288 S Second St, San Jose, CA

Theatre Arts Classes for All Ages in Downtown San Jose

Guggenheim Entertainment is known for developing innovative new works for the stage, and The Schoolhouse classes are a perfect way to get a taste of the magic that goes into creating a musical at one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning renowned regional theatre companies.

The Schoolhouse at 3Below offers a curriculum designed so students of all ages may develop creative skills, discover new awareness of self-expression, and gain awareness of theatre as a profession.

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we are ready to move back into teaching theatre arts classes now that the pandemic is in its endemic stage. Click the button below for current class offerings OR complete our Class Interest Form to be sure you receive notifications about upcoming classes:

Classes & Programs

We offer quarterly sessions in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. Sessions consist of weekly classes for 10-12 weeks while Programs may run over the course of the full year. Each session we offer classes for youth, students, teens, adults and seniors. 


The Schoolhouse at 3Below Theaters employs professional theatre artists/educators who have extensive theatre backgrounds and experience working with youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Students will have the opportunity to work with seasoned theatre professionals who are committed to providing a safe, risk-free environment in which they can learn and grow. 


Sessions may end with a Showcase, an informal performance for classmates, family, friends, invited guests and other students giving students the opportunity to display what they have learned before an audience.

Location & Parking

All classes take place in San Jose at 3Below Theaters located at 288 S Second Street. The venue offers validation for free parking for up to 3 hours and 30 minutes. 

Class Size

A maximum of 15 students may register for each 10-12 week session. A second educator will be employed for every 15 students. Space is limited and registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Receipt of registration does not guarantee enrollment. An orientation and confirmation package will be emailed upon acceptance.

Class Composition

Part of our mission is to bring people together from diverse backgrounds in a safe and productive atmosphere. We encourage students of every race, color, religion, ethnic, age, economic background, and ability to enroll.

Closed Classes

All classes are closed. Visitors wishing to remain on property during the class are welcome to wait in the 3Below Theaters lobby where there is free wifi, restrooms, and a cafe. Visitors are welcome and invited to attend the final Showcase but are otherwise not able to attend the classes.

Changes In Schedule

Class and performance schedules and artists/teachers are subject to change.

Postponed Classes

If a class is postponed, it will be rescheduled toward the end of the session.

Class Cancellation

San Jose Playhouse reserves the right to cancel any class if enrollment is insufficient and will refund received payments if the class does not go. Minimum class size is 8.

Tuition & Payment

Full payment is due prior to the first class. Minimally, a deposit of half is due upon enrollment. When you enroll, you’ll see the option of paying in full or paying the deposit only. Payment with a credit card may be made online or by phone at the time of enrollment, or in person with a check made payable to Guggenheim Entertainment.

Financial Assistance

We are happy to offer payment plans as well as need-based full and partial financial assistance. For full financial assistance, a minimal contribution of time or money is required. The application must be submitted no later than two weeks before each class session. To request an application, please contact us


Registration and tuition fees are non-refundable once enrollment is confirmed.