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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!

Due to COVID-19 the below info may not be up-to-date, to view current online programming click here.

The Thirty-Three Little Pigs

Ham it up in this fantastic new twist on an old tale! Squeal with delight as the 33 pigs in the meadow continuously outsmart the hungry wolf, much in the style of Roadrunner and Coyote or Tom and Jerry. From Straw, Stick, and Brick pigs to Pirate, Chef, and Ninja pigs (plus 27 endearing others!), they each have their chance to misdirect, heckle, and hound the bumbling Big Bad Wolf, who only finds himself further and further from getting his fill of little piggies! Full of classic, pop-culture, and world-inspired piggie characters and references, actors and audiences alike will go hog-wild for this show!
Auditions: June 28, 2021 6:30-8:30pm, Sign up here for a 20-minute audition time slot.
Mandatory Cast & Parent Meeting: June 30, 2021, 7pm
Participation Fee: $35
Rehearsals: TBD based on role, July 6-29, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm Monday-Friday, with possible weekends
Performances: July 30-31, 2021 (outside in green space between MCA's Valencia Arts Center & Alverna Center), $5 per ticket

Dance Me a Story

Are you ready to step on stage? Then you will love this camp. During this one week experience you will work with classmates to tell a story using ballet, creative movement, and theatre. Participants will even have the opportunity to craft their own costumes and design scenery in preparations for an informal outdoor performance on the last day of camp for friends and family. Campers (and friends and family on the last day) will be required to follow MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, June 21-25

Time: 1-4pm

Ages: 6-9 

Location: Outside Valencia Arts Center (moved inside if inclement weather)

Instructors: Rachael Ryan & Caitilin McCoy

Fee: $109 (early bird) $129 (after May 1, 2021)*

* Campers will need to bring a towel or sit-upon, water bottle, and snack 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.

Due to COVID-19 The 2020 Nutcracker has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled to 2021.

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

Tweens & Teens Ready to try Something new?

Tweens & Teens Ready to try Something new?

This last year has been challenging for everyone, but especially for tweens and teens who are wired for new experiences and connection. Additionally, COVID-19 has meant more screen time and less time moving for many. MCA is excited to offer new classes and opportunities to help teens and tweens connect with others, get moving and learn new skills this spring and summer. The following list of programs are designed to invite those with no experience to join us in-person to try something new in a COVID safe way. These age based classes are also perfect for those who have taken a year or more off of dance or theatre who want to ease back in. If you are unsure if these classes or a level based class would be a better fit for you, please contact our offer at and we will help find the right place for you.

A Sneak Peek at Spring & Summer ’21 at MCA

A Sneak Peek at Spring & Summer ’21 at MCA

Things are definitely brewing at MCA. We are so excited to be planning for a variety of spring and summer programming for all ages. It is going to be an exciting summer with new offerings inside, outside, and online. All in-person classes will follow the MCA COVID...

Casting Call: Thirty-Three Little Pigs

Casting Call: Thirty-Three Little Pigs

Calling all actors ages 8-18, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce auditions for an outdoor performance of Brian D. Taylors production of Thirty-three Little Pigs. Young actors interested should sign up for a 20-minute audition time slot on June 28, 2021 between 6:30-8:30 pm at MCA’s Home, the Valencia Arts Center. Actors should come wearing clothing to move/dance in, and be prepared to read from the script. Details about mask requirements and any other COVID related procedures that will be followed at the auditions will be communicated closer to date with those registered. Rehearsal will begin July 6th and typically run 6:30-8:30pm Monday-Friday, with possible weekends. Rehearsals will be held in small groups. Mandatory all-cast and parent meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at 7pm. Performances will be in the green space between MCA’s Valencia Arts Center and Alverna Center July 30-31, 2021.


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

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


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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are limited to the following but subject to change:

Mondays: 4:15-7:15 pm

Tuesdays: 4:00-6:30 pm

Wednesdays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Thursdays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Fridays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Saturdays: 9:30am- 1:15 pm



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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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