Classes: Adults


Sign up for 2 or more classes & receive a Sign up for 2 or more classes/workshops & receive a
Once registered: come to the box office to get your beanie and let them know you’re getting the multiple class discount!

If you want the School of Performing Arts SPRING course catalog, click here!
(Seriously, you want the PDF above, it has all the details for the courses, takes you right to the registration for the classes you want.)

Prices for classes range from $95 – $160, depending on the class, you will find the details in the brochure above or when you click the link below the class listing.
NEW THIS SPRING: ONE DAY WORKSHOPS! (those are at the end of this page)

As adults, we often aren’t encouraged to keep learning–it’s something that gets reserved and prioritized for young people. But our Education Department knows that it doesn’t have to be either/or and that the best way to live a fulfilling life is to keep learning, create relationships and community, and to explore things you’re passionate about. 

We offer courses that fulfill a range of needs for our students. Whether you are a veteran performer looking to keep in artistic shape, somewhat new to the craft and want to gain more experience, or if you’re looking to explore how to engage with the theatre in a more discussion-based class while also building connections with like-minded people, we have classes for all needs.


Ages: 19+

Day: Thursday

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30pm

Courtney Laine Self


Ages: 19+

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00pm -3:30pm

Phillip Fazio

Ages: 19+
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wes Drummond
TAP Intermediate/Open

Ages: 19+

Day: Tuesday

Time: 5:40pm-6:40pm

Naomi Christenson


walks students through entire production process of Duluth Playhouse mainstage show, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime”

Peek behind the curtain with this lecture/discussion-based course where participants will follow Duluth Playhouse mainstage production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, from budget through design process through rehearsals and onto the stage. Participants will also have a chance to witness part of a blocking and tech rehearsal. Your guide through the course will be Director of Education Courtney Self (and special guests every class!) and whether your interest is getting more involved with the Playhouse, hearing from the people who make a production happen, building relationships with other people in the community, or simply curiosity, this class is a welcoming and creatively fulfilling space for all. A ticket to the show is included!!

for the theatre lover looking to learn about & read plays, in-depth discussions, create community

This class is like a Book Club–but with plays! Each week we will discuss and read parts of (only those who want to read will read) a different play, ranging in style. The discussions will range from dramaturgical concerns (playwright background, historical context, production history, etc) to plot/story analysis to character examination all the way to just talking about how the play made us feel. This class is appropriate for a wide range of experience levels, age, backgrounds, etc. The more diversity of experience the more rich and nuanced the discussions can be. Led by Duluth Playhouse’s Artistic Director, this class is a great place to build community and break up your normal daily routines by throwing in some creative discussions surrounding top-rate dramatic literature.

audition process–from first through getting cast, focus skills experience confidence  – new headshots 

This hands-on class will change how you feel about one of the scarier things in theatre: auditioning. The technique of auditioning is very different from rehearsals or performance, but traditional acting classes do little to address this very important aspect of being an actor. By exploring the individual facets of auditioning, each lesson will demystify the process and give the student a ton of practice and the room to try new things–from outfits to monologues, open call to callback, headshots to resumes, cold readings to responding to coaching from directors. New headshots included!

Tap: Intermediate/Open
creative/musical/physical outlet for all students. 

This class is an intermediate/open level, so it’s a great fit if you have some experience with tapping, or any form of choreography and want to expand your skills, or even if you’re just curious and open to learning something new while using your body. The structure of teaching tap dancing is progressive, which means variations are built into the curriculum and combinations that allow the student to choose their difficulty level. The physical component in this art form is combined with more deeply understanding and exploring rhythms and patterns. This type of mind-body connection helps with focus and memory in all areas of your life. 


WORKSHOPS • NEW THIS SPRING • One day • Build your skills


Date: Saturday May 6 • Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm  • Ages: 19+ • Instructor: Courtney Laine Self

Viewpoints is useful for performers as a way to expand how to act upon impulses and get more in touch with body, gesture, and movement. It’s also helpful to directors/choreographers/fight choreographers/etc as a way into generating and creating material. 


We’d be happy to assist you! Email Courtney: or