Theatre Aspen Office

Our administrative office is open Monday through Friday 10 am – 6 pm.


110 East Hallam Street
Suite 126
Aspen, Colorado 81611


Phone:  970.925.9313



Theatre Aspen’s Hurst Theatre

470 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611

Education Programs

2022 Grades 5-12 Fall Programs

Production photos from 2021’s PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Timothy Bates Photography) 

Theatre Aspen Education’s middle and high school programming emphasizes the power of peer collaboration while building confidence. We offer after-school classes in dance, acting techniques, audition preparation, and more!


Additionally, students may audition for six fully-staged, professionally designed productions each year. We strive to expose our students to all aspects of the theatre and believe that the arts are a powerful tool that can transfer to many other areas of life.


Students also have opportunities to volunteer backstage or as teaching assistants in our elementary classes.

Conditioning & Technique for Dancers (Grades 5-12)

Dancers, get ready to work! This conditioning class will use exercises from dance, circus, gymnastics, agility, and strength training to hone and sharpen dance technique. The foundation of any strong dancer is in their strength, flexibility, and endurance. We’ll focus on building strong bodies and increasing kinesthetic awareness of the mechanics of movement to make you a better, smarter dancer.


11/29 – 12/15 | Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)

Stage Combat Masterclass (Grades 5-12)

Cue up your fists and take your fight stance! Join experienced Director, Classical Actor, and Fight Choreographer William LeDent for this masterclass laying the foundations of stage combat technique, safety, and performance. We’ll introduce the basic tenets of implied violence and partner collaboration, colored by an exciting vocabulary of moves, and culminating in a short partner fight for friends and family. Don’t miss out on this chance to (safely) “beat up” your friends – bring the whole crew!


Saturday December 10th| 10am-2:30pm (including 30 minute lunch break) | Red Brick Center for the Arts

Young Comedians Workshop Series

Join us for our Young Comedian Workshop Series, exploring three time honored comedy art forms: Stand Up, Longform Improv, and Clown. Take individual workshops, or register for the whole series! 


Stand Up: Monday November 14th, 4:30-6:30pm

Ready to get your lunch crew rolling with laughter on the floor? Your sister doing a spit-take at the dinner table? Your best friend laughing until they cry? Don’t miss the first installment  in Theatre Aspen’s Young Comedian Workshop Series: Stand Up Comedy. Learn the basic rules of constructing jokes and routines, and walk away with a developed story ready to be the first bit in your own original stand up hour. 


Longform Improv: Monday December 5th, 4:30-6:30pm 

Theatre Aspen’s Young Comedian Workshop Series will have you saying: “yes, and?” as you and your friends transform into Aspen’s newest improv troupe! Taking on the world of Longform Improv with skills and scenarios inspired by comedy institutions like Second City, Saturday Night Live, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, you’ll work together to create brand new characters and worlds in the blink of an eye. Get ready to think on your feet and walk away ready to improvise your way through just about anything. 


Clown: Monday December 12th, 4:30-6:30pm 

It’s time to clown around! Embrace your most hilariously creative and authentic self through Theatre Aspen’s Young Comedian Workshop Series: Clown. We’ll explore the smallest mask, the red nose, by creating our own clown persona and develop clown techniques that will not only strengthen your comedic skills, but empower your improvisation skills and character performance. Get ready to embrace, through openness and humor, your unique ridiculousness.

Musical Theatre Dance: Intermediate/Advanced (Grades 7-12)

Always wanted to learn how to move and groove like your favorite Broadway performers? Join Theatre Aspen for this technique and performance class geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers. We will focus on different foundations of dance, while exploring storytelling through movement. Hone your choreography retention, technique, and performance skills as we learn new combinations each week to iconic Broadway songs. This class is open to students in grades 7-12.



9/15 – 10/27 | Thursdays 4:45-6:15pm (Black Box at Aspen High School)

The Actor’s Toolkit: Building on Foundations (Grades 5-8)

Middle school is the perfect time to start your acting journey and hone your acting techniques! 5th-8th grade students will develop their actor’s toolkit through acting exercises, warm-ups, script-work, and more over these six weeks. No prior experience required; those of all levels are welcome! We will work on scenes and skills to build your student’s confidence as they step into the spotlight!


9/22 – 11/3 | Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm

Fall Musical

September 12 – November 13


Grades 7 – 12

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.