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.

Stay Tuned for upcoming 2019 Winter/Spring classes!


Scholarships are available for all programs. Wagon Wheel Theatre believes that every child should have an opportunity to experience live theatre first-hand regardless of ability to pay. To request consideration for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form and bring it to the box office.  You may also submit it directly to Executive Director, Jay Michaels, (

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Meet the Teachers

Kira Lace Hawkins
Kira Lace Hawkins

Acting Classes


Kira Lace Hawkins is often seen on the Wagon Wheel stage performing such roles as the Witch in Into the Woods, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, and Doly Levi in Hello, Dolly!. Kira has an MFA in Acting from Penn State University and loves teaching students of all ages. She has served on the theater and music faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and currently directs and teaches at Manchester University.

Ben Dicke

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop


Ben Dicke began working at the Wagon Wheel in 2004. Favorite roles on that stage include Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, 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 My Fair Lady and, once again, collaborate with Andy Robinson as co-directors for One Man Two Guvnors. Ben is currently the Chair of the Theatre Department at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Emily Ann Luhrs

Summer Musical Theatre Workshop


Emily Ann 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.

Auditions for Youth, ages 9 -18

Auditions for Youth, ages 9 -18, for Wagon Wheel Theatre’s 2018 summer season productions of Seussical and Freaky Friday.

Saturday, April 14th 10 am and 11:30 am