Looking to take your skills to the next level in the arts? OFC Creations is proud to have a team of highly-qualified Teaching Artists ready to help bring out the talents in you! In individual lessons, students work privately with their instructor in an area of interest. Areas include: Voice, Piano, Acting, Dance, and now Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, and Banjo.
Lessons are held in-person at the OFC Creations Theatre Center at 3450 Winton Place, Rochester, NY 14623
Private Lesson Tuition Cost:
30 Min Lesson – $29
45 Min Lesson – $41
60 Min Lesson – $52
Open for ages 7 to 107, one-on-one instruction is available for all students interested in expanding their skills in music, drama, and dance.
Private lesson students will perform in a recital usually twice each year at the OFC Creations Theatre Center. Details on these recitals will be emailed to all on-going enrolled families.
The advantage of taking lessons at OFC is that our instructors can focus on audition material for upcoming shows you will be joining us for - vocals, acting, and dance!
Lessons can be booked for a one time engagement (prep for an audition) or can be booked for long term skill building.
However - please note, private lessons at OFC are structured around skill building. Private lessons can be used for other purposes (including college pre-screens, choreography creation, etc) however additional costs may incur for instructor prep time. Please contact us in advance of booking if you need a lesson for a purpose beyond skill building.
Parents can now stay on site during classes and rehearsals at OFC's The Old Farm Cafe! Open until 8PM throughout the week, families can relax in our new cafe while their student perfects their theatre skills! www.TheOldFarmCafe.com
Voice Lessons & Beginner Piano with Hadley Strelau
Strelau is a Rochester native and has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Nazareth College. No stranger to the stage, she can often be seen performing around the Rochester area in various productions and events, and as backup vocals for Josh Groban. As a teaching artist, Strelau strives to instill confidence and joy through the arts in all her students. Favorite performance credits include: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy Gale), Newsies (Katherine Plumber), Little Women (Beth March), and Urinetown (Hope Cladwell)
Voice & Tap Dance Lessons with Tripp Hanson
Hanson has appeared on Broadway as well as on concert stages all over the planet (including in each of the 50 United States!). On Broadway, he was in the original Tony Award winning Best Musical, ‘Crazy for You’, the Tony Award-winning Best Revival of ‘Kiss Me, Kate!’, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, ‘Boys from Syracuse’ and ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’. Tripp began his professional performing career singing and dancing with Mickey and Minnie during the summer between his junior and senior years at college as an ‘All American College Singer and Dancer’, before joining their professional promotional group, The Kids of the Kingdom. He appeared with Liza Minelli, Tommy Tune, Peter Allen, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Sutton Foster, Chita Rivera. He also did a stint as a back-up singer for old school country great, Eddie Arnold. Tripp has played Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Kennedy Center & The Hall of Columns in Moscow. Tripp also spent 15 years running his very successful NYC acupuncture practice.
Dance Lessons with Caeli Carroll
NOTE: Caeli will not be offering lessons from January 10th through March 23rd
Carroll is a choreographer and dancer who recently graduated from Ithaca College receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts Management and Dance. She has been dancing since the age of three and has been performing in theatre since the age of eight. During her time at Ithaca, she was a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for two dance companies, danced in the theatre departments Dance Concert, and worked as the Assistant Choreographer for their spring musical. Carroll recently returned from New York City where she participated in Dance Lab New York’s Broadway Choreography Intensive where she worked with some of the top professionals in the industry, including Josh Prince, Jeff Calhoun, JoAnn M. Hunter, and Al Blackstone. One of her favorite work experiences was working as a choreographer and dance instructor for Interlochen Center for the Arts summer program. Carroll believes that dance is a beautiful and fun outlet for expression and has limitless storytelling potential. She is incredibly excited to work at OFC and hopes to share her love and passion for the creative arts and spark a similar passion in the students!
Acting & Guitar Lessons with Jonah Martin
Born and raised in Rochester, Martin studied Musical Theatre at Lancaster Bible College. In addition, Martin is a multi-instrumentalist and has performed in a myriad of productions all over the country. Previous Credits include Almost Heaven: John Denver's America (Denver/Company), Ring of Fire (Cash/Company), Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story (George Ritchey), The Alaska Cabin Nite Theatre (Charlie McGonagall), the national tour of Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story (Joe B. Mauldin), and RWCCT's production of Newsies (Jack Kelly). Martin was also a founding member of folk band Kilo Lima, active from 2016 to 2018. Martin is offering Guitar, Ukulele, Bass guitar, and Banjo lessons to beginners of all ages; with an emphasis on reading skills, aural skills, and unlocking the instrument for yourself. Whether it's learning all your favorite songs or learning the sacred art of "the jam", it's never too late to start enjoying a musical instrument.
Voice & Acting Lessons with Eric Schutt
Schutt is a Rochester native who graduated with a BFA in Acting from State University of New York at Fredonia. He’s been a happy part of the OFC Creations family since 2017, performing productions such as Tick, Tick…BOOM! (Jonathan); Forbidden Broadway; The Golden Girls and The Golden Girls: Christmas Carol Musical Parodies (Blanche); A Chorus Line (Mike); The Wild Party (Burrs). He has also worked as a teaching artist during the summers at OFC on a multitude of shows, including Something Rotten; Head Over Heels; Heathers; RENT; Jekyll & Hyde; Newsies; Sweeney Todd; Les Miserables; Spamalot; The Addams Family Musical. Other Rochester acting credits include JCC CenterStage’s The Hitmakers series; First Date: The Musical; Titanic, as well as Blackfriars Theatre’s Guys & Dolls (Harry); The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Joe); Hands on a Hardbody (Greg). Eric enjoys spending his offtime with the two loves of his life, Courtney Weather Schutt, and their daughter, PJ.
Please view refund and rescheduling policy below before signing up for lessons.
Please contact us if there a teacher's current availability does not work with your schedule and you need additional options.
Students register on a month to month basis. At the end of each month students have the option to opt out of re-enrolling. Payment for one month’s total lessons is due at time of booking. Payments is preferred by credit card; however, cash or check (made out to OFC Creations) is an option upon request. Community Engagement Forms and most OFC Creations gift certificates cannot be exchanged for private lessons. Please call for info. Automatic payments may be required if invoices are not paid by due date.
Students in private lessons will follow guidelines noted in our Fun and Safety Plan for precautions against COVID-19. Students must fill out a health form prior to the first lesson.
By signing up for lessons listed above you agree to:
Students have the option to reschedule up to lesson per month (based on availability) and must be notated in writing with the teacher.
Cancellations, no-shows, or rescheduling requests within 24 hours of the lesson WILL NOT be rescheduled and the payment not refunded.
Prior to 24 hours of the lesson, students may reschedule their own lessons through the Google Calendar link they were emailed.
If a scheduled make up lesson is missed or the student is unable to attend, the lesson will not be rescheduled or refunded.
If a student is late, the time will not be made up. Every cancelled lesson by teacher will be made up, if not, a session will be credit to the next month’s tuition.
All lessons are taught at the OFC Creations Theatre Center (3450 Winton Place, Rochester NY 14623) in our theatre and breakout rooms.
Student agrees to treat everyone with respect and consideration while at OFC as well as follow all directions given to you by the theatre staff. This is for your safety.
Students shall keep language, behavior, and dress appropriate.
OFC does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and do not tolerate any drinking, smoking, drugs, or PDA at OFC events
By signing up for lessons, I agree to follow all policies and guidelines outlined in OFC’s Fun & Safety Plan.
By signing up for lessons, I understand that photos and/or video may be taken of my child by an OFC Team Member for social media and promotional purposes.
By signing up for lessons, I understand that OFC Creations will not be held responsible for virus infection on site and I agree to hold harmless and waive OFC Creations of any liability.
Those that are interested in having the OFC office book an ongoing lesson time - will need to commit to a certain day/time of the week and lesson length. The lesson time slot will need to be booked for an entire season (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer) then may be changed/rebooked when the season is complete. Upon booking for the respective season, payments may be broken up into monthly or larger portions. However, it is to be noted, upon agreeing to booking for the season, the student and family are agreeing to fulfill that total number of lessons. If a lesson time needs to be changed, that is fine (per our normal lesson reschedule policy), however it must be rescheduled through the Square system or directly with the lesson teacher. The number of initially agreed upon number of lessons and payment amounts may not be reduced after the initial agreement is made, even if the invoice has not been paid yet. Invoices that are not paid within 2-days of due date will result in a late fee added to the invoice.
As of July 2020 OFC's policies and procedures were updated to "no refunds or transfers on all sales," including but not limited to tuition, deposits, tickets. A small processing fee applies to all class and camp registrations as well as tickets.