Adult Workshops & Events

Adult Theatre Workshop

In 2011, we initiated a series of adult-only theatre workshops, entitled Develop an Acting Career. This series is taught by Susan Grace Cohen of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where she has been a faculty member for 20 years. Classes are limited to 14, and most classes have been sold out. Check our workshop page for more information on upcoming classes. 
In 2012 we introduced Fundamentals of Improv taught by Rick Hodder, the leader of our Improv Comedy Series. In addition to the humor, improv can improve your ability to “think on your feet,” and has been known to help with public speaking and assertiveness. Look for more classes in 2013.

Fundamentals of improv

The Ridgefield Theatre Barn is excited to announce our improv program, a full-fledged multi-level curriculum, including future offerings like Long Form Improv and Comedy Sketch Writing!

Fundamentals of Improv is the first step on your journey, and is a requirement for any further improv classes taken at the Barn. Level I will focus on agreement, banishing fear, the elements of improv scene work, and most especially teamwork. You will use these tools to play games like those seen on “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?.” The class will end with the students performing a “Whose Line” show hosted by Rick on the main stage of the RTB, for friends and family.

All you need to take this course is the desire to have fun and learn – you don’t need to be funny, or prepare or memorize anything!

Improv is not only fun, but has many benefits: it helps with “thinking on your feet”, stage fright and assertiveness, and can add a dimension to acting. Rick has a knack for bringing this all to life in a low-stress, fun environment.

Rick Hodder has been studying, performing, and teaching improv for close to 20 years! He is a founding member and director of our in-house improv troupe “The Role In The Hay Players.” Rick studied and performed in ensembles at Gotham City Improv, in NYC. He has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade (started by SNL’s Amy Poehler) in NYC, and is currently studying improv at the Magnet Theater in NYC.

Fundamentals of improv

SESSION: 8 weeks (2 hours per week)
WHEN: 2019 dates TBA soon
Class size limited to 15


Donors $320, Non-Donors $340

Whose Barn is it anyway?

Improv comedy

The wacky world of Improv Comedy returns to the Theater Barn, featuring The Role in the Hay Players: Cheryl Boyd, Tim Harbolic, Rick Hodder, Pamme Jones, Wayne Leiss, and Melissa Power.
Due to the spontaneous nature of improvisation, performances may contain adult language and themes that may not be suitable for some children. Parental discretion is advised.

Cabaret Seating

Guest are invited to bring food and beverage of choice to enjoy
before the show

Saturday, August 4th at 8pm

Doors open one hour prior to curtain

All Tickets: $30

Friday, October 12th at 8pm

Doors open one hour prior to curtain

All Tickets: $30

Piano bar…n!

Enjoy a wickedly entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers and good company? Maybe even shake out of your comfort zone and hop on the stage yourself?  (Don’t worry, we won’t force you).  Come on down to a the Theater Barn when a very special Piano Bar…n will bring the Manhattan club scene to Ridgefield.. 
The Piano Bar…n is a warm and friendly place to enjoy a good time – swaying to live music, bellowing out familiar lyrics, as a group, or for the courageous, by yourself. Singers, with the superb accompaniment of pianist Lisa Riggs Hobbs, will offer up their favorites while encouraging the audience to sing songs almost everyone knows by heart. If you delight in good music and unpredictable laughter, you will have a wonderful experience.
You’ll see familiar faces from Barn shows of the past, as well as specially invited talent from New York City and the surrounding area.  Guaranteed to be a fabulous night, so don’t miss out!
Recommended for mature audiences.

Spring piano bar…n!

November 16th & 17th, 2018
Friday & Saturday evening at 8pm

Doors open one hour prior to curtain

All Tickets: $30