Our Teen Workshops are monthly seminars where students grades 7-12 participate in hands-on workshops led by Des Moines area theatre professionals. Each month we feature a new topic and a new expert. The teen workshop program provides teens the opportunity to work on theatre skills including audition prep, improv and technical theatre training.
- All teens grades 7-12 are welcome! No experience required!
- Our workshops are one Saturday a month from 1:00pm-4:00pm
- A $9 fee can be prepaid online or paid upon arrival
- Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are always welcome! You can pre-register here.
- Come to one or come to all these workshops are made to be low commitment and fit your schedule
September 28, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm – Kick-Off Event!
This one’s on us! Come and meet new friends or catch up with old ones while building the Freaky Friday set. At zero cost to you, come try out our very first teen workshop. Bring your work clothes because Children’s Theatre Set Designer, Kevin Shelby, is teaching you how to build a set in a teens only environment. It’s a great risk free way to try out our new program! No cost to participate.
October 12, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm – Playwriting with Karen Schaeffer
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story. In this workshop, local playwright, Karen Schaeffer will help you find your own voice by experimenting with style and structure. Our goal is to expand the playwright’s artistic vocabulary and move from process to product. This session will combine in-class writing with sharing new pages and feedback. Get ready to learn the basic style to format a script, strategies to overcome common writing problems, and write and revise your very own script. Students may bring in a piece they have already written or start from scratch.
November 16, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm – Improv with Nate Jorgensen
Within a couple of hours, through warm-up exercises, creative performance games, and basic short-form scene-work, you will practice techniques to think quickly on your feet, be more creative, improve your storytelling skills, and work together with others as a team while having fun. Get ready to laugh until you cry with Nate Jorgensen, Waukee theatre, speech, and english teacher and comedy aficionado. If you love SNL, want to become a more responsive and creative actor, or if you just want to get better at thinking on your feet this workshop is for you!
December 14, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm – Improv with Comedy Xperiment
Within a couple of hours, through warm-up exercises, creative performance games, and basic short-form scene-work, you will practice techniques to think quickly on your feet, be more creative, improve your storytelling skills, and work together with others as a team while having fun. Get ready to laugh until you cry with local improv troupe Comedy Xperiment. If you love SNL, want to become a more responsive and creative actor, or if you just want to get better at thinking on your feet this workshop is for you!
January 18, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm – Audition Series: Song Selection with Katy Merriman
Whether you’re attending your first musical audition or you’re preparing to audition for your dream college program Cloris award winner and Playhouse Artistic Director, Katy Merriman, will help you find the perfect song to nail that audition. The first half of the workshop will consist of Katy’s top audition tips and a crash course in finding the right song for your next project. For the last half, Katy will provide individualized coaching for those with a prepared and memorized audition cut. Those wanting to sing and be coached by Katy MUST pre-register, as spots is limited. If you are just looking to learn about song selection and watch the coachings you do NOT need to pre-register.
February 8, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm – Lighting Design with David Kilpatrick
Further develop your skills and understanding of the art of lighting for stage through this hands-on workshop. See the difference a change of angle or color can make to an entire lighting look. Led by David Kilpatrick, seasoned lighting designer and Executive Director of the Playhouse, students will get the chance to create their own lighting looks and learn the basics of different lighting instruments. If you are looking to become a better theatre technician, get your hands on a light board, or explore the backstage side of theatre this workshop is for you.
March 28, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm – Audition Series: Monologue Selection with Erin Horst
The right audition monologue is key to showcasing your strengths and abilities. Led by Erin Horst, Cloris Award winner and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Drake University, each student will learn how to pick the perfect monologue and prepare it for the next big audition. Those who pre-register will get the chance to be coached one-on-one by Erin on a monologue they prepare in advance. This workshop is perfect for those who are getting ready to audition for college theatre programs or those hoping to take their auditioning to the next level.
April 4, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm – Audition Series: Dance Basics with Megan Helmers
You don’t need to be a prima ballerina to impress at a dance call. Let two-time Cloris Award winning choreographer Megan Helmers give you the tools to rock that next dance audition. In this workshop, you will learn a dance combination and get the answers to questions like how do I pick up choreography quickly, what are basic dance steps I should learn, how do I get the most out of my dance audition, and how can I show-off even if I don’t have dance experience. This workshop is perfect for those who are looking to gain confidence to tackle their fear of dance calls, those who just want to gain some experience dancing, and those who are looking to be encouraging and helpful future choreographers.
May 16, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm – Directing 101 with Brad Dell
Be bold. Learn to direct for the stage with acclaimed director Brad Dell, Director of Theatre at Iowa State University. Develop a piece from initial stages, receiving expert feedback and guidance. This workshop allows students to practice essential tools of directing. Students will get hands-on experience directing their own short scene as well as act in other directors’ scenes. This workshop is perfect for those wanting to try their hand at directing, explore more roles in theatre, or become a more developed and seasoned actor.