Classes: Youth & Teen

Education Program & Classes

Want to be notified of new and upcoming Education Programming? Call 218-733-7555 to get on our mailing list and to stay informed about upcoming performance and educational opportunities. You can also join our e-mail list.

NEW! Enrollment for Summer Week-Long Camps will open on March 16, 2017! See what camps we’re offering.


Summer 2017 Week-Long Camps

AGES 5 & 6


  • June 12-16 & July 10-14
  • 9am-Noon (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition:  $110

When you babysit your grandparents, you are very lucky indeed! Tips to keep them entertained include lots of snacks, covered in ketchup and chocolate! Yum! Need ideas for what to do on walks? Discover our handy field guide to finding magical lizards, fantastic fossils, and fairy houses. This amazing camp will teach you all the tricks to keep your grandparents busy and occupied on your next playdate or sleepover!  We can’t wait to show you all we have learned at Showcase!



  • June 19-23 & July 24-28
  • 9am-Noon (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition:  $110

Coyote is planning a barbecue and what does he want for supper? Grilled Javelinas with red chile sauce!  Josefina, Edwardo, and Julian have other ideas which include NOT being someone’s dinner so they build their houses from the spikiest, pokiest Seguaro cactus and tumbleweeds they can find. Our Javelina heroes and their friends just might outwit Coyote and give him his “just desserts” at Showcase!


THE MISCHEIVIANS  – inspired by the bestselling book by William Joyce

  • June 26-30
  • 9am-Noon (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition: $110

You have your suspicions. There are sock-stealing, mess-making, homework eating MONSTERS living in your house. But now there is proof. Follow Jane and Johnny as they learn all about the things that go bump in the night from the mysterious Dr. Zooper as he answers questions about magical creatures that make the unexpected happenings – happen. We just might catch a “Mischeivian” at Showcase!

AGES 7-9

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT – inspired by the world of Oliver Jeffers and back by popular demand!

  • June 12-16 & July 24-28
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition:  $185

The crayons have had it!! They are tired of being boxed in and coloring within the lines! Will they come to terms with their artistic differences? This colorful cast of characters speaks out in a hilarious effort to find their artistic freedom. Will they shed their labels in time to collaborate on a very important showcase? Stay tuned to find out!



  • June 26-30
  • 9am-3pm (Monday – Friday)
  • Tuition: $185

It’s tough being a kid in a family of Super Villains.  What makes it even tougher?  Secretly wanting to be a Super Hero!  Who ever heard of a Villain who wanted to be a Hero?! Our heroine is about to find out when the Super Villains decide to take over the Tower of Justice. What will she decide?  Will she be true to herself and become a Hero or stay with the Super Villains and conquer the Tower of Justice?



  • July 10-14
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition:  $185

Ada Twist is the new kid on the block, and Iggy Peck Architect lives next door. Iggy wants to build her a desk and a lab, and possibly a treehouse. Ada is a scientist and can’t wait to show Iggy her chemistry set, the planetarium, and her botany collection. Both will have to come to terms with how to share their skills and make friends in the neighborhood by the time showcase comes on Friday!

AGES 10-14


  • June 19-23
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition:  $185

Jaden is invited to attend Jedi Academy, a special school for promising young Jedis’ in training. Together with new friends Rosh, Alora, and a young Wookie named Soncha, they navigate their first year of school. Soon they are on a dangerous mission led by none other than Luke Skywalker! Will they defeat Darth Vader? You will have to fly into Showcase to find out!



  • July 17-21
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition:  $185

This camp introduces the important behind-the-scenes parts of putting on a show. Learn to design and program lights and sound, build a set, create costumes, and stage manage a production. There is so much to make and learn in the world of theatre. Students gain hands-on experience programming and engineering the many things that make a show… go!


THE WHITE ROSE – based on a true story

  • July 24-28
  • 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Tuition:  $185

This is a true life adventure of Sophie and Hans Scholl who led a student resistance against the Nazis during WWII. Their commitment to fighting for what was right in the face of incredible odds led to the formation of The White Rose, a powerful group of young people standing up to Hitler’s regime. Inspired by the best- selling book by Russell Freedman, this dramatic interpretation explores the exciting story which inspired generations of writers such as JK Rowling (Harry Potter series) and Suzanne Collins ( The Hunger Games trilogy).

Spring Classes for Youth

Ages 5 & 6: Acting Class
Bear & Hare Play a Trick!
Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of a classic American Folk Tale. This story celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship.  Meet Coyote, Wolf, and the other forest creatures who help Hare in this magical tale!

  • Saturdays 9 am – 10 am
  • February 11-April 22
  • Tuition: $100

Ages 7-9: Acting Class
The Plot Chickens: A Barnyard Noir
Mystery abounds as the whodunit unfolds on Farm.  Typewriting, gum-shoeing Maxine McClukens — who moonlights as a detective — has to solve the crime!  Meet a slew of suspicious characters, and help solve the mystery before night falls!

  • Tuesdays 4:30-6 pm
  • February 7-April 22
  • Tuition: $175

Ages 10-14: Acting Class
Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew: The Mystery of Red Writing Hood
There’s a new kid at school. Red wants to change her story and only the Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew and help her. Can they solve the mystery and make Red part of the gang before midnight?  Only the shadow knows!

  • Mondays 4:30-6 pm
  • February 6-April 22
  • Tuition: $175


Spring Classes for Teens

Ages: 10-18: Acting & Dance Class
Intro to Musical Theatre: Acting in Song & Dance
Ready for the next step? Looking for a challenge? Learn to sing, act, and dance and become a triple threat. This class is for those who have some performance experience and want to take their training to the next level. Previous experience is suggested, and material changes each semester. Please call Kate Horvath, Artistic and Education Director of the Playhouse Children’s Theatre with questions (218-733-7574).

  • Tuesday, 4:30-6pm
  • February 7-April 22
  • Tuition: $175

NEW!! Age 10-18: Technical Theatre Class
Learn the Business of Backstage!
This camp introduces the important behind-the-scenes parts of putting on a show.  Learn to design and program lights and sound, build a set, create costumes, and stage manage a production.  There is so much to make and learn in the world of theatre.  Students gain hands-on experience programming and engineering the many things that make a show… go!

  • Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6pm
  • February 7-April 22 (Students present at showcase)
  • Tuition: $175

Age 13-18: Dance Class
Teen Dance Technique: Jazz & Tap
Learn essential dance technique in Jazz, Tap, & Ballet to advance your skills on stage. Great ready for auditions, have fun and get your groove on!

  • Saturdays, 8:30am-10am
  • February 11-April 9 (No showcase performance)
  • Tuition: $175

Age 13-18: 360* Advanced Theatre Training
21 Chump Street
Exploring the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda and other new works, playwrights, and composers.

*Pre-requisites apply. Students must have taken at least 2 sessions of Intro to Musical Theatre: Acting in Song & Dance or 1 summer Teen Intensive, or have equivalent experience by Artistic & Education Director approval.  Call Kate with questions (218-733-7555).

  • Saturdays: 10:30 am-1 pm
  • February 11 – Showcase TBA
  • Tuition: $250*

*Take 360* Theatre and Teen Dance Technique for only $300! (That’s 2 classes for $300!)

 Register Now



Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism
This theatre class is a collaboration with the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders for children with Autism and related spectrum disorders with the ability to follow directions with assistance.  This class uses theatre to foster social skills and communication development for children ages 5-9. Stage Play is made possible by funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board! Contact Tamara Pogin at

Additional Information about Spring Classes 2017

All classes will be held at the Playhouse Conservatory (230 W. Superior Street Wells Fargo, 3rd Avenue West entrance) unless otherwise noted.

  • Registration Deadline: Noon, Monday, February 6, 2017.
  • Open House is Wednesday, February 1 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Playhouse Conservatory. Attend, meet class instructors and receive $10 off class registrations.
  • Receive a multi-camp or multi-child discount of $10 when registering either for multiple sessions or multiple children.
  • The semester showcase performance will be Saturday, April 22. The showcase performs at 11am, and student call time will be determined by each class instructor. Tickets are $3 at the door.
  • All classes participate in the final showcase performance on the Playhouse Main Stage with the exception of Teen Dance Technique and 360* Theatre (360* Theatre hosts a private showcase for their class).
  • Classroom spaces are available for drop-off 15 minutes prior to class time. Please also be prompt in picking up your child.
  • Register online,call 218.733.7555 to enroll over the phone, or download and mail this registration form.
  • Need-based scholarships are available. Please see below.
  • Still have questions? Contact Kate Horvath at 218.733.7574 or


Financial Assistance & Scholarship Information

Email Kate at for further details. If interested in a scholarship for your child’s classes with the Playhouse Education Program, download the Scholarship Application.


The Duluth Playhouse Education Program is committed to providing exciting, innovative, and quality theatre arts education for the Northeast Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin regions. We believe that theatre is a fully active art form- engaging the mind and body so that learning is layered and lasting. Our education program focuses on teaching performing arts skills to engage the creative minds and develop the talents of our students. We have an array of creative, fun, and challenging opportunities for all ages to explore the power of performance. It is more than just a play, it is a life-long skill building experience.



The Playhouse aims to provide and experience for young theatre professionals to help grow their resume and develop skills that are directly applicable to their field. It is the goal of the Playhouse to provide a fostering relationship with budding artists, mentoring them in the practical theatre arts world and providing an opportunity to work with one of the most prominent community theatres in the region. Internships are currently unpaid but scheduling is flexible to best fit the department needs and intern’s availability.

Prospective interns should:

  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • be knowledgeable in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • have an interest in working in a highly collaborative environment.
  • be able to commit to at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks.
  • Education Interns must have some availability between 9 am and 6 pm, Monday- Friday.
  • Scenic, Sound and Stage Management interns may be more varied hours, and will include evening hours.

Interns will get an opportunity to design, teach, stage manage and work within desired artistic emphasis, make connections within the regional theatre scene and with area artists. Qualified individuals will also have the opportunity to be hired on for paid positions within the Main Stage or Children’s Theatre season.

Download Internship Form»


Internships are available in the following areas:

Education Internship

Intern will assist a Duluth Playhouse teaching artist with Education classes, taking in registration and keeping the registration documentation current as well as assisting with the planning and implementation of teacher training sessions. They will take part in creating the study guides for the Children’s theatre main stage seasons. Intern will distribute study guides to schools attending the school matinee performance, and manage school groups on the day of these performances. They will also assist in the planning and participation of festivals and community events that the Education program may take part in. Qualified individuals will have the opportunity to teach summer camps or assistant direct the Junior Intensive production, which are paid opportunities.

Scenic and Stage Crew Internship

Intern will hold and commit to a scenic crew position for the main stage and/or children’s theatre productions. As such, they will be required to attend the strike and assist with the build of all shows during their twelve week internship. Previous carpentry, scenic building and crew experience preferred. Qualified individuals will have the opportunity to serve as tech director for the Playhouse summer camps, which is a paid position.

Stage Management Internship

Intern will assist the production manager with the day to day activities of managing theatre productions at the Duluth Playhouse as well as other management duties. Intern will work on running crew for one production and assistant stage manage one production. Qualified individuals will have the opportunity to stage manage a Children’s Theatre summer program production, which is a paid position. Individual should be organized, have strong communication skills and a general knowledge of theatre production.

Sound Internship

Intern will assist sound designer on shows during the Children’s Theatre or Main Stage season, and will serve as Board Op and Mic Wrangler as needed. Qualified individuals will have the opportunity to design sound for one of the Children’s Theatre summer program productions, which is a paid opportunity. Applicant should have some sound experience and some realized or unrealized sound design experience.

Directing Internship

Intern will serve as an Assistant Director in at least one Playhouse production and will be expected to attend auditions, rehearsals and production meetings.  This opportunity is open to applicants of all levels of experience who are looking for opportunities to become more involved with the Playhouse organization.

Interested in applying? Download Internship Form»

Applications for the fall/winter of 2016-17 are due by September 18, 2016. Email applications in PDF format to

Mail applications to:
506 W Michigan Street
Duluth, MN 55802
c/o Kate Horvath