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Student opportunities

A dance class at 900 Hennepin AvenueJesus Christ Superstar  Dance Masterclass

Friday, January 24, 2020
4 – 6 p.m.
Studio 900 at Hennepin Theatre Trust (900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis)

Join us for our annual Technicians Masterclass at the Orpheum Theatre. Students will learn from professional Orpheum Theatre technicians about lighting, audio, fly systems, stage management, and more. Questions are welcome! Students will have the option to choose what sessions they are interested in (up to 3). If students would like to experience more than 3 areas, they are welcome to sign up for both sessions.

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Bernarda Alba show artwork with a rosaryTheatre Latte Da Masterclass Series: Bernarda Alba

Thursday, February 6, 2020
5 p.m. through the end of the show
The Ritz Theatre (345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis)

Join Spotlight Education for our third masterclass in our Theater Latte Da Masterclass Series! Students will have a masterclass with the cast members of Bernarda, have dinner, a tour of the set and stage, and a ticket to see the show. The cost of this masterclass is $25 (cash or check will be collected on day of masterclass). Click the link below to sign up!

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Hennepin Theatre Trust & JCC: An Inclusive Musical Theater Experience

Love to perform? Enjoy technical theater? Check out this opportunity!

Expand your skills. Broaden your experience. Join us for Hennepin Theatre Trust & JCC: An Inclusive Musical Theater Experience. We’re looking for Spotlight students to work side by side with a group of adults with a variety of disabilities from Sabes JCC’s Inclusion program. Participate in a series of seven workshops and two short performances over six weeks — led by outstanding local theater professionals in voice, dance, acting and theater tech.

Last year we had the privilege to perform at Children’s Minnesota where our show was broadcast to patient rooms in the Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals, and we will return again this year.

Application deadline is extended: Apply today!

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Director opportunities

2019-2020 Spotlight Education school registration

Spotlight Education  is now accepting school registration for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are new school interested in joining the program, please fill out this blank registration form and contact Spotlight Education  at for any questions. If you are a returning school, please email Spotlight Education  for your registration form.

Please note: To ensure that Spotlight Education  can continue to serve high school musical theater programs and students across the state of Minnesota, Spotlight  will be offering a tiered system of participation. As of fall 2019, Spotlight  schools have the opportunity to choose their level of involvement in the program at the time of registration. There are two different tracks – the production assessment track and the non-assessment track. Learn more about this change.

Director resources

Director’s Handbook (PDF) – The Spotlight Education 2019-2020 Director’s Handbook provides the most up-to-date information about Spotlight Education, including processes, fees, deadlines and key events occurring across the 2019-2020 season. The content is intended for theater directors and their creative teams at both current and prospective Spotlight schools.

Calendar of Events (PDF) – Download the 2019 – 2020 Spotlight Education Calendar of Events with engagements from August 18, 2019 to July 15, 2020.

Teacher speaking students gathered, standingSnipe Image (JPG) – Acknowledge your school’s participation in Spotlight Education in your production’s playbill or program.

General Press Release (DOCX) – A general information press release about Spotlight Education for your local media.

Honors Press Release (DOCX) – A template press release announcing your performance’s recognition from Spotlight Education.