Workshops & Seminars

Photo of volunteers at strikeTheatre in the Round offers free workshops and seminars with veteran designers, guest artists, and others as part of its mission to develop the theatre arts in the community.

Upcoming events will be offered in lighting, stage managing, sets, props, and more. Details on these events will be posted as they become available.

For more information, call 612-333-2919 ext. 102 or email


Lighting in the Round
Saturday, March 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Arena lighting or lighting in the round takes the lighting designer’s job to a new level of complexity. With the audience all around the stage, every light may act as front, side, and back light and the number of fixtures needed for basic looks multiplies. With few places to dump extra light, control of every beam is paramount and compromises abound. This discussion of arena lighting will cover important questions for the arena Lighting Designer to ask their director, lighting formulas developed and refined at TRP to simplify your area lighting, some creative ideas for using a stage floor as your cyc, and plenty of time for questions and discussion. We’ll take a look at examples of these elements using the design of Little Women and participants will have a chance to move around the arena seating to demonstrate how one system looks from many angles. This workshop is free but registration is limited; to enroll CLICK HERE.


Intro to Costume Construction: The Sewing Machine
Saturday, March 30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Learn to operate a sewing machine. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the principal parts of the machine and its correct use. Students will be assigned their own machines and will practice basic machine sewing techniques. This workshop is free but registration is limited; to enroll CLICK HERE.


Intro to Costume Construction: Fasteners
Saturday, April 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Lost a button? Need to add a snap? Join us to learn hands-on how to attach buttons, snaps, and other fasteners. Discussion will include the different ways fasteners are used on personal clothing vs. costumes for the stage. All materials will be provided. This workshop is free but registration is limited; to enroll CLICK HERE.



Click on the logo at left for podcasts of:

The Mechanics of Stage Managing on January 12, 2019

Directors’ Panel: Kari Steinbach & Seth Kaltwasser on November 17, 2018

Directors’ Panel: Mary Cutler & Brian Joyce on October 13, 2018

Intro to Scenic Design on May 12, 2018

A Stage Manager’s Calling on March 3, 2018

Color Theory on November 18, 2017

Props to the Prop Designer (part two!) on October 28, 2017

Props to the Prop Designer on September 30, 2017

Lighting in the Round Panel Discussion on May 13, 2017

Auditioning Panel Discussion on September 26, 2016

Scenic Design and Direction Panel Discussion on May 9, 2016