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Fall Class Schedule

Sep 16–Nov 11

Sorry there is limited availability. For more information please call our team on 415.749.2228.

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September 16 – November 11*

*Some classes continue through November 18.

PLEASE NOTE:

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 student to progress to their fullest.

Full-length classes generally meet once a week for eight weeks during the above dates. One-day classes meet on a single designated date. Some class schedules may vary. Check exact dates and times in each class description.

The Make-Up Date for any full-length class is scheduled for the next weekly date following the originally scheduled final date of the given class. The Make-Up Date will only be used if the teacher cancels a regularly scheduled class date. Please hold this date in reserve.

To select the best class for your goals and experience level, please read the individual course descriptions carefully. Some classes have prerequisites.

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.* These policies are subject to change. Our standard withdrawal and refund policies apply.

Showing proof of vaccination is no longer required for Studio A.C.T. students. Masks are welcome but not required for all faculty and students while indoors at 30 Grant Avenue. This mask policy will be in effect when CDC COVID-19 Bay Area case levels are rated as "low." When levels are rated as "medium" or higher, masks will be required for all. CDC COVID-19 Regional Case Levels can be accessed at this link: COVID data tracker

*Some additional precautions may 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 specific COVID precautionary measures. We appreciate your participation in upholding our safety precautions.

For further information or 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

All full-length classes meet in person within the above dates. Exact schedules appear within the class description

Three Courses, Eight Classes each

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 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 have already taken Intro to Acting at Studio A.C.T. or have other introductory acting experience, and you 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.

MONDAYS

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11*

6:30–9:00 p.m.

*No class October 14; Make up day November 18 as needed

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 Actingat 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 Sequenceand are ready to start.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11*

6:30–9:00 p.m.

*No class October 14; Make up day November 18 as needed

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 two 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.

NEWLY REVISED MT1 CLASS! **

Eight Classes – Mondays – Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11*

6:30–9:30 p.m.

*No class October 14; Make up day November 18 as needed

This class is for students who want to explore musical theater for the very first time, as well as students who want to revisit their musical theater muscles after some time away from the genre. The class emphasizes storytelling through music and lyrics. A song in a musical often functions much like a monologue might in a play. How we sing the song from a technical standpoint is influenced by how we play the character. In this class, each student will explore a minimum of two contrasting songs, approaching the material as an actor might, conveying their character and intention through the music while attending to proper singing technique.

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 a while and you’d like to reboot.
  • You are interested in exploring musical theater as an actor would, using your singing to convey a character’s thoughts and emotions.

** NOTE – For our students who have regularly taken MT1 before, this newly revised class, facilitated by longtime A.C.T. faculty members Laura Wayth and Thaddeus Pinkston, addresses similar issues of acting through song. Rather than preparing material toward a final sharing for invited guests, emphasis is given toward each student's personal development of the skills and techniques actors rely on in musical theater. Voice Building for Singers, the class previously offered alongside MT1, is on hiatus this Fall Session but will return in Winter Session. Any former student of MT1 with questions, please feel free to contact us.

TUESDAYS

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Sept 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 12 as needed

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. 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 – Tuesdays – Sept 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5* 
6:30–8:30 p.m. | in person 
*Make up day November 12 as needed 
 
We’re happy to offer this popular class once again, in a new two-hour format. Activating Character helps students connect their voice and their body, to more truthfully activate and express the psychology and emotions of the variety of characters an actor might play. It’s about getting your own self-critical voice out of your head, and your character’s voice into your body, forging authentic and dynamic connections between yourself and your character. Through a variety of enlivening and rigorous exercises, students will learn to free their voice and breath, activate their full body, be open to the emotions that are kindled as a result, and channel the sometimes intense emotions that plays ask of us in a way that is both dramatically effective and personally healthy. 
 
Activating Character Through Voice and Body is for you if: 
  • You are an experienced actor looking for a solid voice and body workout. 
  • You are an actor with some experience who wishes to strengthen the connection between your voice and body. 
  • You have taken Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalent elsewhere, and wish to begin bringing a greater awareness of your voice and body to your acting. 

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Sept 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 12 as needed

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 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov 5*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 12 as needed

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.

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.

WEDNESDAYS

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

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 13 as needed

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 feedback, 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.

Six Classes – Wednesdays – Sept 18; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*No class Sept 25; Make up day November 6 as needed

This popular six-evening, upper-level class offers students who have already taken Acting 3 (or equivalent, see below) the opportunity to lean into more intensive scene study work. Students will dive deep into methods for collaborating effectively, analyzing a script, pursuing actions and intentions, and bringing greater truth, spontaneity, and detailed nuance to their acting. Acting 3.5 Scene Study Deep Dive requires memorization of two substantial scenes. 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 activities. Though not required, it is strongly recommended that students who register for Acting 3.5 Scene Study Deep Dive also register for a Studio A.C.T. Voice or Physical course.

Please note: Students enrolled in this class are encouraged to identify 2 to 3 scenes from their past experience they might wish to explore again in greater detail. Shortly before the first class we will contact students to request information about this and other aspects of their interests. The exact scenes students will work on will be determined collaboratively on the first day of class.

Acting 3.5 Scene Study Deep Dive is for you if:

  • You’ve already taken Acting 1, Acting 2, and Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalent elsewhere, and wish to move your exploration of acting toward more nuanced levels.
  • You are an intermediate or advanced acting student who wishes to bring greater truth and life to their acting.
  • You have a serious interest in exploring acting as a career, and wish to get a good intensive “workout” to hone your acting and script analysis muscles.

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

6:30–8:30 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 13 as needed

Want to move with greater confidence, strength, and freedom? This class approaches movement as a means of bold expression. Students will explore and expand their physical, spontaneous, and creative responsiveness. Drawing on a range of practices, from yoga, contemporary dance, and physical theater, this class will give students practical tools to empower themselves through movement.

Bold Movement is for you if:

  • You are someone who wishes to strengthen the creative connections between their mind and body.
  • You are someone who wants a creative physical workout that will strengthen both your body and your confidence.
  • You are an actor who wishes to expand their physical awareness and responsiveness.
  • You are a dancer or choreographer looking to expand the dramatic, theatrical aspects of your work.

THURSDAYS

Eight Classes – Thursday – Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 14 as needed

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 – Thursday – Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 14 as needed

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 feedback, 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.

THIS GREAT CLASS IS BACK!

Eight Classes – Thursday – Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

6:30–9:00 p.m.

*Make up day November 14 as needed

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. 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.

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.

Acting: Spanish/English Scene Study is for you if:

  • 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 bilingual theater are what you need!

 

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Actuación: Estudio de la Escena Espanol / Ingles

Ocho Clases – Jueves – Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov 7*

6:30-9:00 p.m.

* Se agregó el día 14 de Noviembre según sea necesario.

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. 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.

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.

Actuación: Estudio de la Escena Espanol / Ingles es para usted si:

  • 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!

SUNDAYS

FUN NEW CLASS!

Seven Classes – Sunday – Sept 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10*

1:00–3:30 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 17 as needed

This exciting new class will teach you the basics of improvisational theater through a lens of collective storytelling, using the classic tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, as a framework. Concepts, principles, and exercises in improvisational acting, theater, and storytelling will be applied toward creating original characters, which you will develop and explore in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign played over the course of the 7-week class. Character creation will include generating backstory, exploring motivations and intentions, embodiment, and physicalization. Dungeons & Dragons provides the sandbox in which to explore your character while developing practical improvisation and acting skills. The class is open to all experience levels, and no previous experience with Dungeons & Dragons is required.

Dungeons & Dragons Improv Workshop for Actors is for you if:

  • You are new to acting, improvising, or playwriting and want a fun way to explore your interests.
  • You have some experience with acting, improvising, or writing and want to develop your skills in a new way, outside of the usual theater and film scripts.
  • You enjoy board games or video games and want to try something live, on your feet, that asks you to embody your gaming skills in the playful ways an actor might.
  • You would like to learn the basics of Dungeons & Dragons, or continue building upon your previous D&D experience in a fun and physically active way!

Five Classes – Sunday – Sept 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27*

1:00–3:30 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 3 as needed

In this extended intensive, students will learn how to select audition monologues that are appropriate for a variety of theater audition situations. Over our time together, we will identify four audition monologues for you that contrast one another in genre, character, and time period. You will prepare at least two of these monologues for an audition context, receive feedback on those pieces, and have an opportunity to bring them back for a mock “callback.” We will also learn about audition etiquette around introducing oneself, what to wear, handling acting adjustments from directors and casting directors, et cetera. By supporting your audition experience with practical techniques, this class will help you to feel more at ease, and to have fun, in the often brisk and stressful audition process.

Extended Audition Intensive is for you if:

  • You have already taken both Acting 1 and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or equivalents elsewhere, and want to apply those skills to an audition context.
  • You are an actor who wants to feel more relaxed, centered, and confident when you audition.
  • You want to work up new audition material that will be useful to you in a variety of theater audition situations.
  • You want to gain techniques to help you feel more at ease when working quickly on callbacks and cold readings.
  • You want a chance to practice acting with confidence in the context of common audition scenarios.

Eight Classes – Sunday – Sept 22, 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10*

1:00–3:30 p.m. | in person

*Make up day November 17 as needed

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

All shorter classes meet in person. Exact days and times appear within the class description.

One class – Sunday – Sept 29
12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Actors are often called upon to use regional dialects, from classic and contemporary plays to television shows taking place in a range of international settings. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s resume, and, speaking in a new dialect is fun! This one-day class will introduce you to basic techniques for approaching dialect work, to help you sound like a local from anywhere in the English-speaking 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.

Intro to Dialects is for you if:

  • You are an actor who is relatively new to dialect work and wants an introduction to practices for picking up new dialects.
  • You are an actor with past experience working with dialects, but it’s been a while and you want to refine your ear and your process for learning dialects.
  • You are a person interested in how voice and speech reflect a given person’s cultural and regional background.

One class – Sunday – Oct 6

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This one-day class explores how physical staging works alongside dialogue to convey character psychology and a play’s story and themes. Relationships between characters are expressed by how they stand in relation to one another. The timing of when actors move and are still reveals subtext and intention. The smallest gesture sometimes reveals as much, or more, than the longest monologue. In this sense, staging is a form of dramatic writing. What we see impacts what we hear, and vice versa. In this class we will work both at the table and on our feet to explore practical means of devising dynamic, impactful staging that expresses psychology and story.

Please Note: Students should come dressed comfortably for movement, and with a notebook and writing utensil.

Directing: Staging as Storytelling is for you if:      

  • You are an actor, director, or playwright interested in how staging can contribute to storytelling in theater.
  • You are curious about the relationship between a director’s homework and work done in the room with actors, and how to strike an effective, collaborative balance between planning and spontaneity when staging a play.
  • You are interested in collaborative ways to rehearse that allow actors, directors, and playwrights to work together to create a unified staging for a production.

One class – Sunday – Oct 20

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This one-day introductory class, open to all experience levels, is a fun opportunity to explore your innate ability to play. Studying improvisation techniques helps actors to free their creative imagination, build self-confidence when going “off script,” and can even support their ability to develop characters in other theater or film acting situations. Improv techniques offer skills to support spontaneity in responding in the moment in a truthful, playful way. Sometimes silly, sometimes outrageous, Improv training inspires actors to think outside the box.

This one-day Intro to Improv for Actors workshop is for you if:

  • You are an actor or other performers curious about Improv, but have felt intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea of leaping in.
  • You studied Improv a long time ago and want a refresher.
  • You’re shy and are looking for an experience to help you feel more comfortable with your playful side.
  • You believe you’re “not that creative,” and wish to be proven otherwise!

One class – Sunday – Nov 3

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Our individual identity affects our day-to-day interactions. Whether through internal social conditioning or external biases and prejudices, we are physically, emotionally, and mentally impacted by how we are perceived in the world. Through brave open discussion and liberation exercises, this one-day workshop focuses on understanding the dynamics of how we, as People of Color, function in the world. Questions that will be explored include: What makes a specific skin-experience unique for an individual artist? How do interactions influenced by race affect the training for actors—in the power dynamic between instructor and students, the selection of material, the acknowledgment/ignorance of culture differences? Through this class we will build an understanding of our identities and how to utilize them to disrupt or work with our artistry and our industry, which is currently rooted in White ideologies.

Acting Beyond Marginalization is for you if:

  • You are an actor of any experience level who identifies as a Person of Color.
  • You are interested in exploring how your racial identity engages with your acting, your actor training, and your artistic process.
  • You want to gain tools to engage with microaggressions from colleagues in an artistic process in White dominated environments.
  • You want to engage with other artists of color to find your voice and expression outside of a White gaze.

One day – Wednesday – Nov 6
6:30–9:30 p.m.

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 class, previously offered online but now in person, students and actors of all levels 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.

Your Acting Career Workshop is for you if:

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

One Classes – Sunday – Nov 10
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Want to move with greater confidence, strength, and freedom? This one-day introductory offering of our popular full-length Bold Movement class approaches movement as a means of bold expression. Students will explore their physical, spontaneous, and creative responsiveness. Drawing on a range of practices, from yoga, contemporary dance, and physical theater, this class will introduce students to practical tools to empower themselves through movement.

Intro to Bold Movement is for you if:

  • You are someone who wishes to strengthen the creative connections between their mind and body.
  • You want a creative physical workout that will strengthen your body and your confidence.
  • You are an actor who wishes to expand their physical awareness and responsiveness.
  • You are a dancer or choreographer looking to expand the dramatic, theatrical aspects of your work.