Spring Session 2020

March 30—May 21

Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks.
*Some classes continue through May 31.

Important Information

  • All courses meet at 30 Grant Avenue in downtown San Francisco, unless otherwise noted.
  • Spring Session 2020 courses meet once a week for eight weeks for a total of eight sessions, unless otherwise noted. Master classes meet for one session only. Please note a given class’s dates carefully as there may be exceptions.
  • Spring Session makeup week is May 25–28. 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 8-session courses only.
  • College credit is offered for 8-session courses only.

 

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Schedule:  March 30—May 21, 2020

*Some classes continue through May 31.

 

ACTING & AUDITION (Intro, Beginning, Intermediate)

A.C.T. Acting and Audition classes are divided into Introduction courses for people new to the given subject, and the Acting 1–3 Sequence for those who wish to develop a solid foundation in core acting principles.

CLASS

DAY/TIME

TUITION

Introduction to Acting
with Valerie Weak

Wed 6:30–9:30 p.m.
(Dates: 4/1–5/27; No class 5/6)

$375

Introduction to Acting
with Chauntee' Irving

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Intro to Michael Chekhov Technique
with Mark Rafael

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 1
with Chauntee' Irving

Wed 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 1
with Liz Anderson

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2
with Liz Anderson

Wed 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2
with Michelle Maxson

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.
(Dates: 4/9–5/28)

$375

Acting 3
with Laura Wayth

Mon 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 3
with Katie Rubin

Tue 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

SPECIAL EVENT!
Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions
with Chauntee' Irving


Sun April 26 only

1–5 p.m.


$75


 

ACTING FOCUS (Advanced)

Acting Focus courses provide more in-depth scene study opportunities for advanced acting students. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class, and thorough preparation is essential.

CLASS

DAY/TIME

TUITION

Acting Focus: Scales of Realism
with Mark Rafael

Mon 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting Focus: Comedy Scene Study
with Julie Douglas

Tue 6:30–9:30 p.m.
(Dates: 3/31–5/26; No class 4/7)

$375

SECIAL EVENT!
Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions
with Chauntee' Irving


Sun April 26 only

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.

CLASS

DAY/TIME

TUITION

Dynamic Movement
with Mark Jackson

Mon 6:30–9:00 p.m.

$325

Alexander Technique
with Kari Prindl

Tue 6:30–9:00 p.m.

$325


 

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.

CLASS

DAY/TIME

TUITION

Introduction to Dialects
with Drew Khalouf

Wed 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.

CLASS

DAY/TIME

TUITION

Playwriting—Rewriting the Rules
with Kate E. Ryan
Write the play YOU want to write!

Tue 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

NEW!
Master Class: The Artist’s Way
with Andy Alabran
Unblock your creativity!


Sun May 3 only

1–4 p.m.


$75

IT'S BACK!
Master Class: Directing—Staging as Storytelling

with Mark Jackson
Sharpen your directorial eye!


Sun May 17 only

1–4 p.m.


$75


 

1-DAY MASTER CLASSES

Studio A.C.T. 1-day Master Classes provide an intensive experience and opportunity to build specialty skills.

SPECIAL EVENT!
Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions
with Chauntee' Irving


Sun April 26 only

1–5 p.m.


$75

NEW!
Master Class: The Artist’s Way
with Andy Alabran
Unblock your creativity!


Sun May 3 only

1–4 p.m.


$75

IT'S BACK!
Master Class: Directing—Staging as Storytelling

with Mark Jackson
Sharpen your directorial eye!


Sun May 17 only

1–4 p.m.

$75


 


Class Descriptions:  March 30—May 21, 2020

*Please read your selected class description(s) carefully.

ACTING & AUDITION (Intro, Beginning, Intermediate)

A.C.T. Acting and Audition classes are divided into Introduction courses for people new to the given subject andthe Acting 1–3 Sequence for those who wish to develop a solid foundation in core acting principles.

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.

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 the Michael Chekhov Technique

Eight Classes

This intermediate-level class explores the groundbreaking techniques of the Russian master Michael Chekhov, nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov. Michael Chekhov was a gifted actor and collaborator in the creation of Stanislavski’s acting system. Chekhov took Stanislavski’s techniques in new directions that allow actors to fully transform into characters and employ imagination and physicalization to inhabit a role. Chekhov’s psycho-physical approach emphasizes imagination, transformation, and working with impulse to unify inner psychological “gesture” with outer physical gesture. Chekhov’s tools are useful for both classical and contemporary plays and add greatly to an actor’s necessary skill set.

Intro to the 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.

Acting 1–3 Sequence

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

Acting 1Acting 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 acting experience and wish to develop a solid foundation in the most commonly utilized and effective acting practices.
  • You’re interested in exploring acting seriously 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 or 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 processes. 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.

Special Event! 

Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions

Sunday, April 26, 1–5 p.m. | 1-day class led by Chauntee’ Irving

Actors are increasingly asked by theater and film producers to submit self-taped video auditions. This master class is a fast-paced, one-day course designed to equip today’s actor with the essential skill of self-taping for auditions. The course will cover current industry standards for self-tapes, practical tools for integrating the technical demands of taping along with acting craft, as well as hands-on methods to approaching camera work. The curriculum will prepare students from diverse camera acting backgrounds with the knowledge and resources to immediately begin producing effective self-tapes for the acting business. If possible, students should come prepared to use a smartphone for video recording. A video camera and TV monitor will also be present.

Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions is for you if:

  • You are an actor with little to no experience self-taping for auditions
  • You are a working actor who wants to strengthen the quality of your self-taped auditions
  • You are a theater educator who would like to prepare your students for self-taped auditions and/or college admissions.

 

ACTING FOCUS (Advanced)

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.

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.
  • are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.

Acting Focus: Comedy Scene Study

Eight Classes

It has been said that acting comedy is far more challenging than drama—it’s clear you either got the laugh or you did not! The greatest laughs come from the deepest truths. Great comic acting is based in timing, a keen understanding of irony, and a deep sense of the absurd truths of the human experience. Plays we call “comedies” may be about anything from light love to deeply serious political upheavals. In this advanced scene study course, students will explore their comedic acting skills in scenes from a range of stage comedies, including classic comedies by the likes of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and contemporary comedies by Yasmina Reza or Ayad Akhtar.

Acting Focus: Comedy Scene Study is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken 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 wishes to expand your practical understanding of the challenges particular to comic acting.

Acting Focus: Scales of Realism

Eight Classes

Realism is the dominant acting style of our age. It has been described as “the art of disguising art to create the appearance of reality.” But it is a style, nonetheless, encompassing a range adjustable to larger and smaller stages and screens. This class will focus on the main tenets of realism: the duty to appear as a human being and not an actor, the elimination of performative habits, the recognition of genuine interaction, moment-to-moment playing, and the “life” not the lines. This class offers the challenge, the intimacy, and the power of “close-up” acting. Memorizing and performing scenes, and some rehearsals with scene partners outside of class are required. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all activities.

Acting Focus: Scales of Realism 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 wish to bring greater economy, emotional honesty, and personal investment to your acting.
  • You wish to expand the range and flexibility of your realistic acting to include both stage and screen realism.

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor

Eight Classes

Singing in theater is as much a matter of acting as it is a technical practice. In this course, students will approach songs from the musical theater and jazz standards repertoire as they would monologues and scenes from plays, marrying the technical needs required to sing with the psychological and emotional truth demanded of good acting. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all exercises. Memorizing and performing songs and some spoken text around them are required. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all activities.

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor or musical theater training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken 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 a singer who wishes to act their songs more truthfully.
  • You are an actor who sings, and wish to incorporate your acting skills more fully into your singing.

Special Event! 

Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions

Sunday, April 26, 1–5 p.m. | 1-day class led by Chauntee’ Irving

Actors are increasingly asked by theater and film producers to submit self-taped video auditions. This master class is a fast-paced, one-day course designed to equip today’s actor with the essential skill of self-taping for auditions. The course will cover current industry standards for self-tapes, practical tools for integrating the technical demands of taping along with acting craft, as well as hands-on methods to approaching camera work. The curriculum will prepare students from diverse camera acting backgrounds with the knowledge and resources to immediately begin producing effective self-tapes for the acting business. If possible, students should come prepared to use a smartphone for video recording. A video camera and TV monitor will also be present.

Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions is for you if:

  • You are an actor with little to no experience self-taping for auditions
  • You are a working actor who wants to strengthen the quality of your self-taped auditions
  • You are a theater educator who would like to prepare your students for self-taped auditions and/or college admissions.

 

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.

Activating Character Through Voice and Body

Eight Classes

This very popular class helps students connect their voice to their body, in order to more truthfully activate and express the psychology and emotions of the variety of characters an actor might play. It’s about getting your own voice out of your head and your character’s voice into your body, forging authentic and dynamic connections between yourself and your character. Through a variety of enlivening and rigorous exercises, participants will learn to free their voice and breath, activate their entire body, be open to the emotions that are kindled in us as a result, and channel the sometimes intense emotions that plays ask of us in a way that is both dramatically effective and personally healthy.

Activating Character Through Voice and Body is for you if:

  • You are an experienced actor looking for a solid weekly voice and body workout.
  • You are an actor with some experience who wishes to strengthen the connection between your voice and body.
  • You have taken Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or its equivalent elsewhere, and wish to begin bringing a greater awareness of your voice and body to your acting.

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 have 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.

Dynamic Movement

Eight Classes

When the American theater director Anne Bogart said, “All acting is physical acting,” she named a basic truth known since the days of the ancient theater masters. This class, designed to be repeatable, approaches movement as acting, breaking down how we use our bodies in time and space to create dynamic movement that expresses character, story, subtext, emotion, and ideas. Students will explore and expand their kinesthetic, physical, spontaneous, and creative responsiveness to their acting partners. The work is also applicable to creating choreography and staging for plays, musicals, dance pieces, and other performances. Students should come prepared to move, a lot!

Dynamic Movement is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand their physical awareness and responsiveness as it relates to their acting.
  • You are a dancer or choreographer looking to expand the dramatic, theatrical aspects of your work.
  • You are someone who wants a creative physical workout that is as intellectually stimulating as it is physically demanding.
  • You are someone who wishes to strengthen the creative connections between their mind and body.

 

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.

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor

Eight Classes

Singing in theater is as much a matter of acting as it is a technical practice. In this course, students will approach songs from the musical theater and jazz standards repertoire as they would monologues and scenes from plays, marrying the technical needs required to sing with the psychological and emotional truth demanded of good acting. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all exercises. Memorizing and performing songs and some spoken text around them are required. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all activities.

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor or musical theater training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken 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 a singer who wishes to act their songs more truthfully.
  • You are an actor who sings, and wish to incorporate your acting skills more fully into your singing.

Activating Character Through Voice and Body

Eight Classes

This very popular class helps students connect their voice to their body, in order to more truthfully activate and express the psychology and emotions of the variety of characters an actor might play. It’s about getting your own voice out of your head and your character’s voice into your body, forging authentic and dynamic connections between yourself and your character. Through a variety of enlivening and rigorous exercises, participants will learn to free their voice and breath, activate their entire body, be open to the emotions that are kindled in us as a result, and channel the sometimes intense emotions that plays ask of us in a way that is both dramatically effective and personally healthy.

Activating Character Through Voice and Body is for you if:

  • You are an experienced actor looking for a solid weekly voice and body workout.
  • You are an actor with some experience who wishes to strengthen the connection between your voice and body.
  • You have taken Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or its equivalent elsewhere, and wish to begin bringing a greater awareness of your voice and body to your acting.

Introduction to Dialects

Eight Classes

Actors are often called upon to use regional dialects by a variety of plays and films, from Shakespeare to contemporary television dramas taking place in past or current eras. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s resume. This comprehensive 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.

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.

Musical Theater 3—Cabaret Performance

Eight Classes

This course is designed to provide the intermediate- to advanced-level singer/actor with an intensive performance experience in a supportive, learning environment. Each artist will train extensively in singing, movement, and acting over an eight-week session in preparation for a final Cabaret performance open to invited guests. The Cabaret performance will include ensemble numbers, solos, and duets celebrating the life work of a particular composer or genre in musical theater. In past years, we have presented Cabarets celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Richard Rodgers, to name a few. Students regularly pair this course with Voice Building for Singers, a group vocal training course scheduled earlier the same evening.

Prerequisites:

  • Prior singing and musical theater training at the intermediate to advanced level is required.
  • After enrolling for the class, please email a short bio or resume to studio@act-sf.org within five business days.


Musical Theater 3—Cabaret Performance
is for you if:

  • You have had prior experience and training in Musical Theater in the past, but it’s been awhile and you’d like to reboot.
  • You have taken Musical Theater 1 and 2, and/or The Singing Actor course here at Studio A.C.T., or similar classes elsewhere that would be deemed equivalent.
  • As a musical theater artist, you are able to train and collaborate intensively with an ensemble and sing solos in front of an audience.
  • You are interested in developing your performance skills as a professional musical theater artist and wish to train in a fun environment that will both challenge and support your growth.

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. Students also regularly pair this course with Musical Theater 3–Cabaret Performance 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.

 

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.

Playwriting—Rewriting the Rules

Eight Classes

As playwrights, we instinctively create rules as we write—from how a play is structured to the speech patterns of a certain character. Sometimes these rules are derived from other plays we have seen, and sometimes they originate from our own sensibility. The key to making original and unique work is to first identify the rules we naturally and unconsciously follow, and then turn them into concrete tools for making new rules. Through writing exercises and examinations of students’ own plays in progress, we will learn how to harness the “art of rule-making” in order to make plays that break all rules, gripping the audience in the process.

Playwriting—Rewriting the Rules is for you if:

  • You have written a play or plays before, whether they have been produced or not.
  • You wish to gain practical insights into creating unusual storytelling structures that will surprise and compel your audience.
  • You feel stuck in traditional or otherwise familiar modes of storytelling in your plays, and want help shaking yourself loose.

NEW! 

Master Class: The Artist’s Way

Sunday, May 3, 1–4 p.m. | led by Andy Alabran, freelance actor and director
Unblock your creativity! 

Do you want to pursue a particular creative passion but feel stuck or hesitant? Or perhaps you have a creative itch that you just can’t scratch. Based on the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, this engaging master class will unlock and energize you to rediscover your true creative nature. We will explore issues such as fear, creative blocks, and abundance. We will create a “vision board” to actualize what we want. We will put pen to paper with right-brained writing exercises to get honest with ourselves and gain clarity. This master class offers practical exercises and a supportive environment to articulate our thoughts and truths, rediscover our creativity, and break through old concepts and limiting beliefs to discover fresh creative possibilities. You will leave feeling positively motivated to make your creative dream(s) come true!

Master Class: The Artist’s Way is for you if:

  • You are an actor, playwright, director, singer, or other artist looking to hit the “refresh button” on their career.
  • You have wanted to be an actor, playwright, director, singer, or other artist, but have been intimidated or unsure.
  • You want to rediscover the artist in you that’s been lost; or recover a buried creative dream that’s still calling you.

IT'S BACK! 

Master Class: Directing–Staging as Storytelling

Sunday, May 17, 1–4 p.m. | led by Mark Jackson, freelance theater maker and Director of Studio A.C.T.
Sharpen your directorial eye!

This one-day master class, which sold out this past Fall Session, explores how staging works alongside dialogue to convey character psychology and a play’s story and themes. Relationships between characters are expressed by how they stand in relation to one another. The timing of when actors move and 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 vice versa. In this class we will look at examples of staging in production, as well as playwrights whose writing relies on both staging and dialogue. We will work both 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.

 

1-DAY MASTER CLASSES

Special Event! 

Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions

Sunday, April 26, 1–5 p.m. | led by Chauntee’ Irving

Actors are increasingly asked by theater and film producers to submit self-taped video auditions. This master class is a fast-paced, one-day course designed to equip today’s actor with the essential skill of self-taping for auditions. The course will cover current industry standards for self-tapes, practical tools for integrating the technical demands of taping along with acting craft, as well as hands-on methods to approaching camera work. The curriculum will prepare students from diverse camera acting backgrounds with the knowledge and resources to immediately begin producing effective self-tapes for the acting business. If possible, students should come prepared to use a smartphone for video recording. A video camera and TV monitor will also be present.

Master Class: Self-Taped Auditions is for you if:

  • You are an actor with little to no experience self-taping for auditions
  • You are a working actor who wants to strengthen the quality of your self-taped auditions
  • You are a theater educator who would like to prepare your students for self-taped auditions and/or college admissions.

NEW! 

Master Class: The Artist’s Way

May 3, 1–4 p.m. | led by Andy Alabran, freelance actor and director
Unblock your creativity!

Do you want to pursue a particular creative passion but feel stuck or hesitant? Or perhaps you have a creative itch that you just can’t scratch. Based on the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, this engaging master class will unlock and energize you to rediscover your true creative nature. We will explore issues such as fear, creative blocks, and abundance. We will create a “vision board” to actualize what we want. We will put pen to paper with right-brained writing exercises to get honest with ourselves and gain clarity. This master class offers practical exercises and a supportive environment to articulate our thoughts and truths, rediscover our creativity, and break through old concepts and limiting beliefs to discover fresh creative possibilities. You will leave feeling positively motivated to make your creative dream(s) come true!

Master Class: The Artist’s Way is for you if:

  • You are an actor, playwright, director, singer, or other artist looking to hit the “refresh button” on their career.
  • You have wanted to be an actor, playwright, director, singer, or other artist, but have been intimidated or unsure.
  • You want to rediscover the artist in you that’s been lost; or recover a buried creative dream that’s still calling you.

IT'S BACK! 

Master Class: Directing–Staging as Storytelling

Sunday, May 17, 1–4 p.m. | led by Mark Jackson, freelance theater maker and Director of Studio A.C.T.
Sharpen your directorial eye! 

This one-day master class, which sold out this past Fall Session, explores how staging works alongside dialogue to convey character psychology and a play’s story and themes. Relationships between characters are expressed by how they stand in relation to one another. The timing of when actors move and 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 vice versa. In this class we will look at examples of staging in production, as well as playwrights whose writing relies on both staging and dialogue. We will work both 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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