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, Minors and Child Protection.

Actor's Workout

ONGOING – Every other LAST Saturday of the month, 1-3pm

April 27, June 29

Are you looking for ways to keep your skills fresh between auditions?  Are you new to acting and don’t know where to start? Are you a bit rusty and want to practice with other people? Do you want to connect with the theatre community?

Actor’s Workout is an informal, ongoing workshop for actors of ANY level of experience.  Get feedback on a monologue, practice cold reads, or just observe and learn from others. 

Attend one or attend all; bring a friend or come by yourself.

LIMIT OF 20 PARTICIPANTS.  Must be 16+ to attend. 

Director's Roundtable

ONGOING – Every other 2nd Saturday of the month, 1-3pm

May 11, July 13

Join us for a series of Roundtable Discussions about topics related to directing. This is a time for local theatre directors to share ideas, get support, and build community in what is often a lonely job. 

Topics change monthly. Snacks will be provided.

Attend one or attend all; bring a friend or come by yourself.

LIMIT OF 20 PARTICIPANTS.  Must be 16+ to attend. 

March 10 Topic: Artistic Director Panel

Featuring Mark Valdez, Mixed Blood; Barbara Brooks, Six Points; Laura Tahja Johnson, Lyric Arts; Lily Tung Crystal, Theatre Mu; Joel Sass, Open Ey


Stage Management Workshop: Reports

Malka Key
Veteran Stage Manager

Saturday, April 20, 1-3pm

Communication is at the heart of what stage managers do, but what does that actually look like? In this workshop, we will dive into the details of rehearsal and performance reports, one of the key ways that stage managers keep the information flowing. Whether you are an experienced or aspiring stage manager or just curious about this aspect of theater, you are welcome to come learn and discuss!

NEW: Auditions for Beginners

Patti Gage
Theatre Instructor, Saint Paul College & Veteran Actor

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop is for acting newbies and those that have been away for a while and are looking to brush up their skills. Included will be basics such as 

  • Where do I find auditions?
  • What is a cold reading?
  • How do I choose a monologue?
  • What do I wear?

If you have a monologue you would like to work on, please bring it with you.

Age requirement: 16+  Maximum:  20 participants


Three Week Course: Model Making for Theater

Sadie Ward
Veteran Set Designer

Saturdays May 11, 18 & 25, 1-3pm

Learn the basics of model making with instruction by one of TRP’s scenic designers, Sadie Ward.  Each participant will create a model based on an existing example to learn a variety of model making techniques.  After this class, you should feel comfortable creating models to communicate set design ideas.  All supplies will be provided.  NOTE: This course uses approximately $100 worth of materials/student over the three weeks, so a Pay as You are Able materials fee will be charged, starting at $20. Age requirement: 18+  Maximum:  10 participants


Intro to Scenic Painting

Sadie Ward
Veteran Set Designer

Saturday, June 22, 1-3pm

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 such as woodgrain and stone.  This workshop fills up fast — and people love it!

Maximum:  10 participants


Scenic Painting Techniques: Marbling

Sadie Ward
Veteran Set Designer

Saturday, July 13, 1-3pm

Learn how to create faux marble with paint in this follow-up to our Intro to Scenic Painting course. Students will learn and practice several marbling techniques to use in scenic painting. Maximum:  10 participants, Pre-req: Intro to Scenic Painting

Thank you!

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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