All classes will be held at Howe’s Hall at the United Church of Northfield, 58 S. Main St in Northfield. Howe's Hall is located downstairs as you come into the building. At this time, mask-wearing is optional for all of our classes; this policy is subject to change based on current health circumstances. 

We offer a 10% multiple class or sibling discount; if you are paying for more than one class, feel free to take 10% off of your total for all classes. You can also utilize this discount with the sliding scale- find where on the scale you would like to pay and then apply the discount to that amount. 

We encourage early registration to hold your spot. You may register by clicking the link below each class description. If you have any questions please email Maren at: maren@dirtroadtheater.com.


CHECK: Dirt Road Theater, 1662 W. Hill Road, Northfield, VT 05663

VENMO: @dirtroadtheater


STORYBOOK THEATER (ages 3-5) - Drop Off - Currently Full - Register to join waitlist

Wednesdays, October 12th-December 7th (no class 11/23), 3:00-3:45

Sliding Scale: $75-$95

Taught by Rebecca Pearish (bio)

In this class, children will explore the world of acting and theater through stories. We will use movement, music, games, and imaginative play to build confidence and creativity as we grow from audience members to performers and storytellers.

THEATER FOUNDATIONS (ages 6-8) - Currently Full - Register to join waitlist

Wednesdays, October 12th-December 7th (no class 11/23), 4:00-5:00

Sliding Scale: $80-$110

Taught by Rebecca Pearish (bio)

This class gently introduces young actors to the world of theater through games, songs, stories, and silliness. We will explore how to use our bodies and voices to create characters, why working together and communicating is an important part of theater, and learn the basic skills needed for being onstage. This class is appropriate for beginning actors, as well as those with some experience.

BEGINNING PLAYWRITING (ages 11 and up, limited spots
available) - Currently Full! Please register to join waitlist.

Sundays, October 9th-November 27th, 5:30-7:00

Sliding Scale: $90-$120

Taught by Dominic Spillane and Tamar Cole (bios)

Beginning playwriting is for anyone interested in creating and telling their own stories. We will discuss the differences between writing stories that are meant to be performed versus stories that are meant to be read, and playwriting versus screenwriting. Over the course of the class session, each student will be asked to write an original one-act play up to 20 minutes in length. During class we will share our progress with the group, get feedback, and continue writing. The session will culminate in a finished (or nearly finished) play that will be read publicly by actors from the DRT community to friends, family, and invited guests.

IMPROV TROUPE (age 9 and up)

Sundays, October 9th- November 27th, 4:15-5:15

Sliding Scale: $80-$110

Taught by Dominic Spillane (bio)


This class will focus on developing and exploring the skills necessary to creating a successful improvisation ensemble, such as communication, cooperation, and trust- both in yourself and others! Through all kinds of games, activities, and exercises, we will explore the exciting and hilarious world of improv and the many ways it can help us in traditional theater work and even in our everyday lives. This is a great opportunity to deepen learning for those with prior experience, but is also appropriate for those who are just starting their improv journey.

ADVANCED IMPROV TROUPE (by application only)

Wednesdays, October 12th- December 7th (no class 11/23), 5:30-7:00

Sliding Scale: $90-$120

Taught by Maren Langdon Spillane (bio)


DRT’s Advanced Improv Troupe is a year-round group that aims to build a tight and powerful ensemble of actors who excel in communication, generosity, and collaboration. Through an exploration of both short and long-form improv, we will discuss and develop the principles of improvisation, character development, story-building, and much, much more. This group is intended for those with prior theater and improv experience, and will be delving into advanced concepts and work. While our goal is to build a group who can work together all year, you do not have to commit to the whole year to join! If you are interested in registering and we have worked with you before, please contact Maren to discuss whether this or Improv Troupe is a good fit for you. If we haven’t worked with you before, please fill out this application form and we will be in touch shortly.


Sundays, October 9th-December 4th (final performance December 11th), 5:00-7:00

Sliding Scale: $100-$150

Taught by Maren Langdon Spillane (bio)


Join us for a fun and fast-paced deep dive into advanced acting concepts and techniques, using the rehearsal and performance process of a play as our vehicle! During our 9 weeks together, we will rehearse and stage a play with the goal of using this process as a way to learn and practically apply such ideas as how to develop and bring and a character to life onstage, the importance of communication and trust in an ensemble, how to ideally use and prepare your body and voice for performance, and much, much more! While our session will culminate in a professional and polished performance (venue TBD) the emphasis of this class will be on the journey and process of bringing our story and characters to life, with the aim of developing skills that can be used again and again in other theater experiences. The play itself will be chosen once registration has closed, with the specific interests and character of the group in mind.