26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

School For The Arts

Risk. Explore. Create.

RCSA is excited to announce the return of our Fall programming with the introduction of the new Director of Education, Rob Scharlow.  Rob brings 35 years of experience and expertise. His journey spans across the nation, encompassing directing, acting, teaching, and more.

For nearly two decades, he played a pivotal role at the internationally acclaimed performing arts training center, Stagedoor Manor in New York. His commitment to nurturing young talent is evident in his oversight of the Dramafest program, a collaboration with Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights.

Rob’s teaching philosophy emphasizes the profound significance of arts education. He believes that arts not only inspire and unleash creativity but also foster emotional connections, personal growth, and confidence. He says, “It’s not what you’re capable of. It’s what you’re capable of becoming.”

The 2023 Fall program will kickstart with a Devised Theatre Intensive starting in November, leading up to a captivating Christmas/Holiday show produced entirely by the students. This unique production will celebrate diverse talents, ranging from singing and acting to writing, musical instruments, juggling, and improv.

The devised theater intensive will be led by special guest instructor and Director, Nick Hrutkay, an award-winning director and teaching artist currently serving as the Director of Education and Assistant Artistic Director for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor.

Join RCSA from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, September 26th  at Raue Center’s RCSA campus located at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (210 McHenry Ave, Crystal Lake) for the Fall Open House. Visitors will have the chance to meet Rob, ask questions about the new program, and tour the space.  The Fall program has a limited class size, with only 25 slots. Additional details will be released soon! Check the website for more information.

Registration will begin for members during the open house on September 26th, non-member registration will begin on September 30th.  Non-members are invited to join the waitlist during the open house to have their registration processed automatically on September 30th,  if space allows.

RaueNOW Family Members save 25% on class enrollment fees and get early access to registration. To become an RCSA Family member, please visit rauecenter.org/become-a-rauenow-member or contact the box office.

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For information on our MISSION IMAGINATION school show season, click HERE