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

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

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. 


Six Week Directing for Theatre - FULL

Craig Johnson
Veteran Twin Cities Director

June 22-July 27: Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am

Veteran Twin Cities director Craig Johnson leads a six-week class exploring all aspects of directing for the theatre. Topics include effective script analysis, conducting auditions and casting, managing a design team, working with actors, the basics of staging, shaping a rehearsal process, and more. Whether you are looking to break into directing, want to sharpen existing skills, or are just interested to learn about a central aspect of theatre-making, this class is for you!  


Craig Johnson has worked on nearly 300 productions as a director and actor over the past forty years, and he directed and adapted The Seagull earlier this year at TRP. He has taught directing at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University. Recognition includes Ivey awards for directing and acting, and Theatre Artist of the Year from City Pages and Lavender magazine.  

Maximum:  20 participants. Ages 16+

NOTE: Pay-As-You-Are-Able Pricing with a minimum $30 ($5/class period) to cover costs. 


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


Foundations of Prop Design

Mary Kaeding & Bobbie Smith
Veteran Props Designers

Saturday, July 20, 1-3pm

Stage props are performers, too. A well-designed and produced stage prop supports and enhances the show, informing the audience about the setting, the period, the character, and the story; and even providing emotional subtext that elevates and enhances the experience for actors and audience alike. Learn from two experienced props designers about best practices for props design, including research, production requirements, approaches to building and sourcing materials, budgets, and lessons learned. Bring your questions or props project!


Scenic Painting Techniques: Marbling

Sadie Ward
Veteran Set Designer

Saturday, July 20, 1-3pm *New Date*

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


Intro to Tools

Madeline Achen & Cory Skold
Technical Directors

Sunday, August 4, 10:30am-12:30pm

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your confidence with tools, or just expand on your current knowledge, this is the workshop for you. We’ll be covering the basics of both hand and power tools commonly used in theatre and in daily life, focusing on safety, accessibility, and sustainability. LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS. Must be 16+ to participate.

Madeline Achen is TRP’s Technical Director and Safety Coordinator. She loves a bit of creative problem solving and re-using materials whenever possible. Cory Skold is one of the Technical Directors at Lyric Arts in Anoka. His ability to plan out any build from A to Z is second to none! They share a common philosophy that everyone can learn to use tools, an appreciation for shop safety, and a cat. 


Director's Panel: Understanding Scope

This panel discussion will include Addie Gorlin-Han and Derek “Duck” Washington and will be led by Scott Gilbert.

Monday, August 5, 3-5pm

Calling all Theatre Directors looking to enhance your craft and navigate the production process with confidence! Our roundtable is specifically designed to help you better understand scope and logistical nuances across a wide range of theatrical projects.

We will discuss how to effectively manage resources, establish realistic production timelines, and maximize options within a budget. Acquire valuable insights into seamless collaboration with producers and theatre companies to preserve their brand integrity and uphold the highest standards of production quality. We will provide guidance on overseeing technical elements such as sound and lighting coordination, as well as ensuring smooth transitions through rehearsals and tech week and into performances. Bring your questions because this is an opportunity to address challenges proactively and enrich your directing skill set.


Unlocking the Booth: the Art of Stage Management

Led by Malka Key & Scott Gilbert

Veteran Stage Managers

Tuesday, August 6, 3-5pm

Have you ever wondered about the mysterious world of stage management and the intricacies that make live performances come to life seamlessly? Required skills go beyond just communication and organization. Stage Management is the heartbeat of every production, ensuring smooth coordination and flawless execution. In this workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into the essential elements that drive the magic of theater, from crafting detailed rehearsal reports and providing precise line notes to orchestrating tech week and delivering the cues that guide actors and crew members throughout the show. We’ll discuss our experiences in the art of multitasking, problem-solving on the fly, and maintaining calm amidst the chaos – all crucial aspects of an SM’s toolkit.

Whether you’re a seasoned stage manager looking to sharpen your skills, an aspiring novice eager to venture into this vital role, or simply curious about the behind-the-scenes dynamics of theater, you’re sure to learn from the experiences that we’ll share as we present our perspectives on this pivotal role in bringing theatrical productions to life.


Emergency Costume Repair

Emma Kravig

Costume Shop Supervisor & Veteran Designer

Wednesday, August 7, 3-5pm

Costume issues at the last minute?  Don’t panic!  This class will give an overview of several basic hand sewing techniques that can be used to repair costumes quickly backstage. In this class we will go over and practice the correct techniques for replacing a button, repairing a fallen hem, and mending a split seam. Perfect for stage managers and performers alike.  LIMIT OF 8 PARTICIPANTS. Must be 14+ to attend.


Stage Combat: Knives

Mason Tyer

Certified Teacher for the Society of American Fight Directors

Thursday, August 8, 3-5pm

Stage combat, more than choreography and a series of tricks, is a performance craft which builds the most dangerous moments within a play. In this class focused on using knives, students will learn the foundational scene partner and audience skills to share safe and dramatically effective theatrical violence. Come stab your friends!  Limit of 16 participants. Must be 16+ to attend.

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