Spring Classes 2020

March 17–May 9

Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks.

Enrollment Info

  • All classes take place at A.C.T. studios at 30 Grant Avenue in downtown San Francisco, accessible by BART and Muni (Powell/Montgomery)
  • Young Conservatory classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all classes meet once weekly for 8 weeks, with an invited open class on the final hour of the last class.
  • A minimum number of students is required to run each class. If a class has insufficient enrollment and is cancelled, students can choose to attend another class, or for their money to be refunded.
  • No refunds will be given after the start of your second class meeting.. Please allow 10 working days to process your refund. To learn more about our Refund Policy, visit our FAQ page.

FAQ Quick Links:

Scholarships Available

Email youngconservatory@act-sf.org for more information about scholarships and financial aid.

All Students Welcome

Students of all abilities, racial identities, and gender identities are welcome and encouraged to sign up or audition for YC programs.

Sign Up Today!

 

Registration Deadline:
March 9, 2020

*Some exclusions may apply.



Questions?

Visit our YC FAQ page or email youngconservatory@act-sf.org



Schedule: March 17–May 9, 2020

Junior

Grades 3–5

 

DAY/TIME CLASS TUITION

Tue 4–6 p.m.

Musical Theater Workshop

$385

Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein

$385

By Arrangement

Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115 per hour

 

Middle School

Grades 6–8

 

DAY/TIME CLASS TUITION

Mon 1:30–4 p.m.

SOLD OUTMiddle School Actors Ensemble: Winter/Spring Project
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Tue 4–6 p.m.

Acting Workshop

$335

Tue 4–6:30 p.m.

SOLD OUTMiddle School Cabaret Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Wed 4–6 p.m.

Voice and Dialects

$335

Sat 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Musical Theater Workshop

$435

By Arrangement

Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115 per hour

 

High School

Grades 9–12

 

DAY/TIME CLASS TUITION

Tue 4–6:30 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Actors Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Sat 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Physicalizing a Character

$335

Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Cabaret Ensemble: Billy
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Sat 1:15–3:45 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Musical Ensemble: Roxie
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Sat 1:15–3:45 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Musical Ensemble: Velma
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

By Arrangement

Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115 per hour


 


Class Descriptions: March 17–May 9, 2020

Acting Funny: Improvisation and Physical Comedy (JR, MS)

What does it mean to be funny? We’ve rolled all of the gems of the comedic actor’s toolkit: improvisation, clowning, mime, commedia dell’arte, mask work, and physical character all into one class. Expect lots of physical and imaginative play that help young actors develop a playful spirit and learn how to delight an audience. This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

Acting Funny: Improvisation and Physical Comedy is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Acting Workshop and you would like to explore some other ways to create character
  • You’re especially fond of comedy in TV, film and theater and tend to do bits yourself, or make people laugh
  • You’d like to let go a little and discover/uncover your funny instincts, and laugh a lot

Acting Workshop (MS, HS)

This workshop is designed to give young actors a foundational knowledge of acting principles—including objective/obstacle/action, given circumstance, ensemble-building, physicality, text analysis, and emotional engagement. This workshop may include work with both improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes. Acting Workshop is a foundation for future study and is designed as a repeatable course. Students may choose to take it multiple times before moving on to more advanced Acting Workshops. A must for all serious young actors.

Acting Workshop is for you if:

  • You’re new to studying acting, new to the Young Conservatory, or you’re moving up an age level in the Young Conservatory
  • You’re looking for an experience to boost your confidence and explore creative ways of thinking and interacting with others
  • You have only been in plays but have never taken an acting class, and are looking to engage with “the building blocks” of acting

Acting Workshop II: Classical Monologues for Teens (HS)

Most college-level theater programs require a classical monologue for auditions, and often teens find themselves intimidated by the term “classical” if they haven’t had opportunities to explore it. In this workshop, students will build on the acting techniques introduced in Acting Workshop I and develop tools for decoding language, analyzing verse, and other useful and fun tactics to build confidence and authentically connect with these characters and plays.

It is recommended but not required that students who take Acting Workshop II: Classical Monologues for Teens to have taken a Voice and Diction or Voice and Dialects class in the past.

Acting Workshop II: Classical Monologues for Teens is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken Acting Workshop and are ready for a more advanced level class
  • You’re planning to audition for a college or advanced training program that requires a classical monologue as part of the admissions process
  • You want to grow your acting skills in script analysis techniques and bringing classical language to life in performance

Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein (JR)

In this workshop, actors will bring to life the iconic poems and stories by Shel Silverstein. Young actors will build on acting basics learned in Acting Workshop—such as objective, obstacle, physicality, improvisation, and diction—as well as explore costume and prop creation as they enter the world of the play. The course will build to a public studio performance for friends and family at 30 Grant Avenue.

It is recommended but not required that students who take Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein have also taken an improvisation or physical comedy class.

Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken Acting Workshop and are ready for a more advanced level, performance-oriented class
  • You’re excited by adaptation and playwriting, and you want to use your voice, physicality, and imagination to create a short play
  • You’re ready to commit to a course which will ask you to do significant memorization of material outside of class time

Musical Theater Workshop (JR, MS)

This class introduces students to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

Musical Theater Workshop is a foundation for future study and is designed as a repeatable course. Students may choose to take it multiple times before moving on to more advanced Musical Theater Workshops.

Musical Theater Workshop is for you if:

  • You’re new to studying musical theater, new to the Young Conservatory, or you’re moving up an age level in the Young Conservatory
  • You enjoy singing and are looking for an experience to boost your confidence while performing
  • You are ready to learn light musical theater choreography and explore how to act a song

Musical Theater Project: The Universe of Steven Universe (JR)

In this project, actors will create a cabaret performance of songs from the hit Cartoon Network show, Steven Universe. This class builds on skills learned in Musical Theater Workshop, including vocal production, rhythm, movement, physicality, and character interpretation of the song. The course will conclude with a public studio performance for friends and family in our 30 Grant studios.

It is recommended but not required that students who take Musical Theater Project: The Universe of Steven Universe have also taken an improvisation or physical comedy class.

Musical Theater Project: The Universe of Steven Universe is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken Musical Theater Workshop and are ready for a more advanced level, performance-oriented class
  • You’re eager to learn how to use your voice and movement to portray the story of the song and the character singing it
  • You’re ready to commit to a course which will ask you to do significant practice of material, both songs and blocking, outside of class time

On-Camera Acting II: Auditioning for Commercials, TV, and Film (MS)

This course will focus on the intersection of audition technique and on-camera acting. Topics covered will include: slating or introducing yourself to camera, commercial auditions, auditioning with a side or scene, and self-submissions/self-taped auditions as well as audition etiquette and other audition materials and industry information related to auditioning.

On-Camera Acting II: Auditioning for Commercials, TV, and Film is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken On-Camera Acting I and Acting Workshop I, and are ready for a more advanced level class
  • You’re looking for more specific experience with auditioning for on-camera projects
  • You’re ready to commit to a course which will ask you to do significant memorization of material outside of class time

Physicalizing a Character (HS)

In the actor’s toolkit the two elements most essential to good character communication are the actor’s voice and the actor’s body. These are also the two areas that need the most development in young actors. This class is designed to address the power of creating complete characters through physicalization, identifying obstacles, and working to overcome them. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work and strengthen overall performance, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation. A must for all serious young actors.

Physicalizing a Character is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Acting Workshop I and you would like to focus on how the actor uses their body to portray different characters and tell a story.
  • You feel trapped in your habits and would like to expand your physical vocabulary and strengthen your connection with and awareness of your own body.
  • You’re intrigued by and curious about theater that utilizes lots of movement and larger than life characters

     

Voice and Dialects (MS)

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand voice and speech techniques, as well as introduce the fundamentals of working on a dialect. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. Students will learn to develop an ear to distinguish dialect sounds, and work on one to two dialects in class. The class emphasizes finding and valuing the individual’s own vocal mechanism, and finding freedom of expression in another dialect. A must for all serious young actors who want to build confidence.

Voice and Dialects is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Acting Workshop I and you would like to explore how to use your voice to create character
  • You would like to enhance your public speaking skills onstage and off
  • You are excited by dialect work and want to learn how to portray characters from different regions

Enrollment Info

  • All classes take place at A.C.T. studios at 30 Grant Avenue in downtown San Francisco, accessible by BART and Muni (Powell/Montgomery)
  • Young Conservatory classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all classes meet once weekly for 8 weeks, with an invited open class on the final hour of the last class.
  • A minimum number of students is required to run each class. If a class has insufficient enrollment and is cancelled, students can choose to attend another class, or for their money to be refunded.
  • No refunds will be given after the start of your second class meeting.. Please allow 10 working days to process your refund. To learn more about our Refund Policy, visit our FAQ page.

FAQ Quick Links:

Scholarships Available

Email youngconservatory@act-sf.org for more information about scholarships and financial aid.

All Students Welcome

Students of all abilities, racial identities, and gender identities are welcome and encouraged to sign up or audition for YC programs.

Sign Up Today!

 

Registration Deadline:
March 9, 2020

*Some exclusions may apply.





Schedule: March 17–May 9, 2020

Junior

Grades 3–5

 

DAY/TIME CLASS TUITION

Tue 4–6 p.m.

Musical Theater Workshop

$385

Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein

$385

By Arrangement

Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115 per hour

 

Middle School

Grades 6–8

 

DAY/TIME CLASS TUITION

Mon 1:30–4 p.m.

SOLD OUTMiddle School Actors Ensemble: Winter/Spring Project
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Tue 4–6 p.m.

Acting Workshop

$335

Tue 4–6:30 p.m.

SOLD OUTMiddle School Cabaret Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Wed 4–6 p.m.

Voice and Dialects

$335

Sat 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Musical Theater Workshop

$435

By Arrangement

Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115 per hour

 

High School

Grades 9–12

 

DAY/TIME CLASS TUITION

Tue 4–6:30 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Actors Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Sat 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Physicalizing a Character

$335

Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Cabaret Ensemble: Billy
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Sat 1:15–3:45 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Musical Ensemble: Roxie
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

Sat 1:15–3:45 p.m.

SOLD OUTHigh School Musical Ensemble: Velma
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575

By Arrangement

Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)

$115 per hour


 


Class Descriptions: March 17–May 9, 2020

Acting Funny: Improvisation and Physical Comedy (JR, MS)

What does it mean to be funny? We’ve rolled all of the gems of the comedic actor’s toolkit: improvisation, clowning, mime, commedia dell’arte, mask work, and physical character all into one class. Expect lots of physical and imaginative play that help young actors develop a playful spirit and learn how to delight an audience. This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

Acting Funny: Improvisation and Physical Comedy is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Acting Workshop and you would like to explore some other ways to create character
  • You’re especially fond of comedy in TV, film and theater and tend to do bits yourself, or make people laugh
  • You’d like to let go a little and discover/uncover your funny instincts, and laugh a lot

Acting Workshop (MS, HS)

This workshop is designed to give young actors a foundational knowledge of acting principles—including objective/obstacle/action, given circumstance, ensemble-building, physicality, text analysis, and emotional engagement. This workshop may include work with both improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes. Acting Workshop is a foundation for future study and is designed as a repeatable course. Students may choose to take it multiple times before moving on to more advanced Acting Workshops. A must for all serious young actors.

Acting Workshop is for you if:

  • You’re new to studying acting, new to the Young Conservatory, or you’re moving up an age level in the Young Conservatory
  • You’re looking for an experience to boost your confidence and explore creative ways of thinking and interacting with others
  • You have only been in plays but have never taken an acting class, and are looking to engage with “the building blocks” of acting

Acting Workshop II: Classical Monologues for Teens (HS)

Most college-level theater programs require a classical monologue for auditions, and often teens find themselves intimidated by the term “classical” if they haven’t had opportunities to explore it. In this workshop, students will build on the acting techniques introduced in Acting Workshop I and develop tools for decoding language, analyzing verse, and other useful and fun tactics to build confidence and authentically connect with these characters and plays.

It is recommended but not required that students who take Acting Workshop II: Classical Monologues for Teens to have taken a Voice and Diction or Voice and Dialects class in the past.

Acting Workshop II: Classical Monologues for Teens is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken Acting Workshop and are ready for a more advanced level class
  • You’re planning to audition for a college or advanced training program that requires a classical monologue as part of the admissions process
  • You want to grow your acting skills in script analysis techniques and bringing classical language to life in performance

Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein (JR)

In this workshop, actors will bring to life the iconic poems and stories by Shel Silverstein. Young actors will build on acting basics learned in Acting Workshop—such as objective, obstacle, physicality, improvisation, and diction—as well as explore costume and prop creation as they enter the world of the play. The course will build to a public studio performance for friends and family at 30 Grant Avenue.

It is recommended but not required that students who take Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein have also taken an improvisation or physical comedy class.

Acting Project: The Poems of Shel Silverstein is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken Acting Workshop and are ready for a more advanced level, performance-oriented class
  • You’re excited by adaptation and playwriting, and you want to use your voice, physicality, and imagination to create a short play
  • You’re ready to commit to a course which will ask you to do significant memorization of material outside of class time

Musical Theater Workshop (JR, MS)

This class introduces students to vocal production, rhythm, and movement, focusing on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

Musical Theater Workshop is a foundation for future study and is designed as a repeatable course. Students may choose to take it multiple times before moving on to more advanced Musical Theater Workshops.

Musical Theater Workshop is for you if:

  • You’re new to studying musical theater, new to the Young Conservatory, or you’re moving up an age level in the Young Conservatory
  • You enjoy singing and are looking for an experience to boost your confidence while performing
  • You are ready to learn light musical theater choreography and explore how to act a song

Musical Theater Project: The Universe of Steven Universe (JR)

In this project, actors will create a cabaret performance of songs from the hit Cartoon Network show, Steven Universe. This class builds on skills learned in Musical Theater Workshop, including vocal production, rhythm, movement, physicality, and character interpretation of the song. The course will conclude with a public studio performance for friends and family in our 30 Grant studios.

It is recommended but not required that students who take Musical Theater Project: The Universe of Steven Universe have also taken an improvisation or physical comedy class.

Musical Theater Project: The Universe of Steven Universe is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken Musical Theater Workshop and are ready for a more advanced level, performance-oriented class
  • You’re eager to learn how to use your voice and movement to portray the story of the song and the character singing it
  • You’re ready to commit to a course which will ask you to do significant practice of material, both songs and blocking, outside of class time

On-Camera Acting II: Auditioning for Commercials, TV, and Film (MS)

This course will focus on the intersection of audition technique and on-camera acting. Topics covered will include: slating or introducing yourself to camera, commercial auditions, auditioning with a side or scene, and self-submissions/self-taped auditions as well as audition etiquette and other audition materials and industry information related to auditioning.

On-Camera Acting II: Auditioning for Commercials, TV, and Film is for you if:

  • You’ve previously taken On-Camera Acting I and Acting Workshop I, and are ready for a more advanced level class
  • You’re looking for more specific experience with auditioning for on-camera projects
  • You’re ready to commit to a course which will ask you to do significant memorization of material outside of class time

Physicalizing a Character (HS)

In the actor’s toolkit the two elements most essential to good character communication are the actor’s voice and the actor’s body. These are also the two areas that need the most development in young actors. This class is designed to address the power of creating complete characters through physicalization, identifying obstacles, and working to overcome them. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work and strengthen overall performance, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation. A must for all serious young actors.

Physicalizing a Character is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Acting Workshop I and you would like to focus on how the actor uses their body to portray different characters and tell a story.
  • You feel trapped in your habits and would like to expand your physical vocabulary and strengthen your connection with and awareness of your own body.
  • You’re intrigued by and curious about theater that utilizes lots of movement and larger than life characters

     

Voice and Dialects (MS)

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand voice and speech techniques, as well as introduce the fundamentals of working on a dialect. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. Students will learn to develop an ear to distinguish dialect sounds, and work on one to two dialects in class. The class emphasizes finding and valuing the individual’s own vocal mechanism, and finding freedom of expression in another dialect. A must for all serious young actors who want to build confidence.

Voice and Dialects is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Acting Workshop I and you would like to explore how to use your voice to create character
  • You would like to enhance your public speaking skills onstage and off
  • You are excited by dialect work and want to learn how to portray characters from different regions
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