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Spring Class Schedule

Mar 25–May 19

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

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March 25 – May 19*

*Some classes continue through May 23.

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 individual 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. 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.

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

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. 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.

IN-PERSON CLASSES 

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

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.

As of July 2023, 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 any other specific questions about Studio A.C.T. in-person classes with regard to COVID-19 precautions, please email us at studio@act-sf.org

FULL-LENGTH CLASSES

MONDAYS

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 20 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 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.

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 20 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.

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 20 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.

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Mondays – Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13*

6:30–7:25 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 20 as needed

This in-person course is suitable for students of all levels. Beginning students will discover their best singing voice, and more experienced singers will gain an opportunity to thoroughly exercise their vocal muscles. Through group work utilizing the Garcia-Marchesi vocal tradition, all students will build their breath support, extend their vocal range, blend resonance areas, and increase their quality of tone and volume. Students will also learn techniques to help protect their voices when they sing. Voice Building is a course that may be taken as frequently as desired, and many students return often throughout the year. Students regularly pair this course with Musical Theater 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.
  • You plan to enroll in Musical Theater 3 – Cabaret Performance this session, and have never before taken Voice Building for Singers at Studio A.C.T. (For details see the Musical Theater 2 description below.)

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

NEW EXPANDED SCHEDULE:

Twelve Classes – Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29; May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15*

*Mondays Mar 25-Apr 22; Mondays & Wednesdays Apr 24-May 15

Mondays 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. / Wednesdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

This newly expanded course is designed to provide the intermediate- to advanced-level singer/actor with an intensive experience in a supportive learning environment. Exploring solos, duets-trios, and ensemble numbers, the class is designed to develop the unique talent of each individual artist, while encouraging them to explore the lifework of a particular composer or musical theater genre. Students will train extensively in singing and acting through song. On the last night of class, to provide a more real-life performance experience, their in-process work will be shared with a small invited audience.

Important Prerequisites

  • Students who have not taken Voice Building for Singers at Studio A.C.T. within the past year (i.e. since Spring Session 2023 or before) are required to enroll in that course concurrently with Musical Theater 3. Voice Building is scheduled immediately prior to Musical Theater 3, on Mondays only, 6:30-7:25 p.m., Mar 25–May 13."
  • Students who have taken Voice Building for Singers at Studio A.C.T. within the past year (i.e. Summer 2023 onward) are not required but strongly encouraged to enroll concurrently.

Further Note: In order to provide the best possible experience, shortly before the first class we will contact registered students to request basic information about their past musical theater experience and what they understand to be their vocal range. Singers will need to prepare a solo to sing for the first night of class for vocal placement. Instructions will be sent on what to prepare once you have registered for the class.

Musical Theater 3 – Cabaret Performance is for you if:

  • You have taken Musical Theater 1 and here at Studio A.C.T., or similar classes elsewhere that would be deemed equivalent.
  • You have had prior significant experience and training in Musical Theater in the past, but it’s been a while and you’d like to reboot.
  • You are interested in developing your performance skills as a professional musical theater artist and wish to train in a fun environment that will both challenge and support your growth.
  • As a musical theater artist, you feel able to train and collaborate intensively with an ensemble and sing solos in front of an audience. 

TUESDAYS

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Mar 26; Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14*

6:30–8:30 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 21 as needed

This repeatable course is open to students of all experience levels and designed to accommodate each student at their individual level of experience. The Alexander Technique is among the most widely practiced performance-related techniques in the world. The work is intended to address issues pertaining to the practitioner's bodily alignment, efficiency of movement, and redistribution of tension. Students will practice means of recognizing and undoing habitual patterns that get in the way of natural movement, voice production, and creativity. They will become more deeply present in themselves and in the world by accessing their innate power and flexibility. Issues of performance and performance anxiety will also be addressed. Alexander Technique is a perfect companion to all other Studio A.C.T. courses.

Alexander Technique is for you if:

  • You feel limited by the way you move. 
  • You want to have more vocal flexibility and power. 
  • You want to be able to notice what is occurring in the moment and have the choice to transform yourself.
  • You’ve never taken an Alexander Technique course before and want a thorough introduction. 
  • You have had experience with Alexander in the past, but it’s been a while and you wish to reconnect. 
  • You have substantial experience with Alexander and are hungry for a workout.

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Tuesdays – Mar 26; Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 21 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 – Mar 26; Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 21 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

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Wednesdays – Mar 27; Apr 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 22 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 – Wednesdays – Mar 27; Apr 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15*

6:30–8:30 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 22 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.

Eight Classes – Wednesdays – Mar 27; Apr 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 22 as needed

Ready to roll with the punches? 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 stage 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

THURSDAYS

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Thursdays – Mar 28; Apr 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 23 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.

 

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Thursdays – Mar 28; Apr 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 23 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 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.

 

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist, please email us at studio@act-sf.org with your request and the best phone number to reach you at, in case a spot opens up.

Eight Classes – Thursdays – Mar 28; Apr 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*Make up day May 23 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

One class – Sunday – April 7

12:00 to 5:00 p.m. | in person

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.

Two classes – Sundays – April 7 & 14

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

In this two-weekend workshop we will explore key issues and techniques related to creating original solo performances, including using personal stories as source material, balancing narrative structure with theatricality, use of design, and basic performance skills that will support your ideas. We will also explore practical and philosophical matters, like stress management when creating, distinguishing between performance as theater versus as therapy, and what makes a story “stage worthy.” This workshop will be interactive, with everyone participating in guided physical exercises, writing tasks, and conversations. Participants should come to weekend one with a solo performance idea they wish to explore—a subject, a theme, a kernel of a story, it need not be fully formed. We’ll spend the day laying the groundwork for developing these ideas. Between weekends, participants will work at home on tasks designed to help them move their idea forward. On weekend two, we’ll share that work and explore ways to continue to developing it further beyond the workshop.

Making Solo Work is for you if:

  • You are interested in developing skills specific to making solo performance work.
  • You are a performing artist—actor, clown, stand-up comic, hybrid artist—interested in creating original work.
  • You are a performer who wishes to write, or a writer who wishes to perform.
  • You have a story to tell, and your intuition is it would best be told live on a stage, and you want focused time and attention to help you explore this impulse.

One class – Sunday – April 14

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | in person

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

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

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

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

One Class – Sunday – April 21 

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | in person

This unique, one-day introductory class brings together two essential disciplines actors encounter regularly in theater—Stage Combat, whereby physical violence is staged to appear real while being physically safe to perform; and Intimacy Choreography, whereby moments of physical intimacy are staged to appear real while being emotionally safe to perform. Both disciplines require exceptional collaborative and communication skills, combining an awareness of physical and emotional safety with an eye toward creating artistically exciting moments on stage. Practices for negotiating Consent are paired with practical methods of creating physical stagings, placing value on both the physical and emotional demands of crafting and performing challenging dramatic moments on stage.

NOTE – This class involves physical exercises designed to support actors working together in direct physical contact with one another. Nobody will be required to engage in any physical contact they are not comfortable with.

This one-day Intimacy Choreography & Stage Combat workshop is for you if:

  • You are an actor, director, stage manager, or teaching artist who wishes to further their understanding, confidence, and skill around staging physically vulnerable moments.

  • You wish to expand your understanding and use of Consent as a creative practice in rehearsal and performance situations.

  • You want tools to help you contribute to making a safe and inspiring working environment for yourself and others.

One Class – Sunday – April 28

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | in person 

Heightened language is an exciting dramatic tool found in a wide range of genres—comedies, tragedies, even Marvel superhero and fantasy movies! If Shakespeare were alive today, they would probably be a rapper, indie film director, or a slam poet—all of which use heightened language. Studying heightened language can improve anyone's acting, not just those who want to study the classics; because it's also an exploration of heightened expression—painting more vivid pictures in the imagination, summoning deeper emotions and ideas, and giving voice to greater truths. In this introductory class, students will explore ways to bring truth, spontaneity, and specificity to their acting through language. 

Acting: Intro to Heightened Language is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career, as a passionate interest, or otherwise.
  • You have taken some acting classes before, such as Acting 1 or 2 at Studio A.C.T. or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore practices specific to heightened language.
  • You are an intermediate or advanced acting student who wishes to bring greater verbal panache to your acting.
  • You are an actor who is curious about heightened language and wants an opportunity to introduce yourself to it.

One class – Sunday – May 5
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | in person

Interested in performing your own work, and in the world of spoken word, rap theater, and poetry? Taught by local emcee, actor, and teaching artist, Carlos Aguirre (also known as "Infinite"), this one-day introductory class offers you an opportunity to tell your stories through both rap and spoken word. We will explore many key elements of these art forms, including rhyme, rhythm, and improvisation. The class will touch on the fundamentals of rap, spoken word, and hip hop; storytelling through music, movement, and facial expression; and tools for writing evocative lyrics and spoken word pieces through instructor-led prompts. No past experience with rap or spoken word is necessary! 

This one-day Intro to Rhythm & Original Performance workshop is for you if:

  • You’re a performing artist interested in creating and writing your own original work in the world of spoken word, rap, and improvised storytelling.
  • You’re interested in bringing a greater sense of rhythm to your movements and voice when acting or performing.
  • You want to explore alternative texts such as rap and poetry, and to learn the methods that go along with performing these art forms.
  • You’re an actor, singer, or other performing artist interested in exploring the intersection between hip hop and theater.