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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. 

When will summer programming be available?

Summer programming will be on sale later this spring. Keep an eye on your email and CTC’s social media for updates!

In-Person Education Programming


Will there still be Virtual Academy programming this summer?  

Yes! To continue to provide families across the world with exceptional theatre education experiences, Virtual Academy will be continuing. Summer programming will be announced later this spring. 

Will there be early childhood, musical theatre, or Sensory Friendly offerings this summer? 

Yes! Keep an eye on your email and CTC’s social media for updated information on when these offerings will become available.

When will extended care be available for purchase? 

Extended care will be available to families who purchased in-person summer camp offerings. We anticipate this will be available for purchase later this spring. Due to COVID-19, extended care will have a very limited capacity and only week-long passes will be available. All registered families will be emailed information on extended care once it becomes available.

Which grade do I register my student for? 

Students should be registered based on the grade level they are entering in Fall 2021.

Can you meet my student’s access needs? 

We strive to create inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning environments for all young people and are committed to working with families to meet individual access needs. Contact us at education@childrenstheatre.org or 612.872.5100 to discuss your student’s needs and how we can best serve them.  

Can a four-year-old student come to camp?  

For Summer 2021, in-person summer camp students must be entering kindergarten in Fall 2021. Younger students who are not yet entering kindergarten are invited to join us in Virtual Academy for dancing, music, creative drama, and more! 

Will students get to go outside?  

Yes! Weather permitting, all students will spend time outside each day. 

Where will students eat? 

We will be prioritizing outside eating whenever possible. Specific plans will be shared prior to the start of camp. 

Is financial aid available?  

Yes, our ACT Pass program applies to all our education programming. You can apply here. 

What is included in my camp tuition?  

Your camp tuition includes the full-day experience led by our expert teaching artists, all supplies, access to your camp Flipgrid space for further sharing and engagement, take-home activities to share as a family, replacement masks (if needed), and more. 

What’s your refund policy for in-person camps?  

We want you to feel confident that you’ve chosen the best camp for your student and that your financial investment is protected in case of exposure or infection. Learn more here.

How big are pods and individual camps? 

Pods are made up of 30 students or less as is required by the Minnesota Department of Health. Individual groups within each pod will have a maximum of 15 people including the teaching team and administrative staff. Members of a pod may share bathrooms, drop-off and pick-up times, extended care, and teaching artists, but will have no interaction with students in separate pods. 

How do you determine the individual groups within a pod? 

Our Summer Adventurers pod will be broken into three groups based on their ages. If you would like to ensure you are in the same group as a family member or friend, please email us at education@childrenstheatre.org 

Our Summer Studio pod will be divided by the camps students have registered for. 

What should I bring to class? 

We recommend students bring two snacks (morning and afternoon), a lunch, a water bottle, and any additional supports such as a manipulative that they’ll need to support their learning and engagement. 

To minimize the transportation of germs, we ask stuffed animals and favorite toys stay at home. Students in Grades 4 – 12 who will be attending extended care are encouraged to bring a book or another portable activity. 

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 should students wear? 

Everyone must wear a face mask. Per CDC recommendations, fabric face masks must have two layers of fabric. Students are welcome to wear additional face shields, gators, or other PPE. We recommend students wear clothes that are comfortable and that they can easily move around in and shoes that strap on to their feet. For students wearing skirts and dresses, we suggest wearing some type of shorts or leggings so they can still move freely in all activities. 

How can I be engaged with my student’s week at camp? 

In addition to Virtual Sharings, we offer a variety of ways to engage and connect with your young person about their camp experience. You can learn more in the Keeping Our Families Involved section of our COVID-19 Practices and Policies.

Can we carpool?  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we discourage carpooling with families outside your student’s pod. If you would like to ensure you are in the same group as a family member or friend, please email us at education@childrenstheatre.org.  

My student cannot wear a mask. Can they come to camp if they have a doctor’s note asking for the exception?  

For the safety of all students and staff, students who attend camp and refuse to wear their mask, wash their hands, or observe social distancing will be dismissed from camp. No refund is offered if your student is dismissed from camp due to repeated violation of the COVID-19 policies. This policy exists to protect all students and staff. If your family chooses not to observe social distancing, mask wearing, and/or the CDC recommendations, we invite you to check out our Virtual Academy offerings.  

In addition to COVID-19 precautions, 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. 

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.