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.

May 31-Jul 5   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3010 300  CLASS IS FULL!

Jul 11-Aug 15   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays     6:30-9:30pm      $191   DRAM 3010 301

Brittany’s Syllabus



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.

May 30-Jul 11     (6 weeks)     Tuesdays     6:30-9:30 pm       $191     DRAM 3034 300       (No class 7/4)            CLASS IS FULL! 

Jun 21-Jul 26      (6 weeks)     Wednesdays   6:30-9:30 pm     $191         DRAM 3034 301

Paula’s 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.

Jun 14-Jul 19      (6 weeks)    Wednesdays    6:30-9:30 pm     $191       DRAX 4042 300

Improvisation Syllabus



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.

Jul 18-Aug 22      (6 weeks)      Tuesdays     6:30-9:30 pm        $191      DRAM 9002 300

Paula’s 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: Two or more beginning acting classes, Acting II for Film & Stage, or other previous acting training/experience.

Jul 11-Aug 15      (6 weeks)       Tuesdays       6:30-9:30pm       $191       DRAX 3003 300        

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. Maximum of 10 students. Instructor approval required. Email headshot and resume to:

Jul 17-Aug 21        (6 weeks)       Mondays            6:30-9:30 pm             $191             DRAM 3045 301

Rolling! Syllabus



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 to 1 1/2 minutes in length. Class size limited to 8 students. 

Jul 12-Aug 9      (5 weeks)       Wednesdays       6:30-9:30 pm       $161       DRAM 4023 300  

Shakespeare Syllabus



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.

Jun 5-Jul 24     (8 weeks)       Mondays       6:30-9:30 pm        $246       DRAM 3019 300

Speaking Voice Syllabus



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 $5 materials fee included in tuition.

Aug 7-Sep 11      (5 weeks)     Mondays      6:30-9:30 pm     $171     DRAX 3017 300    (No class Labor Day 9/4)
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.
Jul 11-Aug 15      (6 weeks)     Tuesdays    6:30-9:30 pm       $201      DRAX 3024 300  

Accent Reduction Syllabus



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.

Jul 8-Aug 5      (4 weeks)       Saturdays      2-5 pm        $131      DRAX 3038 300      (No class 7/29)

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.

Jul 8-Aug 5     (4 weeks)        Saturdays       10:30 am-1:30 pm      $156    DRAX 4040 300      (No class 7/29)

Advanced MT Syllabus




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 512.223.7220.