Trainwreck Productions is able to customize college internships in theatre and performing arts with opportunities in performance, design, production, management, and directing apprenticeships.

Internships are unpaid but do receive college credit.

Previous interns have received practical experience, working as production assistants and even making artistic and planning presentations for our board of directors.

To explore internship opportunities, please discuss with your academic advisor and email your interest to Ryan,


Trainwreck Productions has partnered with Dubuque Area Arts Collective (DAAC) to offer adult and young adult classes in theatre arts and performance.  Classes take place at DAAC.  Instructors are experienced professionals from both Trainwreck Productions and the larger community.

Below, find current course offerings, as well as classes that have been offered before.

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current offering


past offerings

puppetry workshop

DESCRIPTION: Learn the basics of rod-and-mouth and live hands puppeteering with the cast of Trainwreck Productions' Avenue Q!

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Parrott, Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Northern Iowa
(*The Avenue Q cast will lead the workshop if sufficient Guest Artist funds aren't raised.)

DATE / TIME: One-time workshop, mid-late May, TBD

COST: $50 donation to TWP's Guest Artist Fund
(Avenue Q producer credit, a free sock puppet, signed poster, and one free admission with reserved front row seating to either performance is included in the cost.)

WARNING: Contents from Avenue Q, rated R, may be used.

acting: foundations

DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the craft of acting.  Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the basic principles of acting and apply them to exploratory exercises, script/scene work, and the presentation of a two-person scene.

INSTRUCTOR: Ryan Decker, actor, director; Artistic Director, Trainwreck Productions

DATES / TIMES: Sundays, Feb. 2 through May 11, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

COST: FREE for high school and college students; $80 for non-student adults

acting: improvisation

DESCRIPTION: This one-time workshop course is an introduction to improvisational acting, principles, and games.

Larry Raineri, Core Member, Francis & The Diddlers (improv troupe)
Ryan Decker, actor, director; Artistic Director, Trainwreck Productions

DATES / TIMES: Dates vary, two-hour workshops


theatrical makeup

DESCRIPTION: Just in time for Halloween, these tutorials will demonstrate how to apply three different types of theatrical make-up.

INSTRUCTOR: Sami Sue Jones, Creative Director, Rogue Collections


  • FACE PAINT: Animal/Fantasy: Saturday, Oct. 11, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • CLASSIC: Pin-up/Glamour: Saturday, Oct 18, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • GORE: Zombie/Wounds: Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m. ("Surrealism" exhibit opening)

COST: FREE for high school and college students; $10 per session for non-student adults

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