Youth Education


GRSF Education Classes & COVID-19

To our community of students and supporters of our education programs:

We are very excited to be planning IN PERSON classes this summer! All youth programs will take place outdoors using tents on the Winona State University campus. Registration links below are open for 2021. Many details still to come, but the health and safety of our students/teachers will continue to be GRSF’s top concern. We are prepared to adapt according to updated CDC guidelines and GRSF company policy. Please reach out to Director of Summer Education, Jenn Oswald at with any questions or for more information.


Youth Education at GRSF

GRSF provides extensive formal training programs for a wide variety of ages. Our focus is not only on theater production but on the development of human character. At GRSF, we believe that part of becoming a great artist is becoming a great person. We are a company of artists, and we are part of a community. We value respect, empathy, and compassion every bit as much as we value excellence, authenticity, and innovation.

All of GRSF’s education programs are supported by a grant from the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

Summer Programs for Grade School Students

In this fun theater class, students will play engaging, imaginative games, act out scenes, and create plays based on folktales, fairy tales, fables and mythology. Materials will include classic and contemporary literature along with creative dramatic improvisation. Students will be introduced to basic theater exercises which promote confidence, foster positive group dynamics and bolster the imagination. Each exercise is designed to teach a specific skill, but students have so much fun they don’t realize how much they are learning! We work on building a respectful community in a safe, supportive and fun atmosphere, promoting warm friendships and enthusiasm. Students will be taught voice and diction exercises, learn deep, meditative breathing, relaxation techniques, stretching, character development and how objectives and behavior shape acting choices. Using the tools of voice, body and imagination, students learn to showcase their natural talents and improve their observation and concentration skills.

Will’s Creative Drama (Age 4 – 2nd Grade)

June 28 – July 2: 9am to 12pm

Tuition: $150/student


Will’s Power Players (Grades 3-6)

Class runs July 5-9th and 12-16th 10:00am-12:30pm and 1:15pm-4:00pm

Tuition: $195


About the Instructor

Kacie Mixon has taught dramatics for young people for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in Theater from Rutgers University, and a MAT in Teaching from Montclair State University. She served as Education Coordinator at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and has taught, adjudicated, directed and mentored young actors at ASF, George Street Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Omega Institute, Princeton Montessori School, Newark Public Schools, and with her husband, GRSF actor Chris Mixon, co-founded a Creative Dramatics for Homeschoolers program in rural Alabama. Kacie teaches Literacy, Theater, Civics, Public Speaking and Reading in New Jersey. Her son Jackson, a rising junior at Rutgers and an alumnus of the SYA program, who also played Young Seward in the 2019 GRSF production of Macbeth, will assist Kacie in teaching this summer.

Summer Programs for Middle and High School Students

These programs are for students who have completed 6th-12th grade to grow as young artists and learn new skills while engaging with professional company members. Acting students learn to approach Shakespeare’s text the same way our professional actors do: applying principles of scansion, acting technique, and text analysis. Design students work alongside professionals to develop their own approach to sets, costumes, and lighting. Film students will take part in the creation of a fully-produced short film, acting as a director, camera operator, sound/lighting technicians, and other on-set duties. On July 26th, the community will be invited to see a showcase of the work created by our students.

Shakespeare for Young Actors

SYA students will focus on basic principles of acting, scansion, text analysis, acting Shakespeare for the camera, basic video lighting/composition, and improv. This class culminates in a final presentation on July 25th.


Shakespeare for Young Designers

SYD students study the fundamentals of theatrical design as well as exploring Art Direction and Wardrobe Styling for the camera. This class culminates in a final presentation on July 25th.  

Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers

SYF students will gain experience as screenwriters, directors, camera operators, and sound/lighting technicians, while collaborating with actors and designers. This class culminates in a final presentation on July 25th.

Summer Youth Classes are made possible with the support of Dan & Pat Rukavina