Health and safety protocols in our theatres

Student and educator opportunities

Three different types of masterclasses

Spotlight facilitates in-person and virtual workshops for students to learn new skills, build community and connect with leading industry professionals. Spotlight opportunities supplement and enhance theater curriculum and introduce students to the world of professional theater from both a local and national perspective. Students who attend a currently registered Spotlight high school can attend any session for free.

Spotlight Education also partners with locally and nationally recognized professional development programs to facilitate learning opportunities for Minnesota theater educators. Sessions focus on building professional skills, accessibility in the classroom, equity and inclusion and other areas of arts and theater pedagogy.


Mental Health Resources for High School Theaters


Title: Unpacking the Show Director RoundtableThe Little Mermaid and Shrek the Musical artwork
Facilitators: Spotlight Education
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Remote via Zoom
Description: Unpacking the Show is a Spotlight Education resource program that equips educators (and by extension, students and audiences) with tools to critically and responsibly approach the canon of musical theater. In our Director Roundtable series, we will partner with high school theater directors and  Spotlight teaching artists to dig deeper into the content of shows produced at the high school level and develop a set of best practices for discussing and staging these stories.

This month: The Little Mermaid and Shrek the Musical


22 – Spotlight Education School Registration Opens
22 – Critical Review – All Student Applications Open


2 – Critical Review Returning Student Applications Close
10 – Unpacking the Show Director Roundtable
17 – Director Orientation
24 – Resumé and Headshot Day
19 – Critical Review New Student Applications Close
26 – Director Orientation
30 – Spotlight Education School Registration Closes


**4 – Student Liaison Kickoff Meeting
5 – Theater Latté Da Partnership: Merrily We Roll Along
8 – Unpacking the Show Director Roundtable
17 – NEWS Series Student Opportunity
18 – Unpacking the Show Student Conversation
26 – CATS Broadway Workshop


12 – Unpacking the Show Director Roundtable


7 – Les Misérables Broadway Workshop
10 – Unpacking the Show Director Roundtable + Professional Development Session
14 – Unpacking the Show Student Conversation

Dates are subject to change and all Spotlight Education workshops and conversations will be in person (with a virtual option) unless otherwise announced.

Check for the most up-to-date information.

A group picture with a teaching artist and masterclass students

Broadway engagement series
The Broadway engagement series gives students the opportunity to engage with and learn from current Broadway touring cast and crew.

Spotlight workshops
Spotlight workshops give students the opportunity to engage with and learn from local Twin Cities theater professionals and national artists in a wide variety of areas. Some examples include:

    • Audition techniques
    • Theater resume and reel building
    • Triple Threat intensives
    • Technical student workshops
    • Orchestra student workshops

Theater partnership series
The Spotlight theater partnership series gives students the opportunity to engage with local theater companies across the state of Minnesota. Spotlight Education has partnered with:

    • Theater Latté DaA teaching artist instructs a student on posture
    • Trademark Theater
    • Mill City Summer Opera
    • Theatre L’Homme Dieu

NEWS series
The NEWS series brings educational skill building opportunities to students and programs in Greater Minnesota. Spotlight Education chooses a “host school” and invites students from surrounding Spotlight schools to the event. Spotlight works with the host school to decide specific session topics, and then brings professional teaching artists to lead the sessions.
If your school is interested in hosting a NEWS event for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact Spotlight Education at [email protected]