Virtual Classroom

The Rep’s Virtual Classroom Series provides people of all ages the opportunity to learn about the world of professional theatre directly from those currently working in the industry. These videos can be used in the classroom or for personal engagement, and cover a wide range of topics including administration, playwriting, directing, acting, design, and more.


Director as an Archaeologist: Analyzing a Play

Presented by Doug Finlayson, Head of Directing, Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Excavating a play for its hidden treasures is at the heart of a director’s job. In this video, get a glimpse into the process of reading and assessing a play for given and imaginary circumstances.

This session was produced as part of the 2018 St. Louis Theatre Expo presented by PNC Arts Alive and hosted by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


The Collaborative Nature of Playwriting

Presented by Michael Erickson, Playwright and Retired Professor, Webster University

Explore the collaboration involved in writing and producing a play in this introduction to the art and craft of playwriting.

This session was produced as part of the 2018 St. Louis Theatre Expo presented by PNC Arts Alive and hosted by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


How the Lighting Designer Fills in the Gaps

Presented by John Wylie, Head of Production Programs, Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts

A demonstration of lighting designer tools and how lighting helps tell the story.

This session was produced as part of the 2018 St. Louis Theatre Expo presented by PNC Arts Alive and hosted by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


Setting the Scene

Presented by Scott Loebl, St. Louis-based Scenic Artist, Charge Scenic Artist and Set Designer, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Discover the journey that the design team embarks upon to create all the visual aspects of a show and the challenge of analyzing a script or libretto to turn concept into reality.

This session was produced as part of the 2018 St. Louis Theatre Expo presented by PNC Arts Alive and hosted by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


But How Does an Actor…?

Presented by Michelle Hand, St. Louis-based Actor

What really goes on in the rehearsal hall, backstage, or behind the curtain? How do you get into character and memorize all of those lines? Everything you wanted to know about being an actor is asked and answered in the Q&A session with a working professional.

This session was produced as part of the 2018 St. Louis Theatre Expo presented by PNC Arts Alive and hosted by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.