Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Fall classes teach everything from art to sewing


TheatreSquared is known for its professional theater productions and groundbreaking new play festival — but did you know the organization also offers a plethora of acting classes, taught by professional actors?

“When we talk about growing a theater company, it’s about growing a love of theater, and it’s about engaging with the community,” says Morgan Hicks, T2 co-founder and director of education and program development. “We don’t want to be the arbiters of ‘This is good; this is bad.’ We want people to be engaged in the art form and to be exploring it and to be something beyond just an observer. We want to interact with the community and, rather than them leaning back, we want them leaning forward, getting on their feet and on the stage.”

What that engagement looks like at T2: a slate of seven acting classes, taught by industry professionals, that run throughout the year. Instructors include professional actors such as University of Arkansas instructor Steven Marzolf and Jordan Haynes, learning programs and company manager at T2.

Though there are several classes tailored specifically for those who might seek to become working actors — an audition class and Shakespeare instruction, for example — Hicks points out that there are several offerings ideal for people with varying backgrounds and career goals.

“We have one student who keeps taking classes who has no interest in being an actor,” says Hicks. “She says one thing that she challenges herself to do is get outside her comfort zone once or twice a month. It’s a great way to meet new people in the community and make new friends. We also have some specific skill-building classes, like public speaking for non-actors, for people who have a business brain but don’t necessarily have a background in speaking in front of people. That can be a major fear, and this class can help them get a confidence boost when they’re making presentations in a boardroom or in front of their classes.”


Acting, Improv & Public Speaking

WHEN — Classes run from one to five sessions, depending on type; see website for dates and times

WHERE — TheatreSquared, 477 W. Spring St., Fayetteville

COST — $50-$150



The Rest Of The Best

If the sight of school supplies on the shelves is making you nostalgic for your own school days, never fear — whether your interests tend toward the artistic, academic or recreational, there’s a class in Northwest Arkansas with your name on it. We’ve listed a few of the options for both adults and children; now all you have to do is sign up, grab your No. 2 pencils, and hit the books!


Arts Live Theatre

818 N. Sang Ave.


The After School Acting Academy at Arts Live starts on Sept. 23 and runs through Nov. 19. Classes are available for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Local Color Studio Gallery

275 S. Archibald Yell Blvd.


Group and private art lessons for kids (ages 7-18) and adults.

Studio Leilani

254 N. Olive Ave.


Classes for children and adults start in the fall.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

211 E. Dickson St.


OLLI at the University of Arkansas describes itself as a local service organization providing learning opportunities, cultural programs and social activities for adults. Classes, hikes, games, walking tours, field trips, book clubs and special interest groups serve some 600 members.

Terra Studios

12103 Hazel Valley Road


Mini-workshops for kids and adults are offered year-round.

Community Creative Center

505 W. Spring St.


Art and pottery classes for kids and adults.

Rick’s Bakery

1220 N. College Ave.


The popular bakery offers cake decorating workshops for kids and adults.

Pilot Arts Theatre

4500 S. School Ave.


Pilot Arts’ theater classes, says the website, are open to “first timers or seasoned veterans” alike.

Paper and Thread Studio


Classes for ages 5 and up focus on simple sewing, journaling and paper crafts.

American Legion, Post 27

1195 S. Curtis St.

Free two-step dance lessons are held most Wednesdays at 6 p.m., followed by an evening of a live country band.

University of Arkansas Community Music School

171 Moody Music Building


Group classes and private lessons for non-degree seeking students of all ages.

Fayetteville Public Schools Adult and Community Education

612 S. College Ave.


Opportunities for adults include GED, ESL, workplace and citizenship classes.



The Jones Center

922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale


The Jones Center always has something going on. Check the event schedule for classes in ice skating, cooking, self defense and dance.

Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum

203 E. Emma Ave., Springdale


Basic sewing skills class starts Sept. 5; check the website ( for updates about more class offerings.



Flip Side Ninja Park

213 Grant Place


Classes for adults and children in ninja skills, obstacle race courses and aerial yoga.



Honeycomb Kitchen Shop

213 W. Walnut, Rogers


Classes for adults in everything from cooking to baking to preserving.



Trike Theatre

902 SW Second St.


Six-week Fall Academy classes for grades 3-12 start in September (Fall I Session) and October (Fall II Session).

Scott Family Amazeum

1009 Museum Way


Fall drop-in dates for early learners (ages 6 and younger) can be found on the website; watch that space for future mini-camp dates for older kids.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

600 Museum Way


Art classes for babies all the way up to adults.

Northwest Arkansas Community College

One College Drive


NWACC says its adult education division “empowers individuals to return back to the classroom and become more self-sufficient by gaining the skills necessary for higher education, future employment, and personal successes.” Offerings include GED classes, workforce training, citizenship classes and English as a Second Language classes.



Eureka Springs School of the Arts

15751 US 62, Eureka Springs


Art classes for adults in mediums that range from painting and drawing to iron.

Cutting Edge Glass Creations

3990 E. Heritage Parkway, Farmington


Stained glass instruction for adults.

Ozark Folkways

22733 N. US 71, Winslow


This organization dedicates itself to the “preservation, development, instruction, and celebration of Ozark arts, crafts, and music by hosting workshops, concerts, film screenings, art shows, crafts displays, and much more,” according to the website; check class listings for offerings like soap making, cooking and papermaking.

Ozark Natural Science Center

1905 Madison 1305, Huntsville


Check the schedule for unusual classes like primitive skills, certified interpretive guide training and wilderness first aid training.

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