School of Performing Arts

Two students practicing acting in front of instructor and classmates


The underlying goal of our educational programming is to use the framework of theatre and creativity as a way into developing both as a human and artist. We believe theatre education fosters the intrinsic understanding and practice of many vital and rarely deliberately taught ‘soft’ skills.  Examples include using empathy as a lens into processing the world around you, effective communication, thoughtful collaboration, and developing intrapersonal awareness and intentionality.

Education that prioritizes evolving its students into mature and reflexive artists is a primary guiding concept for our curriculum. Through a combination of teaching substantial and well-researched theatrical techniques along with consistently exercising a spirit of openness, we experiment and embrace an attitude that is just as interested in the things that don’t work as much as the things that do. We believe that the Artist Mindset prepares students of all ages for a life in the arts/theatre or any path they choose to pursue.

Youth Classes

Students will study and work on different established acting methodologies through text, physical and vocal expression, and improvisation. Emphasis in acting classes will be on the process (technique, experimentation, analysis, play) rather than the product (performance). Each class will culminate in an informal final showing allowing family/friends of students a sneak peek into where the classes are in their process and study.


Adult Classes

As adults, we often aren't encouraged to keep learning - it's something that gets reserved and prioritized for young people. But our Education Department knows that it doesn't have to be either/or and that the best way to live a fulfilling life is to keep learning, create relationships and community, and to explore things you're passionate about.


Meet our Instructors

The Playhouse is proud to offer high-quality education from your favorite local theatre artists


Need assistance in paying for classes?

Apply for a School of Performing Arts scholarship. 


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