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Teaching Artists Spotlight

Posted on October 17, 2023

CTC’s education and engagement programs deepen the theatre experience in our building and throughout our community for tens of thousands of people each year. Our education program—Theatre Arts Training (TAT)— is an immersive exploration of acting, voice, and movement training for youth ages 2-18. TAT offers a sequence of classes that challenge, inspire, and educate all ages and abilities. We offer a variety of teen and children’s theatre class options and summer camps for any skill level, interest, and age. Our classes are taught by highly trained theatrical teaching artists of varying backgrounds and experience levels. Meet two of our fabulous teaching artists, Mason Tyer and Alex Hagen.

Mason Tyer

Mason Tyer is a director, violence director, intimacy director, and production manager in Minneapolis. He is a Certified Teacher, Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor, and Secretary for the Society of American Fight Directors.

Mason is a lead teaching artist for Children’s Theatre Company and taught stage combat for The Guthrie, North Hennepin Community College, Art in Arms, Youth Performance Company, Bemidji Community Theatre and Open Gate Movement Arts. He has also taught at stage combat specialty workshops across the country.

He worked as a violence director with Children’s Theatre Company, Duluth Playhouse, Theatre in the Round, Journey North Opera, GREAT Theatre, Lakeshore Players Theatre, Children’s Performing Arts, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and numerous high schools and community theatres. Mason is also a stunt coordinator for films and videos in Minnesota.

Classes/Camps taught at CTC: Intro to Stage Combat (Winter and Spring session still available), Shakespeare’s Deaths (Summer Camp), Magic Duels and Wizard Combat (Summer Camp)

Alex Hagen

Alex is a teaching artist and actor based in the Twin Cities! In addition to teaching at CTC, he has taught various education programs at Stages Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Bakken Museum, and the Woodland Park Zoo, and worked as a Resident Actor/Educator at CLIMB Theatre.

Classes/Camps taught at CTC: Creative Play, Storytime Jam, Acting, Discovery Theatre, Fundamentals of Acting, Creative Movement, Neighborhood Bridges & Early Bridges residencies, and many summer camps.

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