After-School Classes

StageCoach Theatre Company offers after school classes in the performing arts to students ages 5 – 18.

There are a mixture of classes held at StageCoach Theatre in Ashburn and at INMED Opportunity Center in Sterling.

  • StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 & 120, Ashburn, VA 20147
  • INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

These are highly interACTive and fun classes taught by seasoned professionals who still work in the theatre industry. Hone your skills in improv, musical theatre, and acting. Strengthen your acting skills by participating in theatre production.

A minimum of 4 students is required to run any class.

There is a $5.95 ACTIVE Network processing fee for each registration. This will automatically be added to your shopping cart at checkout.

Registration is NOW OPEN for Winter/Spring 2022 classes!

Payment installments are available.

Register for multiple classes at the same time for a 10% discount on the additional classes.

Register a sibling and they get a 10% discount too.

Scholarships are available through the StageCoach Foundation.

After School Classes – Winter/Spring 2022

By invitation or audition only
This class will benefit students who are truly interested in improving their performance and/or becoming a professional actor. Students must either have extensive theater experience or prior approval from the instructor. Students will practice “cold reads,” auditions, Shakespeare, and ensemble acting. It will include peer critiques, scene work, and character acting (creating characters other than themselves) among like-minded and similarly-talented students.

Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

January 10 – June 4
No class Jan 17, March 7, April 11, May 30
Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$450 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

The more tools in the actor’s “bag of tricks”, the stronger the actor. This class starts with the basics tools including confidence, projection, articulation, body awareness, and concurring stage fright. Then we get into the “scalpels” of acting with mood-shifts, emotional intelligence, inflection, and follow-through. There will also be tips for script analysis, memorization, and creating a memorable character. Students can expect to work on both monologues and scene work in this class.

Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 – 18

No class on April 12, May 3

Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$500 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

The most fun an actor can have! Learn the basics of improvisational theatre. This class will help you with teamwork, spontaneity, and creativity. You’ll get to play some of the most fun and well-known improv comedy games. An actor that can improv a scene is fearless!
Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 10 – 18

No class on April 12, May 3
Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$500 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

The class will be an intro to all aspects of theatre (appropriate for all ages and levels ) including both techniques and performer artistry, professionalism, tech-talent respect (similar to our professional team-building workshops), plus other skills helpful outside of the theater) – all while learning their performance skills: acting, singing, and dancing/(musical movement)!
This class will culminate with the opportunity to perform at the end of semester showcase – which is not required. However, classes will be conducted as if preparing for an upcoming performance. Students will work on musical vignettes from various popular Broadway productions as an ensemble, and/or small groups to solo numbers.

Instructor: Ray Bugnosen

January 4 – June 4

No class April 12, May 3
Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$525 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

The class will be an intro to all aspects of theatre (appropriate for all ages and levels ) including techniques and performer artistry, professionalism, tech-talent respect, plus other skills helpful outside of the theater – all while learning their performance skills: acting, singing, and dancing/(musical movement)!
This class will culminate with the opportunity to perform at the end of semester showcase – which is not required. However, classes will be conducted as if preparing for an upcoming performance. Students will work on musical vignettes from various popular Broadway productions as an ensemble, and/or small groups to solo numbers.

Instructor: Ray Bugnosen

Venue: INMED, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, #130, Sterling, VA 20166

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 8 – 11

January 5 – June 4

No class April 13.
Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$525 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Similar to the musical theater classes, students will learn about and experience professional show/theater protocols while preparing for a live performance. Music theory, harmonizing, and choir choreography lessons as well as singing and vocal coaching will be inherent in the classes as we work on medleys of classic and new pop/rock music. The final number, to be featured in the spring showcase, will be an ensemble mash-up of songs chosen by the class and may likely feature soloist parts.

Instructor: Ray Bugnosen

Open to ages 10 – 18

January 5 – June 5
No class April 13
Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

Register here. 

Similar to the musical theater classes, students will learn about and experience professional show/theater protocols while preparing for a live performance. Music theory, harmonizing, and choir choreography lessons as well as singing and vocal coaching will be inherent in the classes as we work on medleys of classic and new pop/rock music. The final number, to be featured in the spring showcase, will be an ensemble mash-up of songs chosen by the class and may likely feature soloist parts.

Instructor: Ray Bugnosen

January 5 – June 4
No class April 13
Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$525 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

The more tools in the actor’s “bag of tricks”, the stronger the actor. This class starts with the basics tools including confidence, projection, articulation, body awareness, and concurring stage fright. Then we get into the “scalpels” of acting with mood-shifts, emotional intelligence, inflection, and follow-through. There will also be tips for script analysis, memorization, and creating a memorable character. Students can expect to work on both monologues and scene work in this class.

Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

January 12 – June 4
No class April 13
Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 4 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$525 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

Learn to sing, act, and creatively move to fun and challenging Broadway musicals. Over the semester, this group class will work on the attributes of singing, stage presence, and scene work, all while preparing scenes from famous musicals that will be presented at the showcase.
Instructor: Linda Cirba

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 8 students.

Open to ages 5 – 8

January 13 – June 5
No class April 14
Showcase will be held on Sunday, June 5 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$525 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Learn to sing, act, and creatively move to fun and challenging Broadway musicals. Over the semester, this group class will work on the attributes of singing, stage presence, and scene work, all while preparing scenes from famous musicals that will be presented at the showcase.
Instructor: Linda Cirba

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 8 students.

Open to ages 9 – 13

January 13 – June 5
No class April 14
Showcase will be held on Sunday, June 5 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$525 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Love Broadway? During this class, you will learn to sing, act, and creatively move to fun and challenging Broadway musicals. Over the semester, this group class will work on the attributes of singing, stage presence, and scene work, all while preparing scenes from famous musicals that will be presented at the final class. This is a great class for students who want to immerse themselves in all things theatre!
Instructor: Linda Cirba

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 10 students.
Open to ages 14 – 18

January 13 – June 5
No class April 14
Showcase will be held on Sunday, June 5 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. More details with exact time will be sent out to all students later.

$525 + $5.95 service fee

Register now!

Safety! Safety! Safety!  For all actors, stage combat is inevitable. Thus, performers need to be able to identify and actively avoid situations that might lead to injury.  There are many stories about actors getting hurt because they didn’t know what they were doing and/or the people in charge had no training. Proper stage combat is an illusion. It has more in common with dance or stage magic than it does with any actual fighting discipline.  An actor’s instrument is the body, and stage combat strengthens body awareness.  Adding stage combat training to one’s resume will help open acting opportunities as well.

Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 8 students.

For ages 12 – 18

January 5 – February 23 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

Register here. 

Literally hundreds of scripts still exist from the golden age of radio for students to make their own. This class will focus on the comedies. Creating a purely acoustic performance will strengthen the Number One instrument in an actor’s arsenal: the voice.  Not having a visual component forces the actor to focus on inflection, diction, timing, and pitch.  Actors will break the habit of reading-to-the-end-of-the-line as quickly as possible and hone their text performance. Students will become much more confident when auditions involve  “cold reads.” Students who have difficulty memorizing lines will find this kind of performing exceptionally rewarding.

Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 8 students.

For ages 10 – 18

March 2 – April 27 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

No class April 13.

Register here. 

Love him or hate him, the ultimate test of an actor’s prowess is the Bard. As an actor, you WILL be required to know some Shakespeare. This class will study the Great Speeches; what they say, what they mean, and, most importantly, what the actor can do with them. This class is very useful to a burgeoning actor, whether your student is in need of an introduction to Shakespeare or you need a solid monologue in your actor’s repertoire. The classes will be conducted pragmatically with your specific goal in mind. Even if you don’t “get” Shakespeare, this class will meet you where you are and take you far. Aaron’s philosophy is: If Shakespeare isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong.

Instructor: R. Aaron Thompson

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Maximum of 8 students.

For ages 10 – 18

May 4 – June 2 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

Register here. 

Dance Classes

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & Swing
Learn the five most popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

January 4 – February 22 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & Swing
Learn the five most popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

March 1 – April 26 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

No class April 12

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & Swing
Learn the five most popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

May 3 – June 21 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

Register here. 

SWING (beginner & up) – an American classic!
Swing is an umbrella term for the various ways we can dance to ‘swing music’: learn the basics of (and differences between) East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, and more! So get “into the swing of things” and learn to “cut a rug” to a huge range of music from the classic Swing Bands music to modern Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

January 4 – February 22 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

Register here. 

SWING (beginner & up) – an American classic!
Swing is an umbrella term for the various ways we can dance to ‘swing music’: learn the basics of (and differences between) East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, and more! So get “into the swing of things” and learn to “cut a rug” to a huge range of music from the classic Swing Bands music to modern Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

March 1 – April 26 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

No class April 12

Register here. 

SWING (beginner & up) – an American classic!
Swing is an umbrella term for the various ways we can dance to ‘swing music’: learn the basics of (and differences between) East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, and more! So get “into the swing of things” and learn to “cut a rug” to a huge range of music from the classic Swing Bands music to modern Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

May 3 – June 21 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & Swing
Learn the five most popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

January 5 – February 23 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Waltz and Foxtrot
Learn the popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

March 2 – April 27 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

No class April 13

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Rumba & Cha Cha
Learn the popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn, VA 20147

May 4 – June 22 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SALSA (beginner & up) – the HOT-test nightclub dance!
Every nightclub and large restaurant/bar has at least one “Latin Night” where the main dance is Salsa! Salsa has been and continues to be the most popular partner style dance in the greater Washington, DC area for over a decade. Learn to dance Salsa and see what all the buzz is about!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

January 5 – February 23 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SALSA (beginner & up) – the HOT-test nightclub dance!
Every nightclub and large restaurant/bar has at least one “Latin Night” where the main dance is Salsa! Salsa has been and continues to be the most popular partner style dance in the greater Washington, DC area for over a decade. Learn to dance Salsa and see what all the buzz is about!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

March 2 – April 27 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

No class April 13

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SALSA (beginner & up) – the HOT-test nightclub dance!
Every nightclub and large restaurant/bar has at least one “Latin Night” where the main dance is Salsa! Salsa has been and continues to be the most popular partner style dance in the greater Washington, DC area for over a decade. Learn to dance Salsa and see what all the buzz is about!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

May 4 – June 22 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

TANGO (beginner & up) – dramatic and romantic!
Learn the differences and similarities between American style Tango, International style Tango, and Argentine Tango! Students will learn to dance appropriately, expressively, and confidently at any Tango milonga (tango dance party) – and any other time & place when that unique, special music plays!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

January 5 – February 23 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

Argentine TANGO (Advanced Beginner-Intermediate) Dance historians and professionals agree that Argentina was the birthplace of Tango. This timeless, exquisite art form has people flocking to Argentina every year for the annual Tango festivals to better their traditional style and dance in historic milonga halls. Experience the dance that is synonymous with a lifestyle of the culturally artistic avant garde. (Prerequisite: Tango (beginners), or previous experience)

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

March 2 – April 27 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

No class April 13

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

Argentine TANGO (Advanced Beginner-Intermediate) Dance historians and professionals agree that Argentina was the birthplace of Tango. This timeless, exquisite art form has people flocking to Argentina every year for the annual Tango festivals to better their traditional style and dance in historic milonga halls. Experience the dance that is synonymous with a lifestyle of the culturally artistic avant garde. (Prerequisite: Tango (beginners), or previous experience)

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

May 4 – June 22 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SWING (beginner & up) – an American classic!
Swing is an umbrella term for the various ways we can dance to ‘swing music’: learn the basics of (and differences between) East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, and more! So get “into the swing of things” and learn to “cut a rug” to a huge range of music from the classic Swing Bands music to modern Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

January 6 – February 24 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SWING II (Advanced Beginner-Intermediate) – an American classic!
This 2nd level of Swing includes impressive 6- and 8-count dance steps concentrating on the most popular styles of Swing in the DC area: East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy, and Hustle! Learn how to take moves from one style and dance it in another, exponentially increasing your repertoire! (Prerequisite: Swing – Beginner or previous experience)

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

March 3 – April 28 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

No class April 14

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SWING II (Advanced Beginner-Intermediate) – an American classic!
This 2nd level of Swing includes impressive 6- and 8-count dance steps concentrating on the most popular styles of Swing in the DC area: East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy, and Hustle! Learn how to take moves from one style and dance it in another, exponentially increasing your repertoire! (Prerequisite: Swing – Beginner or previous experience)

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

May 5 – June 23  from 8:00 – 9:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, & Swing
Learn the five most popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

January 6 – February 24 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Rumba and Cha Cha
Learn these popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

March 3 – April 28 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

No class April 14

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

American Style SOCIAL Ballroom (beginner) – Waltz and Foxtrot
Learn the these popular and useful dances for any social event! These classic, traditional dances are appropriate for current pop dance music as well as for any big band/black tie affair – e.g. Weddings, Inaugural Balls, etc.

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

May 5 – June 23 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SALSA (beginner & up) – the HOT-test nightclub dance!
Every nightclub and large restaurant/bar has at least one “Latin Night” where the main dance is Salsa! Salsa has been and continues to be the most popular partner style dance in the greater Washington, DC area for over a decade. Learn to dance Salsa and see what all the buzz is about!

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

January 6 – February 24 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SALSA II (Adv. Beginner-Intermediate) – the HOT-test nightclub dance!
2nd Level: Every nightclub and large restaurant/bar has at least one “Latin Night” where the main dance is Salsa! Salsa has been and continues to be the most popular partner style dance in the DC area for well over a decade. This level includes multiple spins and turns which is characteristic of the style. (Prerequisite: Salsa-Beginner or previous experience)

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

March 3 – April 28 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

No class on April 14

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

SALSA II (Adv. Beginner-Intermediate) – the HOT-test nightclub dance!
2nd Level: Every nightclub and large restaurant/bar has at least one “Latin Night” where the main dance is Salsa! Salsa has been and continues to be the most popular partner style dance in the DC area for well over a decade. This level includes multiple spins and turns which is characteristic of the style. (Prerequisite: Salsa-Beginner or previous experience)

Venue: INMED Opportunity Center, 21630 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20164

May 5 – June 23 from 8:00 – 9:00pm

$160 + $5.95 service fee

Register here. 

Private Coaching

Cost: $60 per hour.

Are you preparing for an important presentation at school? Would you like some individual coaching as you rehearse for an audition or interview? Perhaps you’ve been “volunteered” to produce next season’s show. Our instructors will meet with you to address your concerns and provide you with a confident way forward. We can help with:

Public speaking
Audition preparation
Monologues and Acting
Musical Theatre preparation
Job or school interviews
Or any other similar activities

Vocal Coaching
During lessons, 15 minutes are spent on warming up and vocal technique while the remainder of class is spent on applying these techniques to a song. Students will be given sheet music for this song and be expected to bring it in every class as well as their Voice Log book in which vocal warm-ups and notes will be recorded.

Odyssey of the Mind
StageCoach Theatre Company has the ability and experience to provide assistance to Odyssey of the Mind groups on theatrical based challenges. Following the rules and guidelines of the challenge, we will not provide individual advice on the project at hand, but assist in needed skills on Improvisation, Set and Design on a Budget, Script Writing, Story Structure, and Basic Theatrical knowledge and skills. Minimum number of students to start a class is 4 and maximum is 7 for a 1-hour class at the rate of $70 per class. Each additional student over 7 can be taught at a rate of $10 per student. In order to best fit the needs of each individual group, it is important for the coach of the team to contact StageCoach Theatre Company at least 2 weeks in advance to let us know what type of master class should be provided for your group.

Contact us to schedule a time to meet with a coach.