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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.

Tue/Thu 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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.

Mon/Wed 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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.

Mon/Wed 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

(Bilingual En/Sp)

Explore scenes written by playwrights that entertain, unite, confront, and make visible the stories and diverse cultural expressions found at the intersection between Spanish and English. This comprehensive acting class will give you direct experience with bilingual Spanish/English plays, including adaptations, reimagined classics, and new works by the likes of Luis Alfaro, Tanya Saracho, Octavio Solis, and Guadalís Del Carmen. This class will empower you to discover and analyze a script in rehearsals and in-depth conversations. In addition to further developing practical acting skills, we will address cultural implications of casting, dialects, and Spanish/English bilingualism, as well as the issues of class and race privileges. Actor rehearsal tools will focus on effective collaboration, being grounded in truth, full-body storytelling, specificity, and the joys and challenges particular to performing in multiple languages. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all exercises. Memorizing and performing scenes, and rehearsals with scene partners outside of class, are required.

Note—this class is open to everyone. Students must be able to engage in conversational Spanish and English with intermediate fluency, and to read written Spanish and English to understand the plays used in class. People of Latinx and Afro-Latinx descent, and both indigenous and native Spanish speakers, are encouraged to attend, as well as people of any ethnic/cultural background for whom English or Spanish is their first language, and the other their second.

Contemporary Latinx Scene Study is for you if:

  • You have read the above note and recognize yourself in it.
  • You are able to read and speak conversational Spanish and English with intermediate fluency.
  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken significant intermediate acting courses, such as Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., in the last handful of years, or done some similar amount of acting in plays, musicals, or on film.
  • You are an actor who is intrigued and excited by exploring cross cultural perspectives in theater.
  • You want a supportive and challenging environment to take some personal risks in your acting work, and the thematic and theatrical challenges of Spanish bilingual theater is what you need!

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.

Mon/Wed 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

From Shakespeare to August Wilson, Orange Is the New Black to Fresh Off the Boat, actors are often called upon to use regional dialects by a variety of plays, television series, and films. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s résumé. It is also a useful means toward understanding language in action. This comprehensive dialects course, designed to be repeatable, will help you refine your ability to speak English-language text in a dialect from anywhere in the 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. You will also experience how specifying a character’s dialect can enhance your ability to play their intentions. Participating in all in-class exercises and memorizing and performing short scenes are required. Some rehearsals with scene partners outside of class may also be required. Students should plan to attend all class sessions.

Dialects is for you if:

  • You have already taken Intro to Dialects at Studio A.C.T., or an equivalent elsewhere. 
  • You are an actor who has done some dialect work in the past and wants to get a few new dialects under your belt and hone practices for picking up new dialects in the future. 
  • You are an actor with significant 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 have a specific performance on the horizon that requires a dialect of you, and you want to make a thorough study of it and of processes for learning dialects.

Tue/Thu 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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!

ONLINE INTENSIVES

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

Mon–Fri, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Five Classes– July 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

In this intensive for aspiring—or otherwise early in their journey—theater directors we will explore fundamental aspects of the directing process, from choosing and pitching a play or project, to script analysis, collaborating with designers and actors, working with genres and styles, and developing your eye for staging as storytelling. Our exact activities under the umbrella of these subjects will be responsive to the interests of the group. Students should come prepared to write, sketch, participate in conversations around the work and some simple physical exercises, and must provide themselves with a notebook and/or sketch pad.

Fundamentals of Directing is for you if:

  • You are an actor, playwright, or already aspiring director interested in developing a solid overview of the work of a theater director.
  • You are curious about the relationship between a director’s homework and work done in the room with actors and designers, and how to strike an effective, collaborative balance between planning and spontaneity. 
  • You are interested in collaborative ways to rehearse that allow actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to work together equitably to create a unified production.
  • You are seeking insights into the full process of directing, from developing your personal aesthetic, to pitching plays to producers, to structuring effective rehearsal processes in response to the given circumstances of a production.

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 Rembe Theater in the Strand Theater building, 1127 Market Street, in San Francisco.  

The Strand Theatre features a spacious open lobby and similarly spacious stage and auditorium, 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.
  • Have their temperature checked upon arrival at the Strand Theater.
  • 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 July 25, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. | 1-day in-person class led by Dave Maier

Ready to roll with the punches in-person again? This one-day 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 will explore 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!

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 Unarmed Stage Combat 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 unarmed stage combat.

Sunday August 1, 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, 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 Carolina Morones

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 Summer Session #1: Jun 14–Jul 11