Theatre Oxford Workshops

We strive to provide an array of workshops to develop skills on and off stage for theatre lovers of all ages. Past workshops have included storytelling, adult acting, children’s theatre, set painting, and playwriting. Scroll down to read about our upcoming workshops and enroll!

If you have a theatre-relevant skill and want to teach, submit your proposal. We’ll help you organize, secure a space, and advertise. You’ll receive 90% of the enrollment fees (after settling expenses).


Classic Monster Make-Up

With Marta Dees

October 15th | 1-6 pm | Lafayette County Arena

For children and adults ages *8 and up!

$55 for YAC and Theatre Oxford members

$70 for non-members

Price includes makeup kit

Theatre Oxford Youth Theatre Workshop July 10-15, 2023

Learn basic prosthetic and makeup application techniques just in time to create a monster face for Halloween! The first half of the workshop will focus on techniques and creating a werewolf, witch, Frankenstein, or vampire monster. The second half of the class participants will don their new faces and participate in a Monster Fashion Catwalk to show off their designs. Instructor, Marta Dees, holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and was trained in stage makeup and FX prosthetic applications.

*Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The adult does not have to register for their own space. Online registration closes at noon on October 14th.

Allergy note: A latex polymer is used to apply the prosthetics so anyone with a latex allergy will not be able to apply prosthetics.

The Lafayette County Arena is located at 70 F.D. Buddy East Parkway (70 County Road 406).

Completed 2024 Workshops

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.