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. 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. 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 a 10 week bonanza of opportunities for performers from ages 4 to 16 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 ages 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 theater love as an adult.
Questions about Live Arts Educational programming? Please contact Miller (first name Miller!) at 434.977.4177 x100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, productions, and summer camps, we provide a nurturing and safe environment in which to grow as an actor, designer, writer, or technician.
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.