Intro to Literature – Poetry

We will read and learn about different styles of poetry, and gain a deeper understanding and love of this literary form.

8-12/12 and up*                    2:15 - 3:30pm        Tuesdays           Jan 12 - Mar 8
*Students will be divided into groups by age.

$100 (10 hours) non-members
[Discounts up to 100% for members]

The Renaissance: Bridge from Middle Ages to modern history

Inspired by our involvement in The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, we will explore the era together, discovering the forces that drove this cultural rebirth throughout Europe. The study will incorporate literature, art, maps, and crafts.

Ages 10 and up                      1 - 3 pm                Wednesdays       Jan 13 - May 11
                                                 (no class March 23)

$200 (32 hours) non-members
[Discounts up to 100% for members]

Story Illustration

We will collaborate with the Creative Writing students to illustrate their stories and poems, with the intent to publish the finished works. With close communication between the writer, artist, and instructor, we will discover the way in which pictures and words tell stories together.

Students can work in the medium of their choice and will supply their own materials. We can offer suggestions to each student about what medium will best suit the story or what medium they might enjoy working with.

A portion of class time will be devoted to learning drawing foundations-- observational drawing, color theory, design and composition, etc. --  topics that can be applied to the individual projects. 

Ages 6 and up             11:30am-1:00pm          Saturdays         February 6 - May 14

No experience necessary

Tuition $210 (or $15 per class) non-members
[Discounts up to 100% for members]

Instructor: Jonathan Muroya. Jonathan has done a variety of artwork for Words Players and SkyVault, ranging from production posters to the SkyVault logo, as well as set design and artwork.

Songs of Praise

We will look at how hymns work: How the poetry and music work together to connect us to the doctrinal truths that are expressed.

8-12/ 12 and up*                 2:15 - 3:30pm          Tuesdays      March 15 - May 10
                                            (no class March 22)
*Students will be divided into groups by age.

$100   (10 hours) non-members
[Discounts up to 100% for members]

Sharing the Arts with Children

— a one day seminar for educators, with Daved Driscoll

For centuries, philosophers and artists have discussed the nature of “aesthetic experience” and have delineated the differences between Art objects and those which are merely entertaining. 
We will look, briefly, at different ways these philosophers, from Aristotle and Kant through Stanley Fish in the 20th Century, have defined Art and the aesthetic experience.  As daunting as that may sound to some, it won’t be.  (They were just people, too.)
 But we’ll spend far more of our time talking about what Art does than about what Art is. We’ll move the conversation away from the important theory to the universal and unavoidable practice of encountering Art.
 (Happily, our children may well be more prepared than many of us adults to explore these fully aesthetic experiences.  Perhaps the most difficult part for us is that we ourselves take seriously the reactions that children have to a given work of art. We'll talk about that.)
 So, when we’ve spent some time talking about what Art does, we’ll spend an equal part actually going through a specific work to look at ways we can enable and then explore the aesthetic experiences our children may be able to have with it.  we’ll examine the Pixar movie, The Incredibles in some detail.  (With frequent reference to Dante’s Inferno.)
 No preparation is strictly necessary.  But if you haven’t watched The Incredibles, why not do so?

(Click here to read more of Daved Driscoll's thoughts on sharing the arts with children.)

Come and hear why the arts are so important in our lives.  Gain understanding and tools to use with your own children, or those you teach (or both!).  Engage in hands- on immersion lessons you can use with the young people in your life.

Taught by Daved Driscoll, founding Artistic Director of the award winning SkyVault Theatre Company and Words Players Theatre, one of the most active educational and youth theatres in Minnesota.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9AM to 5PM
Destiny Church  3240 40th Avenue NW, Rochester
$35    Registration includes lunch and refreshments.




We’ll be in when school is out! A week of enacting stories with heroes and scoundrels, and battles between light and dark. We'll work on several aspects of theatre – acting, movement, on-stage combat, music, and stage battle. The camp will culminate in a mini performance on the last day for friends and family.

Ages 6 - 12
April 4 - 8         9am - 3pm           $240 non-members
[Discounts up to 100% for members]

Instructors: Daved Driscoll, director, and members of The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company



Imaginations will run amok as we draw anything that's wacky, wild, and weird. We will create our own zany cast of characters and build our own galaxies to tell the greatest story ever. The only limit is your imagination!

Each day of the camp will be devoted to designing a certain aspect of a visual story: Heroes, villains, creatures, planets. Students will put their ideas into comic-book form to share with the class.

Ages 6 - 12
April 4 - 8         3pm - 5pm           $100 +$30 materials fee - non-members
[Discounts up to 100% for members]

Instructor: Johnathan Muroya, a Rochester high school senior, has done a variety of artwork for Words Players and SkyVault, ranging from production posters to the SkyVault logo, as well as set design and artwork.  He is currently mentoring art students who are themselves designing logos for upcoming productions.



For any youth needing to stay past the camp time.
April 4-8        3-5pm            $15/hour  (payment via cash or check on day of camp care)

Supervision by members of The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company

Registration and Tuition (including discounts and scholarships)

Registration is due prior to the first day of the class or camp.

To register by mail, print and fill out the registration form and mail to the address below.

 Registration Form


To register by email:

Please send:
   Student’s name and email __________________________________
   Parent’s name, email and phone # ____________________________
   Class/session name _______________________________________



Payment can be made on-line via PayPal below.

Intro to Literature - Poetry
Songs of Praise
Droid Wars Theatre Camp
The Renaissance
Story Illustration
Drawing! Sci-Fi / Fantasy Comic Camp

Or you can mail a check to:

Words Players Theatre
attn. Education Dept.
P.O. Box 1274
Rochester MN   55903

5% to 100% discounts for supporting members:

Supporting members are donors who give to our work year round.  If you are not yet a monthly donor, join us today and receive immediate discounts on classes this semester (and quarterly newsletters and other benefits, listed on our website).  You can sign up to donate on-line, or make arrangements through your financial institution to issue a check each month. (Please let us know if you have any questions.) Ongoing, monthly support is what enables us to keep doing our work, and to know how to plan.  THANK YOU, MEMBERS!

-Northland Words is a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership and donations are 100% tax deductible.
-Tuition may be eligible for Minnesota education tax credit.
-Monthly payments accepted.
-Scholarships available. Northland Words is committed to not turning anyone away for financial reasons. Just fill out and return the Scholarship Notification form below:

 Scholarship Notification Form


All classes will be held at the new Words Players Warehouse building at 920 2nd. St. NE, unless otherwise noted.


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