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Winter In-Person Class Schedule

Jan 18–Mar 14, 2022

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

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Jan 18–Mar 14*

*Some classes continue through March 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.

Most classes meet once a week for eight weeks during the above dates. 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.

All Winter Session in-person classes will be held 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. 

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.

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.

Additionally, as of February 14, 2022, all Studio A.C.T. faculty and students must show proof of having had their booster shot. Proof of booster shot must indicate that it has been at least 7 days since it was received. Please arrange for your booster shot as soon as possible if you have not had it already. 

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 once again offer 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!

IN-PERSON CLASSES

These classes meet in person according to the schedule listed in their individual descriptions

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.

MONDAYS | IN PERSON

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist,
please email us at studio@act-sf.org

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes— Jan 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14 

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.

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist,
please email us at studio@act-sf.org

6:30–7:25 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14 

This 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.

7:30–10:00 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14 

This course is designed for the intermediate- to advanced-level singer-actor who wants to polish their musical theater audition presentation and unravel audition anxiety. This course will provide extensive vocal technique, appropriate song selection, a deeper understanding of casting in the musical theater industry, and audition protocol. Students will develop their professional marketing portfolio and expand their audition repertoire books. Every student will explore the art of storytelling through song, learning how to analyze and perform a song as a monologue quickly and with confidence in an audition context. This course may culminate in an open class presentation on the final day of class for a limited number of invited guests—TBD per updated COVID-19 precautionary measures. Though not required, students regularly pair this course with Voice Building for Singers, scheduled immediately prior.

Please note: In order to provide the best possible intensive experience, shortly before the first class we will contact registered students to request some basic information about their past musical theater experience, what they understand of their vocal range, and any ideas they may already have for song selection.

Musical Theater 2—Audition Prep is for you if:

  • You are interested in auditioning for musical theater at the community, regional, or national level and wish to train in a fun environment that will both challenge and support your growth.
  • You have had some experience with musical theater in the past but it’s been a while and you’d like to reboot.
  • You are interested in exploring musical theater material as a solo artist.

TUESDAYS | IN PERSON

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar 1, 8 

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 a while 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.

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar 1, 8  

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.

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 | IN PERSON

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist,
please email us at studio@act-sf.org

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 2, 9 

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.

THURSDAYS | IN PERSON

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist,
please email us at studio@act-sf.org

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, 10

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!

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar 3, 10

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.

SUNDAYS | IN PERSON

*This class is currently full.  If you would like to get onto the waitlist,
please email us at studio@act-sf.org

1:00–3:30 p.m.

Eight Classes—Jan 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar 6, 13 

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.

IN-PERSON ONE-DAY CLASSES

Sunday January 30, 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, students 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.

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 a while 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.

Sunday, February 13, 1–4 p.m. | one-day in person class led by Radhika Rao

Ready for a playful day—live, in person? This fun, active, engaging one-day class uses improvisation and storytelling techniques to explore the art of playing. When we go to the theater, most often it’s to see a “play,” a script that tells a story enacted by actors. This word, “play," comes from the foundation of what actors do—create by playing. In this course we will use physical and verbal games to improvise stories. We will look at mythical tales and retell them for today, and enact our own original stories that speak to our unique experiences in the contemporary world. No prior experience with acting or improvisation is required. All people eager to play are welcome!

Please Note: For this one-day, in-person class, students should come dressed comfortably for movement, and with a notebook and writing utensil.

Creative Play is for you if:

  • You wish to explore your playful, creative side in a supportive and safe environment.
  • You’re interested in creative physical and verbal storytelling—in action, as opposed to on paper.
  • You’re looking to spend a rejuvenating, creative afternoon with others, live in person!

Sunday, February 27, 1–4 p.m. | one-day in person class led by Mark Jackson, Director of Studio A.C.T.

This one-day class explores how physical staging works alongside dialogue to convey character psychology and a play’s story and themes. Relationships between characters are expressed by how they stand in relation to one another. The timing of when actors move and are still reveals subtext and intention. The smallest gesture sometimes reveals as much, or more, than the longest monologue. In this sense, staging is a form of dramatic writing. What we see impacts what we hear, and vice versa. In this class we will work both at the table and on our feet to explore practical means of devising dynamic, impactful staging that expresses psychology and story.

Please Note: For this one-day, in-person class, students should come dressed comfortably for movement, and with a notebook and writing utensil.

Directing: Staging as Storytelling is for you if:      

  • You are an actor, director, or playwright interested in how staging can contribute to storytelling in theater.
  • You are curious about the relationship between a director’s homework and work done in the room with actors, and how to strike an effective, collaborative balance between planning and spontaneity when staging a play.
  • You are interested in collaborative ways to rehearse that allow actors, directors, and playwrights to work together to create a unified staging for a production.