Classes, Workshops, & Coaching

Classes taught by Artists Rep & Guest Artists

Our education programs focus on engaging and elevating our community by offering professional-level classes with our resident artists and guest artists. Artists Repertory Theatre is dedicated to working with artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to create a stronger, more equitable, and richer theatre experience in Portland.



How to Read a Play: Dramaturgy for the Audience with Luan Schooler

Acting for Business & Communication with Chris Harder

Musical Theatre: Fundamentals, Styles, and Storytelling taught by Master Teachers Angela Niederloh and Matthew Hayward

Telling Your Story for the Stage: A Playwriting Workshop with E.M. Lewis *CLASS FULL*


How to Read a Play: Dramaturgy for the Audience with Luan Schooler

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October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2018
Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00pm

The rules governing how plays are supposed to operate are continually changing, and today's playwrights are innovative - even mischievous - with form and structure. In this class, we will focus on how playwrights use non-traditional structure, character, and language to support the themes and ideas explored in their plays. Using last season's Caught by Christopher Chen and this season's Wolf Play by Hansol Jung, we will explore the distinctive approaches playwrights take in pursuit of an idea and discuss the ramifications of their choices. This class is intended for people who love theatre even if - or maybe especially because - it sometimes travels surprising and unfamiliar paths.

Cost: $85
Maximum class size: 12


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Luan Schooler was born in West Texas, where she trailed her big sister into dance classes and community theatre. When she was 12, the family packed up and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where play practice and recitals continued to consume her. After being kicked out of high school, she was eventually accepted into the theatre program at CalArts. One thing led to another and a life in theatre was launched. Over the years, she morphed from acting, directing and writing, into dramaturgy and literary management. She has worked with many theatres around the country, most notably with Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska (where she met and married the marvelous Tim), Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Rep, and developed new plays with exceptional artists including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Leon Ingulsrud, Lisa Peterson, Paula Vogel and Molly Smith. In the Mid-Aughts, she took a sabbatical from theatre to open a cheese shop, but happily left it behind to return to theatre. In 2015, she joined Artists Rep to launch Table | Room| Stage, the theatre’s new play development program. Here, she is developing work with Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Andrea Stolowitz, Linda Alper, Dael Orlandersmith, Hansol Jung, Steve Rathje, Anthony Hudson, and Susannah Mars. She also does production dramaturgy on most of Artists Rep’s shows, recently directed The Thanksgiving Play here, and keeps her thumb in a variety of other pies (including working with Lisa Peterson on her translation of Hamlet for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project.


Acting for Business & Communication with Chris Harder

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October 20 & 27, 2018
Saturdays from 11:00am - 2:00pm

This two day workshop offers simple and effective acting tools to the non-actor for cultivating presence and authenticity in daily life. Each workshop begins with physical awareness and relaxation techniques, then moves into ensemble group exploration, followed by partnered moment to moment analysis and adjustments. The acting skills translate directly to real life communication with business clients, partners, and personal contacts. 

Cost: $90
Maximum class size: 15


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Chris Harder's artistic home is in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Resident Artists with Artists Repertory Theatre. As an award winning professional actor with hundreds of credits in theatre, film, and television, he performs regularly on Portland stages. For over 20 years, Chris has been teaching acting techniques to students of all ages at a variety of skill levels with the belief that theatre has the power to change lives and make a difference for the greater good. Chris is a faculty member with the Portland Actors Conservatory, a two year program dedicated to training professional actors, and he offers private courses at Artists Rep. More info at



Musical Theatre: Fundamentals, Styles, and Storytelling taught by Master Teachers Angela Niederloh and Matthew Hayward.

October 15, 22, & 29, 2018
Mondays from 6:00 - 9:00pm

Designed from actors and singers of any experience level, this three-session (all are stand-alone classes, but also build on each other, if take in sequence), workshop-style class with provide students with:

  • the fundamentals of healthy vocal technique
  • an exploration of the elements of singing for musical theatre
  • the experience of conveying story and character with song

Class 1: Fundamentals of Vocal Technique - October 15
Participants work with these master teachers to understand the basics of healthy vocal technique. Topics include: breath support, resonance, pitch control, and vibrato. 

Class 2: Musical Theatre - October 22
Participants explore singing from the Musical Theatre repertoire. Topics include: singing styles such as "BELT" and "MIX," conserving vocal energy, and resonance placement.

Class 3: Telling a Story with Song - October 29
Participants learn to use text to convey character and story, and use movement and gesture for specificity and clarify in their performance.

Cost: $150 for 1 Class; $275 for 2 Classes; $390 of ALL 3 Classes
Maximum class size: 10/class

Discounts to multiple classes will be applied in cart.

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VOXnorthwest is a studio of select voice students in Portland, Oregon. Co-founders Matthew Hayward and Angela Niederloh are well know to the Oregon Music Community as both performers and educators. They serve on the voice faculty of Portland State, George Fox, and Pacific Universities. The studio works regularly with lead singers in the band Pink Martini, has served as vocal coach on the movie Souvenir starring Isabelle Huppert, and students of VOXnorthwest have won Vocal Competitions on the State and National levels and scholarships to some of the most prominent music schools and conservatories in the United States and Europe.

American lyric baritone Matthew Hayward has rapidly established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He is the winner of the Gerard Souzay-Grand Concours de Chant and made his European debut in concert at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France. In recent seasons, Mr. Hayward’s operatic engagements have included creating the role of Marquis de Brisaille in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Ravenal in Showboat at Lakewood Theater, Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette with Baltimore Opera, Pelleas in Pelleas et Melisande at Opera Theater Oregon, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Skagit Opera and Washington East Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème with the Princeton Festival and Syracuse Opera, Marcello in La Bohème with Skagit Opera, Dancaïre in Carmen at Opera New Jersey, Black Cat and the Grandfather Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Ramiro in L'heure espagnole and as Cardinal in Galileo Galilei at Portland Opera, Ko-Ko in The Mikado at Syracuse Opera and The Pirate King and Harold Hill at Opera Idaho.

Active in recital and concert, he was personally invited by Maestro Julius Rudel to debut with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Arts Festival, where he sang an all Kurt Weill Gala with soprano Angelina Réaux, he also sang the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s The Moabit Sonnets with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Hayward has enjoyed a close association with the Aspen Music Festival and has sung recitals there featuring the works of Duparc, Schubert and Weill; performances of Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses, Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel and a Leonard Bernstein Gala with Broadway star Judy Kaye. The Gerda Lissner Foundation and Albanese-Puccini Foundation have honored Matthew Hayward with awards and he has performed under such distinguished conductors as Julius Rudel, Mark Flint, Richard Tang Yuk, Douglas Kinney Frost, Joseph Rescigno, Steven White, Dean Williamson, William Vendice, David Zinman and Keith Lockhart. A Seattle native, Mr. Hayward completed his undergraduate and graduate music studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As the Founder of Vox Northwest Voice Studios, he maintains a select private voice studio in Portland, Oregon and is serves on the voice faculty of Portland State and George Fox Universities. He is sought after as a District and State Vocal Judge in Oregon, as a Master Clinician at major universities throughout the West Coast and as a dramatic and interpretive coach.

Angela Niederloh, mezzo-soprano, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "A charismatic mezzo soprano." She recently made her Portland Opera debut as Melibea in II viaggio a Rheim. A recent participant in the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Ms. Niederloh was last seen as Meg Page in Falstaff, Karolka in Jenufa and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Other roles include Flora in La Traviata, Rosette in Manon and Olga in the Merry Widow. Other operatic engagements for the American artists include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (San Francisco Opera Center), The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Omaha), Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, and Mrs. Slender in Salieri's Falstaff (Wolf Trap Opera.)

Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Niederloh's solo credits include performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Columbia symphony, Choral Arts Ensemble, and Choral Crossties.

An active participant in many of the nation's most respected competitions, Ms. Niederloh was a national finalist in the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winner and audience favorite in the Elanor Lieber Award Competition, second place in the MacAllister Vocal Competition, second place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, and finalist in the McCollum Vocal Competition.

Upcoming engagement include performing with the Portland Opera, Boston Baroque, and Portland Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Niederloh is also actively sought after nationally for music clinic workshops for choirs and individuals and currently serves as a faculty member at Pacific University.


Telling Your Story for the Stage: A Playwriting Workshop with E.M. Lewis *CLASS FULL*

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September 15 - November 10, 2018
Saturdays from 10:00am - 1:00pm (no class on October 27)

Everyone is welcome to this playwriting workshop, from experienced storytellers in need of new inspiration to nervous beginners who aren't sure where to start. We'll explore the fundamental tools and elements of playwriting, and try a variety of writing exercises to get the ball rolling! Over the course of eight three hour sessions, you will be encouraged to begin and finish a one-act play, or even launch into a full-length play if you're ready! You'll bring in pages to share every week, for encouraging feedback and support from both teacher and peers. We'll talk about how to write stories that move people, and stories that matter. The class will culminate in a reading of your work with professional actors from our Portland theatre community. Join us!

Cost: $300 (Includes a ticket to Skeleton Crew.)
Maximum class size: FULL - Please let us know if you would like to be placed on the wait list.


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E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French. She received both the Primus Prize and the Steinberg Award from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Her play The Gun Show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than thirty theaters across the country, including CoHo Productions in Portland, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  It was published in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, and will be available soon from Samuel French. Lewis' newest play -- an epic adventure story about climate change set in Antarctica called Magellanica -- had its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre in spring of 2018.  Other plays by Lewis include: Song of ExtinctionInfinite Black Suitcase, Heads, Now Comes the Night, Apple SeasonReading to VegetablesTrue Storyand You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center). Lewis is currently working on two opera commissions, a small personal play called How the Light Gets In, and a big, new political play called The Great Divide. She is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild. She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.



We offer private coaching from a variety of qualified coaches. Some coaching options include:

  • Monologue and Audition Coaching 
  • Scene Work Coaching 
  • Public Speaking for Professionals (from individual coaching to in-office seminars)

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Observe the tech process of one of our mainstage productions! Enjoy a tour of the theatre, observe two hours of tech rehearsal, and participate in a Q&A.

Cost: $15/person
10/3/18 (Small Mouth Sounds), 11/21/18 (Everybody)

Space is limited!