Classes & Programs


MCA’s Theatre Division offers programming through classes, workshops, children’s theatre productions, and summer camps.

Curriculum includes classes in: acting, musical theatre, audition technique, puppetry, technical theatre, stage combat, make-up, character development, playwriting, theatre games, and improvisation.

Theatre students not only perfect stage skills, but they also develop important life skills such as confidence, teamwork, the ability to adapt to the moment, creativity, and how to observe the world around them.

Let MCA provide you and your child with fun and enriching Theatre education!

Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Specially designed for Homeschoolers in the Winona Area, this class will encourage students to work as an ensemble as they build stage presence and off-the-cuff creativity. Students will enjoy exploring the world of theatre and improvisation, while experiencing the additional benefits of developing communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. On the last day of class, friends and family will be invited to an open house where students will present a variety of scenes & improvisation games. Exciting new material will challenge returning students. Learn more about MCA's Homeschool Arts Enrichment Program.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Sept. 10- Oct. 22 

Times & Ages: 10-11am- Ages 7-9

                          11am- 12pm- Ages 10-15

Instructor(s): J. Heukeshoven

Price: $35 (7 classes)

Adventures in Acting

Your imagination will run wild as you explore the magical world of theatre. Play acting games, learn how to conquer stage fright and
how to think quick on your feet. You will even prepare a short scene to present to your friends and family on the last day of class.

Day/Dates:  Thursdays, Sept. 13 - Nov. 1

Times & Ages: 4:30-5:30pm- Ages 10-13
                          5:30-6:30pm-Ages 7-9

Instructor(s): C. Deysach

Price: $72


 Beauty and the Beast

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre (PFCT) will be back in Winona to present their original version of the classic tale, "Beauty and the Beast". "Beauty and the Beast", with script and music by Daniel Nordquist and costume and set design by Deborah Nelson-Pick is a tale about an unjust prince, a gypsy curse, and a young girl who sees beyond appearances. Students aged 7-18 will be cast in the original musical production of “Aladdin”. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 22nd to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4pm-8:15pm and performances on Friday, April 26th at 7pm and Saturday, April, 27th at 2pm. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valencia Arts Center.

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 22- 28

Times: TBA (depends on role assigned, see time frames above)

Instructor(s): Professional Actors/Directors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre

Cast Member Price: $65

Ticket cost: $6 Adults & $5 Students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 22-27 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)

NEW! Musical Theatre Dance, 8-12 years

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage.  Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 1- Nov. 3

Time:  11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Age: 8-12 years

Price: $90 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Minecraft Mainia (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free


2018 Summer Camp Overview

Mini-Summer Dance Intensive- June 18- 29, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist Multi-Arts Camp– June 25-29, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.

16th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)- NOW 3 WEEKS!  July 8-28, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Tap Camp- July 30-Aug. 3, 1pm-5pm, Monday- Friday.

Winona Arts Camp 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2018 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons,  spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

For full camp descriptions Click Here.

Winona Arts Camp 2018: I Create

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 4th annual integrated arts summer camp, but with a new format where students get to choose the visual and performing arts they want to explore. From songwriting to exploring master painters and hip hop dance to stand up commedia (a mix of Commedia Dell'arte and improv theatre) there are plenty of options to satisfy the artist in everyone. Back by popular demand, there will be an all camp talent show on Friday morning and families are invited to attend a lively
showcase at 3 pm on Friday afternoon. A class selection survey will be sent out to registered student in late Spring.

Dates: August 6-10 (Monday- Friday)

Time: 9:00- 3:30 p.m.

Age: 1st-8th grade

Price: $199, Fee includes camp t-shirt and daily snack. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

Dance Repertory Company

In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities. Students may audition for MCA's pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA's junior performing troupe, Dance Repertory Company II. DRC produces two production annually. Biannually DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker.  

Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates

Nutcracker Audition Workshops: Aug. 22 during MCA's Fall Open House (Registration required)

Nutcracker Auditions: Sept. 8th, 3pm, ages 5+ are invited to audition. (Visit our Nutcracker Audition Q & A for more information)

10th Anniversary Nutcracker Performances: Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at the Page Theatre on the St. Mary's University Campus

For more information about auditioning for DRC, ordering tickets or past productions click here.

I wish camp was longer! My daughter loved singing, dancing and making new friends. Thank you MCA for providing inspiring instructors and amazing programming!

Parent of Broadway Bound Camper

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is incredible! My children have truly enjoyed being part of the dance-arts community at MCA. The instructors are skilled artists whose passion shows through as they deliver a developmentally-appropriate curriculum in a child-centered and caring way. All families and community members are always welcome at MCA and encouraged to be part of the arts in Winona. Thank you MCA and MCA staff and volunteers.


Parent of MCA Students

While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!


8 Year-old Student

2018 Fall Open House

On Wed. August 22, 4-7pm MCA will hold it’s Fall Open House. The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administration, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, get fitted for shoes, register for classes, learn about our National Honors Society for Dance Arts chapter, explore an instrument petting zoo and enter prize drawings.  Lucky families could win a gift certificate to Rochester’s premier dance attire store, Blades to Ballet, a pass to Winona’s Indoor Park The Playground, tickets to a Page Series show, or a certificate to Nate & Ally’s Frozen Yogurt.

In addition to the Open House, Dancers ages 5+ are invited to register for a Pre- Audition Nutcracker Audition Workshop during this time frame.

2nd Annual MCA Student Lock-in

On Friday, August 24, 6pm- 9am Saturday, Aug. 25. MCA will hold it’s 2nd Annual Student Lock-in. All MCA students from the past year from all divisions (music, theatre, dance & visual arts) are invited to attend and bring 1 guest that has not been an MCA student in the last year, if they wish! Participants will enjoy an escape room, a dance party, movies, games, crafts and more.

Are you ready to FALL into the Arts?

Just as the leaves and seasons change, so does our programming. We are so excited to share a glimpse into our exciting Fall programming that we are in the midst of planning. Please click on the image below to explore our Fall 2018 Catalog. Registration will open soon. We hope to see you soon!


Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

Monday - Tuesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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