Theatre Oxford Workshops


Summer Theatre Camp

with Jackie Joyner & Jennifer Mizenko

June 17th – 22nd
9 am -12 pm
Ages 8+

Lafayette County Arena Classrooms 

70 F.D. Buddy East Parkway

(70 County Road 406)

$185 for YAC members

$200 for non-members

Online registration ends June 15th, 5pm.

About the Workshop

Join Theatre Oxford for a week of movement, character creation, and storytelling! Jennifer Mizenko will work with children to explore eight basic emotions through drawing, vocalizing, and physicalizing: fear, humor, surprise, disgust, anger, love, courage, and grief. Using the method of Rasaboxes, your child will have a ball, literally hopping from one emotion to the next. Then with Jackie Joyner, students will build script interpretation and performance skills. By the end of the workshop, students will have developed their own play based on the story of Charlotte’s Web.

Camp Schedule
June 17th – 21st: Camp at the Lafayette County Arena classrooms 
June 21st: Dress rehearsal at the Powerhouse at 6:30 pm 
June 22nd: Performance at the Powerhouse (Time TBD)


Jennifer Mizenko is a Professor Emerita of Dance and Movement at the University of Mississippi. She was recently recognized by Mississippi Art Education Association with a lifetime achievement award. Jennifer is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International, a Laban Movement Analyst certified by LIMS, and yoga instructor from Yandara Yoga Institute. She is one of the co-authors of The Laban Workbook for Actors, A Practical Guide with Video.

Jackie Joyner is a professional working actress Jackie Joyner, from Los Angeles, who’s been on TV show’s such as, Disney’s Andi Mack, Nickelodeon’s iCarly, CBS Criminal Minds and much much more! 

Theatre Oxford provides an array of workshops to develop skills on and off stage: storytelling, adult acting, children’s theatre, set painting, and playwriting.

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If you have a theatre-relevant skill and want to teach, submit a workshop proposal. We’ll help you organize, secure a space, and advertise.

Completed 2023-2024 Season Workshops

Festival Workshops

at the Powerhouse

Expanding the 10-Minute Play

with George Kehoe

February 16 | 4:00-5:30 PM

The Art of Directing

with John Davenport

March 2 | 10:00-11:00 AM

Director & Playwright Collaboration

with Kate Leslie

March 2 | 11:00 AM-Noon

1 class $30 | 2 classes $50 | 3 classes $75

Theatre Oxford Youth Theatre Workshop July 10-15, 2023

About the Workshop Leaders

George Kehoe grew up in New Orleans but has lived in Oxford for over forty years. Now retired, he had a decades-long career working with words: as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and university writing instructor. His love of language is also evident in his expansive theatrical experience, mostly as an actor, but also as a playwright. His acting credits include eight seasons with the Oxford Shakespeare Festival. Among his playwriting achievements was the premier of his play Hungry at the 2009 New York City Fringe Festival. His play “Patients” placed second in Theatre Oxford’s 2023 Ten-Minute Play Contest. He is currently working to expand “Patients” to full length.

John Davenport has been teaching theatre at Oxford High School for nearly twenty-four years. The upcoming performance of Shadow of the Son will mark John’s 125th production directed at OHS. John received his BFA from the University of Mississippi in 1999, then proceeded to earn his MFA. He has directed many productions in the Oxford community as well, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe for Theatre Oxford and The Music Man at the Gertude C. Ford Center this past summer.

Kate Leslie is originally from Oxford, Mississippi and currently lives in Los Angeles. Kate spent nine years in Chicago working as a director, playwright, and teaching artist. Kate completed an MFA in Playwriting from Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University in 2022, and also received a concentration in Directing New Plays. Kate’s full length play The Love Code won the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award in 2020, and “Ashes to Dust, a ten-minute play was a national finalist for the Gary Garrison Award in 2019. A full-length production of her play Shadow of the Son will be performed by Oxford High School February 22, 23, & 24. Kate is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. You can find her plays on The New Play Exchange. 

Youth Theatre Workshop

Jackie Joyner and Jennifer Mizenko

$185 for YAC members / $200 for non-members

Arena, 70 F.D. Buddy East Parkway

July 10-15, 2-5PM | Ages 8+

Theatre Oxford Youth Theatre Workshop July 10-15, 2023

Theatre Oxford is excited to offer a Youth Acting Workshop for ages 8+. Through a series of acting exercises, students will create their own play devised from a familiar fairytale. The workshop will result in an informal performance on Saturday, July 15th. Each day participants will receive lessons in scene work, character development, and movement from professional actress, Jackie Joyner, and internationally recognized movement expert, Jennifer Mizenko. As a part of creating an original play, participants will learn to create their own costumes and props using fabric and simple craft techniques. By the end of the workshop, students will have become the authors, designers, and performers of their own play!

Actor Physicality: What is it and how do I do it?

with Jennifer Mizenko

April 22 | $35 member, $40 non-members

Arena, 70 F.D. Buddy East Parkway

1-2:30 PM, Ages 10-15 | 3-4:30 PM, Ages 15+

Internationally renowned theater movement expert, Jennifer Mizenko, will take you through the basics of how to apply physicality to the characters you play. You will examine the relationship between physicality and personality, as well as the significance of posture & gesture. Through this workshop you will gain a basic tool kit on how to make unique physical choices for every character you play.

How to Audition Workshop

with Rene Pulliam

February 26 | 4-6 PM

Powerhouse | 413 S. 14th St.

$35 members, $40 non-members | Ages 16+

Learn how to have a successful audition. Rene Pulliam has decades of experience casting shows. She was head of the BFA program in Musical Theatre at the University of Mississippi from 1993 to 2019. She has directed and/or choreographed hundreds of musicals across the United States, including the West Coast premiers of Smile, Closer than Ever, and Over Here. Her performance credits include television (The Carol Burnett Show), commercials (Dr. Pepper), and touring companies (The King and I, Godspell, Oklahoma).

Rene Pulliam, photo

2-Day, 10-Minute Playwriting Workshop

by Neil White and Leonard Madrid

Powerhouse | 413 S. 14th St.

February 10 (5-7 PM)

& February 11 (10 AM-Noon)

$50 members, $65 non-members | Ages 16+

Leonard Madrid and Neil White lead 10-Minute Playwriting Workshop for Theatre Oxford

Learn what makes a good 10-minute play. How is the format unique? What are the elements that make-or-break successful results? Leonard Madrid has received the Kennedy Center’s Latinx Playwriting award three times. Aurora was part of the Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens and the Festival Internacional de Teatro Universitario in Mexico City. Las Arañas was part of the Ground Floor residency at Berkely Rep. Cebollas will be part of the Colorado Playwright Summit in 2022. He is currently the Artistic Director at Blackout Theatre and teaches playwriting at Eastern New Mexico University. Neil White (Lepers & Cons, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir) runs The Nautilus Publishing Company, is the ghost author of many memoirs, and editor/publisher of 10-Minute Plays from Oxford.