Led by Brittany Flurry

This is a beginning to advanced beginning acting class focusing on work for the camera. The emphasis is on developing a naturalistic acting style through connection, honesty and vulnerability, and following intuitive impulse. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation, games, exercises and scene study from film and television scripts.  Some videotaping and playback will be used for critique.

Aug 30-Oct 4   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3010 100    CLASS FULL!
Oct 25-Dec 6   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3010 101    (No class 11/22)  CLASS FULL!  

Brittany’s Syllabus



1st and 2nd session led by Paula Russell (2nd session at ACC South Austin Campus), 3rd session led by guest teacher from New York– Gwen Kelso

Our most popular class series! A gentle approach conducive to the beginner, this class will focus predominantly on scene study for film and stage. Learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. Learn the tools necessary to be “believable.” Develop your imaginative capacities, unleash your creative impulses, deepen your intuition, and sharpen the analytical skills necessary to “breakdown” a scene. There may be some on-camera work in this class.

Sep 5-Oct 10   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3034 100     CLASS FULL!
Sep 27-Nov 1   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3034 101  CLASS FULL!
Oct 11-Nov 15   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3034 102

Paula’s Syllabus

Gwen Kelso Syllabus




Led by John Ratliff

Great for the actor and non-actor alike, this class is appropriate for complete beginners as well as those with previous acting or improv experience. Learn to play! To connect!  To heighten your awareness and get outside of your comfort zone allowing you to be more spontaneous and flexible. Learn improvisation exercises to think on the spot, manipulate your physicality, and create characters in the moment.

Sep 20-Oct 25   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 4042 100
Nov 1-Dec 13   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 4042 101  (No class 11/22)

Improvisation Syllabus




Led by Nick Stevenson

This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality, and enjoyment. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Suggested prerequisite: Beginning Acting for Film & Stage or other previous acting training.

Oct 10-Nov 14   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 3003 100   CLASS FULL!    

Nick’s Syllabus




Led by Nick Stevenson

This ongoing intermediate to advanced class is for actors who are serious about acting and their training. More advanced students may already be auditioning and working.  In this course, actors will have the opportunity to refine the necessary skills for success by improving their film acting technique, cold reading skills, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through in-depth scene study, actors learn how to evaluate material, make choices, and arrive on set present and confident. Nick will employ the basics of Practical Aesthetics, a technique developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique. Instructor approval required. Maximum of 10 students.
Sep 18-Oct 23   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 3045 100     CLASS FULL!
Oct 30-Dec 4   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 3045 101

Nick’s Syllabus



Led by Nick Stevenson

Professional actor, teacher, producer, director, Nick Stevenson brings to this workshop his ongoing experience of working in the industry on both coasts.  In this one evening 4-hour workshop, the focus is on Self-taped Auditions for the working actor. Getting in front of a casting director is happening less and less and taped auditions are becoming the norm–being submitted all over the country.  Participants will work on how to “slate” and tape an audition to industry standards.  Nick will simulate the taped-audition, coach and make recommendations of how best to shoot single and multi-scene sides.  He will also give pointers on how to edit, resize and send your files.   The workshop is suitable for anyone with previous training and experience who is interested in pursuing acting at the professional level.  Limited to 10 students.
Nov 28   (1 meeting)   Tuesday   6:00-10:00 pm   $76   Drax 3046 100     




Led by MJ Vandivier

The voice is the most important tool for effective communication. Discover how you can make a great first impression with your voice or talk for hours without losing steam. Mj Vandivier, a Certified Lessac Voice & Body Trainer, leads and grounds students in the process of voice dynamics. From body-voice warm-ups to the most effective ways to master your “instrument,” Mj will guide you to a greater awareness and use of the power of your own natural voice. The last 3 classes of the session will focus on Radio Theater. Students will rehearse and record a performance in a drama or comedy radio show from the archives of Classic Radio Theater. This class is recommended prior to Dialect training.  There is a $15 materials fee included in tuition.

Sep 18-Nov 6  (8 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $246   DRAM 3019 100

Speaking Voice Syllabus



Led by Mj Vandivier

In the fall we’re offering Scottish and Texan. Spring will be British and Brooklynese. The Summer offers French and Southern (great for films shot in and around Texas). Instructor Mj Vandivier, practicing certified Lessac teacher, encourages actors to not only speak well, but also have the ability to step into a variety of accents whenever they are asked to do so. The Lessac approach to dialects is one of the easiest to understand, yet most comprehensive methods to learn. The need for accessing different accents continues to grow for voice over actors with games and apps as well as for film and the stage. Suggested prerequisite: Speaking Voice. There is a $15 materials fee included in the tuition.

Nov 13-Dec 11   (4 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $151   DRAX 3017 100   (No class 11/27)

Dialects Syllabus



Led by Mj Vandivier
Is your accent limiting your effective communication in your professional and personal relationships? And for the actor, is your regional dialect keeping you from working? In our Accent Reduction Class, led by Certified Lessac Voice & Speech Trainer Mj Vandivier, you will learn a simple, proven methodology to modify accent usage, reduce unwanted regionalisms, and strengthen overall speech. Limited to 8 students.  There is a $10 materials fee included in tuition.

Nov 7-Dec 5   (5 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $181   DRAX 3024 100

Accent Reduction Syllabus



Led by Adam Roberts

This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. Students will have the opportunity to sing both individually and as part of a group. This class is ideal for anyone who desires to gain a foundational knowledge of singing, including stage and film actors.  Students are encouraged to focus on the musical styles that most interest them, with support from the instructor in identifying specific song choices.  By the end of the course, participants will have become better acquainted with the unique qualities of their individual voices. For optimal results, Foundations of Singing should be repeated multiple times prior to proceeding to the next level in our Singing Voice sequence.  No prior singing experience necessary.

Sep 30-Nov 4   (6 weeks)   Saturdays   2-5pm   $191   DRAX 3038 100

Foundations Syllabus



Led by Adam Roberts

This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous, workshop experience for advanced participants. Our work will center primarily on each student’s existing rep and be conducted in master class format; additional topics covered will be determined by the needs and desires of the class as a whole.  We’ll focus on musical theatre-specific vocal technique and methods for acting songs, as well as develop a new audition cut for each participant.  Enrollment is limited to advanced students with prior training and experience.

Sep 30-Nov 4   (6 weeks)   Saturdays   10:30am-1:30pm   $231   DRAX 4040 100       

Advanced MT Syllabus



Led by Adam Roberts

In this workshop, Actor’s School faculty member Adam Roberts leads performers through myriad experiences focused on grounding and centering, efficient movement, connection to breath, and physical awareness. Though some singing work will be an aspect of both sessions, this workshop provides tools and techniques applicable to film and stage actors in addition to those in the musical theatre.
Nov 13-Nov 27   (3 weeks)   Mondays   7:00-10:00pm   $96   DRAX 3050 100  CLASS FULL



Led by Adam Roberts

In this workshop, participants will gain an introductory knowledge of the elements of music notation necessary for becoming more fluent at sight-reading. Topics covered will include clefs, keys, meter, melodic contour, and tricks of the trade for sight-reading music from the printed page.  Suited to vocalists and instrumentalists alike, students will gain invaluable skills to equip themselves with speed and accuracy in reading musical notation. The term “music theory” doesn’t need to be scary; learn with us in an easy-going, fun environment!

Nov 14-Nov 28   (3 weeks)   Tuesdays   7:00-10:00 pm   $96   DRAX 4044 100   Cancelled


Our classes are held at ACC’s new Highland Campus, Highland Business Center and
South Austin Campus for Acting I & II in April/May



Several teachers at The Actor’s School offer private studies to older teens and adults. Areas of study range from auditioning for film and stage, Shakespeare, Voice, Monologues and more.

Contact the school for more information. 512.223.7219 or