Theatre Education


Lakeshore Players Theatre arts education programs include a range of classes and workshops for adults, after-school classes for K-5, in-school residencies where Lakeshore Players Theatre brings the theatre right into the schools, plus fun summer programs.


Theatre arts education integrates life and learning through experience. Comprehensive classes are led by professional teaching artists to enhance creative expression while developing useful life skills. Lakeshore Players is thrilled to offer classes and workshops for all people, all ages, and all abilities. 




Thanks to donations from Lakeshore Players supporters and foundations, limited financial assistance is available in the form of partial scholarships. To apply, download and complete a scholarship request form, and we will do our utmost to honor your request.

Apply online or download our printable form.




Important Notes

  • Pre-registration is required for every program.
  • Capacity is limited and classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • A class may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
  • If a class is cancelled, your registration fee will be returned.
  • Payment must be received with the registration form.
  • Registration will be confirmed by email.
  • Sorry, we cannot pro-rate, refund, or issue credit for missed classes.
  • We know plans change! If you have to cancel, we can only issue a credit if you let us know at least a week before the class start date.
  • Students must wear clothes and shoes that allow for movement.


Contact Molly Weibel, Education Director at 651-478-7432 or






Gru and the Minions have learned that yet another Arch-Villain is planning to conquer the world, or something like that, and must be stopped! Students will make up an original story based on the characters from the “Despicable Me” movie series, which will be turned into a play, rehearsed, and performed for family and friends during the last class period. Perfect for beginning and experienced actors alike!


Day & Time: TUESDAYS from 4:00-5:15 pm

DatesOctober 16th, October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th

Showcase Performance: November 13th from 4:45-5:15 pm

Educator: Rudd Rayfield

Cost: $90/student




Two kids accidentally get locked in the basement of a museum and discover the best way out is through a mad scientist’s time machine, but things don’t go as planned! Take part in this short play, and join their adventure into the dim recesses of prehistory, filled with dinosaurs, cave people . . . and a talking monkey! Participants help choose the parts they want to play and everyone gets an on-stage role. Performance will be showcased for family and friends on the last day of rehearsal. Perfect for beginning and experienced actors alike!


Day & Time: TUESDAYS from 4:00-5:15 pm

Dates: November 20th, November 27th, December 4th, and December 11th

Showcase Performance: December 11th from 4:45-5:15 pm

Educator: Rudd Rayfield

Cost: $75/student






Lakeshore Players Theatre is thrilled to offer a new program for students interested in pursuing their passion for theatre and honing their craft.


Emerging Voices is a workshop and performance series that pairs Twin Cities Professional Theatre Artists with a performance by Lakeshore Players Theatre for a night of incredible theatre education and conversation. Secure your spot today to ensure you won’t miss this incredible opportunity!


Each ticket to an Emerging Voices workshop night includes a workshop with a Twin Cities’ Theatre Professional, dinner hosted at LPT, a ticket to the current LPT performance, and a talk back with the cast and crew after the show.


Cost: $25 per workshop or $70 for 3 Workshop Package


Musical theatre master class*   

Saturday, October 13 || 5:00-7:00 pm

Master Class with Ian Zahren

Join Twin Cities musical theatre powerhouse Ian Zahren for an incredible workshop on everything musical theatre! Join Ian as he walks you through how to master telling the story through song by identifying the objective of the song, identifying the beats and then prescribe tactics to the song. Ian brings to his table his knowledge from his work on off-broadway and international tours, as well his work with New York theatre companies and Twin Cities Theatre heavy hitters like Mixed Blood and The Children’s Theatre. This is sure to be a must-attend event for any student eager to grow in their musical theatre abilities. Pizza dinner and social to follow the workshop. 

Registration Deadline: Oct. 12th at 5 pm.  

*Please note, this masterclass is NOT in conjunction with an LPT production and it it’s own stand alone workshop.


ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS || November 3, 2018

Workshop with Neal Skoy


In this workshop, professional clown, actor, performer and over-all silly person, Neal Skoy will teach you how to create strong comedic choices while using your body to present humor in a variety of ways.  Learn more about the European art of Commedia dell'Arte and how this ancient art form is still relevant in many of today's comedy leaders. Much more than falling down, this workshop will explore not just the slapstick elements, but also character choices and movement to add comedic depth to any role.  Learn how to implement these techniques in a variety of ways from the mundane to the extreme and everything in between. Workshop class includes dinner, LPT's performance of One Man, Two Guvnors, and a talk back with the cast and crew after the show.



Workshop with Jane Froiland


Join Twin Cities Professional Actor and Director, Jane Froiland for an information and exciting workshop on how to make an impact in auditions. Learn tips and tricks to help ace your next audition, callback, or cold reading. Allow Jane to walk you through the do’s and don’ts of what to do in an audition room and how to help you earn a callback or role. Earn insight from a working professional on how to calm nerves and bolster confidence and what to do if your audition totally goes of the rails. Walk away with insider tips and tricks that will help you to ace your next audition. Workshop class includes dinner, LPT's performance of It's A Wonderful Life, and a talk back with the cast and crew after the show.

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Ian Zahren is a Midwestern based educator, vocalist, composer and actor. His local credits include The Old Log Theatre, Mixed Blood and Nautilus Music Theatre. A graduate of Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, Ian's work has taken him from New York to Europe. His compositional works have premiered at Carnegie Mellon as well as The Broadway Musical Institute in NYC. Ian currently is an adjunct teacher at The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, The Children's Theatre Company and the artistic director of The Iowa Youth Performing Arts Company, a non profit organization aimed at bringing enriched artistic experiences to students in Iowa.


Neal Skoy is a local actor, clown, instructor, writer, and director. His performance credits include Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Jungle Theater, Artistry Theatre, Yellow Tree Theater, Huge Improv Theater, The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and he was also an invited guest performer at the AEMI Comedy Festival in China. Neal gained recognition in Metro Magazine as “Best New Actor of 2011” and was named “Best Street Performer” at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in 2017. Working from the grand scale of Madison Square Garden to the intimate settings of film sets and hospital rooms, he has adapted his comedy forms and has conquered nearly every venue hilarity can be performed in. He is currently preparing to clown with Stepping Stone Theater and their production of A Charlie Brown Christmas –as well as exercise his dramatic muscles in The Skin of Our Teeth with Park Square Theatre in St. Paul. 


Jane Froiland is an actor, director, and teaching artist, based in the Twin Cities. As an actor, she has appeared with Children’s Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Jungle Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Yellow Tree Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Old Log Theatre, Frank Theatre, Dark and Stormy Productions, and Gremlin Theatre, among many others. As a director, she has directed or Assistant directed for Lakeshore Players, Ten Thousand Things, Ashland Productions, and Woodbury High School. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Lakeshore Players, Steppingstone Theatre, Stages Theatre, Youth Performance Company and many others. She serves as head coach of the White Bear Lake Speech team and is a performer with Science Live Theatre at the Science Museum of Minnesota. 






Join Lakeshore for an exciting workshop series for adult actors, directors, storytellers, and theatre lovers. Whether you are a professional performer or new to the stage, we welcome you to join these Twin Cities Theatre Artists for a three hour workshop at Lakeshore Players Theatre. Discover new techniques, gain valuable insight, and develop pivotal skills. 


Workshops will be held at Lakeshore Players Theatre from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cost: $35 per workshop or $90 for 3 workshop package



October 20, 2018

An Audition Workshop for Actors, Directors, and folks interested in how theater happens


This engaging, low-stress three-hour workshop explores the dos and don'ts of auditioning -- for actors and directors. Twin Cities actor/director Craig Johnson will guide participants through the casting process: how to select and perform monologues, how to prepare for cold readings, what to wear, what to say, how to behave, how to follow-up, and much more. Actors are welcome to bring in a short monologue or song (no accompanist) to work on. Directors and actors can participate in model audition settings. Those who are just interested in learning more about the theater process are welcome!


November 17, 2018

A personal narrative storytelling experience. 


Personal Narrative Storytelling will guide students in discovering what stories they have, and learning how to better-craft these stories. This class will help anyone who is interested in developing communication and public speaking skills, as well as individuals who want to discover and collect their own stories to share with family, friends and community. Join Twin Cities Actor and Storyteller, Sandra Struthers as she helps to develop your own personal narrative and discover your own story.


December 15, 2018

An Introduction to a Liberating Acting Technique 


Practical Aesthetics is an actor training method developed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet and award-winning actor William H. Macy, and was originally taught by the multiple Tony Award-winning Atlantic Theater Company. Join Atlantic Theatre Company student Matt Wall to learn how the technique of Practical Aesthetics strives to remove the sense of mysticism attached to the acting process by many popular actor training methods by empowering the actor with a set of simple, repeatable tools that can be utilized in any role, of any style. Through its specific method of scene analysis, and a series of rehearsal and performance techniques, Practical Aesthetics aims to remove the self-consciousness can be the most debilitating aspect of being an actor. 


Craig Johnson is an Ivey Award-winning director, actor, teacher, and writer with over 250 productions credits at many of the Twin Cities theaters, including the Jungle, Latte Da, History Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Park Square, Theatre in the Round, Artistry, Lyric Arts, Yellow Tree, and many others. Regionally he works at Commonweal Theatre (Lanesboro), Paul Bunyan Playhouse (Bemidji), Cedar Summerstock Theater (Osage, Iowa) Many years ago appeared in four shows at Lakeshore Players: Taming of the Shrew, Snow White, The Imaginary Invalid, and Candida! Craig currently teaches at St. Catherine University and directs regularly with the UM/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program.


Sandra Struthers is a professional actress and teacher. She has worked with at The Guthrie, The Moth Story Hour, Clowns Without Borders, Ten Thousand Things, The History Theatre, Drama Interactions, O'Neill Theater Center, and countless other organizations. She teaches personal narrative storytelling both across the US, and internationally. 


Matt Wall has a degree in Theater from St. Olaf College, and has studied extensively with Atlantic Theater Company in New York and Los Angeles. Matt has acted, directed, and produced theater in New York City and Minnesota, and his playwrighting has been honored by Lake Superior Writers. As a teacher, he's led workshops throughout Minnesota. Twin Cities acting credits include roles with: Yellow Tree Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, Theatre Unbound, Stages, Maggie's Farm, Theatre Novi Most, Artistry, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Park Square, and History Theatre.

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