Classes for Adults

As part of Park Square and SteppingStone Theatre’s joint ambition to become your “theatre for life,” we are pleased to be offering a new series of storytelling workshops for adults 50 and over! The programs will immerse you in learning that will cumulatively build your skills and comfort in speaking out and sharing your stories. All classes taught by master-storyteller and Twin Cities theatre favorite, Dane Stauffer.

Attend one or attend them all. No prior experience necessary.

Bring your friends, make new friends and share the joy of theatre!

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Storytelling Sampler

November 4-5, 2022 
In Person
Ages 50+

Day 1: Thursday, Nov 4, 7:00-8:00 PM
Storytelling Showcase Performance
Park Square Proscenium Stage

Day 2: Fri Nov 5, 1:00-2:30 PM
Sample Workshop
Proscenium Rehearsal Hall (on the lower level next to the theatre office)

Great stories live inside all of us! Honing and sharing those stories both grounds us in our own being, and connects us to one another. Learn more about Park Square Theatre’s storytelling classes for adults age 50 and up, by participating in a 2-part sampler. On Day 1 you are invited to watch a storytelling showcase by participants in Dane Stauffer’s current classes, then return on Day 2 for a sample workshop to dive into your own lived experiences and begin sharing your narrative. 

Find your courage, practice your craft, and connect with others while learning about the winter/spring courses ahead. This is an introductory workshop, all experience levels welcome!

Only $10 to participate! Save your spot now!

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Looking Inside: An Introduction to Storytelling

January 20-March 3, 2022 (7 weeks)
Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 PM
Virtual Class (on Zoom)
Class Capacity: 10
Ages 50+

You are an artist and a storyteller (…even if you don’t know it yet!) Are you ready to reflect on the life experiences you hold and share them with a community of like-minded storytellers? What you hold inside is vital and powerful and ready to be explored and shared. Learn techniques and skills to craft compelling stories and confidently express them in your own personal performance style. 

Participants will meet weekly on Zoom (that’s right, no winter driving!) and host a live digital performance for invited friends and family on the final week.  All experience levels welcome!

Full Registration fee (actual price for 7 weeks): $170
Pay As You’re Able (PAYA)

  • I can afford the registration fee and help cover another participant’s registration: $200
  • I can afford the full registration fee: $170
  • I can afford most of the registration fee: $130
  • I can afford some of the registration fee: $90
  • Please contact me to discuss another price option: $50 deposit

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Honing Your Craft: Storytelling Performance Skills

March 24- May 5, 2022 (7 weeks)
Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 PM
In Person
Class Capacity: 20
Ages 50+

Are you yearning to flex your artistry in a welcoming community of storytellers and creatives? Stories live inside us all (…and we are always creating new ones too.) Deepen your connection to your own stories and bring them out into the world. Participants will practice performance skills like vocal projection and body awareness to bring the spirit, voice, and body together.

In-person at Park Square Theatre. Participants will present a final sharing of their work on the final week for invited friends and family. A next-level storytelling adventure suitable for all experience levels.

Full Registration fee (actual price for 7 weeks): $300
Pay As Your’e Able (PAYA)

  • I can afford the registration fee and help cover another participant’s registration: $325
  • I can afford the full registration fee: $300
  • I can afford most of the registration fee: $225
  • I can afford some of the registration fee: $150
  • Please contact me to discuss another price option: $50 deposit

About Dane Stauffer

Dane Stauffer’s career spans cabaret, theater, film, television, and radio.

Dane recently sang in Brand New Day: Breaking Barriers / A Cabaret at the Ordway, where he also recently starred as Scrooge in Dolly Parton’s Smokey Mountain Christmas Carol.

He’s starred as Roger Caldwell in the IVEY award winning musical Glensheen, (Returning this July to History Theatre, and Original Cast Album just released).

He has toured Ireland in Triple Espresso, garnered “Best Actor in a comedy” LA Stage Scene for All in the Timing, and “Best Actor in a Musical ” Broadway World for Glensheen. While in Los Angeles, he became a staple singing at Sunset Strip’s House of Blues, the Cafe Was with Jeff Goldblum on the keys, Herb Alpert’s Vibe Room and Yoshi’s with Estaire Godinez, and the LA Blues Festival, and locally, most recently in The Love Show at the O’Shaughnessy Valentines day w/ Kevin Kling and company.

Dane continues to teach empowerment through storytelling and theatre arts to children and adults in all settings.

Read more at www.danestauffer.com

Dane has a great way of making everyone feel comfortable and accepted.  I enjoyed the class so much that I recommended it to a group of seniors that I meet with regularly. —Linda Z., Workshop Participant

First off, the class was fun, great fun. Dane put me at ease with the first group exercises… The class showed me I was still a creative spontaneous ‘senior’ person. —Maureen C., Workshop Participant

All Classes are Pay As You’re Able

That means exactly what it says — pay what you or your family can afford.

Our full registration fee represents the amount that it costs us to bring this program to you.  For you, Pay As You’re Able may mean covering your fees and someone else’s. It could also mean paying half or some of the fee.

If these options do not work for you financially, we still want you to be able to attend. Reserve a spot with a $50 deposit and we will work with you personally to make participation possible.

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