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Theatre Arts Training FAQs

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. 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. 

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) and products that “may contain” peanuts and tree-nuts. 

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 and Senior Company. 

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 often 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 you ensure child safety?

There is nothing more important to us than the well-being of the young people we serve. In support of that priority, over the last 33 years we have created a comprehensive set of practices designed to keep children safe. Those practices have worked for our young actors and for all of our organization’s participants; they continue to be a centerpiece of our culture and our day-to-day activities. This is an area where we will never say “enough” but will instead strive to be better today than we were yesterday and even better tomorrow. Among the key elements of our protections: 

  • Mandatory background checks, including criminal history and the national sex offender database, for every paid position prior to starting work and on an ongoing basis; 
  • A “rule of 3” so that no staff or volunteer should ever be alone with a student in a private space; 
  • Socializing with children outside of scheduled rehearsals, performances, classes, or CTC-sanctioned professional activities is strictly limited; 
  • We are a mandatory reporting organization, which means any staff member must report any suspicion or knowledge of abuse or neglect.