Sage Studio Theatre Workshops


Sage Studio offers the ultimate learning experience for anyone interested in the world of theatre. All classes are taught by working industry professionals and have a max class size of 16 to insure personal attention and a hands-on experience. Check out the great workshops we have lined up for the summer of 2015!


READY FOR MY CLOSE UP: Acting on TV and Film
May 16 (Saturday)

Ages 7-12, 8am – 12pm
Ages 13-18, 1pm – 5pm

 The Acting for TV Commercials class is designed to give young actors the skills and insights into working in front of the camera. In this new class students learn commercial audition techniques in a one-on-one style where our professional and industry-working instructor prepares the students for professional-style auditions and work environments.

Tuition: $75

 Pre-requisites: None.

Application deadline is May 1, 2015.


 FIND YOUR MARK: Acting for Commercials
May 30 (Saturday)

Ages 7-12, 9am – 12pm
Ages 13-18, 1pm – 4pm

For students wanting to catch that “big break,” Sage is proud to offer a brand-new class on the art of the audition, specifically for film and television! Working with our professional and industry working instructor, students will learn proper on-camera technique for this unique acting style to give them the skills and knowledge they need, as well as tips and tricks on how to stand out in this competitive field.

Tuition: $75

Pre-requisites: None.

Application deadline is May 1, 2015.


June 8-25 & July 6-23 (Monday-Friday mornings)

Ages 14-18, 9am-12pm

Our signature workshop is back for its fourth year and more popular than ever—a three-week intensive musical theatre program for students ages 14-18, culminating in a showcase of songs and scenes on the stage of the Raue Center!

Tuition: $100

Pre-requisites: Age limit is 14-18. Students must exhibit an appreciation and aptitude for musical theatre. Students are also required to submit a video audition of a song (no more than three minutes). If unable to submit a video, please contact Kate Wilford,, to schedule an audition. Application deadline for all summer workshops is May 22, 2015.


June 8-25 & July 6-23 (Monday-Friday)

Ages 7-10, June 8-12 (Monday-Friday) 1pm-4pm
Ages 11-14, June 15-19 (Monday-Friday) 1pm-4pm

This summer we offer a new class in our Sage Studio Junior series, introducing young students to the exciting world of musical theatre performance. In this one-week program, instructors will focus on all aspects of acting, movement, dance, and vocal technique to give students a glimpse into the craft of this vibrant art form, foster their creativity and talent, and help them develop as young performers. The class culminates in a showcase for friends and family!

Tuition: $100

Pre-requisites: None.

Application deadline for all summer workshops is May 22, 2015.


NO HOLDS BARD: Shakespeare & Swords
July 14– 31 (Monday-Friday) 1pm–4pm

Ages 14 – 18

Sage Studio is proud to present No Holds Bard, a class devoted to teaching the basics of Shakespearean language through the fundamentals of hand-to-hand stage combat and classical rapier swordplay. By using tested vocal and physical exercises to unlock and demystify Shakespeare’s text, students will learn how to safely conduct themselves to depict realistic stage violence; “suiting the Action to the word, the word to the Action”. Students will learn basic falls, tumbles, punches, and grabs as well as how to safely and effectively thrust, parry, and slash with stage worthy swords.

Tuition: $100

Pre-requisites: Since the program involves simulated combat, all students must be willing and able to participate in a physical training regimen and demonstrate a level of maturity conducive to the safety of the classroom. Students must also provide a pair of light, protective gloves for their hands – these can be easily purchased for around $9-15 at a hardware store. 

Application deadline for all summer workshops is May 22, 2015.

PRE-REQUISITES and APPLICATION DEADLINES vary for each workshop, please see course descriptions above for complete details.

To apply, please download a registration form here.

TUITION AND PAYMENT POLICY: Classes are $100 each and payment is due within 14 days of receipt of the notification of acceptance or the position will not be held for the student. Financial aid and scholarships are available on a case-by-case evaluation. Please contact Kate Wilford at 815.356.9010 for more information.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Raue Center and Sage Studio affirmatively seek to attract to its faculty, staff and student body persons of diverse backgrounds and pursuant to this policy, no applicant for admission or applicant for employment is discriminated against because of race, sex, color, religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: Raue Center assumes no medical expenses for its students. All students must have medical insurance coverage either through their parents or through an outside party.

GUARDIANS: Please inform us of any special needs or attention your student requires.

Thank you to ComEd and The Foglia Family Foundation for making Sage Studio possible.