Classes: Youth & Teen

Education Program & Classes

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.

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.

Fall 2017 Classes:

Final Showcase is taking place this Saturday, December 16!


There Are Still No Monkey’s In This Play

  • Ages 5 & 6
  • Saturdays, 9:00am-10:00am
  • October 7-December 16
  • Tuition:  $115

The Great Zambini is taking his famous monkey show on the road. But his little monkey’s have something else in mind…ESCAPE! Will the show go on or will the monkey’s be able to trick the Great Zambini?

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Dragons Love Tacos 2 

  • Ages 7-9
  • Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 10-December 12
  • Tuition:  $185

Everyone knows that dragons love tacos…just as long as they are not too spicy! So, when it is discovered that there are no more tacos, the dragons must cook up a plan to return tacos to the land. But will their plan work?

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Broadway Dance

  • Ages 9-11
  • Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 9-December 11
  • Tuition:  $185

Tackle this rich dance experience that will strengthen dance vocabulary, technique and performance skills. Learn about iconic choreography styles and perform a group dance number at our showcase! No previous dance experience required.

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Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew Travels Back in Time

  • Ages 10-14
  • Monday, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 9-December 11
  • Tuition:  $185

The Crew has another mystery to solve and this one will be sending them to another dimension! It all begins when they discover an old, cryptic message written to the Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew from the Sloppy Joe Adventure Crew!

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Intro to Musical Theatre

  • Ages 10-18
  • Tuesday, 4:30-6:00pm
  • October 10-December 12
  • Tuition:  $185

Learn the basics of vocal performance and audition techniques! Students will strengthen their voice and discover how to express character through song with group work and solos. Students will also learn various tips and tricks for auditioning for musicals.

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Section A:  Teen Dance Technique

  • Ages 13-18
  • Saturdays, 8:30am-10:00am
  • October 7-December 9
  • Tuition:  See Teen Class pricing below

Learn valuable dance technique and vocabulary in this rich dance experience. Work on strength, flexibility and specific dance skills that will carry you far in any dance musical. Explore iconic choreography styles and learn fun, dynamic combinations. No dance experience required.

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Section B:  Teen Acting Skills (360)

  • Ages:  13-18
  • Saturdays, 10:30am-Noon
  • October 7-December 9
  • Tuition:  See Teen Class pricing below

Students will be challenged to expand their acting skill set through various scene work and character development exercises. Each week students will be given scenes and exercises that will hone in on specific acting skills. Students will have the option to take the class as a technique-driven experience or perform a specific skill/scene in the 360 Showcase.

Students will have the option to perform in the 360 Showcase, Sunday, Jan. 7th at 7:00pm

Tech and Final Dress on January 6th and 7th (Times TBA)

There will be two Showcase Rehearsals scheduled leading up to the Showcase.

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Section C:  Teen 360 Performance Showcase

  • Ages:  13-18
  • Saturdays, Noon-1:30pm
  • October 7-December 9
  • Pricing:  See Teen Classes pricing below

Students will focus on in-depth musical theatre performance skills by learning group and solo musical numbers. With an emphasis on learning, retaining and performing choreography and song, this course models rigor, dedication and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. Students will perform in a showcase following this ten-week course.

360 Showcase is scheduled for Sunday, January  7th at 7:00pm

Tech and Final Dress on January 6th and 7th (Times TBA)

There will be two Showcase Rehearsals scheduled leading up to the Showcase.

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TEEN CLASS PRICING (for Sections A, B & C)

  • 1 Class:  $185 (Example: Teen Acting Skills — this is the only class you’d like to enroll in)
  • 2 Classes:  $250 (Example: Teen Dance Techqniue and Teen Acting Skills)
  • 3 Classes:  $300 (All three Teen classes — that’s 3 classes for $100 each!)


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Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism

September 13-November 15, 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 Fall Classes (2017)

All 2017 Fall Classes will be held at the Playhouse Conservatory located at 230 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802 (in the lower level of the Wells Fargo Building).

  • Registration Deadline: Monday, October 9 by 5:00pm.
  • An Education Open House will be held on Tuesday, October 3 from 4:30-6:00pm, and by attending, receive $10 off your class registrations!
  • All classes perform in a Final Showcase scheduled for Saturday, December 16, on the Depot Theatre stage. Times TBD.
  • Showcase tickets are $5 each 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 classes fill very quickly and we cannot guarantee placement. We will begin waitlists if needed.
  • 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 ‘Financial Assistance & Scholarship Information’ below.
  • Still have questions? Contact Lacy ( or the Box Office (218.733.7555 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 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 Education Department