"A small space where big things happen."


Common Ground Theatre offers and hosts classes for the community. We are always looking for class ideas and qualified teachers of performing arts-related topics. For any questions or to submit a resume, please contact Devra Thomas, Executive Director, at devra@cgtheatre.com.


Foundations of Scene and Character
Saturday, September 27 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Price: $45

this workshop has a 12min/25max

This workshop will focus on the development of solid scenes and character development. Participants will explore and examine elements of scene beginning, dramatic tension and story evolution.
Additionally, they will work through the foundations of character establishment and development. Participants will learn practical exercises which will help them to create and maintain fun, interesting and believable characters.

This five hour workshop will work towards participants being able to establish strong stories, with compelling characters that work toward clear dramatic conclusions.

REGISTER: Call the box office at (919) 384-7817

About The Instructor
RON JONES has been an actor, director, and trainer for over twenty years. He has been a performing member of such troupes as ImprovBoston, StageCoach improv, and The U.S. Improvisational Theatre League as well as numerous stage and industrial productions. He was Artistic Director and Director of Operations for ImprovBoston the areas longest running and most acclaimed troupe. He was selected as Player/Coach of the team representing the United States in the World Championships of Improvisation (seen on the Comedy Channel). Mr. Jones’ American squad was ranked #1 in the world through 2000 and 2001 league play. He has been guest director for more than a dozen troupes and has taught improvisation classes at Harvard University, Wheelock College, Kansas State University, Tufts University, Ferrum University and Curry College. Ron has been a returning guest instructor in the Graduate Education programs at Fitchburg State College and Endicott College.

Mr Jones has developed customized trainings for the educational and business communities. As a founding member of the Program Urban Improv; he does no less than 250 workshops a year throughout New England for young people using improvisation as a tool for self-expression and violence prevention. In 2002 Urban Improv won an EMMY Award for Best Children’s Programming for the television program “re:Action”

Currently Mr. Jones is Principal and Creative Director of Dialogues on Diversity a nationally touring social justice and diversity training company which uses theater models to promote cultural sensitivity and dialogue. Their comedy show “The Black Jew Dialogues” is the 2013 -2014 Campus Activities Magazine and Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities “Best Diversity Program” in America.

Thursdays, Oct 16-30 (3 weeks)
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Price: $90.00

this class has a 6min/12max

Unlocking creativity, joy and inner confidence through improv theater

Would you like to be a more confident person?

Do you need some more fun and joy in your life?

Would you like to learn secrets to unblocking creative and intuitive thinking?

Then this class is for you!

Through fun games and exercises we will learn how to create powerful teamwork, scenes without a script or props and the ability to be fully in the moment no matter what may be happening around you! Relying on imagination and simple, easy-to-learn tools, we discover valuable life lessons that have students reporting awesome changes in their professional and personal lives!
Come join the fun!

No experience necessary

REGISTER: Email Anoo at anootreemail@gmail.com

About the Instructor

Anoo Tree Brod has been performing improv professionally since 1997. She is a member of Transactors Improv Company (the longest running improv company in the Southeast) and Danny Canoe. Anoo teaches improv and life skills to businesses, corporations, and individuals throughout the country, assisting them to bring more creativity, joy, and teamwork to their personal and professional lives. You can find out more about her at www.anootreebrod.com

Mondays, October 13-November 3
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Price: $40

this class has a 6min/12max

This four part class walks students through the stage management process, from beginning communications through production meetings, rehearsals, performances, and post-mortems. Perfect for high school or college students interested in theater management or as a refresher for adults who trained but have been out of the theater for a while.

Each class will be taught by a different highly-skilled local stage manager. Instructor bios coming soon

REGISTER: Call the box office at (919) 384-7817

Students who take this class will be short-listed for upcoming stage management work at the theater.


Monday and Wednesday at 9:30-10:30 a.m.
WALK-INS WELCOME- $5 per class
These classic hatha yoga classes build strength and flexibility in a comfortable, casual setting. Teacher Sylvia Freeman is certified under the Yoga: Body, Mind & Spirit training program and has 10 years experience as a toga teacher. These classes serve skill levels 1-2. Please bring your own mat and props if you have them.

Saturdays at 9:00-10:00 a.m.
WALK-INS WELCOME- $5 per class
This Iyengar-based hatha yoga class focusses on flexibility and strengthening and is designed for all levels. It’s perfect for athletes, people with limited flexibility or long-time practitioners looking to specify alignment and accuracy in their poses. Teacher Rachel Klem is certified under the Yoga: Body, Mind & Spirit training program and has been practicing Yoga for 25 years and teaching for 10. Please bring your own mat and props if you have them.

Why so cheap? We don’t have the same overhead as a studio and can charge quite a bit less per session because of this. We also don’t offer some of the amenities of a studio- practitioners must bring their own mats and props. But beyond that we believe yoga is a necessity, not a luxury.
Call (919) 698-3870 for more information and registration
Classes at Common Ground Theatre