Summer Session 2020—Online Classes

Session 1: June 8–July 5
Session 2: July 13–August 9

*Some Session 1 classes continue through July 12
*Some Session 2 classes continue through August 16


*Please Note:
All classes have been conceived to meet online using Zoom. No classes will meet in-person at 30 Grant Avenue.

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Important Information:

  • No classes will be held in-person at 30 Grant Avenue this Summer. All courses meet online via Zoom.
  • Summer Session 2020 courses meet twice a week for 4 weeks, Intensives meet 5 times (M–F) for 1 week, and Weekend Intensives meet only twice on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday. Please note a given class's dates carefully as there may be exceptions.
  • Students receive written evaluations for 4-week courses only.
  • College credit is offered for 4-week courses only.
  • Summer Session 1 makeup week is July 6–10. Students should hold this day in reserve. The makeup day will only be used in the event a teacher must cancel a previously scheduled class.
  • Summer Session 2 makeup week is August 10–4. Students should hold this day in reserve. The makeup day will only be used in the event a teacher must cancel a previously scheduled class.

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For additional questions/concerns, including any issues regarding access to technology for Zoom/online classes, visit our Studio FAQ page or email studio@act-sf.org


Session 1                    Schedule: June 8—July 5, 2020

*Some classes continue through July 12.

4-week classes meet twice a week for 4 weeks. 1-week intensives meet five times (M–F) for 1 week.
Weekend intensives meet two times on a Sat/Sun. Makeup week is July 6–10. Students should hold this day in reserve. The makeup day will only be used in the event a teacher must cancel a previously scheduled class.

Studio A.C.T. classes are divided into introductory courses for people new to the given subject; Acting levels 1, 2, and 3; and repeatable courses providing an experience that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.

In order to select the best class for your goals and experience level, please read the individual course descriptions carefully.

 

CLASS

DAY/TIME

TUITION

Acting 1
with Heidi Carlsen

M/W 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2
with Mark Rafael

M/W 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Voice Building for Singers
with Frances Epsen-Devlin & Thaddeus Pinkston

M/W 6:30–7:30 p.m.
M/W 7:45–8:45 p.m.

$150
$150

Intro to Uta Hagen Technique
with Laura Wayth

M/W 6:30–9 p.m.
(Jun 15–Jul 8)

$325

Intro to Acting
with Chauntee' Irving

T/TH 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Intro to Meisner Technique
with Mark Rafael

T/TH 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 3
with Michelle Maxson

T/TH 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Voice & Speech Workout
with Drew Khalouf

T/TH 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

WEEKEND INTENSIVE: QLab Sound Design 101
with Sara Witsch

Sat/Sun 1–4 p.m.
(Jun 13 & 14)

$150

3-DAY INTENSIVE: Intro to Shakespeare
with Drew Khalouf

M/W/F 6:30–9:30 p.m.
(Jun 15, 17, 19)

$225

1-WEEK INTENSIVE: On-Camera Audition
with Liz Anderson

M–F 6:30–9:30 p.m.
(Jun 8–12)

$300

1-WEEK INTENSIVE: Audition for Theater
with Warren David Keith

M–F 6:30–9:30 p.m.
(Jun 22–26)

$300

1-WEEK INTENSIVE: Fundamentals of Directing
with Mark Jackson

M–F 6:30–9 p.m.
(Jun 29–Jul 3)

$275

INDIVIDUALLY SCHEDULED: Private Coaching
See Private Coaching page for more info

By Arrangement only

$115/hour



Session 2                   Schedule: July 13–August 9, 2020

*Some classes continue through August 16.

4-week classes meet twice a week for 4 weeks. 1-week intensives meet five times (M–F) for 1 week.
Weekend intensives meet two times on a Sat/Sun. Makeup week is August 10–14. Students should hold this day in reserve. The makeup day will only be used in the event a teacher must cancel a previously scheduled class.

Studio A.C.T. classes are divided into introductory courses for people new to the given subject; Acting levels 1, 2, and 3; and repeatable courses providing an experience that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.

In order to select the best class for your goals and experience level, please read the individual course descriptions carefully.

 

CLASS

DAY/TIME

TUITION

Acting 3
with Paul Finocchiaro

M/W 6:30–9 p.m.

$325

Dialects
with Drew Khalouf

M/W 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Intro to On-Camera Acting
with Liz Anderson

M/W 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 1
with Chauntee' Irving

T/TH 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2
with Liz Anderson

T/TH 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Alexander Technique
with Jo Gray

T/TH 6:30–9 p.m.

$325

Intro to Acting
with Valerie Weak

T/TH 6:30–9 p.m.

$325

WEEKEND INTENSIVE: Musical Theater Audition
with Laura Wayth & Thaddeus Pinkston

Sat/Sun 12–4 p.m.
(Jul 25 & 26)

$250

1-WEEK INTENSIVE: Intro to Clowning
with Julie Douglas

M–F 6:30–9 p.m.
(Jul 20–24)

$275

1-WEEK INTENSIVE: Feldenkrais Work Out
with Heidi Carlsen

M–F 6:30–8:30 p.m.
(Jul 27–31)

$225

1-WEEK INTENSIVE: Intimacy Direction for Theater
with Maya Herbsman

M–F 6:30–9p.m.
(Aug 3–7)

$300

INDIVIDUALLY SCHEDULED: Private Coaching
See Private Coaching page for more info

By Arrangement only

$115/hour


 


Class Descriptions:  June 8–August 9, 2020

Summer Session class descriptions are listed alphabetically. Please read your selected class description(s) carefully.

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 solidify 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 used by professional actors, derived from the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski. These practices address awareness, truthful playing, use of language and physical action, psychology, emotion, and 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 more 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 or Physical course.

Acting 1 is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Intro 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 actively.
  • 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 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 Intro 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 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 3: Contemporary Latinx Scene Study

(Bilingual En/Sp)

Eight Classes

Explore scenes written by playwrights that entertain, unite, confront, and make visible the stories and diverse cultural expressions found at the intersection between Spanish and English. This comprehensive acting class will give you direct experience with bilingual Spanish/English plays, including adaptations, reimagined classics, and new works by the likes of Luis Alfaro, Tanya Saracho, Octavio Solis, and Guadalís Del Carmen. This class will empower you to discover and analyze a script in rehearsals and in-depth conversations. In addition to further developing practical acting skills, we will address cultural implications of casting, dialects, and Spanish/English bilingualism, as well as the issues of class and race privileges. Actor rehearsal tools will focus on effective collaboration, being grounded in truth, full-body storytelling, specificity, and the joys and challenges particular to performing in multiple languages. 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.

Note—this class is open to everyone. Students must be able to engage in conversational Spanish and English with intermediate fluency, and to read written Spanish and English to understand the plays used in class. People of Latinx and Afro-Latinx decent, and both indigenous and native Spanish speakers, are encouraged to attend, as well as people of any ethnic/cultural background for whom English or Spanish is their first language, and the other their second.

Acting 3: Contemporary Latinx Scene Study is for you if:

  • You have read the above note and recognize yourself in it.
  • You are able to read and speak conversational Spanish and English with intermediate fluency.
  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken significant intermediate acting courses, such as Acting 2 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 excited by exploring cross cultural perspectives in theater.
  • You want a supportive and challenging environment to take some personal risks in your acting work, and the thematic and theatrical challenges of Spanish bilingual theater is what you need!

 

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Actuación 3: Estudio Contemporáneo de la Escena Latinx

(Bilingüe En/Sp)

Ocho Clases

Explora escenas escritas por dramaturgos que entretienen, unen, enfrentan y hacen visibles las historias y las diversas expresiones culturales que se encuentran en la intersección entre el español y el inglés. Esta clase de actuación integral le brindará experiencia directa con obras bilingües español / inglés, incluidas adaptaciones, obras clásicos reinventados y nuevos trabajos de artistas como Luis Alfaro, Tanya Saracho, Octavio Solís y Guadalís Del Carmen. La clase le permitirá descubrir y analizar un guión por medio de ensayos y conversaciones en profundidad. Además de desarrollar aún más las habilidades prácticas de actuación, abordarémos las implicaciones culturales del casting, los dialectos y el bilingüismo español / inglés así como los problemas de los privilegios de clase y raza. Las herramientas de ensayo de los actores se centrarán en la colaboración efectiva basada en la verdad, la narración completa de cuentos, la especificidad y el gozo y desafíos particulares para actuar en varios idiomas. Los estudiantes deben planear asistir a todas las sesiones y comprometerse a participar activamente en todos los ejercicios. Se requiere memorizar y realizar escenas y ensayos con los compañeros de escena fuera de clase.

Nota: esta clase está disponible a todos. Los estudiantes deben poder conversar en español y en inglés con fluidez intermedia y leer español e inglés por escrito para comprender las obras de teatro que se utilizan en clase. Se le anima que asistan personas de ascendencia latinx y afro-latino al igual que hispano hablantes como nativos, así como personas de cualquier origen étnico/cultural para quienes el inglés o el español sea su primer idioma y el otro su segundo.

Actuación 3: Estudio Contemporáneo de la Escena Latinx es para usted si:

  • Ha leído la nota anterior y se reconoce dentro de ella. 
  • Tiene por lo menos un nivel principiante de fluidez en español e inglés. 
  • Está buscando seriamente la capacitación de actor ya sea como profesión o para la comunidad. 
  • Ya ha tomado importantes cursos de actuación de nivel intermedio como Acting 2 en Studio A.C.T. en los últimos años o ha realizado una cantidad similar de actuación en obras de teatro, musicales o en películas. 
  • Es un actor que se siente intrigado y emocionado al explorar perspectivas interculturales dentro del teatro. 
  • Desea un ambiente de apoyo y desafiante para asumir algunos riesgos personales en su trabajo de actuación ¡y lo que mas necesita son los desafíos temáticos y teatrales del teatro bilingüe español!

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.

1-Week Intensive:

Audition for Theater

Five Classes, June 22–26, Mon–Fri

This advanced intensive addresses common issues that inhibit success when auditioning for theater. Students will “cold read,” prepare assigned material, receive directorial adjustments, and be put through their paces in mock callbacks. All students will be asked to self-assess in the process of overcoming unproductive auditioning habits. Résumé preparation and headshot selection will also be touched upon. 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 for Theater is for you if:

  • You are a regularly auditioning actor looking to polish and sharpen your auditioning skills. 
  • You are preparing for auditions at local theaters that have recently announced their upcoming seasons. 
  • You are preparing to audition for MFA programs. 
  • You have taken advanced acting courses, whether at A.C.T. or elsewhere, yet still wish to develop a solid foundation of skills and confidence when it comes to auditions.

Dialects

Eight Classes

From Shakespeare to August Wilson, Orange Is the New Black to Fresh Off the Boat, actors are often called upon to use regional dialects by a variety of plays, television series, and films. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s résumé. This comprehensive dialects course, designed to be repeatable, will help you refine your ability to speak English-language text in a dialect from anywhere in the 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. You will also experience how specifying a character’s dialect can enhance your ability to play their intentions. Participating in all in-class exercises and memorizing and performing short scenes are required. Some rehearsals with scene partners outside of class may also be required. Students should plan to attend all class sessions.

Dialects is for you if:

  • You have already taken Intro to Dialects at Studio A.C.T., or an equivalent elsewhere. 
  • You are an actor who has done some dialect work in the past and wants to get a few new dialects under your belt and hone practices for picking up new dialects in the future. 
  • You are an actor with significant 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 have a specific performance on the horizon that requires a dialect of you, and you want to make a thorough study of it and of processes for learning dialects.

1-Week Intensive:

Feldenkrais Work Out

Five Classes, July 27–31, Mon–Fri

Designed for all bodies and levels of experience, this class will give you a concise, in-depth experience with the Feldenkrais Method of freeing your physical movements and expanding your mind-body awareness. A very popular practice among performers of all kinds, Feldenkrais helps you develop a stronger sense of balance, and a deeper understanding of the blind spots you may have to physical inhibitions or restrictions. By delving into and opening up tight parts of our bodies, we feel physically free and more expressive. Through gentle movements, often on the floor, this class will guide you through ways of releasing tension and discovering the awareness of your whole self. You will become aware of your physical patterns, which are often emotional patterns, and exploring human patterns is exactly what an actor does! Once freed from restrictive physical habits, you will have greater choice and freedom of expression, better posture, more access to your breath and voice, and you will discover deeper trust and confidence in yourself.

Feldenkrais Work Out is for you if:

  • You’ve never taken a Feldenkrais lesson and want a thorough introduction.
  • You have had experience with Feldenkrais in the past, but it’s been awhile and you wish to reconnect to the practice.
  • You have substantial experience with Feldenkrais and are hungry for a workout.
  • You feel limited by the way you move and wish to free up your body.
  • You want to have more vocal flexibility and power in connection with your physical movements.
  • You want to be able to notice what is happening when you feel stuck, and have the choice to freely transform yourself.

1-Week Intensive:

Fundamentals of Directing

Five classes, June 29–July 3, Mon–Fri

This 1-week intensive for aspiring—or otherwise early in their journey—theater directors explore fundamental aspects of the directing process, from setting up your production book, to script analysis, collaborating with designers and actors, and developing your eye for staging as storytelling. Our exact activities under the umbrella of these subjects will be responsive to the interests of the group. Students should come prepared to write, sketch, and participate in conversations around the work, and must provide themselves with the following items: an empty binder, divider tabs, pad of paper, writing utensil, etc.

Fundamentals of Directing is for you if:

  • You are an actor, playwright, or already aspiring director interested in developing a solid overview of the work of a theater director.
  • You are curious about the relationship between a director’s homework and work done in the room with actors and designers, and how to strike an effective, collaborative balance between planning and spontaneity. 
  • You are interested in collaborative ways to rehearse that allow actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to work together to create a unified production.
  • You are seeking insights into the full process of directing, from developing your personal aesthetic, to pitching plays to producers, to structuring effective rehearsal processes in response to the given circumstances of a production.

1-Week Intensive:

Intimacy Direction for Theater

Five Classes, August 3–7, Mon–Fri

This is a 5-night, in-depth introduction to the emerging field of Intimacy Direction—a seismic shift in the way the theatre, film, and television industries have functioned for decades. In this intensive, we will dive into the foundational techniques and principles of Intimacy Direction, as well as its history. Students will learn practical collaborative methods for staging intimate dramatic moments on stage, in ways that put the actors’ safety first, while also allowing for more intricate storytelling. This intensive is open to actors, directors, choreographers, stage managers, or anyone else who finds themselves in the rehearsal room.

Intimacy Direction for Theater is for you if:

  • You are a theater artist curious about the field of Intimacy Direction. 
  • You are a theater artist aiming to create safe, consent-based workspaces. 
  • You are a theater maker looking to expand their knowledge of the world of intimate interaction onstage.

Intro 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. Through 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 Intro to Acting also register for a Studio A.C.T. Voice or Physical course.

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!

1-Week Intensive:

Intro to Clowning

Five Classes, July 20–24, Mon–Fri

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.

Intro to Clowning is for you if:

  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Acting 1 or 2 class, or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore a complimentary aspect of acting and performance. 
  • You’re an actor or performer interested in expanding your range of physical expression. 
  • You’re interested in both comedy and depth of truth in your performance.

Intro to Meisner Technique

Eight Classes

With a goal to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” this advanced course 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.

Intro to Meisner Technique is for you if:

  • You have taken some acting classes before, such as Acting 2 or 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.

Intro 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.

Intro 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 Intro to Acting, Acting 1, and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere.

Intro to Uta Hagen Technique

Eight Classes

Actor and Master Teacher Uta Hagen believed in truthfulness and realism in acting above all else. Truthfulness comes, not only from a thorough understanding of the text, but from the actor’s commitment to action and engagement of the five senses and the environment. In this acting class, we will introduce you to Uta Hagen’s Six Steps for Building a Character, and play with elements from Hagen’s Ten Exercises for the Actor. Our mission is to engage the senses and work moment-to-moment to create truthful and dimensional characters onstage. This intensive experience is structured to effectively include actors of all levels of ability, from beginners to more experienced and advanced actors.

Intro to Uta Hagen Technique is for you if:

  • You have taken some acting classes before, such as Acting 1 or 2 at Studio A.C.T. or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore the techniques specific to the Uta Hagen tradition. 
  • You are an intermediate or advanced acting student who wishes to bring greater truth and responsiveness to their 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, and fun tools to put in your toolkit. 
  • You wish to bring greater economy, emotional honesty, and personal investment to your acting.

Weekend Intensive:

Musical Theater Audition

Two classes only, July 25 & 26, 12–4 p.m.

This intensive is designed for singer-actors who want to polish their musical theater audition presentation and unravel audition anxiety. We will address vocal technique, appropriate song selection, audition protocol, as well as cover relevant insights into the complex casting process. We will address the art of storytelling through song, how to analyze and perform your song as a monologue, all the while keeping your calm under pressure. Students must come with two songs—one ballad and one up-tempo—already prepared in terms of memorization, as well as the accompanying sheet music suitable for a piano accompanist.

Musical Theater Audition is for you if:

  • You are interested in auditioning for musical theater at the community, regional, or national level and wish to practice 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 practical and effective techniques for managing the stress of the audition process.

1-Week Intensive:

On-Camera Audition

Five Classes, June 8–12, Mon–Fri

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.

On-Camera Audition 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.

Weekend Intensive:

QLab Sound Design 101

Two classes only, June 13 & 14, 1–4 p.m.

QLab is the industry standard software for cueing sound in theater. It is increasingly used to cue video and lighting as well. This two-day, introductory course is designed for anybody who has struggled to put together a rehearsal playlist or to troubleshoot QLab during a performance. The course will cover building cues, editing cues, fading audio and video, running mics, triggering MIDI and lighting consoles, OSC, video, and more. You will get creative, building your own cue list. No prior experience with QLab is required.

Please Note: Students must bring their own MacBook laptop running a minimum of MacOS 10.10, and have QLab 4 already installed, no license required. QLab is a MacOS-specific application and may be downloaded for free at qlab.app/download.

QLab Sound Design 101 is for you if:

  • You are a stage manager who wants to feel comfortable troubleshooting Qlab in the moment.
  • You are an actor, director, designer, or other theater artist developing your own work, and want the ability to create your own sound, video, or light cues.
  • You are a musician, sound artist, or video artist curious about design for theater and live performance.

3-Day Intensive:

Intro to Shakespeare

Three Classes, M/W/F, June 15, 17, 19

The critic Harold Bloom suggested that Shakespeare may actually have invented the human being! 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. This three-night intro to acting Shakespeare’s plays is open to everyone. No prior experience with Shakespeare is necessary. Through work on sonnets, soliloquies, and/or short scenes, students will gain a practical understanding of how to play with Shakespeare’s thrilling language.

Intro 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 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.

Weekend Intensive:

Staying Spiritually Fit as a Working Artist

Two classes only, July 18 & 19, 12–4 p.m.

As a working artist, we are constantly confronted with challenges that tax us emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. Often, these challenges come from outside the artistic craft itself—contract negotiations, setting boundaries with colleagues, asking for what we need without feeling guilty, taking rest without telling ourselves we should "always be driving forward.” To have confidence and ease when showing up for these challenges, we need to integrate healing and self-care into our working creative lives. In this class, you will discover your blocks to success, where you get in your own way, and how you can begin to more fully empower, enliven and care for yourself in the ways only you can. We will explore tools for a more joyful, peaceful and empowered experience of being a working artist, and design a self-care, empowerment and healing plan for your unique creative life. Though we’ll be working in a group setting, this intensive will be tailored to each individual. The work will be vulnerable at times, requiring rigorous honesty on your part. Come ready for healing and for change.

Weekend Intensive: Staying Spiritual Fit as a Working Artist is for you if:

  • You're working as an artist and find yourself exhausted, burned out, anxious, and nervous more than you’d like, and you’d like to develop strategies to experience these things less. 
  • You're working as an artist and have noticed there's an area of your life you can't seem to get "under control,” and you’d like strategies to help you do so.
  • You're working sometimes as an artist, want to be doing so more often, but find you get in your own way.
  • You want to integrate a greater spiritual awareness into your life, work, and creativity.
  • You know you have some healing to do and need help beginning or continuing that work with a professional healer.
  • You understand that you are not a victim, that life does not "owe" you anything, that you are responsible for your own health and wellness and want help taking up that responsibility.
  • You are ready and willing to look at yourself with rigorous honesty.

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.

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. Students regularly pair this course with Musical Theater Performance 4: Scene Study if they have not taken that course already.

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.
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