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Shirlee & Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

Stay tuned for Fall 2024 classes & workshops!


The Shirlee & Henry Fonda Theatre Academy is dedicated to ensuring that all individuals have access to arts education. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out our online application. The Director of Education will respond to your application as soon as possible.


What time should I arrive?

Adult students can arrive up to ten minutes before their class begins. They should enter through the stage door behind the building. The Director of Education will be there to let you in.

What if a student needs to miss a class?

Please let us know in advance if a you will miss any classes so the teacher can adjust their lesson plan accordingly. Refunds cannot be made for missed classes.

May others sit in and watch the class?

Adult classes are closed to the public.

Will there be a performance at the end of classes?

All class descriptions contain information about final presentations. Some classes have a sharing day on the last day of class for family and friends that may wish to observe. Not every class will present a play or other performance on sharing day. If a performance is planned for sharing day, it is intended to be very informal and almost always done without lights, sets, props or costumes.

What is the Kids Connect option?

KidzConnect is a space for creation & connection. KidzConnect is open to children ages 5+ of adult students enrolled in any HFTA class. While guardians are taking class, their children are engaged in crafts, games, & activities built just for them & under the direction of HFTA teaching artists. KidzConnect must be purchased at the time of enrollment. This KidzConnect session will take place during the adult's registered class time.



Any requests for changes or refunds must be made in writing at least one week prior to your first class or camp. A full refund will be issued minus a $5 processing fee. No refunds after this point, only credit toward tuition of a future class, camp or workshop within a year of the cancellation. No exceptions for injury or illness.

Cancellation of Class

If your class or workshop is canceled, you will have the choice of a full refund (no processing fee charge) or a credit toward a future class or workshop.

Behavior: In order to ensure students derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from the classroom experience, students who become disruptive or disrespectful will be removed from class with no refund of tuition.

Photo & Video Release

Omaha Community Playhouse often takes photographs and video during events for use in brochures and the web. By registering you agree that OCP may use any image of you or your child that might appear in photographs or video taken at OCP.