Teen Classes

Training and Networking for the Next Generation of Theatre Artists

For teens who want to develop as an artist with personal mentorship from the area's highest-caliber theatre professionals. Whether you are an experienced performer and ready to tackle more challenging roles, or a dabbler wishing to explore your creativity in a welcoming collaborative environment, we have a place for you on our stage!

Mining (Theater) Craft | Scenic Design/Gaming Class for 8th grade+

Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm  |  March 2 - April 27, 2023  |  Online 
Clare DeVries | $200 for 9 Weekly Sessions + Ongoing Access to Stage West World Online

Minecraft is a fun way to play with serious design elements. In the blocky world of Minecraft, enjoy all the fun and drama of IRL theater design: the joy of group effort and the satisfaction of individual creativity. Play with 3 dimensional volume, levels, lights, color, and explore the possibilities of lava in performance... wait... what? Completely online, this class will meet Thursdays 7-9pm with access to StageWestWorld between times to keep on building. Professional architect, award-winning set designer, and let’s-not-say-obsessed Minecraft builder Clare DeVries is the guide as you master this sandbox game, mining its potential for theatrical creativity. You’ll need access to Minecraft Java Version (PC based) and just enough experience to place blocks (easy!) and to walk without falling in lava (easy! because in “Creative” mode you can fly). You’ll need Discord for in-game conversation and messaging. 

Dazzle in the Dark | Write > Direct > Design > Produce > Perform for 8th grade+

Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm | January 25 - March 8 
Rob Bosquez | $290 for 7 Weekly Sessions + Performance 
Final Performance Friday, March 10 at 8pm | Call time/final rehearsal at 5:30pm

Students are guided through the process of creating a short and simple but powerful piece of original theatre, and offered the resources to make their vision a reality on a professional stage. Resident youth playwright, and beloved veteran teacher, Rob Bosquez, creates one original monologues for each student and then helps them build the knowledge, skill, experience and confidence to successfully turn it into a performance. Students learn about "script breakdown,” decide on the color and tones of the play, create written backstories and character history, design simple production elements such as costumes, props and set. These pieces will ultimately be presented as a dazzling collection of original micro-plays on Friday, March 10 in the Russell Theatre. (5:30pm call time for students; 8pm performance.) 

This class was created specifically with the Stage West Teen Troupe members in mind. But it is open to any student 8th grade and up who want to develop their skills in a welcoming, creative and engaging environment. Recommended: at least one semester of theatre experience.

The Villains | Musical Theatre Class for 6th-12th grade 

Mondays 6:00-7:30pm | February 6 - May 15, 2023 
Sarah Gay and Hannah Arguelles | $480 for 12 Weeks
Final Performance on May 15th | No class Feb 20, Mar 13 and Apr 10

Brush up your musical theatre chops with a walk on the dark side. This semester will focus on dance, singing, and making big acting choices as we explore our favorite villains. From Ursula to Mrs. Lovett to the six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail, we will prove that being bad can be good!  (This class is also in the Kids category since it spans age groups.)

College Readiness Rep Check | Musical Theatre for 9th-11th grade

Sundays 6:00-8:30pm |  Sarah Gay and Hannah Arguelles
 $250 per Session. $20 discount for students who sign up for both Sessions.

Session 1: March 5 and 19  
Session 2: April 2 and 16

In this workshop series, students will meet twice to explore how to best prepare for the college audition process. In class one, instructors will assess your rep book and provide customized suggestions based on your needs, with the opportunity to present those pieces in class two. Students will also experience a college-level dance call from the 2022-2023 college audition season both weeks. The second class concludes with a brief Q&A regarding the process (parents welcome)! Limited to 10 students. This workshop will be offered in both March and April, and students can receive a discount for enrolling in both sessions. Limited to 10 students.

Historical Styles | Acting Training for 8th grade+ 

Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm  | March 22 - April 26
Siouxsie Easter | $215 for 6 weeks

Have you ever wanted to expand your acting skills beyond modern plays and musicals? In this class, we will explore a sampling of theatrical styles. Have fun learning the masks of the Greeks, the physical comedy of Commedia, and the powerful language of Shakespeare. Grow your repertoire. Develop new vocal and physical skills. Gain an appreciation for your own artistic lineage and a better sense of where your craft originates. This class is a unique opportunity for young theatre artists to train with a master of these historical styles. It is limited to 10 students. 

Email education [at] stagewest.org with any questions!

Important Policy Info

  • Price includes a non-refundable 7.5% processing fee. 
  • Full refunds (less processing fee) available up to 48 hours before the first class. 
  • Pro-rated refunds (less processing fee) are also available up to a certain date for classes that run 4 or more weeks.
  • Any client who misrepresents info about the student being registered waives their right to a refund.
  • Before registering a student outside the program's age range, email education [at] stagewest.org to make your request.