at 3Below Theaters
288 S Second St, San Jose, CA
288 S Second St, San Jose, CA

Theatre Classes for All Ages

The Academy (formerly known as The California Academy for the Creative Performing Arts) is pleased to bring three decades of excellence in education to San Jose Playhouse. The Academy is a nationally acclaimed and award winning professional school of theatre and related arts for students 5 through 105. The curriculum is designed so students of all ages may develop creative skills, discover new awareness of self-expression, and gain awareness of theatre as a profession.

Enrollment is closed for the current session. This page will be updated when enrollment is open for the next session. Click here to request we contact you when enrollment opens. 

Save the date for upcoming sessions:

Winter Session | January – March, 2022

Spring Session | April – June, 2022

Summer Conservatory for Students & Teens | June 13 – July 8, 2022


Youth Programs (Ages 5-7)

Our youth programs are on hold until the under 12 population can receive the Covid-19 vaccination


Student Programs (Ages 8-12)

Our student programs are on hold until the under 12 population can receive the Covid-19 vaccination


Teen Programs (13+)

Acting Styles:
Comedy

From farce to slapstick, pull out the stops and make ’em laugh by integrating basic technique with comedic flair. Clowning and basic stage combat will also be part of this class.

This fun course will explore the fundamentals of becoming a strong, young actor. Students will learn how to utilize vocal/physical training, theatre games, and improvisation to enhance their skills and build upon their theatrical education. Students acquire improved communication skills as well as self-confidence for performance.

Ages: 13-17

When: Wednesdays | 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: 3Below Theaters | Theater 2

Educator: TBA

Acting Styles:
Musical Theatre

Perform the best of American Musical Theatre and create characters through song and dance!

Musical Theatre is the most popular form of theatre in America today. It’s exciting, magical and the fun is contagious! Students will experience musical theatre through ensemble singing, movement, acting exercises and solo work to take their skills to the next level.

Students will be broken up into two skill-based groups on the first day to ensure the best opportunity for individualized attention and growth.

Ages: 13-17

When: Saturdays | 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: 3Below Theaters | Theater 3

Educator: TBA


Adult Programs

Adult Ensemble

Each session, students will have the opportunity to get a taste of multiple aspects of theatre arts by enjoying one class each in a number of subjects. We’ll start by covering Basic Stage Skills in the first couple of classes where you’ll learn the language of theater. Then, in each subsequent class, students will be given an introduction to a variety of specialities: playwriting, makeup design, costume design, clowning, dance, improvisation, basic music theory, puppetry, and much more – all chosen by the participants. The goal is to help students discover untapped interests in any of the many fields of theatre arts.

No experience necessary: this is an opportunity for interested adults to explore their creative talents as well as meet other people in a fun framework to explore the rich diversity and talents of the local community.

Ages: Adult

When: Tuesdays | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: 3Below Theaters | Theater 1

Educator: TBA

Community Chorus

Music and theatre lovers age 18 and up with a love of singing and working with others are invited to join San Jose Playhouse’s Community Chorus. 

Sing songs and learn great music with folks who love to sing under the tutelage of professional music directors, and perform a concert at the end of each session. 

No previous experience is necessary; just a willingness to get involved, take part and have fun!

Ages: Adult

When: Wednesdays | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: 3Below Theaters | Theater 1

Educator: TBA


Senior Programs

Adult Ensemble

Each session, students will have the opportunity to get a taste of multiple aspects of theatre arts by enjoying one class each in a number of subjects. We’ll start by covering Basic Stage Skills in the first couple of classes where you’ll learn the language of theater. Then, in each subsequent class, students will be given an introduction to a variety of specialities: playwriting, makeup design, costume design, clowning, dance, improvisation, basic music theory, puppetry, and much more – all chosen by the participants. The goal is to help students discover untapped interests in any of the many fields of theatre arts.

No experience necessary: this is an opportunity for interested adults to explore their creative talents as well as meet other people in a fun framework to explore the rich diversity and talents of the local community.

Ages: Adult

When: Tuesdays | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: 3Below Theaters | Theater 1

Educator: TBA

Community Chorus

Music and theatre lovers age 18 and up with a love of singing and working with others are invited to join San Jose Playhouse’s Community Chorus. 

Sing songs and learn great music with folks who love to sing under the tutelage of professional music directors, and perform a concert at the end of each session. 

No previous experience is necessary; just a willingness to get involved, take part and have fun!

Ages: Adult

When: Wednesdays | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: 3Below Theaters | Theater 1

Educator: TBA