We are storytellers! We act well our parts.

Who am I? Where am I? What do I want? What’s in my way and How do I get around it?

Our focus track students are no strangers to the world of creating theatre. They are multi-facted performers taking a variety of classes in diverse genres. We are training well disciplined actors with a heart for the human condition.  


Admitted by invitation only, our Acting II students have progressed through Acting I and have demonstrated a love for this work as well as a strong skill set in performance.

Focus Acting II builds upon the skills taught in Acting I while teaching performers about script analysis and how to audition. This class focuses on the creative thought of being an Actor. “Who am I? Where am I? What do I want? What’s in my way and how do I get around it?” Acting II is an excellent training ground for those students interested in our Theatre Troupe. These young performers participate in RPA Focus level productions. These are students who are training to play principle roles.



Admitted by invitation only, our Acting III students are often members of our Theatre Troupe and are ready for new challenges including monologues and partnered scenes. Students new to RPA can be placed in this class via an interview with the instructor.

Acting III is an intensive acting class. Students will be given the opportunity to use the skills they have developed in Acting I and Acting II while working on a monologue or a partnered scene. This class focuses on the creation of interesting and believable characters who have desires, authentic emotional reactions and relatable struggles. Reflecting the human condition is the goal. Students will leave the class ready to audition for a variety of performance opportunities.



One of the most exciting performing arts around. Musical Theatre tells a story through the combination of dance, music, and theater. Students in this program are developing in a variety of art forms and in so doing, create new avenues for growth and artistic exploration.

Musical Theater is the pursuit of becoming a “triple-threat-performer” –  a performer well versed in music, dance, and acting. Students learn skills in dance, music theory, and vocal technique. MT students develop an awareness of body, voice, and mind. It is the perfect program for students who enjoy all aspects of theater and strive to become versatile performing artists.

Musical theater classes are currently offered in a recreational and focus track. Both recreational and focus tracks are offered for ages 7-9 and for 10+. The focus track takes the skills learned in Recreational Musical Theater and develops them to a deeper understanding. More advanced choreography, vocal lines, and character development is explored in the focus track. Students must have taken Recreational Musical Theater and must have the approval of the teacher through an audition process or in class observations.



“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.” -Simon Callow

Theatre Troupe (Focus Track): Students will be admitted by Audition Only. The size of our Troupe will change with the needs of the show we are casting for the upcoming production.

Audition Requirements: To audition for Theatre Troupe you must be 10 years old by the first day of the session. Please come prepared to perform a one minute monologue that has been memorized and prepared. You will be asked to sing 16 bars of a song that best demonstrates your skill level. You will also learn a small amount of choreography in a group setting.

Requirements for a Troupe Member: All performers will need to be enrolled in an Acting Class or Musical Theatre Class AND a Dance or vocal Training Class.

Students admitted to the Theatre Troupe are RPA’s Advanced Acting students. Our Troupe is centered on building an ensemble cast that is given the principle rolls in our Focus level productions. Using their developed skills in character development and a wide variety of acting techniques they use their class time to rehearse this session’s play. Troupe members are expected to participate in our Summer Troupe Intensive and perform at community events.

To join Theatre Troupe is to take on a leadership role at Riverside Performing Arts. A student’s ability to meet these expectations is taken into account during the audition process.

Auditions for Theatre Troupe happen once a year at at the end of our Spring Session.