Classes and Workshops

Are you interested in getting involved at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, but aren't sure where to start?  Want to try something new? Check out our workshops! Periodically, we offer workshops on subjects from auditioning to acting to stagecraft and beyond. Members enjoy discounted rates, but all are welcome.




Instructors: Jared Hoffert and Jonathan Sills
March 17, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM
Ages 16+
$20 for A2CT members / $25 for non-members

Whether you are new to the audition process or just looking for an opportunity to work on your audition methods; please join Actor/Director Jared Hoffert and Music Director
Jonathan Sills as they draw on their years of experience in professional and community theatre to cover various auditioning subjects. Topics will include (but are not limited to) song choices, how to dress, resumes and headshots, what to do, what NOT to do and many others.

The workshop will conclude with each participant being able to perform a ‘mock’ audition. With feedback from the workshop leaders.

Participants are asked to prepare two contrasting (Classic and Contemporary Musicals) 16-32 bar songs they might use in an audition for a Summer Stock Season or General call.

Jared Hoffert lived and worked in NYC for nearly 20 years pursuing a career in theatre and performing such roles as Caiaphas (JC Superstar), Jud Fry (Oklahoma!) and Don Quixote (tour) along with many others. Since moving to Ann Arbor in 2012, he has performed, directed, and staged fights for multiple shows at A2CT, The Croswell Opera House and other local venues. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan where he also studied Musical Theatre and Voice with George Shirley.

Jonathan Sills has served as music director for more than fifty productions at numerous area venues, most notably at the Croswell Opera House (Adrian). His last appearance with A2CT was Lucky Stiff (March, 2015). From Little Shop to Les Mis, Carrie to Carousel, he has conducted performances and taught vocals for a variety of musical theater styles and served as rehearsal accompanist for most of his shows. A classically trained musician, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan.

Register for AUDITIONING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE using the form below. 
You may send payment to the A2CT office, or call 734-971-2228 to make payment over the phone

Auditioning for Musical Theatre Workshop


SHAKESPEARE FOR TEENS: Memorable Monologues
Instructor: Annie Dilworth
March 24 & 31, 2018, 1-4 PM (must attend both sessions)
Grades 8-12
$40 for A2CT members / $50 for non-members

We'll make Shakespeare less intimidating by surveying his language/legacy, works, and characters with participatory exercises in pentameter and games with insults. 
Participants will leave with a monologue useful for auditions.

Anne Dilworth is a working professional actor in MI with a BA in Theatre from Grand Valley State University and have worked with the Michigan Shakespeare 
Festival, Shakespeare in Detroit, Royal Oak Shakespeare, and played Desdemona in A2CT's 2016 production of Othello. She has instructed a teen-level summer theater camp for 7 years (4 years assistant and 3 years lead instructor), been a teaching assistant for a High school drama program's Shakespeare unit, co-directed a Shakespeare play at a high 
school, been a Workshop leader for an International Thespian Society troupe, and have presented for a poetry high school class and community group. She also works in the 
Michigan Shakespeare Festival's High school tour bringing two Shakespeare shows to high schools around Michigan (performing as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and 
Witch 2/Fleance/Egg in Macbeth, and this year I will be a cover for Lady Macbeth and Lady Capulet). She is very passionate about theater in education and working with teens on making Shakespeare accessible and fun.

Register for SHAKESPEARE FOR TEENS using the form below. You may send payment to the A2CT office, or call 734-971-2228 to make payment over the phone

Shakespeare for Teens: Memorable Monologues


MAKING A SCENE: Sustaining Long Improv Scenes
Instructor: David Widmayer
April 7, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM
Ages 16+
$20 for A2CT members / $25 for non-members

Making a Scene: Sustaining Long Improv Scenes, will be led by by David Widmayer, local actor, theater director, and director of A2CT’s Civic Improv Ensemble. Participants in this workshop will be coached in exercises for building longer, deeper, character-driven improv scenes. This workshop will help participants to step outside the constraints of game-based improv and jumpstart their long-form work

Register for MAKING A SCENE using the form below. You may send payment to the A2CT office, or call 734-971-2228 to make payment over the phone

Making a Scene: Sustaining Long Improv Scenes

Don't see what you're looking for above? Check out more upcoming workshops below. 
Registration for these will open approximately 6 weeks before the event date.
All workshops are 1:00-4:00 PM in the A2CT Studio unless otherwise noted

May 12, 2018: Bring Your Characters to Life: Physical Characterization with Gerard Dzuiblinski. For grades 10 and up

June 30, 2018: Stage Management: Prompt Books and Calling Scenes with Brice O'Neal. For grades 8 and up