for over 20 years. She serves as Stages Conservatory Director and the Manager of New Plays. She is also a playwright and director and an avid reader of books of all kinds! She loves to tell stories, listen to stories and play with stories. She is also a confirmed Potterhead (Ravenclaw, for sure!)
     
    Laura Mahler
    (Grades 7-12)
    Singing + Dancing & Acting Teaching Artist, Director, Choreographer- Laura started with Stages Theatre Company long ago as an 8 year old actor. She grew up taking all of the classes and conservatory programs and eventually used her training to graduate from The Goodman School of Drama- Depaul's Theatre Conservatory program in Chicago. For the past 10 years, she has been back in MN working for Stages as an Education Associate, teaching Middle School Drama at The FAIR School, Crystal. She also choreographs productions for the mainstage, directs after school shows and has taught in the Conservatory program and teaches hip hop dance with ESCALATE DANCE. When she is not teaching, you may remember seeing her onstage as MRS GLOOP in last summer's WILLY WONKA! She also loves to Roller Skate and plays Roller Derby with MINNESOTA ROLLER DERBY! Don't Hate - Roller Skate.
     
    André Samples
    (Grades 7-12)
    Acting Teaching Artist, Director, Devisor- André has been teaching at Stages Theatre Company since 2012. He has taught classes and directed shows for them at Columbia Academy, FAIR School Crystal, and FAIR School Downtown. He has been working in theater since a very young age, having performed on the stages of the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Penumbra, Illusion, Park Square, and many other local theaters. He has lived in Minneapolis his whole life, and enjoys spending time at all our local parks with his wonderful family. Black Lives Matter.

    CAST Summer Showtime


    The C.A.S.T. (Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly Theatre) Program for youth with Autism, or other Sensory sensitivities, will be offering THREE different workshop opportunities this summer! Weekdays for ages 10-17 and Saturdays for ages 7-17.

    JUST ADDED!

    C.A.S.T. Weekly Workshops - (Ages 7-17)
    The C.A.S.T. (Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly Theatre) Program for youth with Autism, or other Sensory sensitivities is offering a series of weekly workshops focusing on different aspects of theatre taught by the CAST Teaching Artist Team. Each week will be a new focus, with an opportunity to Zoom in the morning, go off screen and create, and come back together to share, on Zoom, in the afternoon.
    Tuition: $155
    per student, per session
    Location: Zoom
    Times: 9:30-10:30am on Zoom, 10:30am-2pm Off Screen Work Time & Lunch, 2-3pm on Zoom

    June 29-July 3 - Character Creation & Script Writing
    July 6-10 - Song Writing
    July 13-17 - Drawing
    July 20-24 - Puppetry + Voice Acting
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.
    C.A.S.T. Summer Showtime - WEEKDAYS! (Ages 10-17)
    BEGINNING JULY 27, 2020
    The C.A.S.T. (Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly Theatre) Program for youth with Autism, or other Sensory sensitivities, is taking over the stage again this summer! Directed by CAST Lead Teacher and professional Theatre Artist, Peter Morrow, CAST students will work together to create a production. Students will design sets, costumes, puppets and projections, adapt a script, and rehearse their parts, with the class culminating in a performance for family & friends!
    Tuition: $300
    per student, per session

    BEGINNING JULY 27 (WEEKDAYS) - WAITLIST
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.
    C.A.S.T. Summer Saturday Session (Ages 7-17)
    JUNE 13-JULY 25, 2020 (No class July 4th)
    This class is designed for children with ASD that would like to make new friends, explore deeper levels of communication and self-expression, creatively work on social skills, and develop acting skills and improvisation techniques. This is a general intro to theatre class, focusing on acting, improvisation, beginning design and playwriting. It will take place in a “Zoom Classroom” and will be taught by CAST Teaching Artists.
    Saturday's from 10am-11:30am
    Tuition: $155
    per student, per session

    JUNE 13-JULY 25, 2020 (SATURDAYS)
    Reliable Internet Access is Required.

    QUESTIONS?

    EMAIL CALL 952-979-1111
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    TEACHING ARTIST FOR C.A.S.T.

     
    Peter Morrow
    (C.A.S.T. Instructor)
    Peter Morrow has worked as a composer, sound designer and teaching artist for the last eleven years. He moved to the Twin Cities from Dublin, Ireland in August 2012 where he worked as a music teacher in a school for students with autism for 5 1/2 years. He currently works with several theatres for young audiences in the Twin Cities area as a teaching artist. Since moving to Minnesota he has worked with companies, theaters and artists including New Native Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Swandive Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Artistry, Interact, Pillsbury House, Pangea World Theatre,Ifrah Mansour, zAmya, Macalaster College, Hiponymous, Red Eye Theatre, The Playwright Centre and The Guthrie Theatre. He also works as a tutor for students with autism and as a PCA. At Stages Theatre Company, Peter has been working with the CAST Program for five years and has been part of developing the curriculum which is noted on many national platforms. For the summer CAST session, Peter also serves as designer and mentor for ASD youth who are serving as interns. He also works as a composer and designer for Stages. Favorite shows here include the sound design for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Velveteen Rabbit.
     
    Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
    (C.A.S.T. Instructor)
    Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha is a Twin Cities based director and teaching artist who has worked with Stages’ CAST Program for many years. She is also a PhD student in Theatre Historiography at the University of Minnesota where she specializes in Indigenous performance, and holds an MFA in Acting from MSU Mankato. Sara has taught and directed for UMN Morris and Northern State University, and directed with Twin Cities companies Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Black Dirt Theatre, New Native Theatre, and Stages Theatre Company, among others. She is a mom, wife, and lover of vinyl records and orange cats.

    NEXT STAGE:

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr. (Ages 10-15)


    This workshop has been cancelled. Participants have been contacted.


    Stages + The Works Museum

    (Ages 6-8 & 9-11)


    UPDATE as of 6/23/20:

    All partnership camps with The Works have been canceled, and that previous registrants should check their email for information from The Works as to what their options are moving forward.


    Please contact The Works if you have any questions about these specific camps: theworks.org
     

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    TUITION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE

    Through our Open Door Program, we offer need-based tuition assistance for our fee-based programs, such as our Winter and Summer Theatre workshops, Creative Play Academy and Acting Conservatory.
    For questions about Tuition Assistance contact
    Matt Ouren via phone: 952-979-1112 or
    Please fill out the Tuition Assistance Application via the button below.
     

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    Tuition Assistance


    Tuition Assistance is available through our Open Door Program. Tuition Assistance applications are available on our website.
    For more information and to access an application please visit: www.stagestheatre.org/accessibility, or contact Education Registrar at 952-979-1112 or by email at mouren@stagestheatre.org.

    Cancellations & Refunds


    In order for us to plan accordingly for the best summer ever, please confirm as soon as possible, before May 31, 2020.
    NEW CANCELLATION DEADLINE IS: MAY 31, 2020

    Contact Us


    For questions about Workshop Curriculum and In-Class Experience, contact Megan Collins, mcollins@stagestheatre.org, (952) 979-1117; for questions about Registration, Friend Placement and Tuition Assistance contact Matt Ouren, mouren@stagestheatre.org, (952) 979-1112.