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Fall Class Schedule

Sep 12–Nov 7

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Sep 12 – Nov 7*

*Some classes continue through Nov 14.

PLEASE NOTE: All times listed reflect Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Studio A.C.T. classes are divided into Intro courses for people new to the given subject, and repeatable courses providing an experience that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.

Full-length classes meet once a week for eight weeks during the above dates. Shorter classes meet on a single day. Check exact dates in each class description.

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

Three Courses, Eight Classes each

Offered both online and in person.
Designed to be taken either individually, in succession, and/or repeatedly.

Acting 1Acting 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. 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.”

Refer to each class’s individual description for further details, including scheduling, tuition, and this session’s faculty.

The Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence is for you if:

  • You already have some introductory 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.

ONLINE CLASSES

These classes meet online during the above dates. Exact schedules appear within the class description.

FULL-LENGTH CLASSES | ONLINE

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | online

*No class Oct 10

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.

Eight Classes – Wednesdays – Sept 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2

6:30–9:00 p.m. | online

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. Preparing 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.

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1

6:30–9:00 p.m. | online

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!

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1

6:30–7:30 p.m. | online

This online course is suitable for students of all levels. Beginning students will discover their best singing voice, and more experienced singers will gain an opportunity to thoroughly exercise their vocal muscles. Through group work utilizing the Garcia-Marchesi vocal tradition, all students will build their breath support, extend their vocal range, blend resonance areas, and increase their quality of tone and volume. Students will also learn techniques to help protect their voices when they sing. Voice Building is a course that may be taken as frequently as desired, and many students return often throughout the year. Students regularly pair this course with Musical Theater 1—Performance Technique, scheduled later the same evening.

Note – An in-person version of this course is offered on Mondays.

Voice Building for Singers online 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.
  • You wish to exercise your singing voice in the comfort of your own home.

SHORTER CLASSES | ONLINE

One day – Sunday – Oct 16
1:00–4:00 p.m. | online

What’s the difference between an agent and a casting director? Do I need to join a union? What information goes on an actor’s resume? How do I spot a casting scam? In this one-day online class for students of all levels, actors will learn about the tools an actor needs to look for work, gain an understanding of the casting process for stage and on-camera work, and identify a unique action item for the next step in their acting career. Everyone will leave the class with a list of resources for further exploration.

Students who take this class are encouraged to pair it with Acting Industry & Media Workshop facilitated by Chauntee’ Schuler Irving on October 30.

Your Acting Career Workshop is for you if: 

  • You want to have a professional resume that meets industry standards for theater and film casting
  • You want to create effective relationships with agents and casting directors
  • You have questions about acting as a business

One day – Sunday – Oct 23

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | online 

This one-day class introduces you to the basic fundamentals of acting on camera, using short scenes drawn from existing film and television scripts. Participants will explore the principles of truthful on-camera acting and learn practical techniques particular to acting on camera versus onstage.

Students who take this class are encouraged to pair it with Acting Industry & Media Workshop facilitated by Chauntee’ Schuler Irving on October 30.

This one-day Intro to On-Camera Acting class is for you if:

  • You’ve already taken Intro to ActingActing 1, and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere.
  • 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 introduce yourself to 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. 

One day – Sunday – Oct 30

1:00–5:00 p.m. | online

In this one-day workshop, actors are empowered with essential skills and career-launching tools designed for professional self-marketing and promotion. Participants are guided in the creation and preparation of online media content for use in promotional and job-seeking efforts. The workshop includes application of skills related to the professional audition and promotional process, such as virtual auditions, social media, online casting platforms, and personal websites.

Students who take this class are encouraged to pair it with Your Acting Career Workshop facilitated by Valerie Weak on October 16, and/or Intro to On-Camera Acting facilitated by Liz Anderson on October 23.

Acting Industry & Media Workshop is for you if:

  • You are an actor with little to no experience using online media to promote yourself.
  • You are a working actor who wants to strengthen your confidence in self-promotion, through media and otherwise.
  • You are a theater educator who would like to better prepare your students for using media toward self-promotion, self-taped auditions, and/or college admissions.

IN-PERSON CLASSES 

These classes meet in person during the above dates. Exact schedules appear within the class description.

All Fall Session in-person classes will be held at 30 Grant Avenue in San Francisco.  

The 30 Grant Avenue facility features spacious studios with an air circulation system that is up to code with regard to COVID-19 safety.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all faculty and students, Studio A.C.T. will adhere to the most updated safety precautions recommended by San Francisco, county and state guidance in effect at the time of classes.*

*Some additional precautions apply in consideration of the wide range of students, staff, and artists using our facilities, including young children, adults of every age, and professional artists whose unions maintain strict COVID precautionary measures. We appreciate your participation in upholding our safety precautions.

A.C.T. requires all faculty, students, and staff to either (a) establish that they have been fully vaccinated; or (b) obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation due to a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.

All faculty, students, and staff are required to wear N95/KN95/KN94 masks when indoors at 30 Grant Avenue. Some exceptions apply under specific performance situations.

For further information about proof of vaccination requirements, the process for seeking an exemption accommodation, or any other specific questions about Studio A.C.T. in-person classes with regard to COVID-19 precautions, please email us at studio@act-sf.org

FULL-LENGTH CLASSES | IN PERSON

MONDAYS

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*No class Oct 10

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 prepare 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 intensive 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., or their equivalent elsewhere, 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.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7, 14*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*No class Oct 10

Acting in and auditioning for commercials, film, and TV requires actors to improvise on their feet, respond quickly and truthfully to the given circumstances of dialogue and environment, and to possess an awareness of how best to work within a camera’s frame. This comprehensive class will give students greater confidence acting in front of a camera by empowering them through direct experience with on-camera auditions and performances. Techniques for quick memorization, relaxation under stress, effective audition and cold reading strategies, basic improv techniques related to on-camera acting, and methods for quickly honing in on the emotional truth of a scene, will all be explored. Strategies for self-marketing and career development will also be touched on. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all exercises and homework assignments. This class is open to all levels, though material and assignments may vary depending on experience and skill level.

Acting: On Camera is for you if:

  • You’re an actor with a prior introduction to on-camera acting, and are looking for more specific experience in the area of acting and auditioning for commercials, TV, Film, and Corporate Industrials.
  • You have already taken both Acting 1 and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere, and wish to expand your acting into the area of screen media.
  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward developing an on-camera career or otherwise.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

6:30–7:25 p.m. | in person

*No class Oct 10

This in-person course is suitable for students of all levels. Beginning students will discover their best singing voice, and more experienced singers will gain an opportunity to thoroughly exercise their vocal muscles. Through group work utilizing the Garcia-Marchesi vocal tradition, all students will build their breath support, extend their vocal range, blend resonance areas, and increase their quality of tone and volume. Students will also learn techniques to help protect their voices when they sing. Voice Building is a course that may be taken as frequently as desired, and many students return often throughout the year. Students regularly pair this course with Musical Theater 1—Performance Technique, scheduled later the same evening.

Note – An online version of this course is offered on Tuesdays.

Voice Building for Singers in-person 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.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

7:30–10:00 p.m. | in person

*No class Oct 10 

This course is for students who want to explore musical theater, cabaret, and/or jazz singing for the very first time, as well as students who want to revisit their musical theater muscles. The course addresses proper vocal and breath techniques, storytelling through music and lyrics, and how to build a repertoire book appropriate for your casting. You will learn how to perform and project in a variety of performance venues. The class examines the history and business aspects of the world of cabaret, jazz, and musical theater industries. Each student prepares a mini solo cabaret concert for invited guests on the final night of class. Students regularly pair this course with Voice Building for Singers, a group vocal training course scheduled earlier the same evening. 

Please note: In order to provide students with the best possible experience, shortly before the first class we will contact them to request some basic information about their past musical theater experience, what they understand of their vocal range, and any ideas they may already have for song selection. 

Musical Theater 1—Performance Technique is for you if:

  • You are new to musical theater and wish to begin your exploration 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 exploring jazz or musical theater material in a solo concert format.

TUESDAYS

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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. Students 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. Meisner Technique is one of the most popular, effective, and widely used acting techniques in America over the past century.

Acting: Meisner Technique is for you if:

  • You have taken some acting classes before, such as Acting 2or 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.
  • You have had an introductory experience to Meisner Technique already, and wish to enrich your understanding of technique in practice.

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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 other Studio A.C.T. courses.

Alexander Technique is for you if:

  • 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.
  • 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 a while and you wish to reconnect. 
  • You have substantial experience with Alexander and are hungry for a workout.

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Sept 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

Actors are frequently 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. It is also a useful means toward understanding language in action. 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. Memorizing and performing short scenes is required, and some preparatory work outside of class should be expected. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all exercises.

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 a while 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.

WEDNESDAYS

Eight Classes – Wednesdays – Sept 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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.

Eight Classes – Wednesdays – Sept 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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. Preparing 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.

THURSDAYS

Eight Classes – Thursdays – Sept 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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. Preparing 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.

Eight Classes – Thursdays – Sept 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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!

Eight Classes – Thursdays – Sept 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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. This repeatable course is open to students of all experience levels and is designed to accommodate each student at their individual level of experience. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course also take Alexander Technique or pair it with Dialects.

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.

SUNDAYS

Eight Classes – Sundays – Sept 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6

1:00–3:30 p.m. | in person

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.

Eight Classes – Sundays – Sept 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6

1:00–3:30 p.m. | in person

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!

SHORTER CLASSES | IN PERSON

One class – Sunday – Sept 25

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | in person 

In this daylong workshop we will approach analyzing a script from the actor’s perspective. Working primarily at the table and reading aloud, we’ll explore practices for quickly analyzing plot, character, and style to better inform our acting choices. Actors have been described as “acrobats of the heart,” emphasizing physicality and emotion. Coordinating movement and feelings with an intellectual engagement and understanding of the script is essential toward making active, insightful, dynamic, and truthful choices that together tell the stories of the characters we play.

Note – The exact play we will focus on is TBD based on enrollment. We may also focus on scenes or a single act from a play or plays. Students will be emailed the material approximately one week in advance, so as to have read it prior to the first day of class. Hard copies of the material will then be provided on the first day.

Acting: Intro to Analyzing The Script is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career, as a passionate interest, or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken Acting 2 or Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalent elsewhere, and wish to continue advancing your acting skills.
  • You wish to explore acting with an emphasis on practical, real-world approaches to script and character analysis.

One class – Sunday – Oct 2

1:00 to 4:30 p.m. | in person 

This one-day workshop is about how to write without a preconceived notion of what you’re going to write about and instead, letting your subconscious mind lead you towards something greater, bigger, more interesting, and more complex than your conscious mind could conjure. We will go through several techniques for generating new material that students can try together in the room and then take with them into their own writing practice. These techniques go beyond the usual “writing prompts.” Students will be able to use these techniques on material they’ve already started, which may have a predetermined subject and plot, and which they want to shake up, or to help them write something entirely new. We will also discuss revision strategies, how to take raw material and edit/shape it into something with structure, themes, and throughlines.

Playwriting—Techniques For Writing Into The Unknown, is for you if:

  • You have written a play or plays before, whether they have been produced or not.
  • You wish to gain practical insights into creating unusual storytelling structures that will surprise and compel you and your audience alike.
  • You feel stuck in traditional or otherwise familiar playwriting practices, and want help shaking yourself loose.

One class – Sunday – Oct 23

1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | in person

Ready to roll with the punches in-person again? This one-day class will introduce you to fundamental techniques for creating the illusion of violence onstage that is both safe and convincing. Emphasizing safety, storytelling, and partnering, this class will explore the most commonly used unarmed combat techniques, including fighting with found objects and comedic violence. Actors whose résumés include stage combat techniques have an advantage when auditioning for productions involving theatrical violence. Also, stage combat is fun! 

Intro to Unarmed Stage Combat class is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand your stage combat skill set.
  • You are a person who is notan actor but wishes to explore a fun, creative, and empowering mind-body practice.
  • You enjoy combining physical and intellectual challenges in creative ways.
  • You are an actor who wishes to enhance your résumé with unarmed stage combat.

One class – Sunday – Oct 30

1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | in person

This is a one-day, in-person introduction to the emerging field of Intimacy Direction—a seismic shift in the way the theater, film, and television industries have functioned for decades. In this class, we will dive into the foundational techniques and principles of Intimacy Direction with a focus on the needs and practices of actors. Students will learn practical collaborative methods for working with fellow actors on intimate dramatic moments on stage, in ways that prioritize the actors’ mutual safety while also allowing for collaboration and more intricate storytelling. Though emphasizing the work of actors, this introductory class is also open to directors, choreographers, stage managers, or anyone else who finds themselves in the rehearsal room.

Intro to Intimacy Direction for Actors class is for you if:

  • You are an actor or other theater artist curious about the field of Intimacy Direction.
  • You are an actor or other 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.