Stage Play Acting Classes

Acting Classes for Children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders


Stage Play Acting Classes are an opportunity for children with ASD to learn about theater.  Children participate in acting exercises that work on social skills, using nonverbal information and theater vocabulary.  This is an ongoing collaboration between the Scottish Rite Clinic and the Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theater.  This venture is currently being funded by a grant from  the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Classes are usually for children ages 5-9 years old in 10 week sessions.  Classes are at no cost for parents due to grant funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 


For more information,  to register for current classes, or to ask to be put on the waiting list, please contact 218-720-3911 or email


 Stage Play I  Introduction to Theater 

In 2018, our Introductions course will take place on Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. from February 28th through May 9th.  No class on April 4th.  Please email  for more information or to request registration for a session.


Actors participate in a 10 week course that teaches them beginning theater concepts such as the role of an actor, a director, and the audience.  We use this as a framework for learning social roles, cooperation, negotiation, turn-taking, and learning new language.  The opportunity to be on stage can develop an actor’s self-awareness and self-confidence.


Stage Play II Explorations 

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In 2018, we will have two Explorations sessions.  Our 1st Explorations course will take place on Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. from May 23rd through August 1st.  No class on July 4th.  Our 2nd Explorations class will take place on Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. from September 12th through November 14th.  Please email  for more information or to request registration for a session.


In the second level Stage Play course, we explore more deeply theater concepts such as expressing emotions, rehearsing scenes, and simple improvisational exercises.  We use this as a framework to encourage more social interaction between fellow actors and learn to read and of use nonverbal communication.

Stage Play Performarama

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This class will not be offered in 2018.  

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This class is for older students ages 9-14 who may or may not have had Stage Play or other acting experiences.  In this course, actors work in pairs to create scenes that are solutions to social issues.  Also, they will  explore body language, facial expression and intontation in different warm up games.  The actors will have an opportunity to create a humorous sketch while finding out more about their partner and their interests.

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Explorations Summer 2010

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