At Parkway Playhouse, we believe building a well-rounded foundation in theatre arts is crucial to creating successful productions and, more importantly, setting our students up for lifelong success!

Conservatory classes run September-April and culminate with the inspiring Parkway Junior Showcase, a recital-style event that allows each student to share the knowledge and skills they’ve gained throughout the year. Classes are taught by teachers who have college degrees in their designated field, experience in the arts, and a passion to share it with our students!

Students enrolled in a Parkway Junior Conservatory class can opt to audition for Fall and Spring Junior productions. There is no cost to participate in Junior productions however, they are audition-only and limited to a select number of students showing dedication and growth in their conservatory classes.


(Grades Kindergarten – 2nd)

Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm

(Maximum Class Size: 15)

Our youngest group of actors will spend time learning the best way they know how–through play! Students will work on teamwork, creative movement, and play structure through games and activities.

(Grades 3rd – 6th)

Monday 4:00-5:00pm

(Maximum Class Size: 20)

Instructor: Erika Tyner

Playmakers will spend their time in class working on acting and speaking skills as they get to know characters personally, and learn how to bring them to life. Students will learn theatre terminology, develop a stage presence, and gain confidence, all while having fun!

(Grades 7th – 12th)

Thursday 4:00-5:00pm

(Maximum class size: 20)

Instructor: Jenny Martin

This advanced theatre class will explore methods and styles of acting, allowing students to hone their craft. Students will engage in advanced warm-up processes, theatre games, and work with their peers on contemporary plays and scenes, through preparing and performing scenes and monologues. Preparing audition pieces for college auditions or Mainstage productions will be a focus in this class as well.

(Grades 3rd – 12th)

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

(Maximum Class Size: 20)

This course is designed for students 3rd grade and up, who have a passion for singing, dancing, acting, and all aspects of musical theatre. Throughout the course, students will tackle several pieces that will expand their knowledge of musical theatre. Students will sing and dance their way to Broadway!

(Grades 7th – 12th)

2nd Saturday of the month 2:00-5:00pm

(Maximum Class Size: 15)

If you have a student who is interested in backstage action, this is the class for you! Students will learn the design and construction process for lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, and sets, and help create and build the set for our Junior productions!

(Grades 7th-12th)

1st and 4th Saturday of the month 2:00-4:00pm

(Maximum class size: 10)

Instructor: Jenny Martin

This course is for those students with a story in their heart, and a passion for writing. You will learn everything there is about constructing the plot, characters, and dialogue of a play! (Maximum class size: 20)

(Grades 7th – 12th)

Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm

(Maximum class size: 15)

Instructor: Kristen Livengood

The perfect opportunity to take improvisational theatre ALL YEAR LONG! This course will train students to be “in the moment” and spontaneous in the responses as it relates to improvisation. A key to good acting is really listening and reacting truthfully. There’s no better place to hone that skill than our weekly improv classes. This course is a prerequisite to audition for Parkway’s invitation-only improv troupe, “Get the Hook.”


(Grades 8th – 12th)

Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm

(Class limit dependent on audition)

Instructor: Kristen Livengood

Get the Hook is Parkway Playhouse’s own professional improv comedy troupe. Students practice and perform year round, as well as attend improv festivals and advanced workshops with working improvisers from across the country. Students who have completed the Improv for Teens Conservatory class are invited to audition for Get the Hook. At this time, all current spots are filled.


Please review all policies and procedures before registering your student for classes


Parkway Playhouse Junior will follow all Covid-19 Procedures in accordance with the CDC and Yancey County Health Department recommendations, as well as requirements for schools.


$50 Registration Fee per student.

1 class/week: $320/year
2 class/week: $520/year
3 class/week: $680/year
Unlimited Classes: $800/year

Pay for tuition online starting August 1st.

Sibling Discount: 25% off each additional student.
Apprentice Discount: 50% off classes for Summer 2021 Apprentices.

NOTE: To receive a discount code for multiple classes, or to set up a payment plan, please email


Moana Jr will run on November 12, 13, 14, 19, 21. Auditions for Moana Jr. will be Monday, September 13th, from 5:00-7:00pm (*Only open for 2021/2022 Conservatory Students). To see additional audition information, CLICK HERE

There will be a FREE Audition Workshop open to ALL Conservatory Students on Sunday, August 29, from 2-4pm, where students will be able to practice and perfect their audition pieces. Email for suggestions on audition monologues and songs, or to sign up!

Download Moana JR Casting Information



Need based scholarships available. Please fill out the Scholarship Application Form and email it back to us here. Scholarship applications due August 27, 2022.



Registration opens August 1, 2021!


If there is insufficient enrollment, a class may be canceled at the sole discretion of Parkway Playhouse. Tuition received for classes canceled by PPH will be refunded in full. Registration fees are non-refundable.

No refunds will be given past the registration deadline for each class.



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