Adult Programs

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.


Jazz/Musical Theater Dance

This dynamic class explores the many styles of classic musical theater jazz.  From Fosse to Robbins, you will learn short routines from all eras of theater.  Prerequisite  You should be familiar with basic jazz moves, and be able to complete skills such as pirouettes (singles are fine), chaise, jete, etc.  Please come dressed to move and wear jazz shoes.  Maximum 15 students.


Instructor:  Geri Sauls

Time:  Mondays.  5:30-6:30pm

Dates:  September 15th – November 10th.  NO class on October 13th.

Location:  Rehearsal Z

Tuition:  $80, $72 for Friends of Live Arts


Writing Sketch Comedy Workshop


Whether you’re a writer wanting to explore a new medium or a fan of comedy wanting to know how sketch shows operate, this two-session workshop uses guided examples from classic routines and quick-fire exercises to teach you to recognize the funny stuff, whether it’s in the characters, relationships, or entire worlds.  You’ll learn how to develop your peeves into characters, and how to turn characters into hilarious situations – plus, you’ll get a taste of a “writer’s room” atmosphere!  Maximum 8 students.


Instructor:  Joel Jones

Time:  Sundays.  1-2.30pm

Dates:  November 9th and November 16th

Location:  Rehearsal B

Tuition:  $65 or $58.50 for Friends of Live Arts


Drop Everything and Tap

Cast your blues away and shuffle off to Buffalo this Fall!  In this class, students ages 8-88 will develop rhythm, style, and sound through Broadway-style tapping.  Designed for beginner/intermediate tappers these classes will focus on learning fun combinations for tapping your cares away!  Please wear comfortable clothing and tap shoes.  NOTE:  This class is designed for students (ages 8+) with some tap experience.

Instructor:  Mariko Schaper

Time:  Tuesdays.  6-6.55pm

Dates:  September 16th – November 11th.  NO class October 14th.

Location:  Rehearsal A

Tuition:  $75, $67.50 for Friends of Live Arts


Intermediate/Advanced Tap (for ages 12+)

Already mastered the basics of tap dancing and ready for a new challenge?  Join us on Thursdays for this intermediate/advanced tap class where we will tackle more advanced steps and combinations.  This class will help improve your coordination and rhythm.  Students should have at least 2 years of tap experience or instructor approval.

Instructor:  Geri Sauls

Time:  Thursdays.  5.30-6.30pm

Dates:  September 18th to November 13th.  NO class on October 16th

Location:  Rehearsal A

Tuition:  $80, $72 for Friends of Live Arts


Actors’ Lab:  The Basics


Whether you are discovering acting for the first time or brushing up on your skills, this Basics class is the perfect forum for exploring the fundamentals of the actor’s craft through exercises, improvisations, and in-class text work.


Instructor:  Carol Pedersen

Time:  Sundays.  1-3pm

Dates:  September 21st- November 16th.  NO class October 19th.

Location:  Rehearsal A

Tuition:  $130, $117 for Friends of Live Arts


Tai Chi for Theater Folk


Theater folks are involved in an art form that is about the live actor being present in front of a live audience.  Practice that works on the mind-body connection is essential for any member of the theater community – not just actors.  T’ai chi ch’uan asks that you focus on all the changes that occur in your body as you go through a fixed routine in a slow, relaxed way.  This practice makes you more centered and alert, both physically and mentally.  this course will introduce the basics of t’ai chich’uan and give you a daily routine that will enrich and deepen your presence on and off the stage.  NOTE:  You must be approved for this class by the instructor.


Instructor:  Shawn Hirabayashi

Dates:  Sundays.  10-11am (ongoing)

Location:  Rehearsal Z

Suggested Donation:  $5 per class




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Live Arts Refund Policy
We offer 100% tuition refunds for courses canceled by Live Arts.
We offer a 100% refund, minus a 5 dollar processing fee for withdrawal made at least 7 days BEFORE the class begins.
We do not offer any refund for withdrawals made in the 7 days before a class/camp begins or thereafter.