Young people sharpen their skills, stretch their imaginations, and create unique memories through a variety of Des Moines Performing Arts education opportunities.

With theater professionals as the instructors, students gain a deeper understanding of the process, build confidence, and benefit from a fresh jolt of creative energy.



Unique training opportunities are available for local artists of all ages. Guest Broadway artist and world-renowned performing arts professionals lead interactive courses on topics like auditioning, dance, and much more.

Master classes and workshops are announced on a rolling basis as they are confirmed with touring artists so check back frequently.


Students in grades 3 – 8 start the week with auditions and end by performing a full show for family and friends on a professional stage. Participants experience all aspects of putting on a production, from learning new music to memorizing lines to creating a character. Students gain teamwork and collaboration skills, as well as newfound confidence in their ability to take on a big project.

2018 summer camp opportunities and registration details will be announced in early 2018.


Guest Broadway artists lead teens in a week of master classes in the "triple threat" skills of musical theater – acting, dancing, and singing. Faculty draw on their firsthand experience to help students understand what it takes to have a career in the theater.

2018 summer camp opportunities and registration details will be announced in early 2018.

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“The fact that our son was working with Broadway professionals and getting vocal and acting lessons from people who actually acted on Broadway was stunning.”

- Jennifer, Altoona parent

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Upcoming Opportunities

WAITRESS - Dance Master Class

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