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.

NOW ENROLLING:  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!

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  • 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!

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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!

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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!

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  • 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?

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  • 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!

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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!

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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).

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AGES 10-18


  • 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!

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By audition only. All spots for Summer 2017 Intensives are filled.


Junior Intensive (ages 8-13):  Honk JR: The Musical! 

Rehearses: May 31-June 10 from 6-9 pm  |  June 13-24 from 9am-3 pm

Performs: June 23, 24 and 25, 2017

Tuition: $275


Teen Intensive (ages 13-18): Legally Blonde: The Musical & William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rehearses: July 10- August 11 from 9am-3pm

Performs: August 10-13 & 17-20, 2017

Tuition: $400



Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism

May 10-July 19, 2017  |  Wednesdays at 4:30pm in the Underground Theatre (in the Depot at 506 W. Michigan St.)
A theatre class for 5-9-year-olds on the autism spectrum with verbal skills and the ability to follow directions with some assistance, this class uses theatrical arts to foster social skills and communication development. This is an ongoing collaboration with the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders and the Playhouse Children’s Theatre & Education Program.

All caregivers are required to give a brief intake interview so that staff can be better prepared to make this a great acting experience for your child. Contact Tamara Pogin at

Stage Play is made possible by funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Additional Information about 2017  Summer Camps

All 2017 summer camps will be held at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) campus in the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC) at 1215 Ordean Court, Duluth, Minn., 55812.

  • Registration Deadline: Monday, June 12 by 5:00pm.
  • All showcases are held on the final Friday of each camp week at 5:00pm, and perform at UMD’s Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC).
  • Showcase tickets are $5 and sold at the door (children ages 6 and under are free).
  • Receive a multi-camp or multi-child discount of $10 when registering either for multiple sessions or multiple children.
  • There will be no refunds after the first day of any Playhouse experience.
  • Register early as camps fill very quickly and we cannot guarantee placement. We will take waitlists for high-demand camps.
  • 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 at 218.733.7574 or


Financial Assistance & Scholarship Information

Email the Playhouse Box Office at or call 218.733.7555 for further details. If interested in a scholarship to assist in helping pay for your child’s classes, please download and mail in our 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.

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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. The 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»

Email applications in PDF format to

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