Classes & Workshops

Theatre 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.

PLEASE NOTE: any registrant under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

For more information, call 612-333-2919 ext. 102 or email Toni@theatreintheround.org  

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Theatre Policies

All company members must review and agree to our policies on Anti-Discrimination and Non-Harassment, Code of Conduct, and Minors.

Auditions: Brush up your Monologue

Larisa Netterlund
Managing Director and Veteran Director

Tuesday, February 7, 7-9pm

Preparing for an audition that requires a monologue? Working on something new? Need an acting outlet between shows? This workshop is for you!  Everyone in this informal session will get a chance to perform and be coached on a monologue. Practice, get feedback, try something new, and connect with other actors!

Bring a monologue to work on if you have it – otherwise they will be provided.


Intro to the Sewing Machine

Carolann Winther
Costume Shop Supervisor and Veteran Designer

Saturday, February 18, 1-3pm

Sewing Machine Essentials – 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.


Director Roundtable: Communicating with Designers

Open Discussion Facilitated by Peter Moore
Twin Cities Director and Artistic Director of Stage North

Saturday, March 11, 1-3pm

Learn from your fellow directors about how to collaborate and communicate with designers during this round table discussion. 

Directing in the Round: Arena Blocking 101

George Roesler
Veteran Director

Saturday, March 25, 1-3pm

How do you block when the action is in 360 degrees? How do you direct actors without upstage/downstage and stage left/right?  How do you use the Voms?  What even is a vom? If you are curious about directing in the round, this workshop is for you!

Basics of Scenic Painting

Sadie Ward
Veteran Designer

Saturday, April 22, 1-4pm

Learn by doing basic painting in our scene shop with instruction and guidance by one of TRP’s scenic designers, Sadie Ward.  After this class, you should feel comfortable assisting with basic scenic painting tasks.  Maximum:  10 participants.

Lighting Crew Workshop TBD

Camille Holthaus
Veteran Designer


A hand-on workshop for learning how to do light crew.  More info and sign up coming soon. 

Intro to Set Design

Sadie Ward
Veteran Designer

Saturday, May 20, 1-3pm

A presentation by scenic designer Sadie Ward on the basics of set design for all stage types – proscenium, thrust, and arena.

Green Theatre: Designing with Sustainability in Mind

Sadie Ward
Veteran Designer and Founder of the Twin Cities Green Theatre Alliance

Saturday, June 17, 1-3pm

Using the set of Sherwood as an example, scenic designer Sadie Ward will discuss how to design with sustainability in mind from material choice and disposal to concept and collaboration. 


Listen to a library of podcasts on a variety of TRP theatre topics, including:

  • Leading a Volunteer Tech Crew on December 7, 2019
  • Directors’ Panel: Miriam Monasch & Dan Foss on October 19, 2019
  • 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