Adult Classes & Workshops

What’s new, and coming soon 

Theater classes for adults return this February!

Classes offer adults the opportunity to work alongside professional theater artists to explore and develop their skills as artists and creative thinkers. Offerings will include our most popular classes plus training pathways for theater artists looking to pursue a career onstage. We encourage you to check this space often for exciting opportunities.

If you have questions or feedback, drop us a line at classes@guthrietheater.org.

 

February classes

MUSICAL THEATER with Stephen DiMenna
Explore acting, song and movement in this engaging introduction to musical theater! Over the course of four weeks, you’ll develop skills to use your body and voice to express an emotional journey, and work collaboratively to communicate the ideas, story and staging of popular songs from the American musical theater canon.

No experience necessary; all levels are welcome.

Tuesdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Guthrie Theater, Classroom 1 & 2

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PLAYWRITING with Marisa Carr (ONLINE)
In this four-week class, award-winning playwright Marisa Carr will help you develop tools to empower your voice as a writer. Explore story structure in the context of Western dramaturgy, engage in the art of imagining worlds and describing characters, and discover how you can turn your idea into a play. By the end of the course, students may complete an outline, a few scenes or even the first draft of a play — all within a supportive virtual classroom environment. 

No experience necessary; all levels are welcome.

Thursdays: February 9, 16, 23 and March 2 | 6:30–8 p.m.

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VOICE & SPEECH with Mira Kehoe
Develop the skills and confidence to authentically express yourself through personal communication, public speaking opportunities or performance. In this four-week class, students will explore the basic principles of voice and speech, including breath, resonance, range, articulation, projection, phrasing and expression. As a participant, you’ll engage in assigned readings, experiential exercises and thoughtful discussions, and apply your newly developed skills to material of your choice. 

No experience necessary; all levels are welcome.

Tuesdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Guthrie Theater, Classroom 3

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HOW TO SPEAK SHAKESPEARE with William Sturdivant
This four-week class is designed to introduce you to speaking and acting Shakespeare. Through various individual, partner and group exercises, you’ll discover the playfulness of this highly poetic (and sometimes overwhelming) genre. Each class builds upon the previous week’s lesson, combining new techniques with basic acting principles. By the end of the course, you will have an audition-ready monologue and the tools to interpret and speak Shakespeare!

Foundational acting experience recommended.

Mondays: February 6, 13, 20, 27 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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March classes

SLAY with Brian Bose
Feel sexy, fierce and powerful while learning fun choreography, grooving to music and dancing your way to empowerment. This class creates an open environment to get your cardio up, move your body and challenge yourself. Strip away fears and perfectionism while learning how to get out of your own way so you have no choice but to slay.

No dance experience necessary. 

Mondays and Wednesdays: March 6, 8, 13, 15, 2022, 27, 29 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Guthrie Theater, Rehearsal Room 2

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STAGE COMBAT with Aaron Preusse
In this course, you’ll learn what goes into creating moments of violence on stage and film. From slaps and punches to pushing and choking, you will build foundational knowledge of how to perform basic techniques with safety and believability. We will also explore what the audience perceives versus what the character's intentions and the actor’s reality. This is a movement course open to all experience levels.

No experience necessary; all levels are welcome.

Thursdays: March 9, 16, 23, 30 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Guthrie Theater, Classroom 1 & 2

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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE with Eli Sibley
The Alexander Technique is the “glue” that integrates acting, voice, speech and movement training. At the technique's heart is the conviction that we are perfectly designed to express an impulse with honesty. As a psychophysical tool for body, breath, and imagination, it teaches actors how to release habitual tension and instead bring ease, presence, and choice to performance. In this class, you’ll learn the principles of the technique and the art of self-direction, using warm-up, monologues and partnering work. This class is experiential, asks for curiosity and invites exploration. Beginners are welcome.

This is a hands-on technique class, and students are encouraged to dress for movement (no sleeveless shirts, shorts or jeans), wear layers and bring a yoga mat/towel for floor work.

No experience necessary; all levels are welcome.

Tuesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Guthrie Theater, Classroom 1 & 2

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VOICE & SPEECH with Mira Kehoe (ONLINE)
Develop the skills and confidence to authentically express yourself through personal communication, public speaking opportunities or performance. In this four-week class, students will explore the basic principles of voice and speech, including breath, resonance, range, articulation, projection, phrasing and expression, and release of excessive tension. You’ll engage in assigned readings, experiential exercises and thoughtful discussions, and apply your newly developed skills to material of your choice.

No experience necessary; all levels are welcome.

Tuesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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ACTING THE SONG with Stephen DiMenna
Ready to enhance your audition and performance skills so you can land a role in a musical? In this class, you’ll be guided through the process integrating text, music and story, and how to build an emotional arc for your character. This course is designed to support early career actors and singers in bringing a well-rounded performance to a musical theater song — strengthening both vocal and physical delivery. After four weeks, you will have at least one audition-ready piece in your songbook!

Foundational musical theater experience recommended

Tuesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Guthrie Theater, Classroom 3

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