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Classes

Encore Stage & Studio offers learning opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12. For our youngest students, we emphasize the excitement of discovering the power of the imagination and how a story can be told on stage. We then move forward by helping students to focus on the creative process; what can they create as a team? As students progress, we ask them to make informed decisions to craft compelling scenes onstage. We refine techniques, help our students to build confidence as performers and people, and challenge them to practice thinking quickly and responding authentically. All of our classes are taught by professional teaching artists, and lessons are designed to fit the skills and interests of the students enrolled. Encore offers group theatre classes, small master classes on a variety of specialized topics for advanced students, and private instruction in the areas of acting, singing, and piano.

Our after-school programs and year-round classes help students develop creativity and self-confidence. They are targeted to all levels of experience, from introductory to advanced. Scholarship assistance for classes is available.

  • Classes for Grades K – 1
  • Classes for Grades 2 – 3
  • Classes for Grades 4 – 5
  • Classes for Grades 6 – 8
  • Classes for Grades 9 – 12

    All Saturday classes are held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School located at 125 South Old Glebe Road Arlington, Virginia 22204. Click here for directions.


    All weekday classes are held at Theatre On The Run located at 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive Arlington, Virginia 22206. Click here for directions.


      Our classes give students the freedom to expresses themselves in an emotionally and physically safe environment. We emphasize the process of creating theatre and encourage students to share what they have learned with family and friends. Ours is a multi-disciplinary approach, with many classes drawing not only from material developed for the stage, but also from the worlds of music, art, dance, literature, and history. Our goal is not only to nurture an appreciation for live theatre, but also to help students develop on a personal level by focusing on such items as:

    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Self-discipline
    • Positive self-image and confidence
    • Responsibility and respect
    • Awareness of the senses
    • Use of imagination and creativity
    • Exploration and control of emotions


    Please review our polices to learn about refunds, scholarships and more.

    After-School Enrichment for Grades K-8

    After-School Enrichment Classes for Grades K-8

    Looking for a fun, curriculum-enhancing after-school activity? Encore Stage & Studio provides classes for schools all over northern Virginia, and we’d love to work with you to introduce your students to drama or deepen their appreciation of theatre. Course offerings include topics in acting, movement, music, and playwriting, including a playwriting class designed specifically for bilingual/ESOL students. We can also work with you to customize a class based on your school’s needs, or help direct or produce your school’s play or musical.

    To get started, email us info@encorestage.org or call us at 703.548.1154.