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Theatre Arts Training

Virtual Academy


Can my subscriber discount, donor discount, multi-class discount, or ACT Pass discount by applied to Virtual Academy Offerings?

Yes! Call the CTC Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 if you are having difficulties with applying these discounts through online registration. Discounts are not available for Individual Coaching Packages.

What timezone are you using for class time listings?  

We are so glad you could join us from around the country! Virtual Academy class times are listed in Central Time.

How long are the classes?  

Each class is 30 – 90 minutes long depending on age group and subject. Acting Bootcamps are 2 hours and 30 minutes for students who want to dive a bit deeper into subject material. We made the intentional choice to offer shorter classes to allow for a balance of screentime and independent creation. We have options that meet once a week or multiple times per week to allow families to create an experience that allows for creativity, collaboration, and artistic expression, no matter where you are.

What platforms will you be using for class? 

We will be using Zoom and Flipgrid for classes. Both of these platforms were chosen for their ease and safety features. Click here for information about these platforms. You will receive specific information such as links and login requirements approximately 1 week before your class.

What if I need help accessing my class or have trouble with technology? 

Click here for some quick tips about both Zoom and Flipgrid. If you are still having problems, please email education@childrenstheatre.org or call 612.872.5100 for help.

How many students are in each class? 

Virtual Academy class sizes range from 10 – 20 depending on age group and content. 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, Pillsbury House, Mixed Blood, and our very own mainstage acting company, among others. Masterclasses will be taught by industry professionals from all over the country. CTC runs regular background checks on all teaching artists. 

What do I need for class? 

Students in classes are required to provide their own device to access the online classes and will need access to a reliable and secure internet connection. 

If possible, we recommend setting up a distraction-free area of your home for class that allows your student to be seen while sitting and doing large movement. Ideally, you would use the same space each time you log in for class.

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. 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. 

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 Virtual Academy 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.

Is there a play at the end of class? 

Virtual Academy is a process-based program focused on building theatre and life skills. Final culmination will be dependent upon the class, age group, and content.

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. 

 Click here to see our full Online Child Safety Policy for more information on how we keep students safe while participating in Virtual Academy. 

Theatre Arts Training Classes and Camps


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.