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.
Check exact class dates listed below.
In order to select the best class for your goals and experience level, please read the individual course descriptions carefully.
These classes meet online via Zoom. Exact schedules appear within the class description.
6:30–9 p.m. online
Five classes, Mon–Fri, Dec 5–9
This online introductory intensive 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 “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.
Intro to Acting online 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!
6:30–9 p.m. online
Three classes, Mon–Wed, Dec 5–7
This three-night 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.
This three-night Intro to On-Camera Acting class is for you if:
- You’ve already taken Intro to Acting, Acting 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.
These classes meet in person at 30 Grant Avenue, San Francisco. Exact schedules appear within the class description.
All Inter-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. currently 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 email@example.com
6:30–9:30 p.m. in person
One class, Monday, Dec 5
This is a one-evening, 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.
Note – do not enroll in this one-night class if you also plan to enroll in the weeklong Intimacy Direction intensive, which includes this night.
This one-night, in-person 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.
Five in-person classes as follows:
Mon, Dec 5, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tue–Fri, Dec 6–9, 6:30–9 p.m.
This is a weeklong, in-person intensive in 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. This in-depth introductory intensive is open to actors, directors, choreographers, stage managers, or anyone else who finds themselves in the rehearsal room.
This weeklong, in-person Intimacy Direction for Theater Artists intensive is for you if:
- You are a theater artist who is curious about the field of Intimacy Direction and wants a thorough introductory experience
- You are a theater artist aiming to create safe, consent-based workspaces.
- You are a theater artist looking to expand their knowledge of the world of intimate interaction onstage.
6:30–9 p.m. in person
Three classes, Mon–Wed, Dec 5–7
This three-night workshop will introduce students to practices aimed at developing their confidence, understanding, and fluency with using their full voice to speak with greater clarity. Participants will learn practical techniques to develop a richer, stronger, and more versatile speaking voice. This short workshop course is open to students of all experience levels and is designed to accommodate each student at their individual level of experience.
This three-night, in-person Intro to Voice & Speech workshop is for you if:
- You are an actor who wishes to improve your ability to speak 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.
6:30–9 p.m. in person
Five Classes, Mon–Fri, Dec 5–9
Ready to jump back into the fray? This class will introduce you to fundamental techniques for creating the illusion of violence using the preferred weapons of the Elizabethan age—rapiers and daggers! Emphasizing safety, storytelling, and partnering, this class explores the basics of theatrical swordplay while using both sides of the brain and body. Actors whose résumés include stage combat techniques have an advantage when auditioning for productions involving theatrical violence. Also, stage combat is fun! Participants will have the option to test for certified recognition through Dueling Arts International as a basic theatrical combatant.
This five-night, in-person Stage Combat: Rapier & Dagger class 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 rapier and dagger stage combat experience.