Winter Session 2020: January 7–February 29

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.
  • All Musical Theater classes will be directed by a Musical Theater professional and a full-time accompanist.
  • 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.
  • Refund requests must be made before the start of your second class. Please allow 10 working days to process your refund.
     

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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.

Registration Now Open!


Register by December 15 
to save 10% off classes*

Registration Deadline:
December 31, 2019

*Subject to change



Questions?

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



Schedule: January 7–February 29

 

DAY & TIME COURSE TUITION  

 

Junior

(Grades 3–5)

Tue 4–6 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop

$385      
Wed 4–6 p.m.
Acting Workshop

$335
Thu 4–6 p.m. Dynamic Movement for Actors
 
$335
Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Improvisation (No class 2/8)

$300
Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
 
Musical Theater Workshop: Disney on Broadway
 
$340
 
Sat 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Acting Workshop: The World of Harry Potter—Junior & Middle School (No class 2/8)
 
$385
 
By Arrangement Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)
 
$115

 

Middle School

(Grades 6–8)

   
Mon 4–6:30 p.m.
NEW!Middle School Actors Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)
 
$575
Tue 4–6 p.m.
 
Acting Workshop
 
$335

Tue 4–6:30 p.m.
Cabaret Ensemble
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575      
Wed 4–6 p.m. Voice & Dialect
 
$335
Wed 4–6 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop: Dance—Middle School & High School
 
$335
Thu 4–6 p.m.
On-Camera Acting
 
$385
Sat 10-12:30 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop (No class 2/8)
 
$385
Sat 1–3 p.m.
Improvisation & Physical Character (No class 2/8)
 
$300
Sat 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Acting Workshop: The World of Harry Potter—Junior & Middle School (No class 2/8)
 
$385
 
By Arrangement Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)
 
$115

 

High School

(Grades 9–12)

     
Tue 4–6:30 p.m.
High School Actors Ensemble Winter/Spring Project
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)

$575
Wed 4–6 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop: Dance—Middle School & High School

$335
Thu 4–6:30 p.m.
Musical Theater Workshop: Broadway Today

$435
Sat 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
 
Acting Workshop: Audition Technique (No class 2/8)
 
$365
 
Sat 10:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. SOLD OUTCabaret Ensemble - Billy (No class 2/8)
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)
 
 
Sat 1–3 p.m.
 
Physical Character (No class 2/8)
 
$300
 
Sat 1:30–4 p.m.
 
Acting Workshop (No class 2/8)
 
$365
 
Sat 1:15–3:45 p.m.
 
SOLD OUTMusical Ensemble - Roxie (No class 2/8)
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)
 
$575
 
Sat 1:15–3:45 p.m. SOLD OUTMusical Ensemble - Velma (No class 2/8)
(by audition—see Performance Opportunities page for more info)
 
$575
By Arrangement Private Coaching
(Individually Scheduled—see Private Coaching page for more info)
 
$115

 


Course Descriptions

Acting Workshop (JR, 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.  Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate fully in all games and exercises. This course is a foundation for future study and all levels may be repeated.

Acting Workshop: Audition Technique (HS)

This course offers a guide to entering the professional world of acting. In addition to covering the basics of auditioning—from preparing a dynamic presentation of contrasting monologues to compiling photos and resumes and becoming comfortable in a variety of audition settings—this class will explore professionalism, rehearsal decorum, cold readings, prepared readings, and how to develop techniques to sustain your place in a competitive arts world.

Acting Workshop: The World of Harry Potter (JR, MS)

This workshop for students grades 3–8 will feature original scenes and monologues inspired by characters in the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Young actors will learn acting basics such as objective, obstacle, physicality, improvisation, diction as well as playwriting, costume and prop creation as they enter their world of the play. The course will build to a public studio performance for friends and family in our 30 Grant Studios.

Dynamic Movement for Actors (JR)

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 physical character, identifying obstacles, and working to overcome them. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation. A must for all serious young actors.

Improvisation (JR)

Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence in auditions, and deepening emotional connection. Class will also include imaginative and physical character creation. Exercises focus on spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice. This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

Improvisation & Physical Character (MS)

This class is designed to address the power of creating complete characters through physicalization and improvisation. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work and free their imagination, including mime, clowning, masks, and commedia dell’arte. A must for all serious young actors.

Musical Theater Workshop

This class introduces students to meaningful song performance. Students will explore vocal production, rhythm, lyric and music interpretation, phrasing, 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. These courses are a foundation for future study and all levels may be repeated.

Musical Theater Workshop: Broadway Today (HS)

This specialty musical theater class focuses on the productions currently on Broadway. From Hamilton to Dear Evan Hansen, students will use songs from contemporary musicals to explore vocal production, rhythm, lyric and music interpretation, phrasing, and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session will conclude with a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers.

Musical Theater Workshop: Disney on Broadway (JR)

This specialty class explores musical theater performance through the music of Disney. Students are introduced 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 builds to a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from Disney on Broadway Musicals.  

Musical Theater Workshop: Dance—Middle School & High School (Grades 6–12)

In this course, students will practice both learning and generating basic movement sequences, with an emphasis on building basic musical theater dance vocabulary and exploring dance through character. Objectives include practicing character embodiment, developing a choreographic eye, and improving and gaining confidence in movement abilities. The Musical Theater Dance Class will stage three musical theater numbers for the open class performance. Students are not expected to sing and beginning movers are welcome! Led by Meredith Charlson, who recently choreographed the YC production of Into the Woods in summer 2019.

On-Camera Acting Workshop (MS)

Through simple scenes and exercises, this introductory exploration of acting for the camera will review the fundamentals of acting, provide opportunities to practice techniques needed when acting for camera, and give an overview of the industry of film, television, and commercial acting. Students will be on camera each week, with opportunity to view and discuss their work.

Physical 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, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation. A “must” for all serious young actors.

Voice and Dialect (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 wonderful class to expand a young actor’s experience and to build confidence onstage and off.

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