Dayton's Premier Professional Regional Theatre

Kevin Moore, President and Artistic Director

126 North Main Street, Suite 300

Dayton, Ohio 45402

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The Human Race on Education

Philips Creativity Center

Kids and Teens Classes

Girl Scouts Workshops

Adult Classes

Private Coaching

Summer Theatre Camps

Schwartz Scholarship


Artist in Residence

Theatre in Context

Career Days/Job Shadowing

Performance Calendar


Whether you have experience in the theatre and are looking to sharpen your skills, or are a novice who just wants to learn and have fun, we have classes for you!

Classes and workshops are held in the Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center, 116 North Jefferson Street in downtown Dayton unless otherwise noted.

Register online now and pay using PayPal or download the registration form.

Save on our Adult Acting Classes with our Early Bird Registration prices when you register at least one week prior to the first day of class.

To register or for more information, please contact Marilyn Klaben, Education Director at (937) 461-3823 x3132.


Fall 2015 Classes

Playwrighting – Level I
Saturdays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
September 5 – October 17, 2015 (7 classes)
Sorry, this class is full.
Instructor: Michael M. London

This class is designed to take the mystery out of playwrighting and provide an introduction to new playwrights. The method of building a play is explored through a variety of exercises. Our focus is on understanding the tools in basic dramatic structure. The process involves a lot of scene writing, a lot of thinking, a lot of laughing and a lot of learning. Each playwright has an opportunity to create a 10-minute play that to be presented in a public reading. The class is designed for novices and experienced playwrights, actors and directors alike. No playwrights are expected to begin the class with already completed work.
Required textbook: The Playwright’s Guidebook by Stuart Spencer


Adult Acting Techniques
Mondays 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
September 21 – October 26, 2015 (6 classes)
Fee: $160.00 (Early Bird Fee $150.00 if paid by September 14)
Instructor: Jennifer Joplin

Welcome college students, teachers and adults with any and all levels of acting experience! This class is designed to explore personal presence before engaging in character study and scene analysis. Scenework is individually selected for students to challenge and inspire them to develop their acting “chops.” Learn new interactive ensemble exercises each week specifically aimed at improving performance skills on and off stage. If desired by the group, a showcase of scenes will be shared with friends and family during the last session.



Winter 2016 Class

Playwrighting – Level II
Saturdays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
January 9 – February 20, 2016 (7 classes)
Fee: $200.00
Instructor: Michael M. London

This class is a continuation of the learning in Level I. Although we still look closely at the dramatic structure of the story, we also focus attention on other aspects of storytelling and the building of a play. There will be a lot of writing, a lot of thinking, some mutual support from other playwrights, a fair amount of laughing, some tasty food at breaks, and a general atmosphere of fun and learning. Each playwright has the goal of completing a one-act play to be presented in a public reading, giving them the opportunity to hear their work read aloud by actors and prepared by directors.
Prerequisite: Playwrighting – Level I