Spring Classes 2021—YC Online!

March 22–May 1

Spring classes meet 1–2 days per week at various times 
for 6 weeks. Master Classes meet 1, 2, or 3 days total.


Class Descriptions

Acting Funny (Junior, Middle School)

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 is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Acting Workshop I and you would like to explore 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


Junior Session
: Mondays & Thursdays from 4 p.m.–5:15 p.m. via Zoom

Middle School Session: Mondays & Thursdays from 4 p.m.–5:15 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285

Acting Workshop: Magical Worlds (Junior)–NEW!

Expand your acting toolbox with our Acting Workshop, with a special focus this session on material inspired by literature, screen adaptations and songs from a variety of magical worlds, including Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and more. Along the way, students will build a foundational knowledge of acting principles and explore improvisation, character work, and text performance. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character development through key tools including objective, obstacle, actions, physicality
  • Scene and monologue performance


Acting Workshop: Magical Worlds 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; and/or
  • You love exploring what it’s like to see the world from different perspectives; and/or
  • You’re curious about how actors approach their work and want to try something new; and/or
  • You’d like to explore your creative side while having fun and meeting new people!


Junior Session: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.–5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285

Musical Theater Workshop (Junior, Middle School)

Unleash your passion for musical theater within the comfort of your home in our Musical Theater Workshop. This intensive introduces students to meaningful song performance and combining voice and movement to create character. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamentals of singing such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal technique
  • Dance and improving confidence in movement abilities
  • Song interpretation and performance


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Junior Session: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.–5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Middle School Session: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.–5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.–1:15 p.m. via Zoom

High School Session: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $300 (Junior, Middle School)–$315 (High School)



Acting Workshop: Contemporary Scenes (Middle School)–NEW!

 

Expand your acting toolbox with our Acting Workshop: Contemporary Scenes, with a special focus this session on material from plays written since 2000. Along the way, students will build a foundational knowledge of acting principles and explore improvisation, character work, and text performance. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character development through key tools including objective, obstacle, actions, physicality
  • Scene and monologue performance


Middle School Session
: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.–5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285

On-Camera Acting Workshop (Middle School)

Interested in acting in film and television? Now’s your chance to get in front of the camera in the On-Camera Acting Workshop. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamental acting tools including objective, obstacle, actions, tactics, and point of view
  • Theatrical skills such as scene analysis, vocal production, and physical awareness
  • On-camera acting techniques versus stage techniques
  • Audition preparation and filming yourself
  • The business and industry of film, television, and commercial acting


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and filmed scenes. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Middle School Session: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.–5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.–1:15 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285

Acting Workshop (High School)

Mix up your routine and expand your acting toolbox with our Acting Workshop. Students will build a foundational knowledge of acting principles and explore improvisation, character work, and text performance. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character development through key tools including objective, obstacle, actions, physicality
  • Scene and monologue performance


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; and/or
  • You love exploring what it’s like to see the world from different perspectives; and/or
  • You’re curious about how actors approach their work and want to try something new; and/or
  • You’d like to explore your creative side while having fun and meeting new people!


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, monologues, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

High School Session: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $300

On-Camera Acting II: Audtioning for Commercials, TV & Film (High School)

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 & Film is for you if:

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


Session Dates
: Saturdays 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $250

Play Dates: Performance & Conversation Club (High School)–NEW!

No experience necessary! Becoming an actor doesn't just require training, it also includes SEEING a LOT of theater! Taking in productions sharpens your senses; the experience opens you up to the artistry of others to see what's possible and to gain a larger perspective of the theater art form.
The cohort of students in this new course will view three virtual productions over the course of six weeks, followed by a post-show reflection facilitated by a YC master artist along with an artist associated with the show you've just seen. You will have an opportunity to take a peek inside these productions, ask questions, and become more comfortable reflecting on your personal reactions to the performance. Curiosity and enthusiasm for theater are the only requirements to enroll in Play Dates and, for young actors, this is an excellent way to enhance your training while meeting like-minded peers. 

Session Dates: Thursday evenings within the March 25–April 29 time frame, specific dates TBD.

Tuition: $175 (includes all tickets, pre and post-show discussions and guest panelists)

Limited to 12 students

Master Classes (Junior, Middle School, High School)

Master Class: Auditioning with Confidence (Junior)—NEW!

Monologues are a must for every actor.  In this class, we will work on a monologue brought in by each student and  learn how to make choices that help the material shine and give you confidence in performance.  We will also explore the text through exercises to reveal the character’s subtext and all along the way, we will have fun! Prior experience in any acting class is recommended for this master class.

Session Date: Sunday, April 11 from 1–4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $75

Limited to 10 students

 

Master Class: Audition Workshop (Middle School)—NEW!

Take your monologue or song performance to the next level with this master class for young actors in middle school. Students will explore the full audition process, from walking in the room to introducing your piece(s) to performing and post-audition etiquette, in addition to acting techniques to make your material shine and give you confidence in your audition.

Session Date: Sunday, April 18 from 1–4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $75

Limited to 12 students

 

Master Class: Intro to Playwriting (Middle School)—NEW!

This master class will give aspiring young writers the opportunity to learn the art of dramatic writing for the stage. Writers will learn how to translate ideas from imagination to the page, learn the workings of dramatic form and structure, and begin to have an understanding and experience of what it takes to get a creative vision brought to life. No experience necessary!

Intro to Playwriting is for you if:

  • You’ve never written a play before, but are excited to pick up a pen and try something new; and/or
  • You love to write and are interested in seeing your ideas being brought to life on stage; and/or
  • You’re a young playwright who wants to start a new idea or workshop a draft in progress.


Session Dates
: 2 Saturdays—April 10th & 17th from 1:30–4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $125

 

Master Class: Advanced Acting Techniques: Meisner Focus (High School)—NEW!
with Joshua Waterstone

Sanford Meisner, founder of the “Meisner Technique” approach to actor training now commonly found in major professional actor training programs worldwide, defines acting as “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” This technique teaches actors how to “get out of their heads” and to learn to behave instinctively on stage. Led by Joshua Waterstone, students in this master class will learn action and reaction, the pinch and the ouch, and other techniques to connect an actor with the present moment on camera and onstage. This is an acting technique that can thrive in the webcam online environment, and while learning and practicing remotely we will be focused on being present and “working off” each other. We will apply the technique to text by the end of the course. This master class is recommended for students with previous acting experience, and is an excellent training addition for serious young actors. 

Session Dates: 3 Saturdays—April 10th, 17th, & 24th from 12–2 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $150

Limited to 12 students

 

Master Class: Musical Theater Audition (High School)–NEW!
with Broadway's Taylor Iman Jones 

Ms. Jones will work with each student on audition technique and song interpretation in this special one-day Master Class. 

Students may choose to register as a Participant or Observer. If a student registers as a Participant, they present a 32-bar audition cut, and receive one-on-one coaching to break down their song material and improve their audition cut. 

If a student registers as an Observer, they will watch the class and can participate in the Q&A discussions, which can include musical theater technique as well as Broadway and theater industry questions.

Session Date: Sunday, May 16, 1–4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: Participant: $90 Student participants must be ages 15–18 
              Observer: $50 Observers of all ages welcome.

Participant slots are limited.

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