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Inter-Session Schedule

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Inter-Session: Dec 6–10

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. Inter-Session classes offer short intensive experiences in a range of popular subjects.

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 for five consecutive evenings, Mon–Fri, December 6–10.

6:30–9:00 p.m. online

This online 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 “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.

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!

6:30–8:30 p.m. online

Do you find communicating a challenge as you shift in and out of the Zoomiverse? Do you need space and tools to develop your voice and confidence when communicating your ideas or points of view? This inspiring intensive uses engaging theater games, creative role-playing, storytelling, and voice techniques, to bring out and amplify your natural voice. You will practice creative communication skills around sharing your own stories and points of view, listening actively to others, owning and articulating your unique presence—whether in your workplace, at home, or socially. Laughter, authentic conversation, and critical thinking will go hand in hand as you strengthen your ability to express yourself with confidence, clarity, and creativity.

Let’s Talk: Dialogue in Daily Life is for you if:

  • You are a non-actor who wants to strengthen your voice, presence, and ability to communicate in your workplace or community. 
  • You are an actor or artist who wants more confidence when communicating with your creative collaborators.
  • You are excited to integrate creative practices into your practical, everyday work life and personal communications.

6:30–7:30 p.m. online

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. Utilizing the Garcia-Marchesi vocal tradition, 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.

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.


In-Person Classes

These classes meet in person according to the schedule listed in their individual descriptions

All Inter-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.

Starting Fall 2021 Session, A.C.T. will expect 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.

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

 

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!

 

6:30–9:30 p.m. 

One class, Monday, Dec 6, in person 

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: COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed in this class. Please read the information regarding in-person classes listed above carefully before enrolling.

This one-day, 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.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Three Classes, M-W, Dec 6-8, in-person at 30 Grant Avenue

In this three-night workshop, students will explore exercises to help invigorate their inner voice, and support their ability to be verbally expressive. We will focus on breath, relaxation, alignment, and awareness as you release your inner voice, and encourage clear, confident, creative, easy vocalizations. Through a series of warm-ups and vocal explorations, and work on short texts, we will analyze and eliminate vocal blocks, identify your healthy voice practices, and expand our expressive range when speaking, so you can better match intention, emotion, and language.

NOTE: COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed in this class. Please read the information regarding in-person classes listed above carefully before enrolling.

This three-night, in-person Awaken Your Voice class is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wants to reinvigorate their vocal practice with safe, effective voice work.
  • You must often speak in public, and wish to do so comfortably, expressively, with presence and with confidence.
  • You wish to have a greater understanding of and connection to your own voice when speaking, whether on stage, in your work, or in daily life.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Five Classes, M–F Dec 6–10, in person

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.

NOTE: COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed in this class. Please read the information regarding in-person classes listed above carefully before enrolling.

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.