Classes – Fall/Winter 2023

UPDATED 08/24/2023
Several Heritage Arts Studio classes have already started; the rest will start up in September! 
This page is continually updated as classes are scheduled.
To get specific class info when on this page, click on the red link for the name of the class you are interested in

To register for any class or workshop, email:

As part of our Heritage Arts Studio initiative, Blackstone River Theatre pursues arts education outreach by offering classes and workshops at the theatre with respected performers and teachers. This initiative allows the community to discover or reconnect with traditional art forms (music, song, dance, folk, visual and literary arts) and become PARTICIPANTS in our regional arts heritage.

Heritage Arts Studio offerings for Fall/Winter 2023 will include two levels of fiddle workshops with Cathy Clasper-Torch starting in September. Tir Na Nog Irish Dance will offer three days of non-competitive Irish step dance classes for children and teens with instructor Erika Damiani in the Fall. Ed Sweeney will offer beginner, continuing beginner and advanced beginner 5-string banjo on Saturdays in September. We will offer a 3-hour workshop in continuing mountain dulcimer with Aubrey Atwater on Sept. 17. Aubrey will lead Sept., Oct. and Dec workshops in Singing Traditional Folk Songs and she will also teach a clogging workshop AND a beginner whistle workshop on Oct. 29. Ed Sweeney plans a guitar workshop for advanced players on Mondays in October-November. Kyle Forsthoff will offer continuing beginner and intermediate workshops in bodhran (Irish drum) . We will again offer classes in continuing beginner and intermediate Ukulele with Armand Aromin in the Fall. A session in beginner Irish step dance for adults with Kevin Doyle will be offered on Mondays in October-November. A rhythm bones workshop for beginners & continuing beginners with Dean Robinson will be offered. Look for a two-day workshop in Celtic stone carving on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 with Laura Travis.

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in any class, please:
1. E-mail to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864