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Summer Session #2 Classes

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July 18 – August 14*

*Some classes continue through August 21.

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, with some exceptions. 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 – Mon/Wed – July 18, 20, 25, 27; Aug 1, 3, 8, 10

6:30–9:00 p.m. | online

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

6:30–9:00 p.m. | online

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. Preparation 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.

An online Intro to Acting class is offered in Summer Session #1. Acting 3 is not offered online this Summer.

SHORTER CLASSES | ONLINE

One day – Sunday – July 31

1:00–5:00 p.m. | online

Actors are increasingly asked by theater and film producers to submit self-taped video auditions. This master class is a fast-paced, one-day course designed to equip today’s actor with the essential skill of self-taping for auditions. The course will cover current industry standards for self-tapes, practical tools for integrating the technical demands of taping along with acting craft, as well as hands-on methods to approaching camera work. The curriculum will prepare students from diverse camera acting backgrounds with the knowledge and resources to immediately begin producing effective self-tapes for the acting business. If possible, students should come prepared to use a smartphone for video recording in addition to a laptop. This popular class tends to fill up quickly. Enroll now!

Self-Taped Audition is for you if:

  • You are an actor with little to no experience self-taping for auditions
  • You are a working actor who wants to strengthen the quality of your self-taped auditions
  • You are a theater educator who would like to prepare your students for self-taped auditions and/or college admissions.

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 – July 18, 20, 25, 27; Aug 1, 3, 8, 10

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

Ready to roll with the punches in-person again? 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 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.

Eight Classes – Mon/Wed – July 18, 20, 25, 27; Aug 1, 3, 8, 10

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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 – Mon/Wed – July 18, 25; Aug 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17.
6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person
*No class Wed July 19 or 27

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.

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

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

Actors are often called upon to use regional dialects by a variety of plays and films, from Shakespeare to contemporary television dramas taking place in past or current eras. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s resume. This comprehensive introductory dialects course will help you learn how to 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 to get a few dialects under your belt and learn practices for picking up new dialects in the future
  • You are an actor with past experience working with dialects, but it’s been a while and you want to refine your sense for dialects and your process for learning them.
  • You are a person interested in how voice and speech reflect a given person’s cultural and regional background.

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

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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 – Tue/Thu – July 19, 21, 26, 28; Aug 2, 4, 9, 11

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

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.

SHORTER CLASSES | IN PERSON

One class – Sunday – July 24

1:00–5:00 p.m. | in person

In this one-day introductory class we will work quickly, using techniques, materials and tropes of drag performance, to bolster our acting work. You don’t have to be a drag performer to make use of the drag toolbox! On RuPaul’s Drag Race, contestants “lip-synch for their lives.” But how can the art of drag help actors find the magic and nuance of a character? How does a costume impact how we move, how we behave, who we are or think we are? A costume might limit our movement, and yet liberate a character we didn’t know existed inside ourselves. How can working from the “outside-in” deepen our connection to authenticity?

This introductory class is open to actors and artists of all disciplines, abilities, experience levels, and identities. Monique will provide a drag bag full of costume and prop material and a metaphorical toolbox of performance techniques. Students must be willing to move, perform in front of others, and discuss their work.

Note—students who enroll in this one-day class and subsequently decide to enroll in the weeklong intensive will receive a 10% discount on the intensive’s tuition and will not need to pay addition registration fees. Students of the one-day class should contact Studio A.C.T. directly at studio@act-sf.org to inquire about adding the intensive class.

This one-day Intro to Acting Out of the Drag Bag class is for you if:

  • You are an actor interested in an introduction to outside-in techniques that support your developing dynamic characters
  • You are a performing artist (actor, singer, dancer, drag artist, other) who wishes to strengthen the discipline and rigor of your creative process.
  • You sometimes feel stuck in your creativity and want to learn skills for getting unstuck, and for making performances quickly out of what you have immediately available to you.
  • You are curious about practical tools and techniques for working in experimental modes that draw on your unique voice, forging an authentic connection between you and the roles you play.

Four Classes – Mon to Thur – July 25-28

6:30–8:30 p.m. | in person

This four-night intensive 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.

This four-night Alexander Technique Intensive 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.

Five Classes – Mon to Fri – Aug 1-5

6:30–9:00 p.m. | in person

Any playwright, whether just starting out or many plays into their career, would like to know the formula for writing a good play. The problem is, there is no perfect formula! Through discussions about the traditional rules of playwriting, in-class writing exercises, readings of exciting contemporary plays, and feedback on students' own plays in progress, we will think together through the vast possibilities of contemporary playwriting. Students will leave the class with a deeper sense of how they wish to approach writing, and with new work that feels alive and authentic to their own unique voices.

This five-night intensive, Playwriting—Rewriting The Rules, is for you if:

  • You have written a play or plays before, whether they have been produced or not.
  • You wish to gain practical insights into creating unusual storytelling structures that will surprise and compel your audience.
  • You feel stuck in traditional or otherwise familiar modes of storytelling in your plays, and want help shaking yourself loose.

Five Classes – Mon to Fri – Aug 8-12

6:30—9:00 p.m. | in person

In this weeklong intensive we will explore techniques, materials and tropes of drag performance, to bolster our acting work. You don’t have to be a drag performer to make use of the drag toolbox! On RuPaul’s Drag Race, contestants “lip-synch for their lives.” But how can the art of drag help actors find the magic and nuance of a character? How does a costume impact how we move, how we behave, who we are or think we are? A costume might limit our movement, and yet liberate a character we didn’t know existed inside ourselves. How can working from the “outside-in” deepen our connection to authenticity?

This intensive is open to actors and artists of all disciplines, abilities, experience levels, and identities. Monique will provide a drag bag full of costume and prop material and a metaphorical toolbox of performance techniques. Students must be willing to move, perform in front of others, and discuss their work.

Want to try it out first? Consider the one-day Intro to Acting Out of the Drag Bag option on July 24! (See above)

This weeklong Acting Out of the Drag Bag Intensive is for you if:

  • You are an actor interested in exploring outside-in techniques that support your developing dynamic characters
  • You are a performing artist (actor, singer, dancer, drag artist, other) who wishes to strengthen the discipline and rigor of your creative process.
  • You sometimes feel stuck in your creativity and want to learn skills for getting unstuck, and for making performances quickly out of what you have immediately available to you.
  • You are curious about practical tools and techniques for working in experimental modes that draw on your unique voice, forging an authentic connection between you and the roles you play.

One class – Sunday – August 14

1:00 to 5:00 p.m. | in person

Our individual identity affects our day-to-day interactions. Whether through internal social conditioning or external biases and prejudices, we are physically, emotionally, and mentally impacted by how we are perceived in the world. Through brave open discussion and liberation exercises, this one-day workshop focuses on understanding the dynamics of how we, as People of Color, function in the world. Questions that will be explored include: What makes a specific skin-experience unique for an individual artist? How do interactions influenced by race affect the training for actors—in the power dynamic between instructor and students, the selection of material, the acknowledgment/ignorance of culture differences? Through this class we will build an understanding of our identities and how to utilize them to disrupt or work with our artistry and our industry, which is currently rooted in White ideologies.

Acting Beyond Marginalization is for you if:

  • You are an actor of any experience level who identifies as a Person of Color.
  • You are interested in exploring how your racial identity engages with your acting, your actor training, and your artistic process.
  • You want to gain tools to engage with microaggressions from colleagues in an artistic process in White dominated environments.
  • You want to engage with other artists of color to find your voice and expression outside of a White gaze.