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 at 3Below Theaters. 

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.

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we are ready to move back into teaching theatre arts classes now that the pandemic is in its endemic stage. See below or join our e-list to receive notifications about upcoming classes.

Save the date for upcoming sessions:

Winter Session | January – March, 2023

Spring Session | April – June, 2023

Summer | July – August, 2023

Winter 2023: Theatre Arts a la Carte!

In this class for Adults and Seniors, 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 where you’ll learn the language of theater and then move into week after week of introductory workshops on a variety of theatre arts subjects, much like a tasting menu. Featured subjects may include Acting Basics, Singing Basics, Tap Basics, Broadway Dance, Improvisation, Makeup Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Page To Stage (scene study), and more. The goal is to help students discover untapped interests in any of the many fields of theatre arts before.

No experience necessary: this is an opportunity for interested adults and seniors 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: Adults | Age 18 and up

Dates: January 25 through March 29, 2023

Times: Wednesdays | 7:00pm-9:30pm


Wednesday, January ​25, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Intro to the class / Basic Stage Skills

Wednesday, February ​1, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Creative Dramatics (Acting)

Wednesday, February ​8, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Singing Basics 

Wednesday, February ​15, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Acting Basics

Wednesday, February ​22, 7:00pm-9:30pm:  Musical Theatre

Wednesday, March 1, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Tap Basics

Wednesday, March 8, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Theatre Makeup

Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Broadway Dance

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Lighting Design 

Wednesday, March 2​9, 7:00pm-9:30pm: Audition Basics

Location: 3Below Theaters, 288 S Second St | Includes free validated parking

Cost: $375 for 10 workshops
San Jose Playhouse Subscribers enjoy additional discounts! Join us as a VIP Subscriber and save 20% on classes; join us as a Playhouse or Clubhouse Subscriber and save 10% on classes. Click here for subscription info.

Click the enroll button below to start your registration which includes full payment, a registration form, and proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

SCHEDULE ALERT: (12/12/22) As we ease back into regular programming post-pandemic, we will add more classes but for now, we have one class in our Winter 2023 session for Adults and Seniors. This page will be updated when enrollment is open for the next session. Click here to request we contact you when enrollment opens.