Adult Classes & Workshops

Explore, create and collaborate … online!

Our virtual classes for adults ages 18 and up are designed for all interests and skill levels. If you’re looking to build on your previous stage experience, dabble in theater just for fun or improve your communication skills at work, we’ve got just the thing. We also offer free classes for Native artists

Apply for a scholarship, view our FAQs or email classes@guthrietheater.org for more information. For the youth in your life, you’ll want to check out this exciting lineup

We add more virtual classes throughout the season, so check back often!

Three ways to get creative

  • Introductory classes are ideal for all experience levels and feature performance-style classes as well as offerings designed to support personal and professional growth.

  • Intermediate classes offer follow-up classes to our introductory offerings to help you grow your creative toolkit.

  • Advanced classes offer next-level training for professional actors and performers. 

NOTE: Our multilevel acting classes are designed to build a foundation in voice, physicality and process. The prerequisites listed will help guide you through a holistic training to expand your craft.

Introductory 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. Capacity: 30 participants.

Insider tip: Registration is ongoing, so drop in at any time!

  • Dates: Mondays, January 11 – April 26 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. CST (no class on the first Monday of each month)
  • Class Fee: Pay as able ($20 per class is recommended)
  • Instructor: Brian Bose (watch his TEDx Talk)

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AUDIO STORYTELLING: CREATING FOR PODCASTS, RADIO PLAYS AND BEYOND
Stories have been told orally since the beginning of time. Although the nuts and bolts of good storytelling remain the same across all mediums, audio formats require sounds, music and language to do the heavy lifting. While film is a visual medium and theater is a live experience, audio-based storytelling asks the listener to participate from an intimate, solitary place and bring to life the people, places and events they hear in the playground of their imagination.

This course will focus on the creation and adaptation of stories for various audio-based formats and explore the writing and devising of stories through soundscaping, dialogue, narration and prerecorded elements. These tools may be used in countless creative ways to create nonfiction, fiction and hybrid-format stories.

Each week, you will listen, discuss and write in a different medium as well as identify the key defining creative and technical elements within each medium. No prerequisite. Capacity: 12 participants.

  • Dates: Sundays, April 25 – June 6 | 2–4 p.m. CDT (no class May 30)
  • Class Fee: $225
  • Instructor: Michael Curran-Dorsano

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RELEASE AND RECHARGE: MOVEMENT FOR ALL BODIES
Rediscover your movement with gentle exercises designed to retrain how your nervous system holds tension, relieve chronic pain and revitalize your mobility. Experience simple, accessible movements performed on a mat or seated in a chair that will restore a sense of well-being in your body and mind while developing an awareness of your movement patterns and postures. Designed for all ages and abilities to help you move through daily life with ease! No prerequisite. Capacity: 15 participants.

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ACTING: VOICE AND SPEECH FOR THE ACTOR 
Learn the basic principles of voice and speech, including breath, resonance, range, articulation, projection, phrasing, expression and release of excessive tension. Through assigned readings, experiential exercises, class discussions and practical application of skills, you’ll build a strong foundation of vocal practice. This is a prerequisite for several intermediate classes. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: Building a strong vocal foundation is a necessary step for actors. Continue your vocal training with our intermediate The Actor’s Voice class.

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PLAYWRITING I: ON THE SCENE
Have you ever imagined characters and been inspired to bring them to life on the page? What does it take to write an engaging scene and captivate an audience? Discover the key ingredients of a great drama or comedy, and use this six-week class as a building block toward creating your own masterpiece. No prerequisite. Capacity: 10 participants. 

Insider tip: Whether you are starting from scratch or have a play in progress, this class will help you take your work where you want it to go. Our intermediate Playwriting II class is a great follow up that can help you further sharpen your skills.

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THE CANON SERIES: LATINO THEATER COMPANY
With roots in the 1970s Chicano Theater Movement, the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles creates thought-provoking artistic work that challenges the narrative that the U.S. Latinx experience is a mere “minority experience.” In addition to reading essential plays, you’ll learn about the company’s 30+ years of ensemble-based experimentation while discussing their advocacy through the Latinx Theatre Commons, theater festivals and community initiatives that nurture generations of emerging Latinx artists. All experience levels welcome. Capacity: 18 participants.

  • Dates: Wednesdays, April 7 – May 5 | 6:308:30 p.m. CST
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: David Melendez 

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ACTING: THEATER BASICS
Through a variety of theater exercises, you’ll explore the fundamentals of acting and create a foundation for continued training in improvising, building a theater vocabulary, performing in front of an audience and approaching text. All experience levels welcome. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: Our intermediate Creating a Character class is a great follow up to Theater Basics. We also recommend building your vocal foundation with Voice and Speech for the Actor, which will meet the prerequisite for many of our intermediate classes.

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PRESENTATION AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Our bodies, faces and voices tell stories about who we are, communicating verbally and nonverbally in ways we don’t even realize. It’s time to take control of your story! Learn specific verbal and nonverbal skills that give you the confidence to be your best self and respond in authentic, spontaneous and mindful ways. This practical class covers interviewing, presentation skills, meeting management and networking. No prerequisite. Capacity: 12 participants. 

Insider tip: This class is ideal for business professionals or individuals who want to boost their networking and presentation skills. 

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ACTING: IMPROV 
We all miss seeing live shows at our favorite local theaters, but improv is alive and well online. From timing and games to on-the-spot character creation, this anything-can-happen class will have you feeling spontaneous and confident onstage before you can say, “Yes, and!” No prerequisite. Capacity: 10 participants. 

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VOICEOVER I 
Are you curious about the world of radio and broadcasting? Discover your vocal range and explore the necessary skills required to deliver the copy, impress the client and sell the product. Learn the basics of choosing the right piece, reading commercial copy and more. All experience levels welcome. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: We also offer Voiceover II so you can build on your skills.

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Intermediate classes

ACTING: CREATING A CHARACTER
Strengthen your imagination, focus your concentration and hone your listening skills by delving into the creation of original and scripted characters. Building on the skills and concepts introduced in Theater Basics, this class will explore a variety of approaches for character development and empower actors to find their unique approach to character work. Prerequisite: Theater Basics or equivalent experience. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: This class is a great follow up to Theater Basics. Continue adding to your toolkit with our Heightened Text and Self-tape workshops, The Actor’s Voice or Studio Intensive: Scene Study class. 

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ACTING II: THE ACTOR’S VOICE
This six-week class aims to unlock the actor’s voice by continuing the work explored in Voice and Speech for the Actor. Through extensive work with breath, resonance, range, articulation, projection, phrasing, expression and body-mind exercises, you will set personal goals and be supported as you develop a daily practice to improve your skills and expression. Prerequisite: Voice and Speech for the Actor or equivalent experience. Capacity: 12.

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ACTING: THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
Developed more than 120 years ago, the Alexander Technique has been used as a powerful tool for actors to integrate voice, speech and movement. At its heart is the conviction that we are perfectly designed to express an impulse with honesty. Through this psychophysical tool for body, breath and imagination, actors learn how to release habitual tension and instead bring freedom, poise and presence to their performance. This experiential class focuses on the technique’s principles and the art of self-direction using warm-up, monologue and partnering work, all designed to help you be comfortable in your own skin and create onstage intensity without tension. Prerequisite: Voice and Speech for the Actor,  Theater Basics or equivalent experience. Capacity: 12 participants.

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PLAYWRITING II
Ideal for writers who are ready to share their work, this eight-week playwriting class will refine your style and techniques by crafting a piece with the help and feedback of the instructor and your peers. Dive into valuable writing exercises, participate in group readings and learn how a playwright takes their work from the page to the stage. You’ll read scenes and excerpts from your work and hear the text brought to life by performers — an invaluable resource for any playwright. Prerequisite: Playwriting I or equivalent experience. Capacity: 10 participants.

  • Dates: Mondays, April 5 – May 24 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. CST
  • Class Fee: $300
  • Instructor: Josh Tobiessen

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VOICEOVER II 
Serious about pursuing voiceover work? Learn about audition etiquette, copy analysis, handling anxiety and self-promotion from leading players in the industry. Previous guest speakers have included Mike Stalcar, Engineer, Audio Ruckus Recording Studio; Holly Collison, Vocal Coach; and Kate Lawrence, Voiceover Talent Agent, Moore Creative. Prerequisite: Voiceover I or equivalent experience. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: New to voiceover work? Start with our introductory Voiceover I class.

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WORKSHOP: THE SELF-TAPE 
Led by Jennifer Liestman, the Guthrie’s Resident Casting Director, and LJ Johnson, Associate Casting Director at Lynn Blumenthal Casting, this two-day workshop will teach you how to do an on-camera audition for both plays and film/commercial work. Learn everything from creating the right setup for an audition space to getting feedback on a personal audition. Prerequisite: Theater Basics or equivalent experience. Capacity: 15 participants.

What to prepare: Before the workshop, you will be asked to prepare a recording of one monologue, song, dance or scene (only choose one) no longer than 120 seconds, plus another recording with commercial sides you will be provided in advance. Videos will be viewed together as a class and critiqued by the instructor for the benefit of all participants. Recordings are not required but recommended for each participant to get the most out of the class. 

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Advanced classes

WORKSHOP: HEIGHTENED TEXT FOR THE ACTOR
Whether you’re speaking the Queen’s English or performing text from a classic Greek tragedy, this one-day workshop will teach you how to enunciate and communicate clearly onstage. Through the techniques of meter, rhythm and alliteration, you’ll learn how to bring power to your characters through speech. Prerequisite: Voice and Speech for the Actor or equivalent experience. Capacity: 12.

  • Date: Sunday, April 18 | Noon – 2 p.m. CST
  • Workshop Fee: $75
  • Instructor: Jill Walmsley Zager

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THE ACTORS WORKOUT 
This ongoing scene study class for working actors is led by Nathan Keepers. Entrance is by audition only. 

NOTE: This class is postponed until 2021. To be notified when auditioning resumes, email classes@guthrietheater.org.

ACTING: STUDIO INTENSIVE SCENE STUDY
Focus on the ways in which a character can be discovered, developed and played in this studio intensive. Considering your individual goals and drawing on acting techniques created by great theater instructors throughout history, you’ll work intensively on a scene with one partner for eight weeks. The class will conclude with a virtual showing for invited family and friends. Rehearsal outside of class is recommended. Prerequisite: Introductory and intermediate acting classes, including a voice class such as Theater Basics, Voice and Speech for the Actor or Creating a Character. Capacity: 12 participants. 

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Classes for Native community members

To build cohorts of community-minded artists and theatermakers, it is essential to provide places to practice and learn the fundamentals of the craft. In our on-going collaboration with Twin Cities' Native artists, the Guthrie will offer free eight-week classes for Native community members who wish to grow their theater and storytelling skills.

Check back for upcoming opportunties. If you have questions, email rebeccan@guthrietheater.org.

Supported by Arts Access funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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