Fall Session 2019

Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks

September 16–November 10

*some classes continue through November 17

Important Information:

 

  • All courses meet at 30 Grant Avenue, in downtown San Francisco, unless otherwise noted.
  • Courses meet once a week for eight weeks for a total of eight sessions, unless otherwise noted. Please note a given class’s dates carefully as there may be exceptions.
  • Make-up week is November 11–17 Classes are held this week only in the event a teacher must cancel a previously scheduled class. Students should plan to hold the weekday of their class in reserve that week.
  • Students receive written evaluations for most courses
  • College credit is offered for 8-session courses only.

 


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Questions?

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Registration Policies:

 

  • Students should read the criteria explained in a given course’s description carefully in order to register for the courses they believe are the best fit.
  • Instructors can make recommendations about all returning students’ placement. However, final decisions regarding admission and placement are at the discretion of the Studio A.C.T. Program Director.
  • Studio A.C.T. assumes no responsibility for personal injuries that occur as the result of course work or classroom activity.
  • By registering for a course, students warrant that they are healthy enough for an experiential academic experience that may be psychologically, physically, or emotionally challenging.

Important info regarding enrollment:

  • New students must fill out a new student questionnaire at the time of their registration.
  • Most courses are limited to 12 or 14 students. Early registration is highly recommended.
  • A minimum enrollment of 6 students must be achieved in order for a course to be offered. In the event that fewer than 6 students register, a course may be canceled.
  • If a course is canceled, all registrants will have the option to switch into another available class of their choosing or be issued a full refund.

Non-refundable fees apply:

  • $20 nonrefundable registration fee for new students
  • $10 nonrefundable registration fee for returning students
  • $5 nonrefundable library fee for all students

Refund Policy:

  • Withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing 24 hours prior to the first class.
  • In the event of withdrawal, class tuition will be refunded while the nonrefundable registration and library fees will be withheld.
  • Should a withdrawal and refund request be made after the above deadline, a $20 processing fee will be withheld in addition to the standard nonrefundable fees.        
  • Please allow 10 working days for your refund to be processed. 
  • Please Note: Refunds of any kind cannot be processed after the second class session.


All course descriptions are subject to change.

Fall Session 2019

Acting & Audition


Studio A.C.T. Acting classes are divided into Introduction courses for people new to the given subject, the Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence for those wishing to develop a solid foundation in core acting principles, and Acting Focus courses providing more in-depth scene-study opportunities. In Summer Sessions we also offer 1-week Intensives in various Acting areas.

 

Course

Day/Time

Tuition

Introduction to Acting
with Julie Douglas

 

Wed 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Introduction to Acting
with Heidi Carlsen

 

Sun 1­–4 p.m.

$375

Introduction to On-Camera Acting
with Michelle Maxson

 

Sun 1–4 p.m.

$425

Introduction to Michael Chekhov Technique
with Carolina Morones

 

Mon 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Introduction to Shakespeare
with Liz Anderson

 

Wed 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 1
with Michelle Maxson

 

Thu 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 1
with Carolina Morones

 

Sun 1–4 p.m.

$375

Acting 2
with Valerie Weak

 

Wed 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2
with Mark Rafael

 

Thu 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 3
with Margo Hall

 

Mon 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 3
with Mark Rafael

 

Tue 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting Focus: Acting and Auditioning for Commercials
with Deb Fink

 

Mon 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$425

A.C.T. MAINSTAGE TIE-IN CLASS
Acting Focus: Caryl Churchill Scene Study
with Julie Douglas
Includes a ticket to Top Girls

 

Tue 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

SPECIAL EVENT!
Master Class: MFA Audition Prep Workshop
with Melissa Smith, A.C.T. Conservatory Director
Practical insight into MFA auditions

Sun, Oct 20
1–5 p.m.

$75
 

 

Physical

 

Studio A.C.T. Physical skills classes are divided into introduction courses for people new to the given subject and repeatable courses providing a workout that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.

Course

Day/Time

Tuition

Alexander Technique
with Kari Prindl

 

Tue 6:30–9:00 p.m.

$325

Rhythm for Actors
with Beth Wilmurt

 

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

SPECIAL MASTER CLASS!
EVERYBODY DOES THE TIME WARP
—Collaborative Choreography
with Sam Pinkleton
director of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show

 

Tue, Oct 29
6:30–9:30 p.m.

 

$75

 

Voice


Studio A.C.T. Voice skills classes are divided into introduction courses for people new to the given subject and repeatable courses providing a workout that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.


Course

Day/Time

Tuition

Rhythm for Actors
with Beth Wilmurt

 

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Introduction to Dialects
with Drew Khalouf

 

Wed 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Musical Theater 1–Performance Technique
with Francie Epsen-Devlin & Naomi Sanchez

 

Mon 7:30–10 p.m.

$475

Voice Building for Singers
with Francie Epsen-Devlin & Naomi Sanchez

 

Mon 6:30–7:30 p.m.

$150

Voice & Speech Workout
with Drew Khalouf

 

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

 

Specialties


Studio A.C.T. Specialties classes provide unique experiences and opportunities to build skills related to the core Acting, Physical, and Voice class offerings.

 

Course

Day/Time

Tuition

IT'S BACK!
Introduction to Improv
with Radhika Rao
Fun, funny, and freeing!

 

Sun 1–4 p.m
(9/22-11/17; No class 10/20)

$375

NEW!
Playwriting–Play It Forward
with Eugenie Chan
Get past scene one!

 

Tue 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

NEW!
World Theater Artists
with Mark Jackson
How do artists change the world?

 

Tue 6:30–8:30 p.m.

$250

SPECIAL EVENT!
Master Class: Directing–Staging as Storytelling
with Mark Jackson
Develop your directorial eye

 

Sun, Oct 27
1–4 p.m.

 

$75

 

Acting & Audition

 

Introduction to Acting

Eight Classes

Explore the art of acting in a playful, encouraging, collaborative atmosphere. In fun and engaging exercises, students will work on strengthening self-confidence, overcoming performance anxiety, connecting with others through trust-building games, understanding “stage presence” and “active listening,” and opening their imaginations to playing characters. Because actor training is also life training, students can expect to find new, deeper connections to their own and others’ creativity, unlocking profound layers of empathy through character exploration. Particular emphasis will be given to transferable skills, such as expanding the imagination, collaborating effectively, speaking and presenting without anxiety, and supporting others’ growth. Students may be asked to prepare simple assignments outside of class, including memorizing short texts. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and to actively participate in all games and exercises. Though not required, it is recommended that students who register for Introduction to Acting also register for a Studio A.C.T. introductory level Voice or Physical course.

Introduction to Acting is for you if:

  • You’ve never studied acting before, are curious about acting, and want an unintimidating but engaging opportunity to explore it.
  • You’ve done a bit of acting in the past, but it’s been a while and you’re hungry to get back in touch with your creative impulses.
  • You’re shy and looking for an experience to help you emerge from your shell.
  • You believe you’re “not that creative,” and wish to be proven otherwise!

 

 

Introduction to On-Camera Acting

Eight Classes

This intermediate-level class introduces you to the fundamentals of acting on camera, using short scenes drawn from existing film and television scripts. Participants will explore the basic principles of truthful on-camera acting and learn practical techniques particular to acting on camera versus onstage, as well as gaining an introductory understanding of the film and television industry. Homework includes memorization of assigned short scenes.

Introduction to On-Camera Acting is for you if:

  • You have past acting experience but not with on-camera acting, are curious about acting on camera, and want an unintimidating but engaging opportunity to explore it.
  • You’ve done a bit of on-camera acting in the past, but it’s been a while and you’re hungry to get back in touch with acting on camera.
  • You’ve already taken Introduction to Acting, Acting 1, and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere.

 

 

Intro to Michael Chekhov Technique

Eight Classes

Learn how to fully transform into your character with the groundbreaking techniques of Russian master Michael Chekhov, nephew of the playwright Anton Chekhov. A gifted actor and collaborator in the creation of Konstantin Stanislavski’s acting system, Michael Chekhov took his techniques in new directions. His psycho-physical approach emphasizes imagination and physical transformation, working with your natural impulses to express a character’s inner psychology through clear physical gesture. Chekhov’s tools are useful for both classical and contemporary plays and add greatly to an actor’s skill set.

Intro to Michael Chekhov Technique is for you if:

  • You have taken some acting classes before, such as Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T. or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore the techniques specific to the Michael Chekhov tradition.
  • You have a practical curiosity about the origins of Stanislavski’s system and how it evolved.
  • You wish to physicalize your exploration of imagination and character as it relates to acting.

 

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Introduction to Shakespeare

Eight Classes

Shakespeare’s keen psychological insights and ability to express dynamic characters through poetic language are unparalleled. His plays include outrageous comedies, frightening tragedies, and rollercoaster-like adventure tales. Through work on sonnets, soliloquies, and/or short scenes, you will acquire a practical understanding of Shakespeare’s language, including a fundamental understanding of scansion and Shakespearean text analysis. This introduction to acting Shakespeare’s plays is open to everyone; no prior experience with acting Shakespeare is necessary. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course pair it with Activating Character Through Voice & Body, offering a physical complement to the active verbal demands of Shakespeare’s language.

Introduction to Shakespeare is for you if:

  • You’ve never acted Shakespeare before, are curious about Shakespeare, and would like an introduction to the principles of bringing his language to life in performance.
  • You’ve taken Acting 1 and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to continue advancing your acting skills into classical plays.
  • You’ve taken some acting classes and/or acted in some plays in the past few years, and wish to move your exploration of acting toward more advanced levels via the challenges particular to Shakespeare’s incredible characters and stories.
  • You minored in theater as an undergraduate in college and wish to dive back in via the world’s greatest playwright.

 

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Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence

 

Three Courses, Eight Classes each
Designed to be taken either individually, in succession, and/or repeatedly

Acting 1, Acting 2, and Acting 3  are three different courses designed to be taken either individually or in succession. Each class may also be repeated in order to further fortify the student’s foundation in the practices learned. Together, these courses comprise the Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence, and feature the most prevalent training practices derived from the innovative master of modern acting, Konstantin Stanislavski, and used by professional actors. These practices address awareness, truthful playing, use of language and physical action, psychology, emotion, and active script analysis. Students will develop a working understanding of common practical concepts such as action, objective, obstacle, conflict, tactic, intention, motivation, trigger, target, and acting “beats.”

The Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence is for you if:

  • You already have some introductory or beginning acting experience and wish to develop a solid foundation in the most commonly utilized and effective acting practices.
  • You’re interested in exploring acting as a serious interest alongside your other interests.
  • You’re interested in either exploring or pursuing acting as a profession.

Please note: Since acting is a life practice, these courses are designed to be repeatable, emphasizing fluency over “quick-fixes.” Students are occasionally encouraged to repeat levels before moving on to the next

 

 

Acting 1

Eight Classes

This early-level acting class emphasizes ensemble-building, imaginative play, expanding creativity, strengthening self-confidence and self-discipline, memorization techniques, cultivating personal responsibility, and strategies for successful collaboration. Course content may include some memorization of short scenes and monologues from contemporary plays, and students will be asked to prepare assignments outside of class. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises. Though not required, it is recommended that students who register for Acting 1 also register for a Studio A.C.T.Voice, Physical course.

Acting 1 is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Introduction to Acting at Studio A.C.T., or an equivalent elsewhere, and wish to continue exploring acting.
  • You took an acting class or acted in a play many years ago, and wish to reconnect to actor training.
  • You’re wondering whether a career in acting is for you and wish to explore it on your feet.
  • You’re interested in the full Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence and are ready to start.

 

 

Acting 2

Eight Classes

In this mid-level class students will engage in work with a dual emphasis on pursuing actions and intentions alongside active listening and responding to one’s scene partners. Students will work on at least one scene and one monologue. Rehearsing outside of class is expected, and thorough preparation is essential. Students will receive constructive criticism and adjustments, with the intention of expanding their ability to integrate receiving and offering feedback into their personal and collaborative process. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises. Though not required, it is recommended that students who register for Acting 2 also register for a Studio A.C.T. Voice or Physical course.

Acting 2 is for you if:

  • You’ve taken some acting classes or acted in a play or two some years ago, and wish to reconnect to or resume your exploration of acting.
  • You’ve taken Introduction to Acting and Acting 1 at Studio A.C.T., or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to continue exploring acting.
  • You’re interested in the Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence and have already taken Acting 1.

 

 

Acting 3

Eight Classes

Students enrolled in this upper-level class will learn further practical strategies for rehearsing efficiently, collaborating effectively, pursuing actions and intentions, and bringing greater truth, spontaneity, and specificity to their acting through careful analysis of the script in on-your-feet rehearsals. Acting 3 requires memorization of at least one substantial scene and/or one monologue. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class, and thorough preparation is essential. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises. Though not required, it is strongly recommended that students who register for Acting 3 also register for a Studio A.C.T. Voice or Physical course.

Acting 3 is for you if:

  • You’ve taken three or more acting classes and/or acted in three or more plays in the past few years, and wish to move your exploration of acting toward more advanced levels.
  • You minored in theater as an undergraduate in college and wish to dive back in.
  • You’ve taken Acting 1 and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T. and wish to continue advancing your acting skills.
  • You’re interested in the Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence and have already taken Acting 1 and Acting 2.
  • You already have some acting experience, have a serious interest in exploring acting as a career, and wish to get a good “workout” to hone your acting muscles.

 

 
 

Acting Focus Courses

The Acting Focus courses are a series of rotating courses designed for advanced acting students and experienced actors interested in further honing their skills. Individual courses may focus on the work of a particular playwright, a particular style of acting, or a specific practice. All Acting Focus courses are based in intensive scene work unless otherwise noted.

The true joy of acting is the result of a lot of hard work, and the level of commitment required should be considered with seriousness. Students must attend all class sessions and actively participate in all activities. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class, and thorough preparation is essential.

The Acting Focus courses offered in the Fall 2019 Studio A.C.T. Session include:

 

Acting Focus: Acting & Audition for Commercials

Eight Classes

Both acting in and auditioning for commercials require actors to improvise on their feet, respond quickly and truthfully, and know how to work within a camera’s frame. This comprehensive class will give students greater confidence acting in front of a camera by empowering them with direct experience. Techniques for quick memorization, relaxation under stress, effective audition and cold reading strategies, basic improv techniques related to on-camera acting, and methods for quickly honing in on the emotional truth of a scene will be explored. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises. 

  • Acting Focus: Acting & Audition for Commercials is for you if:
  • You are an experienced actor looking for more specific experience in the area of screen acting for commercials.
  • You have already taken both Acting 1 and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere, and wish to expand your acting into the area of film and commercials.
  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.

 

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A.C.T. MAINSTAGE TIE-IN CLASS!

Acting Focus: Caryl Churchill Scene Study

Eight Classes

Explore the theatrical work of one of the world’s most produced, respected, and consistently innovative playwrights, Caryl Churchill. Churchill’s work is as entertaining as it is challenging, as playful as it is thoughtful, and as brimming with joy as it is driven by intelligence. Her plays draw on everything from ancient fairytales to up-to-the-minute contemporary politics, often using satirical humor, language, and even music.  Her work explores a diverse range of social and political themes—from colonialism and feminism to social justice and the ethics of science. For actors, her plays are both a playground and a mind/body workout. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all exercises. Memorizing and performing scenes, and rehearsals with scene partners outside of class, are required. Students who take this class also receive a free ticket to A.C.T.’s production of Top Girls.

Acting Focus: Caryl Churchill Scene Study is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken significant intermediate or advanced level acting courses, such as Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., in the last handful of years, or done some similar amount of acting in plays, musicals, or on film.
  • You are an actor who is intrigued and/or excited by the combination of social insight and theatrical daring Churchill’s work offers.
  • You want a supportive and challenging environment to take some personal risks in your acting work, and the thematic and theatrical challenges of Churchill’s plays might be just what you need!

 

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SPECIAL EVENT!

Master Class: MFA Audition Prep Workshop

A one-day intensive led by A.C.T. Conservatory Director Melissa Smith
Sunday, October 20, 1–5 p.m.

Getting ready to apply to graduate school acting programs? Get a leg up with this special master class with Melissa Smith, actor, A.C.T. Conservatory Director, and master acting teacher in A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program. Students will perform and receive constructive feedback on two short monologues. They will also engage in a Q&A about what to expect at their MFA audition, tips on how to prepare their résumé and application, as well as how to prepare mentally and emotionally. NOTE: Students must come prepared with two monologues of their choosing, one contemporary and one classical, fully memorized, and which together run no more than 4 minutes total. Please also bring copies of your current headshot and résumé.

Master Class: MFA Audition Prep Workshop is for you if:

  • You are a student or actor who is considering or planning to audition for MFA acting programs in the coming year and want guided practice.
  • You want to feel more at ease and familiar with the process of applying to and auditioning for MFA acting programs.
  • You want to gain special insight into what is particular about auditioning for MFA programs, as opposed to theater productions, commercials, etc.

 

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Physical

Acting isn’t only about the lines you speak. It’s about using every aspect of your body to tell a story. Studio A.C.T. Physical skills classes are divided into introduction courses for people new to the given subject and repeatable courses providing a workout that allows each individual to progress to their fullest. Occasionally, additional courses are offered, providing another unique experience with a given subject.

 

Alexander Technique

Eight Classes

The Alexander Technique is among the most widely practiced performance-related techniques in the world. It addresses issues pertaining to the practitioner's bodily alignment, efficiency of movement, and redistribution of tension. Students will practice means of recognizing and undoing habitual patterns that get in the way of natural movement, voice production, and creativity. They will become more deeply present in themselves and in the world by accessing their innate power and flexibility. Issues of performance and performance anxiety will also be addressed. Alexander Technique is a perfect companion to all Studio A.C.T. courses. The class is repeatable and is open to students of all experience levels.

Alexander Technique is for you if:

  • You’ve never taken an Alexander Technique course before and want a thorough introduction.
  • You have had experience with Alexander in the past, but it’s been awhile and you wish to reconnect.
  • You have substantial experience with Alexander and are hungry for a workout.
  • You feel limited by the way you move.
  • You want to have more vocal flexibility and power.
  • You want to be able to notice what is occurring in the moment and have the choice to transform yourself.

 

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Rhythm for Actors

Eight Classes

Rhythm is not only a principle of music, but an integral aspect of all human communication. Without rhythm we would not understand one another. In this fun, stimulating intensive, actors of all experience levels will explore rhythm as it relates to movement, text, and music in acting and performance. A strong sense for rhythm in all its forms helps actors understand a character’s and their acting partners’ psychology, opening up possibilities for clear and truthful expression of emotions and ideas onstage. If you are a person for whom rhythm is intimidating, this intensive will give you confidence. If you find dialogue challenging to analyze, this intensive offers an alternative approach, emphasizing how we communicate with one another through the rhythm of speech and movement. Students should come prepared to move, speak, and sing. No prior singing experience is required.

Rhythm for Actors is for you if:

  • You have taken Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T. or its equivalent elsewhere, and wish to expand your sense for both physical and verbal rhythm as it relates to acting.
  • You are a dancer or choreographer looking to expand your sense of the dramatic and psychological aspects of movement.
  • You want a creative physical and vocal workout that is as intellectually stimulating as it is physically demanding.
  • You wish to strengthen the creative connections between your mind and body.
  • You struggle with text and reading dialogue and wish to develop a physical “in” to understanding and delivering dialogue.

 

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SPECIAL MASTER CLASS!

EVERYBODY DOES THE TIME WARP – Collaborative Choreography

A one-night master class led by Sam Pinkleton, director of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

This high-energy, movement-driven devising workshop follows a participant-centered approach, where everyone is a dancer and all you have to do to be a choreographer is simply say, "I'm a choreographer." Using “The Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Show as a starting point, the workshop will crash through a series of practical, joyful, energetic exercises that will demystify and unpack the choreographic process, creating simple and organic movement that meets the participants on their own terms, encouraging folks to "use what you've got" and find all of the answers in the room. Through improvisation, composition exercises, and Dancing How You Want To Dance To Music You Want To Dance To, we will create new movement with standards and techniques that we invent together that very night. The building blocks laid out in this class are basic devising principles that can begin any collaborative process, whether driven by dance or not, helping folks create and inhabit spaces that are more accessible, less mysterious, and FUN.

NOTE—No prior dance experience is required and all bodies are encouraged to attend. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your curiosity and sense of humor.

Everybody Does the Time Warp is for you if:

  • You love dancing, but have never felt quite like a "dancer"
  • You've been dancing your whole life but looking for new ways to approach choreography
  • The mere idea of dancing makes you shudder, but you DO really like that one Chaka Khan song
  • You're excited about the upcoming A.C.T. production of The Rocky Horror Show and would like a window into the process.

 

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Voice

The voice is a key aspect of how actors communicate and express characters, whether through speaking or singing. Studio A.C.T. Voice skills classes are divided into introduction courses for people new to the given subject and repeatable courses providing a workout that allows each individual to progress to their fullest. Occasionally additional courses are offered, providing another unique experience with a given subject.

 

Rhythm for Actors

Eight Classes

Rhythm is not only a principle of music, but an integral aspect of all human communication. Without rhythm we would not understand one another. In this fun, stimulating intensive, actors of all experience levels will explore rhythm as it relates to movement, text, and music in acting and performance. A strong sense for rhythm in all its forms helps actors understand a character’s and their acting partners’ psychology, opening up possibilities for clear and truthful expression of emotions and ideas onstage. If you are a person for whom rhythm is intimidating, this intensive will give you confidence. If you find dialogue challenging to analyze, this intensive offers an alternative approach, emphasizing how we communicate with one another through the rhythm of speech and movement. Students should come prepared to move, speak, and sing. No prior singing experience is required.

Rhythm for Actors is for you if:

  • You have taken Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T. or its equivalent elsewhere, and wish to expand your sense for both physical and verbal rhythm as it relates to acting.
  • You are a dancer or choreographer looking to expand your sense of the dramatic and psychological aspects of movement.
  • You want a creative physical and vocal workout that is as intellectually stimulating as it is physically demanding.
  • You wish to strengthen the creative connections between your mind and body.
  • You struggle with text and reading dialogue and wish to develop a physical “in” to understanding and delivering dialogue.

 

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Introduction to Dialects

Eight Classes

Actors are often called upon to use regional dialects by a variety of plays and films, from Shakespeare to television dramas taking place in past or current eras. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s résumé. This introductory dialects course will help you learn how to sound like a local from anywhere in the English-speaking world. When working with a dialect, authenticity depends upon specificity, and this class will help you make your sounds and phrasing specific to any region. Though not required, it is recommended that students pair this course with Voice and Speech Workout.

Introduction to Dialects is for you if:

  • You are an actor who is relatively new to dialect work, and wants to get a few dialects under your belt and learn practices for picking up new dialects in the future.
  • You are an actor with past experience working with dialects, but it’s been awhile and you want to refine your sense for dialects and your process for learning them.
  • You are a person interested in how voice and speech reflect a given person’s cultural and regional background.

 

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Musical Theater 1–Performance Technique

Eight Classes

This course is for students who want to explore musical theater, cabaret, and/or jazz singing for the very first time, as well as students who want to revisit their musical theater muscles. The course addresses proper vocal and breath techniques, storytelling through music and lyrics, and how to build a repertoire book appropriate for your casting. You will learn how to perform and project in a variety of performance venues. The class examines the history and business aspects of the world of cabaret, jazz, and musical theater industries. Each student prepares a mini solo cabaret concert for invited guests on the final night of class. Students regularly pair this course with Voice Building for Singers, a group vocal training course scheduled earlier the same evening.

Musical Theater 1—Performance Technique is for you if:

  • You are new to musical theater and wish to begin your exploration in a fun environment that will both challenge and support your growth.
  • You have had some experience with musical theater in the past but it’s been awhile and you’d like to reboot.
  • You are interested in exploring jazz or musical theater material in a solo concert format.

 

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Voice Building for Singers

Eight Classes

This is a course that is suitable for students of all levels. Beginning students will discover their best singing voice and more experienced singers will gain an opportunity to exercise their vocal muscles through group work utilizing the Garcia-Marchesi vocal tradition. Students will also learn techniques to help protect their voices when they sing. This course is suitable for students of all levels of experience and may be taken as often as desired. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course pair it with a Studio A.C.T. Alexander Technique course. Though not required, students regularly pair this course with Musical Theater 1–Performance Technique if they have not taken that course already.

Voice Building for Singers is for you if:

  • You are a new singer wishing to strengthen your voice musculature and technique in a supportive environment.
  • You are an experienced singer looking for a regular and intensive workout.

 

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Voice and Speech Workout

Eight Classes

Do you want to speak with more power, ease, conviction, and vocal range? This class explores practical techniques that develop a richer, stronger, and more versatile speaking voice. You will also be introduced to phonetics, ear training, and the International Phonetic Alphabet. This is a great class for anyone interested in exploring, expanding, and further empowering their voice and speaking onstage and in life. Students should be prepared to move, lie on the floor, and engage in other actor-related techniques associated with voice and speaking. Though not required, it is recommended that students pair this course with Introduction to Dialects or a Physical course such as Alexander Technique.

Voice and Speech Workout is for you if:

  • You are new to acting and wish to strengthen and expand your voice and speaking abilities.
  • You are an experienced actor who often gets notes from directors or teachers about your quality of voice, breath, or speech, and wish to gain greater fluency in those areas.
  • You are not an actor, but your job requires public speaking and you wish to strengthen your clarity of speech and confidence in speaking.
  • You are a person who feels shy to speak and wishes to gain greater confidence with your voice.

 

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Specialties

Studio A.C.T. Specialties classes provide unique experiences and opportunities to build skills related to the core Acting, Physical, and Voice class offerings. Some classes are offered each session, while others are special one-time events. Subjects may include clowning, drag performance, improv, stand-up comedy, special seminars and Intensives with guest artists, and more.

 

IT’S BACK!

Introduction to Improv

Eight Classes

Sometimes silly, sometimes outrageous, Improv training will inspire you to think outside the box and feel excited to say "yes" to the unknown. Studying improvisation frees the imagination, builds self-confidence, and is fun! This class will help you become more spontaneous and receptive to new ideas in a playful, supportive atmosphere, alongside classmates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Through a variety of creative, on-your-feet games, Improv helps you become more comfortable in yourself, no matter the situation. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course pair it with Introduction to Acting.

Introduction to Improv is for you if:

  • You studied Improv a long time ago and need a refresher.
  • You wish to try Improv for the first time.
  • You’re an actor who wants to develop greater spontaneity in your acting.
  • You’re not an actor, but want to feel more comfortable in yourself in a variety of social or work situations that demand your spontaneity.
  • You’re looking for a fun and creative experience with performing, but without the pressure of memorizing lines or analyzing plays.

 

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NEW!

Playwriting—Play It Forward!

Eight Classes

Have a play you’ve started but can’t quite crack it? First drafts are hard! This very practical workshop will help you work through character, story, and structural questions. In the first part of the course, we will explore and identify the dramaturgical components of your play’s world. In the second part, we will move to the nuts and bolts of further developing that world through its characters and the dramatic logic of how their story unfolds. Our final sessions will be devoted to practical writing techniques for getting to the finish line of a first draft! In each of our eight sessions, you will engage in on-your-feet exercises, writing, listening, and responding to each other’s work. You will also be asked to write at home each week between class meetings.

Playwriting—Play It Forward! is for you if:

  • You’ve started writing a play but feel stuck.
  • You’re looking for practical techniques for keeping the momentum going in your writing process and for better avoiding getting stuck in the first place.
  • You want to deepen and expand your understanding of how characters and story are united by how you structure your play.

 

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NEW!

World Theater Artists

Eight Classes

How does a performance do what it does to us? This stimulating seminar for actors, directors, and audience members examines a range of international theater and performance makers who continue to make significant impacts on world theater and culture. We will look at examples of their work, how it’s made, and the artistic, social, and political issues that arise. Students will develop their ability to critically analyze a performance and their unique personal experience of it, and to engage others in meaningful conversation and debate. As artists and audiences, how do we go about enjoying (or not!) the visceral experience of a performance while also recognizing how it makes its impact on us? The overarching aim of the seminar is to develop our creative engagement alongside a view of theater as an experiential, critical place for enjoying diverse, challenging, and inspiring perspectives.

World Theater Artists is for you if:

  • You’re interested in having more stimulating, engaging conversations about the theater and performances you attend.
  • You’re an actor, director, or audience member interested in exploring work created by international artists.
  • You want the best of both worlds—the joy of sharing theater experiences with others and the rigor of critical engagement—to heighten your enjoyment and inspiration while expanding your perspective.

 

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SPECIAL EVENT!

Master Class: Directing—Staging as Storytelling

A one-day class led by Mark Jackson, freelance theater maker and Director of Studio A.C.T.
Sunday, October 27, 1–4 p.m.

Relationships between characters are expressed by how they stand in relation to one another. When actors move and when they are still reveals subtext and intention. The smallest gesture sometimes reveals as much, or more, than the longest monologue. In this sense, staging is a form of dramatic writing. What we see impacts what we hear, and visa versa. This one-day master class explores how staging works with dialogue to convey a play’s story, characters, and themes. We will look at examples of staging in production and playwrights whose writing relies on both staging and dialogue. We will work at the table and on our feet to explore practical means of devising dynamic, impactful staging that expresses psychology and story.

Master Class: Directing—Staging as Storytelling is for you if:

  • You are an actor, director, or playwright interested in how staging can contribute to storytelling in theater.
  • You are curious about the relationship between a director’s homework and work done in the room with actors, and how to strike an effective, collaborative balance between planning and spontaneity.
  • You are interested in collaborative ways to rehearse that allow actors, directors, and playwrights to work together to create a unified staging for a production.

 

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