Summer Session 2019

Summer classes will run in two 4-week compact sessions:

Session 1 — June 10 to July 12

Session 2 — July 15 to August 16

 

4-WEEK CLASSES meet 2 evenings per week over 4 weeks
1-WEEK INTENSIVES meet 5 evenings per week over 1 week
Please note specific dates carefully

 


 

Acting & Audition          Physical          Voice          Specialties

 


 

Important Information:

 

  • All courses meet at 30 Grant Avenue, in downtown San Francisco, unless otherwise noted.
  • Summer 4-week Classes meet 2 evenings per week over 4 weeks for a total of 8 classes, while Summer 1-week Intensives meet Monday–Friday over 1 week for a total of 5 classes, unless otherwise noted. Please note a given class’s dates carefully as there may be exceptions.
  • Make-up week for Session 1 is July 8–11. Make-up week for Session 2 is August 15 & 16. 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 any 4-week Class.
  • College credit is offered for 4-week Classes only.

 

Questions?

Email studio@act-sf.org or call 415.439.2444.


Sign Up Today!

Register by Sunday May 12 with code SUMMER10 and get 10% off classes*

*Early Bird Discount not applicable to Master Classes


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 session. 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 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.


Summer Session 2019

4-WEEK CLASSES meet 2 days per week over 4 weeks. 1-WEEK INTENSIVES meet 5 days per week over 1 week.
Please note specific dates carefully

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.

 

SESSION 1 — June 10 to July 12
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Introduction to Acting

Dinah Berkeley

 

Tu/Th  6/11–7/9
6:30­–9:30 p.m.
(No class 7/4)

$375

Acting 1

Heidi Carlsen

M/W  6/10–7/3
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2

Mark Rafael

M/W  6/10–7/3
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 3

Paul Finocchiaro

Tu/Th  6/11–7/9
6:30­–9:30 p.m.
(No class 7/4)

$375

Acting Focus: Shakespeare in Action

Mark Jackson

M/W  6/10–7/3
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Intensive: Intro to Acting

Laura Wayth

M–F  6/10–14
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$300

Intensive: Intro to Meisner Technique

Rachael Adler

M–F  6/17–21
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$300

Intensive: Intro to Barrow Group Technique

Alyson Rutter

M–F  6/24–28
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$300

Intensive: On Camera Audition

Liz Anderson

M–F  7/8–12
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$325

 
SESSION 2 — July 15 to August 16
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Introduction to Acting

Dinah Berkeley

 

Tu/Th  7/16–8/8
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Introduction to On Camera acting

Liz Anderson

M/W  7/15–8/8
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$425

Acting 1

Heidi Carlsen

Tu/Th  7/16–8/8
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2

Katie Rubin

Tu/Th  7/16–8/8
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 3

Heidi Carlsen

M/W  7/15–8/7
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

NEW!
Acting Focus: Mua Ha Ha!
a class in acting villains!

Laura Wayth

M/W  7/15–8/7
6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375


 

Physical


This summer Studio A.C.T. is offering repeatable Physical skills classes providing a workout that allows each individual to progress to their fullest, as well as several weeklong intensives allowing an immersive experience with the given subject.


SESSION 1 — June 10 to July 12
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Clowning
you know you want to

Julie Douglas

 

M/W  6/10–7/3
6:30­–9:30 p.m

$375

 
SESSION 2 — July 15 to August 16
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Alexander Technique

Kari Prindl

 

Tu/Th  7/16–8/8
6:30–9:00 p.m.

$325

NEW!
Intensive: Intro to Biomechanics
an exciting physical acting approach


Mark Jackson


M-F  7/15–19
6:30–9:30 p.m.


$300

IT’S BACK!
Intensive: Unarmed Stage Combat
tuition includes certification!


Dave Maier


M-F  7/22–26
6:30–9:30 p.m.


$325

NEW!
Intensive: Rhythm for Actors
sharpen your physical & verbal rhythm


Beth Wilmurt


M-F  7/29–8/2
6:30–9:30 p.m.


$300

BUNDLE: 3 Physical Intensives
expand your physical range

Above 3 Faculty

Above 3 Dates
6:30–9:30 p.m.

$740
(Save 20%)


 

Voice


Studio A.C.T. Voice skills classes are repeatable, providing a workout that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.


SESSION 1 — June 10 to July 12
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

NEW!
Voice & Speech Workout
activate your voice & speaking skills


Drew Khalouf


Tu/Th  6/11–7/19
6:30–9:30 p.m.
(No class 7/4)


$375

 
SESSION 2 — July 15 to August 16
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Voice Building for Singers
among our most popular classes

Francie Epsen-Devlin & Thaddeus Pinkston

M/W  7/15–8/7
6:30–7:30 p.m.

$150

 

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.


SESSION 1 — June 10 to July 12
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Clowning
you know you want to

Julie Douglas

 

M/W  6/10–7/3
6:30–9:30 p.m

$375

Stand-Up Comedy

Katie Rubin

 

Tu/Th  6/11–7/9
6:30–8:30 p.m.
No class 7/4)

$300

 
SESSION 2 — July 15 to August 16
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

NEW!
Intensive: Rhythm for Actors
sharpen your physical & verbal rhythm


Beth Wilmurt


M-F  7/29–8/2
6:30–9:30 p.m.


$300

 

Acting & Audition

 

Introduction to Acting

Eight Classes

This course explores the art of acting in a playful, encouraging, collaborative atmosphere, and offers a dynamic and engaging introduction to the craft of acting and theater. In fun and engaging exercises, students will work on strengthening self-confidence, overcoming performance anxiety, improving focus and concentration, connecting with others through trust-building games and active listening, understanding “stage presence,” 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. 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 course 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.

 

 

 

 

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 (see individual descriptions of courses currently offered below) designed for advanced acting students and experienced actors interested in continuing to hone their skills more rigorously. 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 Summer 2019 Studio A.C.T. Session include:

 

Acting Focus: Shakespeare in Action

Eight Classes

Shakespeare wrote language-based theater for an audience to hear. Theater is also an event for spectators to see! This class puts Shakespeare’s vividly poetic language into action. Through a variety of practical exercises and approaches, participants will explore their physical expression of Shakespeare’s highly thoughtful and emotional plays. The class is suitable for people who have at least some introductory experience with Shakespeare and the principle of scansion, as well as those who have worked extensively with Shakespeare but wish to expand their physical engagement with the plays. Actors and directors alike will find this class useful for its emphasis on text analysis done on our feet, through movement and staging. Participating in physical exercises, memorizing and performing scenes, and rehearsals with scene partners outside of class are required.

Acting Focus: Shakespeare in Action 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 with some prior experience with Shakespeare, who already understands the basics of scansion, and who is interested in an experience that emphasizes a physical response to Shakespeare’s language.

 

 

 

NEW!

Acting Focus: Mua Ha Ha!

Eight Classes

 

Like the world, theater has a long history of villains, from Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth to Tony Kushner’s rendition of Roy Cohn in Angels in America. Understanding villains and how to play them helps us understand why human beings sometimes make the terrible choices they do, and why audiences are drawn to them. What motivates a villain? Who is a villain? Is the traditionally heroic Hamlet, who murders several people, a villain? Why do we enjoy Lady Macbeth, who advocates murder for her own advancement? Is a politician’s charisma more important to us than their deeds? Drawing on a variety of classic and contemporary plays—some comedic and some tragic—this class helps actors address the challenges of playing these complex and contradictory characters. Participating in exercises, memorizing and performing scenes, and rehearsals with scene partners outside of class are required.

Acting Focus: MUA HA HA! is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • 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 interested in the complexities particular to playing characters deemed “villainous,” whether in classical, contemporary, comedic, or dramatic plays.

 

 

 

Acting & Audition Intensives

 

All Studio A.C.T. Acting & Audition Intensives meet for five consecutive weekday evenings and are designed to provide a solid workout in the given subject area. Refer to the individual descriptions below for details.

 

Acting Intensive: Intro to Acting

Five Classes

This introductory Intensive explores the art of acting in a playful, encouraging, collaborative atmosphere, and offers a dynamic and engaging introduction to the craft of acting and theater. In fun and engaging exercises, students will work on strengthening self-confidence, overcoming performance anxiety, improving focus and concentration, connecting with others through trust-building games and active listening, understanding “stage presence,” 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, and supporting others’ growth. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and to actively participate in all games and exercises.

Acting Intensive: Intro 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!

 

 

 

Acting Intensive: Intro to Meisner Technique

Five Classes

With a goal to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” this advanced Intensive challenges students to move more deeply into their acting-instrument and craft through the use of instincts and emotional impulses. Utilizing a compassionate approach, actors in this week-long Intensive will participate in a series of specific improvisational exercises developed by Sanford Meisner, designed to hone focus, deepen engagement, and facilitate a surrender to the “reality of doing.” Along the way, each student will learn to recognize, mine, and craft from the genuine “sparks” within themselves the vital elements which motivate their moment-to-moment actions onstage.

Acting Intensive: Intro to Meisner Technique is for you if:

  • You have taken some acting classes before, such as Acting 2 or Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T. or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore the techniques specific to the Sanford Meisner tradition.
  • You are an intermediate or advanced acting student who wishes to bring greater truth and responsiveness to their acting.

 

 

 

Acting Intensive: Intro to the Barrow Group Acting Technique

Five Classes

The Barrow Group Acting Technique—developed by Seth Barrish, founder and co-artistic director of The Barrow Group Theatre Company in New York City—is a set of simple tools for performing designed to encourage spontaneity, foster real human behavior, and help you become more sensitive, imaginative, responsive, and alive onstage. The technique also includes methods for relaxing in performance, bringing greater freedom to your work, and for changing your work effortlessly and invisibly so the audience won’t detect any effort on your part and will feel like they are watching a real person rather than an actor. This intensive experience is structured to effectively include actors of all levels of ability, from beginners to more experienced and advanced actors.

Intensive: Intro to the Barrow Group Acting Technique is for you if:

  • You’ve taken an acting class before and wish to continue exploring a greater sense of truth in your acting.
  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve been acting for a number of years and are interested in simple, accessible, fun, and wildly effective tools to enhance your craft.
  • 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.

 

 

 

Audition Intensive: On Camera

Five Classes

This advanced Intensive addresses common issues that inhibit success when auditioning on camera for work in film, television, or commercials. Students will prepare assigned scenes, cold read new scenes, receive directorial adjustments, and be put through their paces in mock on-camera callbacks. All students will be asked to self-assess in order to overcome unproductive auditioning habits. After registering online, students will receive confirmation of approval to enter the class and a note from the instructor on what to prepare for the first day.

Audition Intensive: On Camera is for you if:

  • You are a regularly auditioning actor looking to polish and sharpen your on-camera auditioning skills.
  • You are an actor with little to no experience working on camera and wish to have an Intensive introductory experience with helpful and practical techniques.
  • You have taken advanced acting courses, whether at A.C.T. or elsewhere, yet are still relatively new to auditioning and wish to develop a solid foundation of skills and confidence.
 

 

 

Physical

This summer Studio A.C.T. is offering repeatable Physical skills classes providing a workout that allows each individual to progress to their fullest, as well as several weeklong intensives allowing an immersive experience with a given subject.>

 

Alexander Technique

Eight Classes

This repeatable course is open to students of all experience levels and designed to accommodate each student at their individual level of experience. The Alexander Technique is among the most widely practiced performance-related techniques in the world. The work is intended to address 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

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.

 

 

Clowning

Eight Classes

The great clowns that have left their mark on the world—from Charlie Chaplin to Carol Burnett—have done so not only because their work makes us belly laugh, but because it reveals the most vulnerable depths of our shared humanity. This class is designed to be repeatable, and provides an experience with the art of clowning that allows actors to explore heightened physical comedy while also developing a deeper authenticity of presence. This experiential art form allows for more freedom, play, and resilience in all your work. Clowning skills serve the actor in a variety of contexts—from auditioning, to improvisation, to performing scripted plays both comic and tragic—as well as discovering the joy in the mistake and the beauty in the imperfect.

Clowning is for you if:

  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Acting 1 or Acting 2 class, or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore a complimentary aspect of acting and performance.
  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Introduction to Clowning class, or equivalent elsewhere, and wish to further your exploration of the art of Clowning.
  • You’re an actor or performer interested in expanding your range of physical expression.

 

 

NEW!

Physical Intensive: Intro to Biomechanics

Five Classes

Biomechanics is an invigorating, physical approach to acting. It uses a concise language to address the full range of an actor’s work, including the most complex physical, intellectual, and emotional concerns of the acting process. Originally developed by the great Russian actor, director, and teacher, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Biomechanics is an empowering technique that opens the actor to a wider range of choice and possibility, while fostering a greater sense of confidence, commitment, and rigor. This introductory intensive will help you achieve greater consistency and clarity in your acting, strengthening the connection between your mind and body. Biomechanics helps actors to be more aware of their own physical, intellectual, and emotional possibilities and limitations, offering a practical process for stretching beyond limitations to expand possibilities. Students should come prepared to move, a lot!

Students who take all three Physical Intensives receive a 20% discount. See the Physical Intensive BUNDLE below.

Physical Intensive: Intro to Biomechanics 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 your sense for the dramatic and psychological aspects of movement.
  • 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.

 

 

Physical Intensive: Unarmed Stage Combat

Five Classes

This course is designed to cover fundamental techniques to safely and convincingly create the illusion of violence onstage. Stressing safety, storytelling, and partnering, this class will explore the most commonly used unarmed combat techniques, including fighting with found objects and comedic violence. Students will also have the option to take an unarmed skills proficiency test for certification in Unarmed Combat as a Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Actors whose résumé includes certification in stage combat techniques have an advantage with directors and casting directors looking to cast productions involving theatrical violence.

Students who take all three Physical Intensives receive a 20% discount. See the Physical Intensive BUNDLE below.

Physical Intensive: Unarmed Stage Combat is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand your stage combat skill set.
  • You are an actor who wishes to enhance their résumé with certification in unarmed stage combat.
  • You are a person who is not an actor but wishes to explore a fun, creative, and empowering mind-body practice.
  • You enjoy combining physical and intellectual challenges in creative ways.

 

 

NEW!

Physical Intensive: Rhythm for Actors

Five 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.

Students who take all three Physical Intensives receive a 20% discount. See the Physical Intensive BUNDLE below.

Physical Intensive: Rhythm for Actors is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand their 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 are someone who wants a creative physical and vocal 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.
  • You are someone who struggles with text and reading dialogue and wishes to develop a physical “in” to understanding and delivering dialogue.

 

 

BUNDLE: 3 Physical Intensives

Fifteen Classes in Three Weeks

Take all three Physical Intensives. Actors whose résumé includes experience in a variety of physical techniques and practices have an advantage with directors and casting directors looking to cast productions involving stage combat or other physical stagings.

In addition to being eligible for certification in Unarmed Combat, all students who take this intensive bundle receive a 20% discount on their tuition.

BUNDLE: 3 Physical Intensives is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand their physical performance skill set.
  • You are an actor who wishes to enhance their résumé with certification in unarmed stage combat and experience with other forms.
  • You are a person who is not an actor but wishes to explore fun, creative, and empowering mind-body practices.
  • You enjoy combining physical and intellectual challenges in creative ways.

 

 

 

Voice

Studio A.C.T. Voice skills classes are designed to provide a workout in the given subject area that allows each individual to progress to their fullest. This summer we are offering two specialized voice experiences:

 

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Voice & Speech Workout

Eight Classes

This class is designed to help participants develop a solid foundational understanding, practical fluency, and sense of confidence with their ability to use their full voice and speak with greater clarity. Participants will learn practical techniques to develop a richer, stronger, and more versatile speaking voice. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course also take Alexander Technique. This repeatable course is open to students of all experience levels and is designed to accommodate each student at their individual level of experience.

Voice & Speech Workout is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to improve your ability to speak text with greater clarity, variety, and richness.
  • 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 enjoys language and wishes to have a practical, enlivening experience with it.

 

 

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.

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.

 

Clowning

Eight Classes

The great clowns that have left their mark on the world—from Charlie Chaplin to Carol Burnett—have done so not only because their work makes us belly laugh, but because it reveals the most vulnerable depths of our shared humanity. This class is designed to be repeatable, and provides an experience with the art of clowning that allows actors to explore heightened physical comedy while also developing a deeper authenticity of presence. This experiential art form allows for more freedom, play, and resilience in all your work. Clowning skills serve the actor in a variety of contexts—from auditioning, to improvisation, to performing scripted plays both comic and tragic—as well as discovering the joy in the mistake and the beauty in the imperfect.

Clowning is for you if:

  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Acting 1 or Acting 2 class, or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore a complimentary aspect of acting and performance.
  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Introduction to Clowning class, or equivalent elsewhere, and wish to further your exploration of the art of Clowning.
  • You’re an actor or performer interested in expanding your range of physical expression.

 

 

Stand-Up Comedy

Eight Classes

Students in this class will explore the scientific structure of joke-writing, practice it repeatedly on their feet, and leave with a “Tight Five” minutes of material completed and ready to perform. The class is designed to be repeatable, and therefore is appropriate for brand new comics as well as comics who are already working and are looking for punch-up help, to more fully understand joke structure, and/or to more consciously understand the science of joke-writing to support their already developed intuitive sense of what is funny. We will delve deeply into the structure of jokes by putting your ideas through the joke-structure to turn your thoughts and observations about life into hilarious jokes that kill every time onstage. Though there are no prerequisites for this class, please note that joke writing is a cerebral endeavor that requires time commitment, dedication, and a willingness to fail. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and actively participate in all activities. Students are also expected to work outside of class, and thorough preparation is essential.

Stand-Up Comedy is for you if:

  • You’re new to comedy or stand-up comedy and wish to explore what makes a joke tick.
  • You’re an experienced comic wishing to solidify your conscious process for developing and honing material.
  • You’re an actor or performer who thinks “I’m not funny” and wishes to crack the mechanics of joke writing and joke performing.

 

 

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Physical Intensive: Rhythm for Actors

Five 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.

Students who take all three Physical Intensives receive a 20% discount. See the Physical Intensive BUNDLE above.

Physical Intensive: Rhythm for Actors is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand their 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 are someone who wants a creative physical and vocal 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.
  • You are someone who struggles with text and reading dialogue and wishes to develop a physical “in” to understanding and delivering dialogue.

 

 

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