Theater Classes

You don't need an audition to take the stage at Old Town School!

The Theater Program of the Old Town School of Folk Music offers classes in musical theater, improvisation, and acting. Individually, the Old Town School's current and former theater faculty holds artistic affiliations with nearly all of the major theater companies in Chicago, including Steppenwolf Theater Company, the Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, the Neo-Futurists, The House, and Lookingglass Theater Company.

As with all classes at Old Town School, there is no audition required to participate, and students are admitted on a first come/first served basis, without exception.

Acting 101


Sunday with Mary Peterson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)

Afraid to take the stage? No worries.

Basic Scene Study


Saturday with Michael Menendian

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Learn the basics of Scene Study with Artistic Director Emeritus of Raven Theatre and multiple Jeff Award winning director Michael Menendian.

Improv Comedy

Open to All

Monday with Tim Joyce

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Come learn valuable skills that will help you become more comfortable and confident during any type of presentation or performance!

Musical Theater Ensemble

Open to All

Tuesday with Mary Peterson, Jeff Gandy or Cathy Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $448 ($428 members)

Be a part of a performing group! Musical theater scenes and ensembles, no audition required. Open to all levels