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Summer Session 2

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Summer Session #2:  July 19–August 15

All times listed reflect Pacific Time (PT)

Most Session #2 classes meet ONLINE
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ONLINE CLASSES MEETING 2X PER WEEK 

These classes meet Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur for 4 weeks during the July 19 to August 15 period.

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.

Tue/Thu 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes – July 20, 22, 27, 29; Aug 3, 5, 10, 12

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.

Mon/Wed 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes – July 19, 21, 26, 28; Aug 2, 4, 9, 11

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.

Tue/Thu 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes – July 20, 22, 27, 29; Aug 3, 5, 10, 12

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.

ONLINE INTENSIVES

Intensives meet Mon-Fri for 1 week, unless otherwise noted.

Mon-Fri, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Five Classes– August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

This intensive version of our very popular full-length class 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 1 or 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.

Mon–Fri, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Five Classes– August 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

This is a 5-night, in-depth introduction to the emerging field of Intimacy Direction—a seismic shift in the way the theatre, film, and television industries have functioned for decades. In this intensive, we will dive into the foundational techniques and principles of Intimacy Direction, as well as its history. Students will learn practical collaborative methods for staging intimate dramatic moments on stage, in ways that put the actors’ safety first, while also allowing for more intricate storytelling. This intensive is open to actors, directors, choreographers, stage managers, or anyone else who finds themselves in the rehearsal room.

This Intimacy Direction for Theater weeklong intensive is for you if:

  • You are a theater artist who wants an in-depth introduction to the field of Intimacy Direction.
  • You are a 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.

IN-PERSON CLASSES

All in-person classes will be held at the A.C.T. studios, located at 30 Grant Avenue in San Francisco. 

All in-person classes will be held at the A.C.T. studios, located 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.

Students and faculty who participate in these in-person classes must agree to comply with the following safety precautions:

  • Be free of symptoms related to COVID-19 for the two weeks prior to class.
  • Wear proper protective masks at all times. 
  • Maintain physical distancing when arriving, during, and departing from class.
  • Follow the most updated official safety precautions in effect at the time of the class.
  • The above listed safety precautions may change and will be updated in accordance with any relevant San Francisco, county and state guidance.

PLEASE NOTE: We are very excited by the possibility of offering these one-day, in-person master 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 the above 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!

Sunday August 1, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. | One-day in-person class led by Julie Douglas

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, student 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.

FURTHER NOTE: Proper physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed in this class. Please read the information regarding in-person classes on the Schedule & Pricing page carefully before enrolling.

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 awhile 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.

Saturday August 7, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. | One-day in-person class led by Julie Douglas

Ready to clown around in person again? Join us for this one-day opportunity to play in real space and real time. The greatest clowns make us belly laugh because they reveal the most vulnerable depths of our shared humanity. This class provides an experience with the art of clowning that allows actors to explore heightened physical comedy while also developing a deeper authenticity of presence. Clowning is an experiential art form that allows for more freedom, playfulness, and resilience in all your work. Clowning skills serve the actor in a variety of contexts—from auditioning, to improvisation, to performing scripted plays both comic and tragic—as well as discovering the joy in the mistake and the beauty in the imperfect. Come play!

NOTE: Proper physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed in this class. Please read the information regarding in-person classes on the Schedule & Pricing page carefully before enrolling.

This one-day, in-person Clown Play class is for you if:

  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Intro to Acting or Acting 1 class, or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore a complimentary aspect of acting and performance.
  • You’re an actor or performer interested in expanding your range of physical expression.
  • You’re interested in both comedy and depth of truth in your performance.

Sunday August 8, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. | One-day in-person class led by Julie Douglas

Ready for a day of in-person physical acting? This introductory class explores the groundbreaking techniques of the Russian master Michael Chekhov, nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov. Michael Chekhov took acting techniques in new directions that allow actors to physically transform into characters, employing imagination and gesture to inhabit a role. Chekhov’s psycho-physical approach emphasizes working with your impulses to unify inner psychological “gestures” with their outer physical expression. Chekhov’s tools are useful for both classical and contemporary scripts, and add greatly to an actor’s necessary skill set.

NOTE: Proper physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed in this class. Please read the information regarding in-person classes on the Schedule & Pricing page carefully before enrolling.

This one-day, in-person Intro to Michael Chekhov Technique is for you if:

  • You have taken some acting classes before, such as Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T. or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore the techniques specific to the Michael Chekhov tradition.
  • You have a practical curiosity about the origins of modern acting and how it evolved. 
  • You wish to physicalize your exploration of imagination and character as it relates to acting. 

 

Sunday, August 15, 1–4 p.m. | One-day in-person class led by Maya Herbsman

This is a one-day, 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. Students will learn practical collaborative methods for staging intimate dramatic moments on stage, in ways that put the actors’ safety first, while also allowing for more intricate storytelling. This introductory class is open to actors, directors, choreographers, stage managers, or anyone else who finds themselves in the rehearsal room.

NOTE: Proper physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed in this class. Please read the information regarding in-person classes on the Schedule & Pricing page carefully before enrolling.

This one-day, in-person Intimacy Direction for Theater class is for you if:

  • You are a theater artist curious about the field of Intimacy Direction.
  • You are a 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.

See more classes in the Fall Session: Sept 13–Nov 7