Education at Live Arts

Is your learning pod looking for a teaching artist or drama class curriculum? Contact Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org for advice, ideas, and information, and take a look at our Teaching Artist Index!

If you’re looking for even more online theatrical arts resources, we’ve got you covered! Miller has compiled an ever-growing list of virtual resources for theater lovers of all ages. Click the link below and start having some fun! Questions and suggestions can be sent to Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org.

MORE VIRTUAL ARTS RESOURCES

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About Education @ Live Arts

At Live Arts we offer low cost and accessible year-round process-driven educational opportunities for children, teens, and adults. Our classes, workshops, festivals, audience talkbacks, and free volunteer-facilitated groups offer community members the opportunity to explore all aspects of theater, including acting, playwriting, script analysis, improvisation, musical theater, and movement.

We also provide students with the unique opportunity to learn the technical craft of theater through apprenticeships with our experienced designers, production, and stage management teams in the Mentor/Apprentice program. Our arts administration internship program offers high school and college-aged students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the business of making excellent community theater and theater education. Our Teen-ish Theater Workshop programming offers students aged 10 to 16 three free opportunities a season to collaborate with teaching artists to make creative, one-of-a-kind performances for our mainstage theater. We also employ experienced teaching artists to provide free or low cost off-site after-school educational programming at area elementary schools and the Boys & Girls Club.

Our summer camp program is an 11 week bonanza of opportunities for performers from ages 4 to 17 to have fun, build community, and learn new skills under the auspices of our talented and nurturing team of theater professionals. In Summer 2020 over a hundred campers and 20 staff members came together to produce a variety of high quality musical and Shakespeare productions, comedy and musical showcases, and original sketches, all online!

Live Arts Education Director Miller Murray Susen has taught drama and playwriting to local students aged 4 to adult since 2011. She’s created and run classes, workshops, and camps at Live Arts, Village School, Four County Players, Venable Elementary School, Jackson-Via Elementary School, JMRL Central Library, the Charlottesville Ballet, and Tandem Friends School, among other venues. Miller has directed mainstage productions at Live Arts and Four County Players, and her original plays and theatrical adaptations have been produced locally by Live Arts, Four County Players, and DMR Adventures. She served as Interim Live Arts Education Director during the 2014/15 season, and returned as the full-time Live Arts Education Director in the summer of 2018. She grew up making intergenerational community theater, and it is her great joy to build theatrical companies and spread theater love as an adult.

Questions about Live Arts Educational programming? Want to teach for Live Arts or work as an intern or summer camp counselor? Please contact Miller (first name Miller!) at 434.977.4177 x100 or miller@livearts.org.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Youth Classes at Live Arts Education

Find Youth Classes Here!

Live Arts is committed to creating unique opportunities for young people to learn the craft of theater and to participate in Live Arts productions. In our educational workshops and classes, students learn from experienced theater artists, make new friends, and develop a life-long passion for the performing arts. In our after-school classes, youth productions, technical theater programs, and summer camps, we provide a nurturing and safe environment in which to grow as an actor, designer, writer, or technician.

Summer @ Live Arts 2020 Summer Camps still enrolling!

ADULT PROGRAMS

Education at Live Arts - Adult Classes

Find Classes for Adults Here!

We are committed to providing year-round classes, workshops, groups, and discussions led by experienced theater artists to students of all levels. These programs are designed to promote diverse ways of thinking, problem-solving, self-expression and to encourage creativity, curiosity, and personal growth.