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Winter Online 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.

ONLINE CLASSES

These classes meet online once a week for eight weeks during the above dates

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 | ONLINE

6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

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.

TUESDAYS | ONLINE

*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 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar 1, 8 

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of acting on camera, using short scenes drawn from existing film and television scripts. Participants will explore the basic principles of truthful on-camera acting and learn practical techniques particular to acting on camera versus onstage, as well as gaining an introductory understanding of the film and television industry. Homework includes memorization of assigned short scenes.

Intro to On-Camera Acting is for you if:

  • 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 explore 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. 
  • You’ve already takenIntro to Acting, Acting 1, and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere.

*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 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar 1, 8

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!

THURSDAYS | ONLINE

*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 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.

SUNDAYS | ONLINE

1:00–3:00 p.m.

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

NOTE—there is no class on Feb 27

In this class, students will explore exercises to help invigorate their inner voice, and support their ability to be verbally expressive. We will focus on breath, relaxation, alignment, and awareness as you release your inner voice, and encourage clear, confident, creative, easy vocalizations. Through a series of warm-ups and vocal explorations, and work on short texts, we will analyze and eliminate vocal blocks, identify your healthy voice practices, and expand our expressive range when speaking, so you can better match intention, emotion, and language.

Awaken Your Voice class is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wants to reinvigorate their vocal practice with safe, effective voice work.
  • You must often speak in public, and wish to do so comfortably, expressively, with presence and with confidence.
  • You wish to have a greater understanding of and connection to your own voice when speaking, whether on stage, in your work, or in daily life.

1:00–3:30 p.m.

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

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.

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.

ONLINE ONE-DAY CLASSES

Sunday, January 30, 1–4 p.m. | one-day online class led by Radhika Rao

Ready for a playful day? 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!

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 that you can engage from the comfort of your own home.

Sunday, February 27, 1–5 p.m. | One-day online class led by Chauntee’ Schuler Irving

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.