Introducing The Physical Actor with Rebecca Whitehurst
A new class offered this Spring!
This movement-oriented course is a playground for both actors and non-actors to feel more comfortable, strong and creative in their body. Class begins with students’ Spotify playlist with a warm-up that energizes, aligns, stretches, and strengthens followed by exercises to reduce physical tension and increase body awareness. The bulk of the work investigates different techniques of how to be physically creative while acting– connecting emotion and intention with movement. The semester includes three projects: The Physical Monologue, Creating Full-Bodied Character and Moving as an Ensemble. Students walk away with greater ease, strength, and playfulness in their own unique instrument.
Feb 1-March 8 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm $191
BEGINNING TO ADVANCED BEGINNING CLASSES
ACTING FOR FILM
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.
Jan 17-Feb 21 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAM 3010 200
Feb 28-Apr 11 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAM 3010 201 (No class 3/14)
Apr 5-May 10 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAM 3010 202
BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE
1st and 4th session led by Babs George, 2nd session TBA & 3rd session by Rick Roemer
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 “break down” a scene. There may be some on-camera work in this class.
Jan 16-Feb 20 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAM 3034 200
Jan 25-Mar 1 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:30 $191 DRAM 3034 203
Feb 27-Apr 10 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAM 3034 201 (No class 3/13)
Apr 2-May 7 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAM 3034 202
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.
Jan 30-Mar 6 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAX 4042 200
ACTING I & II FOR FILM & STAGE
This course is for students with previous acting training, as well as students new to acting. Students will learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. Warm-ups and improvisation will be used to unleash imagination and creative impulses, accessing emotional life. Scene study is from film & stage scripts.
Feb 15-Mar 29 (6 weeks) Thursdays 11am-2pm $191 DRAX 3033 200 (No class 3/15)
Apr 7-May 12 (6 weeks) Saturdays 10am-1pm $191 DRAX 3033 201
Apr 17-May 22 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAX 3033 202
ACTING FOR FILM II
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: Two or more beginning acting classes, Acting II for Film & Stage, or other previous acting training/experience.
Jan 23-Feb 27 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAX 3003 200
Mar 20-Apr 24 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAX 3003 201
ACTING II FOR FILM & STAGE
Led by Rick Roemer
This pre-intermediate course is for students who have taken previous beginning acting classes and would like to build upon the foundation they have received. Students will practice scene study and/or monologue work. The focus will be on strengthening scene breakdown, listening and responding to one’s scene partner and following one’s inner impulses. Additionally, students will explore their imaginative responses and emotional accessibility.
Feb 28-Apr 11 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAM 9002 200 (No class 3/14)
ACTING AND THE BIZ
Led by Paula Russell
In this one-day, 5-hour course, the focus will be on what it means to be a working actor. We will cover what makes a good headshot, review resumes, and go over the “7” simple steps to a great agent interview.’ Students will practice audition etiquette and technique from entering the room to slating, to working with copy and improvising. Part of the day will focus on self taped vs. live Film/TV auditions. Workshop is suitable for anyone with previous training and experience who is interested in pursuing acting and seeking representation. There will be one 20-minute break. Please bring a sack lunch.
Feb 10 (1 week) Saturday 10-3pm $61 DRAX 3034 200
INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED CLASSES
ROLLING! ACTING FOR CAMERA
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. Maximum of 10 students. Instructor approval required. Email headshot and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 22-Feb 26 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAX 3045 200
Mar 19-Apr 23 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $191 DRAX 3045 201
Led by Babs George
This class is for the actor interested in unveiling the mysteries of Shakespeare’s verse by understanding the meter, poetic forms and rhetoric Shakespeare so deftly employed. Using monologues and scene work, the students will have an opportunity to shape their character’s intentions, passions and thoughts through understanding the structure of the verse line. This class is for beginning to advanced acting students who may be new to Shakespeare. If you have a monologue you’d like to work on, bring to the first class, otherwise I will help you find one. Monologues: 1-2 minutes in length. Class size limited to 10 students.
Jan 31-Feb 28 (5 weeks) Wednesday 6:30-9:30pm $161 DRAX 4023 200
SPEAKING VOICE WITH RADIO THEATER
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.
Jan 29-Mar 26 (8 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $246 DRAM 3019 200 (No class 3/12)
DIALECTS FOR FILM & STAGE
Led by Mj Vandivier
In the Spring we’re offering British and Brooklynese. 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. There is a $15 materials fee included in tuition.
Apr 9-May 7 (5 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $181 DRAX 3017 200
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.
Apr 4-May 9 (5 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $181 DRAX 3024 200
FOUNDATIONS OF SINGING
Led by Adam Roberts
This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. Throughout our six class meetings, 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.
Jan 13-Jan 27 (3 weeks) Saturdays 2-5pm $96 DRAX 3038 200
ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE
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.
Jan 13-Jan 27 (3 weeks) Saturdays 10:30am-1:30pm $116 DRAX 4040 200
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 email@example.com