The Education Program is beginning its 29th year, offering year-round instruction for students ages 2 to 18, an initiative supported by two full time staff, along with adjunct faculty. More than 1,000 students enroll each year in classes, camps and workshops.
Please read this entire page before registering. For school year classes, we recommend students sign up for all four sessions when registering in the fall. Enrollment is limited and classes fill quickly.
RLT youth classes do not require previous experience to participate. All classes culminate in an Open Classroom or Sharing of work for family and friends.
The goal of RLT’s Education Program is to provide high quality theatre arts instruction in a safe nurturing environment. RLT is dedicated to the belief that theatre training promotes self-esteem, builds confidence, stimulates creativity, sharpens communication skills, fosters an appreciation of team work, raises cultural awareness, celebrates diversity, encourages respect for self and others and lays the foundation for a lifelong love of the arts. The study of theatre not only trains students to be better actors, it inspires them to be better people.
Which Class is Right for Me?
We invite you to use these categories as a guide for finding the class best suited to your student’s interests.
Discovering Drama (D): These classes encourage students to use their imagination, drama and play to explore the world of a story. Using art, drama, music and movement, students will discover and create characters, engage in creative problem solving, and practice working together.
Skill Building (S): Learn, build and strengthen foundational theatre skills in a fun and supportive environment. Build your stage skills and confidence in classes including acting, improvisation, Shakespeare and more.
Artist Development (A): For students who want to hone their artistic craft and dive deeper into specific theatre skills, these classes focus on developing the creative tools that engaged and collaborative artists need to embody complex characters, design theatrical worlds, and tell meaningful stories.
Registration for classes at RLT, Knightdale, and Wendell
To register for classes at RLT, Knightdale and Wendell, use our online registration facility.
You will receive a confirmation by email once your registration form is processed.
If you have trouble with the online facility, you may instead register by sending in our youth registration form. Mail your completed registration form with fees as soon as possible to RLT Education Program, 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh, NC 27607.
If paying by credit card, you may fax your registration form to 919-821-7961. If you prefer, you can fill out the form, scan it in, and send the scanned image to Kathleen Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms may also be hand delivered to the RLT Business Office, Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC 27607
Knightdale Recreation Center
101 Lawson Ridge Rd
Knightdale, NC 27545
Wendell Community Center
601 W. 3rd Street
Wendell, NC 27591
Registration for classes at Apex, Wake Forest, and North Raleigh
RLT offers classes at Apex, Wake Forest, and North Raleigh, however, the link for online registration is to a service managed by each offsite facility. RLT cannot take registration forms for those classes. If you cannot use their online registration, please contact the organization directly.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem Street, Apex, NC 27502
For registration information go to http://thehalle.org
Classes for ages 6-14.
Registration begins on July 17 for Apex residents and July 31 for non-residents.
The Sertoma Arts Center
1400 West Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612
For registration information go to https://reclink.raleighnc.gov/Start/Start.asp
Classes for ages 6-14.
Registration begins on July 25.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587
For registration information go to http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/classes.aspx
Classes for ages 6-15.
Registration begins on August 1.
Class fees must accompany the registration form. Fees for performance classes are not due until your child has been accepted into the class.
Note: Refunds (minus a $20 drop fee) will only be made if the student officially withdraws 10 or more days before the start of a class. To officially withdraw, contact Kathleen Rudolph at 919-821-4579 x225 or email email@example.com. If RLT cancels a class, you will receive a full refund.
There is a $10 returned check fee for insufficient funds.
Make a tax-deductible donation to RLT’s Scholarship Fund!
Raleigh Little Theatre is proud of the fact that we have never turned a child away from taking a theatre class due to an inability to pay. Please help us continue this tradition by including a tax deductible donation with your tuition. Any amount you give will be greatly appreciated. Simply indicate the amount in the space provided. Thank you for supporting the RLT Education Program. RLT is a non-profit 501(C )(3) corporation.
Our Federal Tax ID # is 56-0662726.
We expect students to attend class regularly and on time. Since much of the class work is focused on building an ensemble, it is imperative that all the team members be present. If a student must miss a class, please email Kathleen Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late pick-up policy
Students must be picked up promptly at the end of class. There is a 5-minute grace period after each class. Because we value our instructors’ time, students picked up after the 5-minute grace period will be charged a $5.00 per 5-minute fee, billed to the student’s parents or guardians. No students under the age of 18 may be left unattended on RLT property.
RLT has off-street parking available for patrons, visitors and volunteers. Entry is via Pogue Street. Some of the spaces in the parking lot are designated as “Permit Required.” Please be advised that this is enforced Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. If you are visiting us during those hours, please stop by the business office for a temporary parking permit.
“Open Classrooms” are informal presentations of the materials learned by students during a session. Held on the last day of class, parents, friends and family are invited to attend. Information will be sent home prior to each Open Classroom.
Raleigh Little Theatre does not always follow the Wake County Public School System schedule. Classes may meet on certain days that your child has off from school. Please reference the information for each class.
In the event of inclement weather, please call the theatre at 919-821-4579 or check the home page of our web site to find out whether or not classes have been cancelled. Since our classes are usually in the afternoon, schools may have to cancel while we do not. In the event classes are cancelled, RLT will schedule make-up classes as quickly as possible.
We have partial scholarships for all classes taught at the RLT, Knightdale, and Wendell locations. These are funded by donations from individuals and organizations, and from Teaching Assistants who receive a tuition waver for classes they assist. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out our RLT youth education scholarship form. For more information about scholarships contact Kathleen Rudolph at 919-821-4579 extension 225 or email@example.com.
Need more help?
Need help deciding which classes are appropriate for your interested child? Call Kathleen Rudolph (919-821-4579 ext. 225) and she will be happy to answer your questions.
Are you going to an audition and need help with your monologue? Do you need us to lend a hand with your audition songs and the specific way to present them? The instructors at RLT are available to help you! Contact Kathleen Rudolph for more information.
Adult Classes At RLT
Hey Mom! Dad! Do you ever wish you could take a theatre class? Well, you can! Raleigh Little Theatre offers a variety of classes for adults. Check out our adult class schedule or just call Kathleen Rudolph 919-821-4579 (ext 225) for more information. Adults need to have fun too!
Our classes in Wendell and Knightdale are made possible by grants from the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation and Wells Fargo.