Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts offers classes for all ages! If you or someone you know are interested in the performing arts, these classes in everything from acting, to dance, to improv comedy are a great place to begin. Check below for upcoming education opportunities.

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Meet the Teachers

Kira Lace Hawkins
Kira Lace Hawkins

Grades 2-7


Kira Lace Hawkins studied music and theater at St. Olaf College, and holds an MFA in Acting from Penn State University.  Kira currently teaches acting classes to all ages at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, and she serves as adjunct faculty at Manchester University directing productions and teaching theater classes. This will be Kira’s seventh summer working with the Wagon Wheel Theatre Youth Programs.  Previous acting credits at the Wheel include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, and Paulette in Legally Blonde.

Emily Ann Dicke (Luhrs)

Grades 8-12


Emily Ann Dicke (Luhrs) is a Chicago theatre artist whose exploits include writing, performing, directing, and puppetry. Her most recent projects include directing a TYA production of Seussical with the Musical Theatre students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and designing a five-headed dragon puppet for the Theatre department’s spring play: She Kills Monsters. Emily also worked for five years as a teaching artist at the Denver Center Theatre Academy. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma.

Ben Dicke

Grades 8-12


Ben Dicke began working at the Wagon Wheel in 2004. Favorite roles on that stage include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Applegate in Damn Yankees, and Cliff in Cabaret, among many others. Ben helped co-create the Wagon Wheel’s Summer Youth Programming alongside Andy Robinson in the summer of 2005. In addition to their directing work with the students of Warsaw and the surrounding areas, Ben and Andy have collaborated as directors for the professional company on a number of projects including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Blithe Spirit, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. Ben is excited to work both onstage this summer in Young Frankenstein and, once again, collaborate with Andy Robinson as co-directors for The Crucible. Ben is currently the Chair of the Theatre Department at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Auditions for Youth, ages 9 -18

Next Wagon Wheel Jr. Show
Oct. 28 & 29
Auditions TBA