Theater lovers can learn online from Theater J artists in a welcoming, participatory atmosphere

Register today for exciting new summer classes!

Taught by Nephelie Andonyadis

Mondays July 13 – August 3 (4 Sessions)
4:30-6:00 PM
$149 ($129 for subscribers/Angel-level donors)
Registration deadline: July 12 at noon

Design is a critical element in telling the story of a play; it creates an aesthetic and a context, while supporting and interacting with every other element of a production. Acclaimed scenic and costume designer Nephelie Andonyadis (Edward Albee’s Occupant) will provide a window into the designer’s point of view and share the process through which the physical world of the play is created on stage. Where do the ideas come from? How much leeway does a designer have? And how should an audience member look at the designs in performance? Broaden your understanding of theater through a series of readings, lectures, discussions, and projects in this participatory class. No prior design or art experience required. Learn more about Nephelie here.

Taught by Holly Twyford

Wednesdays July 15 – August 12 (5 sessions)
3:30-5:00 PM
$169 ($149 for subscribers/Angel-level donors)
Registration deadline: July 14 at noon

Where does an actress find the clues that shape her portrayal of a character? How does a performer transform herself into someone else? Holly Twyford, one of DC’s most esteemed actor/directors, will pull the curtain back to reveal how an actor understands, interprets, and plays different roles. Using a variety of characters from Shakespeare as the foundation, she’ll lead discussions on how a professional reads and analyzes the text to crack open a character, and what an audience can learn from the choices an actor is making on stage. This is not an acting class; no prior experience in acting or Shakespeare is required. Please note that students will read several of Shakespeare’s plays as homework, specific titles to be assigned by instructor.

Taught by Adam Immerwahr and Kevin Place

Thursdays July 16 – August 20 (5 Sessions; no class on August 6)
3:30-5:00 PM
6:00-7:30 PM
$169 ($149 for subscribers/Angel-level donors)
Registration deadline: July 14 at noon

What does a theater professional “see” when they watch a play? Deepen and enrich your experience of the live theater with the techniques and approaches that theater professionals use. From evaluating a production’s concept to unpacking the staging choices, develop your theater reviewer’s “toolkit” in lively group discussions. Students will watch recorded productions (from a range of companies across the country) before each class and then unpack them as a group under the guidance of Theater J’s Artistic Director and Associate Producer. Some purchases of online viewing may be required.

Taught by Susan Rome

Tuesdays July 21 – August 11 (4 Sessions)
7:00-8:30 PM
$149 ($129 for subscriber/Angel-level donors)
Registration deadline: July 20 at noon

Prepare for a deep dive into the process of acting with a Theater J favorite, award-winning actress Susan Rome. For an actor, the journey of preparing a performance is full of collaborations, beginning with the audition process and continuing in the rehearsal room, working closely with directors, playwrights, designers, and other actors. Learn how all these relationships combine to enable the final—and most essential—collaboration: that of the performer with the audience. The class will use texts primarily from productions Rome has worked on at Theater J. The focus will be developing an understanding of the actor’s process that students will find valuable when viewing theatrical performances. This is not an acting class; no previous acting experience is required. 

Taught by Aaron Posner

Fridays July 24 – August 28 (6 sessions)
2:00-3:30 PM
Registration deadline: July 22 at noon

Thursdays July 9 – August 13 (6 sessions)
5:30-7:00 PM 

$189 ($169 for subscribers/Angel-level donors)

Aaron Posner (Theater J’s Life Sucks and others) has written award-winning adaptations of works by Chekhov, Chaim Potok, Shakespeare, and more. Ever wondered how a writer transforms a story from one genre to another, from novel to play, play to movies, movies to musicals, or real life to play? Explore the process of adaptation from conception and composition through completion and performance using great Jewish short stories as examples. Whether you aspire to create your own adaptations or want to better understand the art you see on stage, this class is sure to open your eyes. This is a participatory discussion-based course; no prior writing experience required.

It is preferred that participants log in via computers (with microphones and speakers), but if need be they can call in by phone. Registrants will receive detailed instructions from the teacher within a few days of registering. Each individual in a household must register separately.

*Use the email address attached to your Theater J account and the subscriber discount will automatically be taken in your cart. If you have questions, call 202.777.3210 and we will be happy to help you complete your transaction.


All students MUST register for class. It is easiest to do this online, but can also be done over the phone or in person if you have made arrangements to do so.

Theater J reserves the right to cancel classes that do not have the minimum required number of students. Students may request a full refund for the cancelled class or apply the money toward future Theater J classes.

Theater J can refund tuition up to one-week prior to the class starting.

Tuition for classes that have already started is not refundable.

Students may only apply one discount per class per registration period.

Please feel free to contact Theater J at 202.777.3210 or with any questions or concerns.

Theater J is not responsible for providing make-ups or issuing credit or refunds for programs missed as a result of personal scheduling conflicts, illnesses, emergencies, or other circumstances beyond Theater J’s control. If you are unable to attend a program for any of these reasons, we encourage you to consider your registration fee a form of support, helping Theater J sustain our programs.

Previous Classes

Taught by Tyler Herman


This class offers the skills and techniques in the actor’s toolkit to offer new ways to study Jewish texts. Join actor Tyler Herman (Theater J’s TRAYF) and fellow theater lovers to look through an actor’s lens at some of the Torah’s stories, analyzing words and deeds of the Torah as an actor examines dialogue, action, objective, obstacle, and events. This class offers a new way to understand these rich and meaningful stories and, by extension, ourselves. Students will have opportunities to read aloud as characters and try out the techniques they are learning.

This is not an acting class; no acting experience is required. All Torah text will be read in English.

Taught by Paul Morella


Hone your public speaking, your day-to-day communications , and especially those critical moments of persuasion using theater techniques. Gain insights, philosophies, and tools on the art and science of verbal communication from actor Paul Morella (Theater J’s BROKEN GLASS). Morella, a master storyteller, trial advocacy consultant, and faculty member at American University’s Washington College of Law, focuses on how to successfully convey ideas and emotions through language, voice, and physicality in order to communicate more effectively in professional and personal life, whether you are speaking to a single colleague, a group of clients, or at a major presentation. There will be opportunities for students to bring material to present or work on, if they wish.

This is not an acting class; no acting experience is required.

Theater J Artistic Director, Adam Immerwahr

Taught by Artistic Director, Adam Immerwahr


Learn in real-time, virtual, small group setting with Theater J’s Artistic Director! Take a deep dive into Theater J’s 2020-2021 plays in a friendly, book club-like setting. Understand how a theater professional analyzes a script as we read and discuss fascinating Jewish plays. Have a special sneak-peek and insight into the following year’s plays and how they are chosen. (Participants will need to purchase scripts.)

Theater J Managing Director, Jojo Ruf

Taught by Managing Director Jojo Ruf


Learn in a real-time, virtual, small group setting with Theater J’s Managing Director! The magic we see onstage would not be possible without a lot of creative thinking on the business side. Gain a better understanding of the theater you attend by learning the secrets behind “the business,” from the way an institution creates and markets its season, to how union negotiations have shaped our art form.

Taught by Naomi Jacobson


Learn in a real-time, virtual, small group setting with Naomi Jacobson (Theater J’s BECOMING DR. RUTH), one of DC’s finest actors and master teachers. Step into an actor’s process and learn about the techniques used to interpret a script, personalize language, and make the audience believe that everything spoken is an original thought, not memorized text. Take a peek into how an actor uses personality, experience, vulnerabilities, and attributes to create deeply complex fully realized, emotionally connected characters.

This is not an acting class (and no prior acting experience is required), however students will have chances to try out some of these techniques and deepen their understanding of the work they see on stage. (A script purchase is required, separate from tuition payment.)

Taught by Caleen Sinnette Jennings 


Everyone has a story they’ve been meaning to write. Unlock your own creativity and voice with playwright and teacher Caleen Sinnette Jennings (author of Theater J’s acclaimed, autobiographical QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD). This class is for anyone eager to learn how to use memory to develop story (both narrative and dramatic writing), while infusing relaxation and fun into the writing process. Jennings will offer ways to get started, strategies for development, methods for moving forward when “stuck,” and how to celebrate completion.

Students will have the opportunity to share their work, and no previous writing experience is required.

Note: The class will rely on images, music, and writing by hand to inspire the creative process. If you have a visual or auditory impairment, please let us know so that we can make the class accessible for you.