Fall Masterclasses

Arena Stage's popular masterclass series returns with eight virtual classes exploring theater in a variety of forms. Masterclasses are for adults (ages 18 and up). 
Each class will meet twice via Zoom. Registration is $70.


  • Sound Design with Roc Lee

    October 28 & 30 from 5 – 7 p.m. 

    Would you like to understand the dark art of sound design? How do you design for something you can't see? Learn how to appreciate sound as an art form, learn physical and abstract ways of creating sound, learn how to record and edit audio. In this masterclass we'll help you get your computer setup to record, edit, and create sound effects and apply these techniques to enhance the experience of the listener in a project.


  • Personal Playwriting: Writing from within with Aaron Posner

    November 4 & 6  from 7 – 9 p.m.

    All creative writing is personal, but how can we all find new and helpful ways to bring our own best (and worst) idiosyncrasies into your plays? How do we take what is unique in our minds, hearts, spirits and experiences and get that onto the page and the stage? Well, let’s get in a room and explore together! Everyone’s path as a writer and creator is different. But in this interactive masterclass, we will explore ways to leverage YOU as your best guide to making your writing as radiantly personal (and powerful) as possible.


  • Freeing the Intuitive Voice with Timothy Douglas

    November 11 & 13 from 5 – 7 p.m.

    Actor, Director and Linklater-designated voice instructor Timothy Douglas will guide you within to assist you in accessing and unleashing your inner-intuitive sensibilities, and will also provide practical tools for you to be able to harness them. In this two-part workshop, we will also touch upon, and apply principles of the ancient-brain theory, and through the expression of spoken text we will more fully illuminate the actor's organic creative process, and how it flows into the intimacy-of-process between the director and the actor.


  • Costume Design Workshop: Character Costume Collage with Ivania Stack

    November 18 and 20 from 5 – 7 p.m.

    This workshop will start out with a short visual presentation of the Costume Designer’s process, quickly followed by a hands-on costume design activity. Everyone will receive a short script, and then be guided through the process of conceptualizing their ideas for the characters in the text. After a brief demonstration, everyone will be invited to create their own costume design collages (and those who love to draw are welcome to sketch their designs as well)! Collage is a fun, versatile, and accessible medium through which designers brainstorm, research, and share their ideas. Throughout this activity, the costume design conversation can continue, with questions & answers, sharing of collages as they develop, and stories from the costume designer’s perspective


Masterclass Instructors

Rebecca Campana

Create and Collaborate

Timothy Douglas

Freeing the Intuitive Voice

Parker Esse


Ashley Forman

Create and Collaborate

Nick Hernandez

Hip Hop Theater

Roc Lee

Sound Design

Naysan Mojgani


Mauricio Pita

Create and Collaborate

Aaron Posner

Personal Playwriting

Ivania Stack

Costume Design Workshop: Character Costume Collage

Psalmayene 24

Hip Hop Theater


Arena Stage's Fall Masterclasses begin September 30.