Education at Live Arts

Live Arts Education offerings are moving online for Spring 2020! Virtual classes will be added to our site on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. If you’re looking for even more online theatrical arts resources, take a look at the list below! Questions and suggestions to Education Director Miller Susen at


Geffen Playhouse: Original content posted to its website and social media pages weekly on Wednesdays.

The Tank: Weekly video discussions with artists.

American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco: Online theater classes, tickets available to online performances.

Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater: Live-streamed and archival performances on its YouTube channel.

HERE Arts Center: Weekly watch parties of full-length past productions.

The Metropolitan Opera: Free encore Live in HD presentations.

Broadway HD: Streaming subscription service with 7-Day free trial to watch Broadway productions at home.

Theatre Without Theater: Nightly theatrical broadcast on Instagram.

Lauren Gunderson: The playwright leads playwriting classes on her Facebook page every Wednesday at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

Patrick Stewart: The actor reads Shakespeare on his Instagram account.

Drama Resource: Collected suggestions for fun drama games to play at home.

Beat by Beat Press: More drama games for kids.

Kid Activities: Even MORE drama games for kids.

Drama Notebook: You guessed it! (Drama games for kids.)

Theatre Nerds: Honestly we could do this all day.

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative: Art Apart and #QuarantineHaikus from one of our community partners.

Light House Studio Film Challenge: A fun activity for homebound kids and teens from another community partner.

The Front Porch: Take home lessons with Ti Ames, Devon Sproule, and other great Cville teaching artists!

Geri Carlson Sauls: Local dance teacher and performer offers free online musical theater and tap classes on her Facebook page.


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 theatre, 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 highschool 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 2019 more than 325 campers and 30 staff members came together to produce a variety of high quality musical and Shakespeare productions, comedy and musical showcases, and original plays.

Live Arts Education Director Miller Murray Susen has taught drama and playwriting to local students aged 4 to adult since 2008. She’s taught classes 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. She’s 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 communities and spread the 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


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 theatre and to participate in Live Arts productions. In our educational workshops and classes, students learn from experienced theatre 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!


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.