Grades 9-12

FALL SESSION: September 19-November 19
WINTER SESSION: January 17-March 20
SPRING SESSION: April 10-May 20
Creative DiscoverySkills for the StagePre-Professional

Acting 2: Scene Study


Build on the skills you learned in Acting 1 while applying vocabulary and technique to scripted works. Learn to analyze text for beats, subtext, character motivations, tactics, playable actions, and given circumstances. Learn to give and take constructive criticism from peers, the instructor, and yourself. Prerequisite: at least two sessions of Acting 1 or equivalent acting training.

FALL: Contemporary Scripts
WINTER: Monologues and Audition Technique
SPRING: Classical Texts

Class Days and Times: Mondays 6:30-8:00pm
Class ID: 191 / Class Track: Pre-Professional
Fall Tuition: $210 / Winter Tuition: $210 / Spring Tuition: $140

Class Days and Times: Saturdays 12:45-2:15pm
Class ID: 692 / Class Track: Pre-Professional
Fall Only Fall Tuition: $210

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Pre-Professional Institute


This four-year program prepares young actors for college and professional theatre careers. Highlights include: intensive acting and musical theatre training with industry professionals, annual spring showcase, mainstage audition opportunities, mentorship from Peter Brosius and other CTC artists, college-audition preparation, and capstone project tailored to student’s strengths and learning goals.

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Year Fall and Winter Focus Spring Showcase
One Acting Technique One Act Plays
Two Voice and Dance Musical Revue
Three Classical Acting Scenes and Monologues
Four Audition Preparation Capstone Project

Class Days and Times: Mondays 5:00-8:00pm
Class ID: 195 / Class Track: Pre-Professional

Annual Tuition: $2000 | Financial Aid Available
Includes: Fall and Winter Cohort Acting Class, one elective (to be taken fall, winter, spring, or summer), and the spring showcase

Acting 1

Skills for the Stage

Through improvisation and short scenes, learn to raise the stakes, make strong character choices, and work with objectives and relationships to create and perform original scenes. We recommend taking this class multiple times to master these skills, as this class is the stepping stone to many of our upper level courses.

FALL: Elocution, Character, and Objective
WINTER: Given Circumstance and Strong Choices
SPRING: Character Workshop

Class Days and Times: Saturdays 12:45-2:15pm
Class ID: 691 / Class Track: Skills for the Stage
Fall Tuition: $210 / Winter Tuition: $210 / Spring Tuition: $140

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Acting the Song

Skills for the Stage

Love to act but dread a singing audition? Apply what you already know about acting to songs while learning range, diction, pitch and more to get you singing with confidence.

Class Days and Times: Saturdays 2:30-4:00pm
Class ID: 693 / Class Track: Skills for the Stage
Fall Tuition: $210 / Winter Tuition: $210 / Spring Tuition: $140

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Broadway Dance Sr. (Fall Only)


Building on skills introduced in Broadway Dance, this class begins with a conditioning ballet workout, followed by jazz and hip hop combinations and culminates in musical theatre and tap choreography. Learn the choreography of legends Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, and Kathleen Marshall, diving deep into a rich dance experience to master the secrets of Broadway's best. Prerequisite: previous dance training.

Class Days and Times: Saturdays 2:30-4:00pm
Class ID: 694 / Class Track: Pre-Professional
Fall Only Fall Tuition: $210

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Broadway Voice Sr. (Winter Only)


Find out what it takes to be a successful musical theatre singer. Expand both your vocal and dramatic skills through solos, duets, and ensemble singing from classic and contemporary Broadway songs. Connect your vocal skills to critical dramatic intention by focusing on songs as monologues and how the singer acts the song. Prerequisite: previous voice training.

Class Days and Times: Saturdays 2:30-4:00pm
Class ID: 695 / Class Track: Pre-Professional
Winter Only Winter Tuition: $210

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Musical Theatre Sr. (Spring Only)


Work with a choreographer and vocal coach to strengthen dance technique and vocal quality while portraying emotional range and depth of character. Challenge all three skills in the execution of ensemble and solo numbers from beloved musicals. Pre-requisite: previous musical theatre training.

Class Days and Times: Saturdays 2:30-4:00pm
Class ID: 696 / Class Track: Pre-Professional
Spring Only Spring Tuition: $140

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Skills for the Stage

Make it up as you go! Learn to trust your instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and story lines.

Class Days and Times: Saturdays 2:30-4:00pm
Class ID: 697 / Class Track: Skills for the Stage
Spring Only Spring Tuition: $140

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Senior Company: Hotel LaFleur


By Audition Only
created and devised with Ryan Underbakke

In the spirit of Sleep No More, join Ryan Underbakke (the artistic genius that brought you CTC’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) to take over all of the classrooms, nooks, and crannies in Theatre Arts Training to imagine, create, design, and perform an original audience participation soiree. Our audience receives the following invitation: “Welcome to the Hotel LaFleur! Tonight is a very special night, and we welcome you, our Guest of Honor, to explore, interact, perform, and party with our guests and workers in this immersive night of theatrical experiences.” You provide the rest!

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5:00-8:00pm starting September 19 (no rehearsal November 24).

Tech/Dress: November 28-30, 4:30-9pm (subject to change as needed)

December 1 at 7pm
December 2 at 7pm
December 3 at 7pm
December 4 at 2pm

Class ID: SC9
Class Track: Pre-Professional
Tuition: $495 (financial aid available)

Auditions: Thursday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 13 4:30-6:30pm. Click here to schedule an audition.

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Our classes fall into three tracks: Creative Discovery, Skills for the Stage, and Pre-Professional. Please use this color key to help choose the best track for your student:
Creative DiscoverySkills for the StagePre-Professional
Please see the Learning Pathways tab on this page for suggested journeys through our program.
Theatre Arts Training believes that training for the stage is training for life. Participation in the arts creates resilient young people who are fearless artists, innovative thinkers, and open-hearted humans. Theatre classes teach vital life skills such as collaboration (teamwork), improvisation (creative problem-solving), vocal projection and confidence (public speaking). While all of our classes teach theatre skills, many of our classes also intersect with additional artistic disciplines. If your student has a specific passion, here are some suggested trajectories to explore:

For those who love to design:
Adventures in Art and Storytelling (Ages 3-4)
Onstage (Ages 4-5 and Grades K-1)
Behind the Scenes (Grades 2-3)

For those who love to sing:
Musical Jam (Ages 4-5, Grades K-1 and 2-3)
Sing Disney (Grades K-1)
Sing Out (Grades 2-3)
Broadway Voice Jr. (Grades 4-5)
Musical Theatre Jr. (Grades 4-5)
Broadway Voice (Grades 6-8)
Musical Theatre (Grades 6-8)
Acting the Song (Grades 9-12)
Broadway Voice Sr. (Grades 9-12)
Musical Theatre Sr. (Grades 9-12)

For those who love to dance and move:
Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)
Music in Motion (Ages 4-5)
Dance Disney (Grades K-1)
Musical Theatre Dance (Grades 2-3)
Musical Theatre Jr. (Grades 4-5)
Broadway Dance (Grades 6-8)
Musical Theatre (Grades 6-8)
Broadway Dance Sr. (Grades 9-12)
Musical Theatre Sr. (Grades 9-12)

For those who love to write and create stories:
Shared Playwriting (Grades K-1)
World Premiere (Grades 2-3 and 4-5)
Senior Company: Hotel LaFleur (Grades 9-12)

For those who love to tell and act stories:
Acting Stories (Ages 4-5)
Telling Tales (Grades K-1)
Fundamentals of Acting (Grades 2-3)
Acting 1 (Grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12)
Acting 2 (Grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12)
Junior Company: (Grades 6-8)
Pre-Professional Conservatory (Grade 9)
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  • You will receive a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee for academic year classes or $50 cancellation fee for Spring Break/Summer camps if you cancel at least two weeks before your class/camp begins.
  • No refund or credit will be issued if you cancel less than two weeks before your class/camp begins.
  • Tuition for classes/camps cannot be transferred between sessions or to mainstage tickets.
  • No refund or credit will be issued if a student is registered for an age inappropriate class/camp and Theatre Arts Training staff determine it to be an unsuccessful fit.

Ways to Save

  • 10% off tuition if, in the same order, you register more than one student in your household or register a student for more than one class/camp.
  • 15% off tuition for current CTC 6 Play, 3 Play A, and 3 Play B Subscribers. Discount not valid for Preview, Opening Weekend, or Pick Subscribers. Some restrictions apply.

Tuition, Payment Plans, and Scholarships

We accept check, credit card, and money orders. A two-payment option is available only when using a credit card by phone. Need-based scholarships are available through the ACT Pass program until all funds are allocated. To apply, please visit or call 612.874.0400.

Pick Up and Drop Off
Students in classes/camps for Grades 3 and younger must be dropped off and picked up at their classroom. Students in classes/camps for Grades 4 and older may be dropped off and picked up at the Stage Door.

How to Register
ONLINE: You can register online at any time, day or night with a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.

  • Use the buttons on the right to select the perfect classes/camps for you, then follow our easy, step-by-step process online.
  • If you are new to the system, you will need to create an account with your email address. Returning families can log in with their email address.

PHONE: You can register over the phone when the Ticket Office is open with a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.

  • Use the buttons on the right, the brochure tab (descriptions only), or the calendar tab (days, times, tuition) on this page to select the perfect classes/camps for you.
  • Call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 to register.

No-Nut Policy
To ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella).

Medical Emergency
If we are unable to contact a parent or if time does not permit, 911 services will be used. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of parent/legal guardian.

Photos and Videos
CTC (and its designees and agents) has permission to utilize my student’s image, likeness, actions, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the class/camp in any medium or content for any purposes, including commercial or promotional purposes, without further authorization or compensation.

Families are welcome to take recordings and photographs of their student in class/camp for strictly personal use only. Any recordings or photos taken by families cannot be used for broadcast and/or distribution via the internet including but not limited to social media sites and/or public websites.

Free Child Admission for Theatre Arts Training Students
Each Theatre Arts Training student is eligible for one complimentary ticket per session, regardless of number of classes. For academic year registrations, complimentary tickets are available for select public performances. Redeem early for best seating and availability.

Complimentary tickets are subject to availability and restrictions. Not all performances will have complimentary tickets available. Book early for best choice of dates and seats; complimentary tickets cannot be booked in VIP seats. Complimentary tickets cannot be booked online or via e-mail. Complimentary tickets must be booked at least 48 hours prior to your date of choice. Once tickets have been booked, there are no exchanges available. Complimentary tickets will be rendered void in cases of class cancellation. All tickets will be held at Will Call.  

You will not be issued a physical voucher. To book your Theatre Arts Training complimentary ticket, please call the CTC Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 and mention your student’s name and class(es) for verification of eligibility. All children age 14 and under must be accompanied to the theatre by an adult.

Winter Session: valid only on Sneetches. Must be redeemed by February 1, 2017
Spring Session: valid only on A Year with Frog and Toad. Must be redeemed by May 3, 2017


How many students are in each class?
Academic-year class sizes range from 10-16 students depending on the age group and content. Please know class size maximums are strictly enforced to ensure the best possible learning environment for your student. Register early to secure your spot. All classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

Who are the faculty?
All of our faculty are professional educators and artists. Our teaching artists work all over the Twin Cities with organizations such as Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, The Guthrie, Penumbra, Pilsbury House, Mixed Blood and our very own mainstage acting company, among others. We regularly run background checks on all faculty. For more information on specific teachers, please see the “Meet the Faculty” tab of this page.

What should I bring to class?
Students in all classes should wear clothes and shoes they are comfortable jumping, crawling and rolling in. Additionally, some classes include messy art projects.
For dance and movement classes, please wear clothing that won’t inhibit movement. The more clearly the teacher can see your student’s body joints, the more easily the teacher can give technical feedback. Please dress in layers as our studios can be cool in the beginning of class and warm by the end. Hair should be pulled back and out of your student’s face. Please remove all dangling jewelry. Most dance classes require bare feet unless otherwise noted.
For longer classes you may want to pack a small snack. Please note: to ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella).

What if my student wants to be in a younger or older class?
We understand that some students thrive in an environment including students either younger or older than their peer group. However, if you choose to enroll your student outside of their age group, and either you or Theatre Arts Training faculty find it an unsuccessful fit, no credit or refund will be issued. If space is available in a different age-appropriate class, we can switch your registration.

Can I try a class before I purchase?
If there is still space in a class, you are welcome to audit the first day. If you like it, you can then register with the Ticket Office. Please let the Theatre Arts Training office know if you are planning to audit a class. Please note: many of our classes fill up and the only way to ensure a spot is to register in advance.

Is there a play at the end of class?
Theatre Arts Training is a process-based program focused on building theatre and life skills. Most classes end with a sharing which showcases the work students have done which may include favorite games and exercises, student-generated work or rehearsed scenes. We do offer a handful of by audition performance programs throughout the year including Junior Company, Senior Company, Junior Intensive and Senior Intensive.

How can my student perform on the mainstage?
For select mainstage productions, CTC casts young actors ages 10+. Theatre Arts Training is not responsible for scheduling auditions or casting for the professional mainstage season. To find mainstage audition opportunities please click here.
To help families prepare, Theatre Arts Training offers workshops tailored to each show’s unique audition requirements. Watch the website and your email for details about upcoming Audition Workshops.

Can I drop off my student early?
Theatre Arts Training is unable to provide supervision before or after school-year classes. Please arrange for punctual drop off and pick up.

How do I get my free child admission?
Each Theatre Arts Training student is eligible for one complimentary ticket per session, regardless of number of classes. For academic year registrations, complimentary tickets are available for select public performances.
Complimentary tickets are subject to availability and restrictions. Not all performances will have complimentary tickets available. Book early for best choice of dates and seats; complimentary tickets cannot be booked in VIP seats. Complimentary tickets cannot be booked online or via e-mail. Complimentary tickets must be booked at least 48 hours prior to your date of choice. Once tickets have been booked, there are no exchanges available. Complimentary tickets will be rendered void in cases of class cancellation. All tickets will be held at Will Call.  
You will not be issued a physical voucher. To book your Theatre Arts Training complimentary ticket, please call the CTC Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 and mention your student’s name and class(es) for verification of eligibility.

Where do I park?
The Minneapolis Institute of Art offers paid parking for the public in all of its lots. Please note that there is a 30 minute free grace period in the parking ramp for drop off or pick up, but after that the cost is $5 for the first 2 hours and $1/hour thereafter (max $12/day). If there is Event Parking, the cost will be $7 for the first 5 hours. Limited free street parking is available surrounding the theatre, so please factor this into your travel time.

The Parking Ramp is located at 25th Street & 3rd Avenue South.
During Event Parking, this parking lot is credit card only:
  • Insert your credit card into the machine to enter into the ramp (any level), this is your payment ($6) for parking. The exit gate will be open when you exit.
  • If you are taking advantage of the 30 minute grace period during event parking, be sure to also insert your credit card into the exit machine upon leaving (even if the gate is open); this lets the machines know you were in the facility for less than 30 minutes.

During times that are not Event Parking:

  • To pay with cash: Take a ticket on your way into the ramp on any level. Do not insert a credit card otherwise that will be your payment method. Take your ticket to the Kiosk on Level 1 when you leave to pay for your parking. Insert paid parking ticket into the exit machine upon leaving.
  • To pay with a credit card: Insert your credit card into the machine to enter into the ramp (any level) Insert your credit card (same card as you used when you entered) into the machine on your exit from the ramp to pay for your parking.
  • To utilize the 30 minute grace period: Take a ticket on your way into the ramp on any level, and insert the same ticket into the exit machine upon leaving. If it has been less than 30 minutes, the exit gate will open without requiring any payment.

Parking Lots are located at 25th Street & 3rd Avenue South and 24th Street & 3rd Avenue South.

  • Park your car and walk over to the machines at the entrance to the lot.
  • Enter in your car license plate number.
  • Choose the duration of parking time you would like to purchase.
  • Insert credit card or cash to pay for your parking.
  • Keep your ticket as your receipt.

How it works

You must be a current ACT Pass-holder to qualify for tuition assistance. All ACT Pass-holders will automatically receive a Theatre Arts Training tuition discount.

STEP ONE: Apply for the ACT Pass

STEP TWO: Within 1-2 weeks, receive notification by email of ACT Pass eligibility, and if accepted, your scholarship tuition discount (determined by financial need).

STEP THREE: Log-in to your account on and select the class you wish to enroll in. The scholarship discount will appear at the time of check out. You can also register with the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. We recommend registering within 24 hours of receiving your award email, as scholarship funds are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I register for more than one child? What if I know we want to take a class or camp in a session?
A. You may only register for one student, one class, and one session at a time. If you would like to register for an additional class or camp, an additional session, or another child in your household, complete your first order including payment, then start a new order.
Please note: ACT Pass holders are eligible for 1 class per student per school year session and 1 full-day week of camp per student during summer. If more funds are available closer to the start of the session, we sometimes allow ACT Pass holders to register for additional classes. If this is the case, we will notify you via email.

Q. What if my child’s first choice class or camp is full?
A. When a class or camp is full, a waitlist will be posted. Please join the class or camp waitlist and register for a second choice class or camp. If space becomes available, we will be able to transfer your scholarship to your first choice class or camp.

Q. What if all scholarships funds have been allocated for a session?
A. When we are out of funds for a given session, we start a Scholarship Waiting List. If more funds become available, we will issue additional scholarships. To join the Scholarship Waiting List, contact Ellie McKay.

Q. My student is interested in an audition-based program. How does that work?
A. Sign-up for an audition. If cast, call the ticket office to apply your scholarship to program tuition. If you would like to hold a spot in a non-audition class or camp in case you are not cast, please register and pay. If cast, we can transfer any paid tuition toward the cost of the program in which you were cast. Please note: being an ACT Pass holder will not impact casting decisions.

If you have questions about class availability or scholarship needs: CTC Ticket Office 612.874.0400

If you have questions about class content: Ellie McKay, Director of Theatre Arts Training 612.879.5699 or

Joey teaches theater and music to help his students discover sides of themselves they never knew existed and open their eyes to the endless possibilities of collaboration and imagination. In addition to CTC, Joey chairs the Musical Theatre program at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and works with older adults through MacPhail School of Music's "Music for Life" & "Sing for Life" Programs. Joey serves as master teaching artist/mentor with ARTSAGE MN, a training ground for artists interested in teaching the aging population. Working with students age 3 to 101, he continues to learn from his amazing students every day. Outside of the classroom, Joey is an active performer, director, and musical director in the Twin Cities.

Laurie teaches early childhood theatre classes because she delights in opening the door to a new world and then allowing the children to be her guide as they explore the possibilities. Children's imaginations are free from the restraint and clutter of adult realities and she has often been humbled by their wisdom. Her job is to give children the tools to explore their curiosity, express their creativity and share their stories. Along the way they grow in confidence, communication skills and self-awareness.

Laura works in theatre, because she believes in the beauty and importance of ensemble - the art we create in collaboration is always the most evocative, the most influential, the most true. This belief is echoed in her work as a teaching artist. In her classroom, she strives to create a community of artists, who with mutual respect and trust, help each other to grow, explore and create. With a sense of joyful play, we discover new ways to express actions, emotions and characters using our bodies, our voices and our imaginations. We all have stories to tell, and whether her students are toddlers or teenagers or adults, they work together to become stronger, more honest storytellers.

Annie is a dancer, actor, musician and theatrical violence consultant/choreographer. She has performed in the Twin Cities in various capacities for twenty-seven years, and got her start at Children's Theatre Company Conservatory School. Annie teaches physical theatre, stage combat, and acting at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and with Children's Theatre's Neighborhood Bridges Program.

Sara believes strongly that theatre has an essential place in children's lives. All children are born wired for play. They use play and imagination to understand their lives, and how to communicate and interact with their peers. It is important that children continue to train their brains to play and to create. Sara believes children should be leaders in the creative process. She serves only as a guide to great imagination, crazy wonderful stories and incredible movements children are able to express once they are encouraged to let themselves shine.

Laurie is influenced by the work of Viola Spolin, the mother of improvisation, and her son Paul Sills, the founder of Second City and creator of Story Theatre. She believes in the power of play as a way of unlocking intuition and the importance of working together, creating an ensemble to tell a story. Laurie is a collaborator at heart; she loves to make discoveries in the process of rehearsal and thrills when young actors do the same. Through theatre games and storytelling, her class plays together in a safe and free environment - learning to give and take, supporting their fellow players and trusting their intuition.

Johanna is constantly inspired by the unbridled honesty young students bring to the classroom. Theatre is a fantastic medium for any age group to experience ownership of their own ideas and artistic opinions - every idea is valid and every voice is important. Bringing these values into group play challenges the imagination to grow beyond the individual, creating small artistic communities in every class.

Jason is a music director and composer in the Twin Cities. He counts himself fortunate to work with some of the greatest young talent at CTC! Having grown up in the Twin Cities, and attended Children’s Theatre productions and classes as a child, he is thrilled to work at a place that is so special to him. He primarily works with actors and singers of all ages to tell a story through their songs, especially in the context of theatrical productions. It is exciting to work with large casts and focus on listening to one another and create a stunning ensemble sound. He is comfortable with a wide range of styles and most often he works with the cast of a show to learn and polish the songs and make them dramatically and musically exciting for the audience.

Marya Hart is a pianist, music director and composer based in Minneapolis, whose work has appeared on many area stages. With Matt Jenson, she creates music and lyrics for "Fidgety Fairy Tales: The Mental Health Musical," now in its seventh season. She has taught at Children's Theatre Company since 1999, helping singers find their voices and explore new music, and has created original music for dozens of classes and camps at THEATRE ARTS TRAINING. Marya stresses the basics with her students--how to breathe, how to produce a sound, how to make yourself understood. She loves to analyze music and lyrics to figure out what makes them work and to bring them to theatrical life. When she writes music for classes, she involves students in creating music and lyrics as much as possible.

Matt has been very inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Children have hundreds of languages with which they express themselves, so he looks for opportunities to explore the many languages that theatre uses to tell stories (acting, dance, music, puppetry, costumes, sets, props, and so on). We follow the interests of the students, all the while looking for opportunities to teach theatre techniques and skills that will support their exploration. The creative process is complex and messy, especially when you are working democratically with an ensemble of 16. It is in the complexity and messiness that unique opportunities for learning occur. He also believes that he is a fellow creator and collaborator with the class. He doesn't know all of the answers ahead of time. He has past experience that he can offer to guide the group as they make their creative decisions, but answers are for the group to discover.

As an interdisciplinary theatre artist, Anton Jones has devoted his career to fusing his experience as a playwright, director, theatre educator, composer/sound designer, and dramaturg into his own unique approach to the creation of live performance. In 2004, he was teaching theatre appreciation and playwriting at the University of Iowa while working closely with Hip-Hop Theatre Pioneer and Guest Artist Will Power by writing the program notes and acting in Will's production of The Seven. Four months later, he was adapting lyrics and composing/performing original music for a production of Good Person of Szechuan while finishing rewrites of his own play Waking Nicodemus which was going into production the following Spring. Another 4 months passed and he was holding his MFA from the University of Iowa Playwright's Workshop and relocating to Minneapolis. In 2006 & 2008 he was recipient of the Playwright's center/Jerome Foundation Many Voices Residency where he developed The FUNeral a fusion of Hip-Hop Theatre and Commedia Dell'Arte. He has directed for Pillsbury House Theatre, History Theatre, Climb and Illusion Theatre. As a theatre educator he has taught at The Guthrie, Penumbra, Mixed Blood, Pillsbury House Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, and Imagination Stage (MD).

Megan Kelly Hubbell is a musical theatre graduate of Millikin University with a dance minor. She works as a voiceover talent, on camera and on stage throughout the Twin Cities. She is a staff choreographer for Benilde-St. Margaret schools, Fridley Middle and Jr High schools, Spring Lake Park HS, Armstrong HS, Roseville Area HS, and choreographs for various theaters including: Children’s Theatre Company, SOAR Arts, Theater in the Round, Eat Street Players, Applause Community Theater, and is a faculty member of St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Megan has tons of energy and loves highly physical movement! She believes if you practice the way you perform, you’ll perform at an even higher level. Don’t give up. You are capable of great things!

Taous Claire Khazem has worked as a theatre artist teaching and performing in Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, France and Cameroon. In addition to the Children's Theatre she has taught at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, The Walker Art Center, SteppingStone Theatre, Stages Theater and COMPAS. She has toured her one woman play "Tizi Ouzou" to Portland, Seattle, Bemidji, Ann Arbor and Washington DC. In the Twin Cities she has performed with Theatre Unbound, Pangea World Theater, Interact Center, Off Leash Area, Frank Theatre and Savage Umbrella Taous holds a certificate from the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France and a B.A. from Macalester College.

As a director, playwright, performer and teacher, Suzy Messerole has been working in the Twin Cities for the past 15 years. She is the co-Artistic Director of Exposed Brick Theatre and a faculty member of St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artist. She is passionate about every student having access to theatre training and she believes that every class is an opportunity for students to express themselves fully and completely. Viola Spolin and Ann Bogart are big influences on her curriculum – especially the importance of theatre exercises that build over time and allow room for growth.

For as long as she can remember, Nancy has felt the most alive, the most powerful, the most present while moving her body freely in space. In an open place, she had the ability to transform into anything: a shipwrecked pirate, a dolphin who might save her, a shooting star touring the universe, a bubble, or a mouse! She has spent her life pursuing that love, and searching out opportunities to express herself through dance and theatre. As an adult she has found a new flowering of her childhood passion - watching that same seed blossom in the beings of her students. Every time Nancy teaches a class, she is in awe of the creative process. Sheer brilliance is inevitably unleashed in children when they are given the chance to be heard and seen, when they are given a container for their imaginations. She is always humbled and honored to be a faciliTheatre Arts Trainingor in this very important work. Exploring and expressing our humanity through storytelling, dance and song is a great gift we can give to all our children.

Jesse Schmitz-Boyd resides in St. Paul, MN. Jesse has been teaching dance and movement since 2003 and at CTC since 2012. He performs locally with Alternative Motion Project and Off- Leash Area: Contemporary Performance Works. Jesse holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. At UWSP, he danced featured roles in Susan Marshall & Company’s Other Stories and Billy Siegenfeld’s god of dirt. Jesse toured with the Chicago-based RE|Dance Group upon graduation. His original choreography has been presented at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Movement Arts Day, The Ritz Theatre and ACDFA regional conferences. Presently he teaches at several Minnesota studios including Children's Theatre Company, Zenon Dance School and Ballare Teatro. In his free time, Jesse enjoys science fiction television, gummy worms and croquet.

Jen Scott is a Twin-Cities based performer, teacher, playwright and musician. She teaches at Children’s Theater Company, the Brave New Workshop, Park Square Theater, and has been an artist in residence at Pillsbury House + Theater. Things she loves about improv: that anyone can do it, that any idea is a good idea, that we have to work together, that we have to work towards agreement, that if you're being honest, you're being funny. Plus, it's theatre! And it's amazing amounts of fun.

Reed is an actor who has spent the past 14 seasons as a member of the Acting Company at Children's Theatre Company. He loves creating a classroom environment which encourages the students to make bold, creative choices while reacting and living in the moment onstage. Using extremes in dynamics, he hopes to help students create wild yet truthful characters who can work together to tell amazing stories.

Ed has performed at several theatres in the Twin Cities area. At the Children's Theatre Company, audiences saw him in Reeling and Honk. In 2007 he received an Ivey Award. Edward is also a Creative Dramatics/Theatre Specialist for the St. Paul Public Schools. He believes in empowering students to make clear character choices and exploring the characters wants and needs.

Ian Zahren is in his second year of teaching at CTC. After musically directing the junior schowcase “Madeline and the Gypsies,” Ian returns to take on another year at CTC! Originally hailing from Iowa, Ian holds a degree in Musical Theatre from Point Park Conservatory. He has made it a personal mission in his life to help young people reach their fullest potentials, using theatre as the means to do so. Ian continually works as an actor and educator throughout the Twin Cities. His credentials range from Off Broadway to International Tours to local Equity Theatres such as The Old Log Theatre and Mixed Blood. Ian currently also teaches at The Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists and The Youth Performance Company.

Chris has been a theatre arts educator for 15 years. She relishes working with students from an early age and in tandem with parents. She believes the life skills learned and discovered through the dramatic arts are invaluable tools as students begin to create social connections and build self-confidence and awareness of the world around them. As a teaching artist, Chris strives to encourage in her students individual decision making abilities, development of theatrical skill sets and to inspire in them a passion for the arts in all forms.

Emily Zimmer has been enchanted by the theatre and other art forms her entire life. She began performing and teaching at CTC in 2002. Since, she has learned volumes about how to use stories as a way to explore ideas, build community, experiment with change and act out characters. She studied dramatic arts at Macalester College and traveled to Switzerland to go to clown school with the renowned Pierre Byeland. She has performed on the CTC stage, with Frank Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, at La Jolla Playhouse, Dixon Place in NYC and a variety of other venues. She is also the Artistic Director of a theatre program for children called The Chicago Avenue Project at Pillsbury House Theatre.
Ready to put your skills to the test?
Junior Internship for High School Students

Children’s Theatre Company is looking for a few extraordinary high school students to assist with Theatre Arts Training classes for the 2016/2017 school year. If you are planning on a career in theatre, this is your chance to work and learn alongside our veteran teaching staff and industry professionals here at CTC. This aggressively hands-on apprenticeship will have you immersed in theatre, working directly with students in one of our many Theatre Arts Training classes. We work with our apprentices to make connections throughout the building and the community. This year we are offering free classes to our apprentices as well as tickets to local theatre, and master classes with industry professionals. If you’re ready to get a jumpstart on your career in the arts, this is the place to do it.

For more information or to apply, please contact Laura at 612.879.5685 or

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