Near West Theatre introduces acting, performance, improv, and dance classes for adults and teens ages 13 and up! Options include drop in classes ($15 with online registration, $20 at the door) and sequential classes (online registration and pre-payment required before classes begin). Take a look at our offerings and register today!

Auditioning: Song Selection and Performance

Do you have trouble choosing the right audition songs for your vocal range? Let us help! This interactive course will cover how to choose and perform songs for your audition! Participants will leave this course with two song selections and tips on how to leave a lasting impression while singing them! This is an introductory course and all experience levels are welcome. This course is for ages 16+.

This class has already started and is no longer accepting registrations.


Jordan Cooper is an accomplished Director, Music Director, Conductor and Pianist. In 2021, he joined the staff of Baldwin Wallace University’s acclaimed Musical Theater program. Jordan is thrilled to bring his expertise to his home, Near West Theater!


Musical Theatre Dance Workshops

Drop in each week to learn a dance number from your favorite Broadway shows! Join us to improve your technique, make new friends, and dance the night away! All experience levels are welcome. There will be five classes for ages 16+ and two classes for ages 13+.

Drop-in classes are $15 each with online registration and pre-payment*, or $20 at the door without registration. Reserve your spot for each class by registering and pre-paying. Walk-ins are welcome if there is still space available. Space is limited to 25 students per class, so make sure you register now! 

*Online registration closes 2 days before each class at 11:59 PM.

Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Class Dates:

Sept 21  "The Room Where it Happens" from Hamilton with Kristy Cruz (Ages 16+)

Sept 28  "America" from West Side Story with Emma Clark (Ages 16+)

Oct 12  Choreo from Festival of Fantasy Parade at Walt Disney World with Emma Clark (Ages 16+) - Bring your heels!

Oct 19  "Bad Romance" from Moulin Rouge with Jailyn Harris (Ages 16+)

Oct 26  "Positive" from Legally Blonde with Kristy Cruz (Ages 13+)

Nov 2  "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast with Emma Clark (Ages 16+)

Nov 8 (Wednesday)  "Livin’ it Up on Top" from Hadestown with Jailyn Harris (Ages 13+)

Where: Mainstage

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Emma Victoria Clark has been dancing and acting professionally for over a decade on stages form Cleveland to Walt Disney World to overseas. As a teacher, she strives to make students of all experience levels and backgrounds feel comfortable and confident in the dance space. She is excited to bring her experience (and a lot of fun!) to Near West Theatre this fall!

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Kristy Cruz is a native Clevelander who has worked throughout Northeast Ohio as a performer, choreographer, and educator for over 20 years. Most recently she choreographed NWT's production of Head Over Heels and directed this summer's teen production of Bring It On! 


Jailyn Sherell Harris is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she received her BAC in theatre, with a minor in dance. Jailyn has choreographed for theaters and organizations across the northeast Ohio area and beyond, including the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC. 



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