Spring Classes for Adults


As “your theatre for life,” Park Square and SteppingStone Theatre are pleased to offer a series of storytelling workshops for adults. Intergenerational classes are available as well as programs specifically for adults age 50 and above. Together, the programs will immerse you in learning that will cumulatively build your skills and comfort in speaking out and sharing your stories.

Deepen connections with friends and family, forge new relationships, and share the joy of theatre!

Questions? Contact Megan Flød Johnson, Director of Education. Email flodjohnson@parksquaretheatre.org

Adult Storytelling Classes

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 present a final sharing of their work on the final week for invited friends and family.

All experience levels are welcome!

New for Winter & Spring: $5 parking vouchers for downtown 7A parking ramp. Take the guess work out of parking downtown with guaranteed parking a short walk (3 blocks) from Park Square Theatre.

Storytelling Performance Skills I:

March 23 – May 11, 2023
Thursdays, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Ages 50+
Taught by Dane Stauffer

All levels welcome. 

Storytelling Performance Skills II:

March 23 – May 11, 2023
Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Performance: May 11,  6:00pm

Ages 50+
Taught by Dane Stauffer

All levels welcome. Great for returning students. 

Introduction to Storytelling:

March 25 – May 13, 2023
Saturdays, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Intergenerational: Adults age 16+

*No Class 4/8

Taught by Katie Knutson

All levels welcome.


Experiment with acting foundations as you create original work and bring it to life. In this collaborative class, you’ll use stories, question prompts, and discussion topics to develop original content that you’ll stage, rehearse, and perform. With a focus on creating an inclusive, safe, and fun space for actors of all skill levels, we’ll dive deep into acting technique in order to understand how an actor develops, prepares, and performs new work.

New for Winter & Spring: $5 parking vouchers for downtown 7A parking ramp. Take the guess work out of parking downtown with guaranteed parking a short walk (3 blocks) from Park Square Theatre.


March 25 – May 13, 2023
Saturdays, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Adults 18+

*No Class 4/8



Full Registration fee (actual price for 7 weeks): $300

  • 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

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.


Headshot of Katie Knutson, a woman with glasses and shoulder-length dark hair.

Katie Knutson

Katie Knutson is a Professional Storyteller and Teaching Artist who has been featured at storytelling festivals in the US, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. She regularly teaches classes and leads workshops for adults and children, and even spent a year teaching storytelling and drama in Chile. Her writing has been featured in Storytelling Magazine, Tomorrow’s Storytellers Today, and two books about integrating storytelling into classroom curriculum. She recently completed 17 years of serving on the Boards of various non-profits including Story Arts of MN, Northlands Storytelling Network, National Storytelling Network, and Youth, Educators & Storytellers Alliance.

Learn more about Katie and her work at www.ripplingstories.com

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 Summer 2022 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

Pedro Bayón

Specialty: Devised Theatre + Acting

With over 30 years of experience, Pedro is a Theatre Artist and Teaching Artist from Puerto Rico. He has worked with local companies including The Ordway, Teatro del Pueblo, and Mixed Blood, amongst others. Motivating minds to explore their creative potential is what motivates Pedro to keep teaching and mentoring students ages 5-85.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $50 non-refundable and non-transferable class deposit.

  • Cancelation more than 2 weeks before a class begins will result in a full refund, less the $50 deposit.
  • Cancelation within 1-2 weeks of a class beginning will result in a class credit, less the $50 deposit.
  • Cancelation 1 week or less before a class begins will result in no refund or credit.

Exceptions will be considered for students with COVID-19 symptoms.

Students may transfer camp sessions (based on availability) without a processing fee, 2+ weeks before a class begins. Class transfers requested less than two weeks before a class begins may not be accommodated. If camp registration fees are not equal, any cost difference must be paid at the time of transfer.

If Park Square Theatre cancels a class, for any reason, you will be issued

  • a full refund including the $50 deposit for classes that have not yet started.
  • a prorated refund (including the $50 deposit) for classes that have started.


The box office is currently closed. Please email tickets@parksquaretheatre.org with any questions.

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