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Summer Session #1 Classes

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June 13 – July 11*

*Some classes continue through July 17.

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.

Full-length classes meet twice a week for four weeks during the above dates. Shorter classes meet one to five times. Check exact dates in each class description.

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

Three Courses, Eight Classes each

Offered both online and in person.
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 already have some introductory 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.

ONLINE CLASSES

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

FULL-LENGTH CLASSES | ONLINE

Eight Classes – Tue/Thu – June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; July 5, 7

6:30–9:00 p.m. | online

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 Acting 1 and Acting 2 classes are offered in Summer Session #2. Acting 3 is not offered online this Summer.

SHORTER CLASSES | ONLINE

Four Classes – Wednesdays – June 15, 22, 29; July 6

6:30–8:30 p.m. | online

This online 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.

Note – An in-person version of this course is offered on Mondays.

Voice Building for Singers online 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.

One day – Sunday – July 10

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | online

 This one-day 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 one-day Intro to On-Camera Acting class is for you if:

  • You’ve already taken Intro to ActingActing 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. 

IN-PERSON CLASSES 

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

All Summer Session in-person classes will be held at 30 Grant Avenue in San Francisco.  

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 may apply.

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. 

All faculty, students, and staff are required to wear N95/KN95 masks when indoors at 30 Grant Avenue. Some exceptions apply under specific performance situations.

A.C.T. 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.

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 continue offering in-person classes. If when the time comes it is evident that meeting in-person will not be safe despite COVID-19 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 work with you in person once again!

FULL-LENGTH CLASSES | IN PERSON

Eight Classes – Mon/Wed – June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; July 6, 11*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*No class July 4

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. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course also take Alexander Technique, another physical course, or pair it with Dialects.

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.

*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 – Mon/Wed – June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; July 6, 11*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*No class July 4

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!

*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 – Mon/Wed – June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; July 6, 11*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*No class July 4

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 three 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.

Eight Classes – Tue/Thu – June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; July 5, 7

6:30–8:30 p.m. | in person

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 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 – Tue/Thu – June 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; July 5, 7, 12*

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

*note this class starts on a Thursday, ending on a Tuesday.

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 – Tue/Thu – June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; July 5, 7

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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.

SHORTER CLASSES | IN PERSON

Four Classes – Mondays – June 13, 20, 27; July 11*

6:30–8:30 p.m. | in person

*No class July 4

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.

Note – An online version of this course is offered on Wednesdays.

Voice Building for Singers in-person 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.

Five classes – Mon to Fri – June 20-24

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | in person

 

In this upper-level five-evening intensive we will approach acting a play as one might expect to do in the first week of rehearsal for a professional production. We’ll explore the play collectively, starting out working at the table with reading—analyzing plot, character, and style. We’ll work on our feet to explore characters, using physical improvisations that help us understand and develop their stories in a visceral way. This will be a collective process. Actors will not be limited to specific roles, but will have opportunities to explore multiple roles toward the group developing our collective understanding of the play.

Note – The exact play we will focus on is TBD based on enrollment. Students will be emailed the script approximately one week in advance, so as to have read it prior to the first day of class. Hard copies of the script will then be provided on the first day.

Acting: Working on the Play 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 the Studio A.C.T. Acting 1–3 Sequence classes, 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.
  • You’re interested in applying your acting skills to an intensive exploration of a single play, replicating what a first week of rehearsal for a production might be like.

One day – Sunday – June 26

1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | in person

Conveying truly authentic emotion in performance can be among the most daunting aspects of acting. Often the characters we play are grappling with emotional circumstances that people grapple with in life. Playing these characters truthfully is a way to respect and to honor these real-life emotional experiences. If not done with care, it can also take a toll on the actor. When playing emotionally vulnerable characters, how can we access our own true emotions, share them on stage repeatedly each week or get there quickly when working in film, in a way that is healthy and sustainable? In this one-day class with legendary Bay Area actor, director, teacher, and artistic director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Margo Hall, students will learn practical techniques for accessing their own inherent emotional power in order to craft truthful performances. Every actor is a human being with a wealth of stories inside, from both their personal experiences and the ancestors they carry with them. Margo Hall—known for her powerful stage and film performances, her fierce intelligence and wit, and her commitment to truth—creates a supportive environment for actors to tap into their true selves and so also the truth of the characters they play.

Please Note: For this one-day, in-person class, students should come prepared with a fully memorized monologue that they are passionate to speak, yet find emotionally challenging. For the best experience, it is important the monologue be fully and fluently memorized.

Acting: Tapping Into The Power of Emotional Truth is for you if:

  • You wish to develop practical tools for accessing truthful emotion in performance that are repeatable, dependable, and emotionally safe for you personally.
  • You want your performances of emotionally vulnerable characters to honor the real-life experiences they depict by handling them utterly truthfully.
  • You’ve taken Acting 2 or Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to continue advancing your acting skills in the area of truthful emotion.

One day – Sunday – July 10

1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | in person

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 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.

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.