Sage Studio Theatre Workshops

SAGE thumb_2 Sage Studio offers the ultimate learning experience for anyone interested in the world of theatre. All classes are led by working professional actors, directors, and designers (including those from Raue Center’s award-winning Williams Street Repertory) who offer advice and insight into the fast-paced and ever-changing professional theatre landscape, giving students a chance to make important connections and learn from the best. All classes have a maximum class size of 16 students, to ensure personal attention and a hands-on experience. We offer a wide variety of classes in acting, musical theatre, and theatre production, so there’s truly something for every student to explore their passion and build their skills. Our students have gone on to pursue their careers at top colleges and universities, and appear in productions across Chicagoland—including right here with our in-house resident theater company, Williams Street Repertory!

All classes are capped at $100 thanks to the support of the Foglia Family Foundation.

For more details, click here to request a spot.

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This Season’s Classes

  • DYarchun-headshotWRITING WORKSHOP with PLAYWRIGHT DEBORAH YARCHUN
    May 2nd @ 7p
    Age 13 & up welcome!
    Registration fee is $25

A WSRep LAB Series Writing Workshop in partnership with Sage Studio
location: Raue Center Cafe
26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake IL, 60014

In this seminar, you’ll explore writing intimate plays, strategies to developing dimensional characters and creating a work strictly intended for the theater. This seminar is part lecture, part discussion, part writing workshop. Intended for writers at all stages.

Registration Deadline is April 28
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  • Dance Bootcamp thumbMUSICAL THEATRE DANCE BOOTCAMP: PART OF SAGE STUDIO BOOTCAMP SERIES 
    MondayFriday mornings, 9 AM-12PMJune 12-16
    Ages 14-18
    Tuition: $150*
This summer, Sage Studio proudly presents the third course in their intensive series focusing on core theatre skills–and this time, we’re tackling dance! This class is suitable for ALL levels of dancers–from experienced performers looking to refine their skills in popular musical theatre styles, to “singers who move” who are looking to build their dance vocabulary and shine at their next dance call. Our working-professional instructors will focus on technique and terminology, then put that technique to work in a variety of choreographed dance combinations, utilizing popular styles such as jazz, ballet, tap and hip-hop to explore all facets of the genre, and the power of dance to tell stories onstage. A perfect class for any student looking to ace that next dance call, or to build skills for college auditions–and a very fun environment to learn and grow with your peers!

PREREQUISITES:  Students must exhibit an appreciation and aptitude for musical theatre. Students are also required to submit a short resume with their current dance and theatre experience. Please submit to Kate at kwilford@rauecenter.org.

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  • Musical Theatre thumbMUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
    MondayFriday mornings, 9 AM-12:30 PMJuly 10-27
    Ages 14-18
    Tuition–$255*
Ever dream of a career in musical theatre?  This is the workshop for you!  Sage Studio is proud to once again present its popular signature workshop: a three-week intensive musical theatre program for students ages 14-18, led by Sage Studio program manager Amanda Flahive–who’s appeared in 22 shows as an original ensemble member of Williams Street Repertory, the in-house professional theatre company at Raue Center for the Arts. Students will explore all aspects of classic and modern musical theatre, with a focus on the three core performance disciplines unique to the genre–acting, singing, and dance.  With special sessions on audition technique, improvisation, movement and vocal health, as well as guest instructors including veterans of the Chicago and New York theatre scene, this class is a true immersive experience for young performers, helping them to develop as artists and young theatre professionals–and a must for any student with plans to pursue a theatre career.  This workshop culminates in a showcase of songs and scenes on the stage of the Raue Center for the Arts!

PREREQUISITES: Students must exhibit an appreciation and aptitude for musical theatre. Students are also required to submit a video audition of a musical theatre song (no more than three minutes)–this can be accompanied or a capella. If unable to submit a video, please contact Kate Wilford at kwilford@rauecenter.org to schedule an in-person audition.

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Sage Studio Junior’s Summer Classes

  • JR Musical Theatre thumbJUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
    Monday-Friday, 1-4 PM
    Ages 7-10: June 12-16 or July 10-14
    Ages 11-14: June 19-23 or July 17-21
    Tuition: $150*

Back for another sure to sell out class in the Sage Studio Junior series, introducing young students to the exciting world of musical theatre performance. In this one week program, instructors will focus on all aspects of acting, movement, dance, and vocal technique to give students a glimpse into the craft of this vibrant art form, foster their creativity and talent, and help them develop as young performers. The class culminates in a showcase for friends and family!

Pre-requisites: None.

Multi-child discount: Multiple students from the same family can qualify for our multi-child discount of $150 for the first child and $50 for each additional child.

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*Financial aid available for ALL Sage classes–contact Kate for more information!
Family Discount:
Multiple students from the same family can qualify for our multi-student discount of regular tuition for the first child and $50 for each additional child. This can be used on any level of Sage Studio class!
TO REGISTER:
Click here to fill out our online form. For more information, contact Kate Wilford at kwilford@rauecenter.org. Audition materials should be submitted to Kate directly via email.

Registration deadline for ALL summer workshops is June 2.