Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions after reading the FAQ and the other program materials, please email studio@act-sf.org.

Where should I start?

Check out our recommendations below.

I’m a beginner.

  • Try Introduction to Acting to learn the basics of acting and theater-making skills. This course is also great for building confidence and learning to become a better collaborator in a variety of contexts.
  • Try Introduction to Improv or Introduction to Clowning to rediscover your sense of play, develop your imagination, learn to react creatively to a variety of challenges, and to better connect with people from all walks of life.


I’ve done some theater and/or taken classes, but it’s been a while.

  • Try Acting 2 or Acting 3 if you’re comfortable with some memorization and interested in returning to scene work.
  • Try one of our Introduction skills courses—such as Introduction to Speech and Diction or Introduction to Alexander Technique—to get more comfortable in your body, and to learn to be heard and understood.

 
I’ve done quite a bit of theater and am looking for a challenge.

  • Try one of our Acting Focus classes, offering in-depth experiences with specific styles, techniques, or writers. These classes change each session, so jump at the opportunity to take those that strike your interest and to add new skills to your resume.
  • Step outside of your comfort zone and try Acting for the CameraMusical Theater Performance, or one of our many Physical movement classes.
  • Try an Audition Intensive. This course is the perfect place for aspiring and working actors to develop their audition skills and make actionable choices to help them achieve their artistic and professional goals.
  • Take a one-day Master Class, offering special insights into specific performance practices and subjects. Past master classes have been led by artists like Actors Theatre Workshop founder Thurman E. Scott, international performance maker Monique Jenkinson, Taiwanese actor and director Pao Chang Tsai, and Czech physical theater troupe Spitfire Company, among others.

 
I’m a professional or otherwise regularly working actor and wish to sharpen specific skills.

  • Try Acting for the CameraMusical Theater Performance, or one of our many Physical or Voice classes.
  • Try an Audition Intensive. It’s a great opportunity to find new material that also offers students a chance to revisit or refine existing audition material. This course is the perfect place for working actors to make actionable choices to help them achieve their artistic and professional goals.
  • Take a one-day Master Class, offering special insights into specific performance practices and subjects. Past master classes have been led by artists like Actors Theatre Workshop founder Thurman E. Scott, international performance maker Monique Jenkinson, Taiwanese actor and director Pao Chang Tsai, and Czech physical theater troupe Spitfire Company, among others.
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