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Theatre Arts Training

Our Philosophy

Theatre Arts Training is a process-based program dedicated to providing professional theatre experiences and education to build curious, creative, and confident young artists and people. We are more interested in what happens along the journey, from the first day to the last, than in a polished product. With this focus on the education experience, our camps take place in classrooms and rehearsal halls, not on stages.

All students are welcome to participate in all classes (with the exception of audition-based programs). We acknowledge and support that engagement and success looks different for each student, and our faculty prioritizes keeping their teaching style, activities, and goals flexible to the needs of our students.

We strive to supply students with source material from diverse perspectives representing communities from a multitude of ethnic and racial backgrounds, economic statuses, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Inclusion Statement

As part of CTC’s commitment to access and inclusion, we make intentional choices in our classroom practices to make sure we are a welcoming space for peoples of all abilities, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our program includes need-based scholarships, all-gender restrooms, introductions with pronouns, and a faculty happy to work with families to meet students’ individual physical, learning, and social needs. If there are ways we can be welcoming to your family, please let us know at education@childrenstheatre.org

Commitment to Accessibility 

We are committed to supporting access needs, respecting capacities, uplifting talents and life experience, and honoring each individual’s autonomy. As part of CTC’s core value of inclusion, we strive to create learning environments that are designed for all students. We acknowledge and affirm that learning and engagement look different for every student. We are excited to work all students into our programs and welcome students with disabilities, neurodivergent conditions, mental illnesses, and adverse childhood experiences. We are happy to include students using AAC, welcome personal care assistants into our classrooms, and arrange for ASL interpretation. Our staff has experience with activity modifications, in-class supports, and individualized learn plans and are eager to work in partnership with your family to create a positive experience for your student.   

You can connect with us about your student’s needs on your Medical Information Form or email us at education@childrenstheatre.org.

Registration Information

Registration is available online or by calling the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. We accept checks, credit cards, 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.

Discounts 

  • 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. 
  • 10% off for current CTC Preview and Create Your Own Subscribers. Some restrictions apply.
  • 15% off tuition for current CTC Full Season, 3 Play A, and 3 Play B Subscribers. Some restrictions apply. 

COVID-19 Safety Policies & Practices for Summer Camps


In addition to following all guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health, and our local leadership, Children’s Theatre Company is grateful to be developing our COVID-19 Safety Practices & Policies with the Minnesota Department of Health. We will be updating our practices and policies as guidelines change. 

Keeping Our Spaces Safe

We are able to offer in-person offerings due to the following features and practices at our facility in line with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC.

  • The CTC building has HVAC air filters bringing fresh air into the building throughout the day. Our HVAC system has been cleaned and tuned in preparation for summer classes. We have installed more robust filters to trap more contaminants, and we have maximized the amount of fresh air circulating in the building. A professional air filtration team will identify if any of our learning spaces need additional HEPA air filtration systems.
  • Nightly professional cleaning occurs in all learning spaces, bathrooms, hallways, elevators, and shared spaces.
  • Motion-sensing sinks, soap dispensers, and toilets eliminate high-touch surfaces in our bathrooms.
  • Drinking fountains will only be used to fill water bottles. Please plan to pack a water bottle each day.
  • Door handles, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently with CDC & EPA recommended disinfectants.
  • Each learning space will operate at reduced capacity to ensure social distancing is easily achievable and our students have space to freely move/create. Capacity numbers may fluctuate in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines for group sizes.
    • For Summer Adventurers (Grades K – 3), we will have up to 15 people total including staff in learning spaces we formerly had twenty to thirty people in for summer programming.
    • For Summer Studio (Grades 4 – 12), we will have up to twenty people total including staff in learning spaces we formerly had thirty-five people in various programming.

Keeping Our Students & Staff Safe

  • Social distancing between staff and students in accordance with guidelines recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health.
  • 100% of CTC staff is fully vaccinated. Staff are required to be tested weekly to ensure the continued safety of campers.
  • Face masks are required for all campers, staff, and parents/guardians. Camp participants and staff only remove masks to eat and drink. In accordance with CDC recommendations, we require that fabric face masks have two layers of fabric and be fitted to closely cover an individual’s nose and mouth. Learn more from the CDC about how to find the best mask for your student here. Face shields may be worn in addition to masks but may not be worn instead of masks. Bandanas, scarves, and face coverings made of sheer or loosely woven fabric are not permitted.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will occur outside to limit the number of people entering the building. Students being picked up early will be brought outside to meet their adult. Per recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, only students and essential adults will be authorized to enter learning spaces.
  • Staggered drop-off and pick-up times minimizes opportunities for transmission and reduces the number of people gathering in outdoor spaces simultaneously.
  • A CTC staff member has been trained in contact tracing by the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • We are collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of our staff through vaccinations and regular COVID-19 testing.
  • We will continue to enforce our “no food sharing” policy to protect students from allergens, food sensitivities, and dietary restrictions as well as COVID-19 spread.
  • We will continue to have hand sanitizer in every learning space and remind young people to wash their hands/sanitize frequently. Young people & adults must sanitize or wash their hands at the start of the camp day, before and after eating (including two snack breaks and lunch break), and before leaving.
  • Designated private spaces will be allocated for quarantining anyone who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the camp day until they are able to be picked up.

Final Sharings

  • We recognize the importance of providing an opportunity for students to share their hard work with their families, friends, and loved ones to celebrate the culmination of their hard work. Therefore, we are excited to bring back in-person sharing for each camp.
  • Each family will be provided no more than 3 tickets to the final sharing.
  • All audience members ages 12.5 and up must show proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test taken within 72-hours prior to your performance to attend the final sharing.

Register with Confidence

  • We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation and will continue to monitor the data and recommendations provided to us by the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and local leadership. If any in-person summer camps must be canceled due to increased cases, changes in regulations, or an infected student/staff member, families will be offered a full refund if the camp has not yet started or a pro-rated refund if the camp has begun. See full COVID-19 refund policies below.

In Case of Infection or Exposure

  • We will be following the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs if an individual involved in CTC’s In-Person Summer Camps experience one or more “less common” or “more common” symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or experiences close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • CTC reserves the right to cancel any in-person programming due to an increase in local cases, updated recommendations/regulations from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, or local leaders, or because of the exposure or infection of any participant or CTC staff member.
  • Families will be contacted about suspected exposure, confirmed exposure, presentation of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and positive COVID-19 cases in accordance with training and guidelines for contact tracing from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Preparing Your Student for In-Person Camp

  • If wearing a mask all day will be new for your student, practice wearing a mask at home for increasingly longer durations working up to the length of a full camp day. We recommend practicing different activities while wearing the mask including moving around, having conversations, and playing games.
  • Review the policies we have in place with your student and discuss why they are important.

There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or group gathering. This includes Children’s Theatre Company in-person summer camp programming. While we have taken the fullest safety measures possible to reduce the risk of exposure and infection, by participating in our in-person programming, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and any of its variants.

COVID-19 Safety Policies & Practices for School Year Education Classes

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2021


In addition to following all guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health, and our local leadership, Children’s Theatre Company is grateful to be developing our COVID-19 Safety Practices & Policies with the Minnesota Department of Health. We will be updating our practices and policies as guidelines change. 

We respect each families’ right to decide when they will return to in-person programming.

The availability of in-person programming is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Keeping Our Spaces Safe

We are able to offer in-person offerings due to the following features and practices at our facility in line with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. 

  • The CTC building has HVAC air filters bringing fresh air into the building throughout the day. Our HVAC system has been cleaned and tuned in preparation for classes. We have installed more robust filters to trap more contaminants, and we have maximized the amount of fresh air circulating in the building.
  • Nightly professional cleaning occurs in all learning spaces, bathrooms, hallways, elevators, and shared spaces.
  • Motion-sensing sinks, soap dispensers, and toilets eliminate high-touch surfaces in our bathrooms.
  • Drinking fountains will not be used. Instead, touch-free water bottle fillers will be available.
  • Door handles, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently with CDC & EPA recommended disinfectants.
  • Each learning space will operate at reduced capacity to ensure social distancing is easily achievable and our students have space to freely move/create. Capacity numbers may fluctuate in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines for group sizes.


Proof of Vaccine or Negative Test Requirement

In a commitment to ensure the safety of our young people and families, CTC will be requiring that only parents of students ages 3-5 are allowed in the education wing. All adults entering education spaces must show proof of vaccine.

Being fully vaccinated means completing your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior. Proof of vaccination or a negative test result must be shown when entering the building by showing your physical vaccination card or a digital representation of your vaccination card as a photo or via the Docket app.

Proof of a negative test result includes bringing a printed or digital copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours.

Vaccination and Testing Resources for Families


Mask Requirement

All guests and staff will be required to wear masks inside the building. Individuals must wear masks that fit securely around their face and cover the mouth and nose. Cloth or surgical masks should have two layers. Balaclavas, bandanas, face covers with exhaust valves or vents, masks made with mesh or lace type fabric, gaiters, scarves, and ski masks are prohibited. If any student comes with a prohibited mask, we will ask them to remove it and provide them with a medical-grade mask.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Until further notice drop-off and pick-up will occur outside the McMillan Family Lobby. CTC staff will be in the lobby to greet families and escort students down to the classrooms.

All in-person students and CTC staff will complete a daily temperature check upon arrival. Temperature checks will be done with a contactless thermometer. No one with a temperature higher than 100.4° will be permitted to enter the building. After a fever of more than 100.4°, young people and adults must wait 72 hours before returning to the building. We ask families to utilize the Minnesota Dept. Of Health’s Home Screen Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms daily with young people attending in-person class.

Register with Confidence

  • We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation and will continue to monitor the data and recommendations provided to us by the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and local leadership. If any in-person class must be canceled due to increased cases, changes in regulations, or an infected student/staff member, families will be offered a refund if the class has not yet started or a pro-rated refund if the class has begun.
  • If an in-person class closes due to COVID-19, we will provide an option to families transition to a virtual option. However, we recognize that virtual learning is not the best fit for each student, is not appropriate for full-day engagement, and does not serve as supervision in the same way our in-person classes do.

In Case of Infection or Exposure 

  • We will be following the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs if an individual involved in CTC’s In-Person classes experience one or more “less common” or “more common” symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or experiences close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • CTC reserves the right to cancel any in-person programming due to an increase in local cases, updated recommendations/regulations from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, or local leaders, or because of the exposure or infection of any participant or CTC staff member.
  • Families will be contacted about suspected exposure, confirmed exposure, presentation of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and positive COVID-19 cases in accordance with training and guidelines for contact tracing from the Minnesota Department of Health.

COVID-19 Refund Policies

A refund minus the $50 cancellation fee is given if, for any reason other than a positive COVID test, you cancel more than two weeks before your class/camp begins. If you cancel less than 2 weeks prior to the start of programming, for any reason other than a positive COVID test, no refund will be given.

A full refund is offered if CTC cancels an in-person class before the first day of programming or if your student tests positive for COVID-19 ten days prior to the start of programming with proof of positive test. Students may transfer into a future week of camp once they have received a negative COVID test.

If CTC makes the decision to end in-person instruction of a class after that class has begun, a prorated refund will be offered. The amount of the prorated refund will depend on how many days of in-person programming have been canceled. Families may also choose to have their remaining tuition processed as a credit on their CTC account for a future CTC purchase or donate the remaining balance.

Due to the limited availability, un-used extended care is nonrefundable and may not be transferred onto your account. An exception will be granted if CTC closes programming due to COVID-19 or if your student/ tests positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of camp.

No refund or credit will be issued if a student is registered for an age-inappropriate program and CTC staff determine it to be an unsuccessful fit.

Registration holds a student’s spot in a program, making it unavailable for other students to register for that spot. We hope your class is a great fit but if, after the first day of class, you choose not to continue, the Education staff is happy to switch you into an available program within the same session, but we will not issue a refund. After the second day of class, we are not able to accommodate class transfers.

For the safety of all students and staff, students who attend programming and refuse to wear their mask, wash their hands, or observe social distancing will be dismissed.

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic CTC reserves the right to amend/change these COVID Policies to ensure the safety of the campers and staff.  Families will be notified in writing of any changes or adjustments to these policies.