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)

Brittany’s Syllabus

 

BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE

Led by Paula Russell

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.

Jan 9-Feb 13   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3034 200                

Feb 27-Apr 10  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3034 201 (No class 3/13)   

Paula’s Syllabus

 

IMPROVISATION

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

Improvisation Syllabus

 

ACTING I & II FOR FILM & STAGE

1st session led by Mj Vandivier, 2nd and 3rd session led by Paula Russell at ACC South Austin Campus

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 I & II Syllabus

 

ACTING FOR FILM II

 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: 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         

Nick’s Syllabus

 

ACTING II FOR FILM & STAGE

Led by Paula Russell

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)

Paula’s Syllabus

 

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

Biz Syllabus

 


 

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: theactorsschool@austincc.edu

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

Rolling! Syllabus


VOICE CLASSES

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)

Speaking Voice Syllabus

 

DIALECTS FOR FILM & STAGE     

Led by Mj Vandivier

The Summer offers French and Irish. 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

Dialects Syllabus

 

ACCENT REDUCTION  

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

Accent Reduction Syllabus

 

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    

Foundations Syllabus

 

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

Advanced MT Syllabus

 

 

PRIVATE COACHING

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 theactorsschool@austincc.edu