The Theater Education Program was developed to expand theater opportunities for participants of any age. Through workshops, community members can engage in activities designed to expand their knowledge of the many different aspects of theater.  Most workshops culminate in a public performance at The Reif. Training components are embedded into the rehearsal process for each production, and more workshops are being designed and developed as the Theater Education Program moves forward.

The program is a collaboration of The Reif and the Grand Rapids Players.

Our most recent production:

Disney’s “The Lion King, Jr.”

The theater education program for The Lion King, Jr. began in January. Read our blog post about the training. The cast of 55 youth is ready to perform on stage March 16-18. Get your tickets now.


Meet the Instructor

Jim Cagle

Jim Cagle as Billy Flynn (Chicago), 2011

Jim Cagle, a life-long resident of Grand Rapids, currently owns and manages A-1 Driver’s Training. His true passion, however, lies with the performing arts. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University for Theater/Speech Education, a Master of Science from Capella University for Instructional Design, and a Doctorate from Capella University for Education. Jim’s Master’s project was the development of a workbook for a traveling youth theater program. He has previously taught introductory theater classes at Mesabi Range Community & Technical College. His professional acting experience includes both stage and film credits. Jim has been a part of many local theater productions both as director and as an actor, most notably Best Christmas Pageant Ever (director), A Christmas Carol (director), Two By Two (director), Dracula (Dracula), Ten Little Indians (Capt. Lumbard), Annie (Rooster), Chicago (Billy Flynn), and The Music Man (Harold Hill).