Fall Session 2017

 
Fall Session 2017

September 25–November 18

Enrolment for the Fall Session is now open. Check out the Schedule and Course Descriptions, then sign up here!

 

DAY/TIME COURSE* GRADE(S) TUITION**

 
MONDAY      
4–6 p.m.
Junior Acting Workshop 3–5 $335
4–6:30 p.m.
Acting Workshop 6–8 $415
4–6 p.m.
Improv/Physical Characterization 6–8 $335

 
TUESDAY      
4–6 p.m.
Junior Musical Theater 3–5 $335
4–6:30 p.m.
Advanced Acting Workshop 6–8 $415

 
WEDNESDAY      
4–6:30 p.m.†
Junior Cabaret Ensemble 6–8 $400
4–6 p.m.
Junior Musical Theater 3–5 $335
4–6:30 p.m.
Voice and Dialects 9–12 $415

 
THURSDAY      
4–6 p.m. Junior Acting Workshop
3–5
$335
4–6:30 p.m. Voice and Dialects 6–8 $415
4–6:30 p.m. Acting Workshop
9–12
$415

 
FRIDAY      
4–6:30 p.m.**
High School Musical Ensemble* 9–12 $800

 
SATURDAY      
10 a.m.–noon Junior Acting Workshop 3–5 $335
10 a.m.–noon Improvisation
6–8 $415
10 a.m.–noon Advanced Acting Workshop
9–12 $415
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
A.C.T. College Prep, Part One
11–12 $550
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Musical Theater Workshop 6–8 $415   Sold Out
10 a.m.–noon Musical Theater Dance 9–12 $250
1–3 p.m. Actor's Dynamic Movement 6–8 $335
1–3 p.m. Improv/Physical Characterization 9–12 $335
1–3 p.m. Playwriting 9–12 $335
1:30–4 p.m. Acting Workshop
6–8 $415
1:30–4 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop 9–12 $415
1:30–4 p.m. Acting Workshop 9–12 $415
1:30–4 p.m.** High School Cabaret Ensemble*
9–12 $800

 

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule is dependent upon the enrollment of a sufficient number of students in each class and subject to change.  

Refund Policy: If there is insufficient enrollment, the class will be cancelled and your money refunded. Refund requests must be made by the end of the first week, and the cost of any classes attended will be added to the drop fee. No refunds will be made after the end of the first week. Please allow 10 working days to process your refund.

Questions? Please email youngconservatory@act-sf.org.


Course Descriptions

A.C.T. College Prep, Part One

Part One of Two, this course offers an overview of programs around the United States, those found in a liberal arts environment, leading to a bachelor’s degree as well as those with more performance-oriented curricula, leading to a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree. Part One focuses on self-assessment, application requirements and identifying suitable degree programs. Culling of appropriate audition selections and materials are explored, interview and audition preparation is examined, and assistance in writing the school essay is provided. More Info

Acting Workshops

These courses are designed to give young actors the tools to create believable and vibrant characters. Covering the basic principles of acting techniques—including objective/obstacle, given circumstance, inner monologue, sense memory, emotional recall, and improvisation—these courses include both work with dramatic texts and improvisational work, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes. These courses are a foundation for future study and may be repeated.

Actor's Dynamic Movement

The actor’s voice and the actor’s body are two elements most essential to good character communication. These are also the two areas that need the most development in young actors. This class is designed to address the power of creating physical character, identifying obstacles, and working to overcome them. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation. A must for all serious young actors.

Advanced Acting Workshop NEW!

For young actors who have already taken Acting Workshop, this new class will focus on digging deeper into character creation, with a greater emphasis on scene work.

Improv/Physical Characterization

Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence in auditions, and deepening emotional connection. Class will also include imaginative character creation, clowning, and physical training. Class exercises focus on spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice. This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

Improvisation  

Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence in auditions, and deepening emotional connection. Class exercises focus on spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice. This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

Junior Acting Workshop

This class is designed to extend the creative drama experience by expanding the imagination, building confidence, developing sensitivity to the processes of creating and working with others, and strengthening the actor’s voice and body. Students will experience a combination of theater exercises and basic script work.

Junior Musical Theater

This class introduces students to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

Musical Theater Dance

This class introduces students to the basics of Musical Theater Dance & Choreography, giving them vocabulary and techniques that the students will be able to use moving forward to the Musical Theater Workshop, or in any musical theatre audition they attend. Techniques learned include: basic dance vocabulary or building vocabulary upon current level of dance, proper alignment of body for proper dance execution, musicality, and kinesthetic awareness within a dance class/audition. Class will culminate with several choreographed numbers.

Musical Theater Workshop

This class introduces students (grades 6–8 and 9–12) to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

Playwriting NEW!

Taught by working professional bay area playwrights, this class will give aspiring young writers the opportunity to learn the art of dramatic writing for the stage. Writers will learn how to translate ideas from imagination to the page, learn the workings of dramatic form and structure, and begin to have an understanding and experience of what it takes to get a creative vision brought to life.

Voice and Diction

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand the actor’s technique for using voice and speech. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. This class emphasizes finding and valuing the individual’s own vocal mechanism. A must for all serious young actors.

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