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Fall Session Schedule

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Fall Session: Sept 13–Nov 7

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

No classes offered online will be converted to in-person, nor visa-versa. 

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. 

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

 

Online Classes

These classes meet online once a week for eight weeks during the above dates

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 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, derived from the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski. 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 or beginning 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.

MONDAYS   |   ONLINE

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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 rehearse 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 advanced 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.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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. Issues related to self-taping, Zoom, and recording at home for booked work will be addressed. 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 Focus: Acting & Audition for the Camera is for you if:

  • You are an actor 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.

7:30–10:00 p.m.

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

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.

6:30–7:25 p.m.

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

This 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 3–Cabaret Performance, scheduled later the same evening.

Voice Building for Singers 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.

TUESDAYS   |   ONLINE

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

Many of us unconsciously follow traditional rules of playwriting as we write. In this class, we’ll explore how great plays often break well-established rules. Through in-class writing exercises, discussions of exciting contemporary plays, and group feedback sessions on students’ writing, we’ll explore rule-making and rule-breaking in process (how we write), form (how we structure our plays), and content (what we write about). Students will expand their awareness of the choices available to them while writing plays, and leave this class having written material that feels alive on the page and on the stage.

Playwriting—Rewriting the Rules 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 your audience.
  • You feel stuck in traditional or otherwise familiar modes of storytelling in your plays, and want help shaking yourself loose.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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.

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   |   ONLINE

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

Shakespeare’s plays include outrageous comedies, frightening tragedies, and rollercoaster adventure tales. His ability to express dynamic characters and keen psychological insights through poetic language are unparalleled. Through active work on sonnets, soliloquies, and short scenes, you will acquire a practical understanding of Shakespeare’s language, including a fundamental understanding of scansion, Shakespearean text analysis, and how to activate poetic language in performance. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course pair it with Voice & Speech Workout or Alexander Technique, offering a complement to the active verbal demands of Shakespeare’s language. 

Acting Focus: Shakespeare is for you if: 

  • You’ve taken Acting 2 or Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to continue advancing your acting skills into classical plays.
  • You’re curious about Shakespeare, have read some Shakespeare, maybe even acted in one of the plays before, and would like to get more familiar with the principles of bringing his language to life in performance.
  • You wish to move your exploration of acting toward more advanced levels via the challenges particular to Shakespeare’s incredible characters and stories.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of acting on camera, using short scenes drawn from existing film and television scripts. Participants will explore the basic principles of truthful on-camera acting and learn practical techniques particular to acting on camera versus onstage, as well as gaining an introductory understanding of the film and television industry. Homework includes memorization of assigned short scenes.

Intro to On-Camera Acting is for you if:

  • 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 explore 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. 
  • You’ve already takenIntro to Acting, Acting 1, and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere.

THURSDAYS   |   ONLINE

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes – Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4 

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. Rehearsing 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.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes – Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4 

Actors are often called upon to use regional dialects by a variety of plays and films, from Shakespeare to contemporary television dramas taking place in past or current eras. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s resume. This comprehensive introductory dialects course will help you learn how to 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 to get a few dialects under your belt and learn practices for picking up new dialects in the future
  • You are an actor with past experience working with dialects, but it’s been awhile and you want to refine your sense for dialects and your process for learning them.
  • You are a person interested in how voice and speech reflect a given person’s cultural and regional background.

SUNDAYS   |   ONLINE

1:00–3:30 p.m.

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

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.

1:00–3:30 p.m.

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

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!

ONE-DAY CLASSES   |   ONLINE

Sunday October 3, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | One-day online class led by Peter J. Kuo

It’s live. It’s theater. It’s video. It’s onli—Oh! It’s in-person again! The coming “new normal” will be an evolving negotiation between online and in-person creativity. This one-day class will to help you navigate the gradual return to in-person performance, taking with you lessons learned while making work online this past year. Excel in your creative use of digital online techniques and content in live in-person performance, and vice versa. Build on your existing skills from both your live online and live in-person theater work. We will soon be able to gather again in groups as we once did. But no doubt there will be new challenges. How can we can use what we’ve learned from the past year to tell stories and make theatre in the new hybrid normal? Yet another new artform awaits us! Explore how to cross this bridge and continue to engage your audiences. Enroll now: Kuo’s workshops have been selling out regularly in presentations hosted by theaters and organizations across the country.

NOTE – students must have access to a consistent internet connection and be prepared to work with their camera on.

Bridging Live Video & In-Person Theater is for you if:

  • You are a writer, director, designer, and/or performer who has been making work online this past year and are interested in exploring what you might take with you as you return to the new in-person theater.
  • You are interested in live theater, live online performance, or both, and wish to explore how the two relate in terms of their creative processes.
  • You are a theater artist interested in putting common, contemporary technologies and software to use toward making stronger, more dynamic, and exciting dramaturgical and storytelling choices in both your online and in-person work.

Sunday October 17, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | One-day online class led by Mark Rafael

With a goal to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” this advanced one-day class challenges students to move more deeply into their acting instrument and craft through the use of instincts and emotional impulses. Utilizing a compassionate approach, actors will be introduced to improvisational exercises developed by Sanford Meisner, designed to hone focus, deepen engagement, and facilitate total engagement with the “reality of doing.” Actors will gain tools 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.

This one-day Intro to Meisner Technique class 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 introduce yourself to 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 are curious about Meisner Technique and want a concise introduction to try it out.

Sunday, Nov 7, 1–5 p.m. | One-day online class led by Chauntee’ Schuler Irving

Actors are increasingly asked by theater and film producers to submit self-taped video auditions. This master class is a fast-paced, one-day course designed to equip today’s actor with the essential skill of self-taping for auditions. The course will cover current industry standards for self-tapes, practical tools for integrating the technical demands of taping along with acting craft, as well as hands-on methods to approaching camera work. The curriculum will prepare students from diverse camera acting backgrounds with the knowledge and resources to immediately begin producing effective self-tapes for the acting business. If possible, students should come prepared to use a smartphone for video recording in addition to a laptop. This master class fills up quickly every session. Enroll now!

Self-Taped Audition is for you if:

  • You are an actor with little to no experience self-taping for auditions
  • You are a working actor who wants to strengthen the quality of your self-taped auditions
  • You are a theater educator who would like to prepare your students for self-taped auditions and/or college admissions.

In-Person Classes

These classes meet in-person once a week for eight weeks during the above dates

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

The 30 Grant Avenue facility features spacious work rooms 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.

If you have specific questions about Studio A.C.T. in-person classes with regard to COVID-19 precautions, please email us at studio@act-sf.org

PLEASE NOTE: We are very excited to once again offer in-person classes. We understand they will be taking place under unusual circumstances. If when the time comes it is evident that meeting in-person will not be safe despite precautions being taken, we will elect to cancel any given class and issue students a full refund (no in-person class will be converted to online). It is our dear hope to be able to work with you in person once again!

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 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, derived from the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski. 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 or beginning 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.

MONDAYS    |   IN-PERSON

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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 rehearse 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 advanced 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.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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 Focus: 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.

TUESDAYS    |   IN-PERSON

7:00–9:00 p.m.

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

This very popular course helps students connect their voice to their body, in order 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 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, participants will learn to free their voice and breath, activate their entire body, be open to the emotions that are kindled in us as a result, and channel the intense emotions that plays often 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 have taken Acting 1or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalent elsewhere, and wish to bring a greater awareness of your voice and body to your acting.
  • 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.

7:00–9:00 p.m.

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

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 Studio A.C.T. courses.

Alexander Technique is for you if:

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

WEDNESDAYS    |   IN-PERSON

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

What is “performance making”? It can mean making theater, dance, dance-theater, performance art, performances installed in art museums, site-specific work, multi-media, or music-based . . . so many possibilities! Perhaps the one uniting factor is that it doesn’t begin with a single playwright writing in isolation, who must then hope for a theater to produce their play. Performance Makers work together from who they are, not who an existing system might wish them to be. Performance Makers create their own rules, aesthetics, and opportunities, often frankensteining different art forms together to create exciting and compelling new experiences for audiences. In this introductory class, we will first dive into techniques for making work quickly from our own sensibilities. Then we’ll explore existing influential Performance Makers who have and continue to change international performance. Finally, we’ll play with a variety of techniques for making original performance work collaboratively, negotiating group creativity with democratic flexibility.

Intro to Performance Making is for you if:

  • You are an actor, dancer, playwright, director, drag performer, musician—you name it—interested in an introduction to creating hybrid forms of performance.
  • You are curious about mixing various performance forms, and how bringing different art forms together can help bring different people together. 
  • You are interested in collaborative ways of making original work based on who is in the room, rather than fitting who is in the room into any prefab process.
  • You want tools to help forge your own unique process for making work, yet recognize none of us make art in a vacuum—we can learn from both performance history and the people standing in the room with us.

THURSDAYS    |   IN-PERSON

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes – Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4 

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. Rehearsing 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.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes – Sept 16, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11 

Note – There is no class Sept 23; final class is Nov 11.

Ready to roll with the punches in-person again? This 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 explores 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!

Unarmed Stage Combat is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand your stage combat skill set.
  • You are a person who is not an 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.

SUNDAYS    |   IN-PERSON

1:00–3:30 p.m.

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

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!

ONE-DAY CLASSES    |   IN-PERSON

Sunday September 26, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | One-day in-person class led by Margo Hall

Conveying truly authentic emotion in performance can be among the most daunting aspects of acting. Often the characters we play are grappling with emotional circumstances that people grapple with in life. Playing these characters truthfully is a way to respect and to honor these real-life emotional experiences. If not done with care, it can also take a toll on the actor. When playing emotionally vulnerable characters, how can we access our own true emotions, share them on stage repeatedly each week or get there quickly when working in film, in a way that is healthy and sustainable? In this one-day class with legendary Bay Area actor, director, teacher, and artistic director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Margo Hall, students will learn practical techniques for accessing their own inherent emotional power in order to craft truthful performances. Every actor is a human being with a wealth of stories inside, from both their personal experiences and the ancestors they carry with them. Margo Hall—known for her powerful stage and film performances, her fierce intelligence and wit, and her commitment to truth—creates a supportive environment for actors to tap into their true selves and so also the truth of the characters they play.

Please Note: For this one-day, in-person class, students should come prepared with a fully memorized monologue that they are passionate to speak, yet find emotionally challenging. For the best experience, it is important the monologue be fully and fluently memorized.

Acting: Tapping Into The Power of Emotional Truth is for you if:

  • You wish to develop practical tools for accessing truthful emotion in performance that are repeatable, dependable, and emotionally safe for you personally.
  • You want your performances of emotionally vulnerable characters to honor the real-life experiences they depict by handling them utterly truthfully.
  • You’ve taken Acting 2 or Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to continue advancing your acting skills in the area of truthful emotion.

Sunday October 10, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. | One-day in-person class led by Fumi Sasa

This one-day, in-person class is open to actors, dancers, and performers of all experience levels. The Alexander Technique addresses 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.

Please Note: For this one-day, in-person class, students should come prepared with a fully memorized monologue or movement piece, to which the Alexander Technique will be applied in class. Given COVID-19 related restrictions related to public spaces, please do not bring songs to sing.

This one-day, in-person Alexander Technique class is for you if:

  • 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 an in-person workout. 
  • 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.

Sunday October 24, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | One-day in-person class led by A.C.T. MFA core faculty member, Lisa Anne Porter

This very popular annual master class returns! Getting ready to apply to graduate school acting programs? Get insider tips from this special master class with Lisa Anne Porter, longtime core faculty member of the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program. Students will perform and receive constructive feedback on two short monologues. They will also engage in a Q&A about what to expect at their MFA audition, tips on how to prepare their résumé and application, as well as how to prepare mentally and emotionally.

NOTE: Students must come prepared with two monologues of their choosing, one contemporary and one classical, fully memorized, and which together run no more than 4 minutes total. Please also bring copies of your current headshot and résumé.

MFA Audition Prep is for you if:

  • You are a student or actor who is considering or planning to audition for MFA acting programs in the coming year and want guided practice.
  • You want to feel more at ease and familiar with the process of applying to and auditioning for MFA acting programs.
  • You want to gain special insight into what is particular about auditioning for MFA programs, as opposed to theater productions, commercials, etc.