Fall 2022 Registration for ages 18 & up

Fall Registration is open.  PRE-REGISTER SOON so you can get the classes you want before they fill. The only way to secure your spot in our small, affordable classes is to register and pay before others do. Please click on Registration, fill out the form and submit, then we’ll email you the steps to complete the process.

Classes that have a campus noted are face-to-face. For Online/Zoom classes, please be sure to update your Zoom!


Beginning to Advanced-Beginning Acting Classes

BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE

led by Paula Russel, Rick Roemer, Brittany Flurry, and Cliff Miller

A gentle approach conducive to the beginner, this class will focus predominantly on character development, script analysis, and monologue work for film and stage. Learn how to establish a character through uncovering their desire, utilizing an imaginary space, and developing a biography for your character. Develop your imaginative capacities, unleash your creative impulses, deepen your intuition, and sharpen the analytical skills necessary to “break down” a scene from a play for film.

Aug 24 – Sep 28  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays    6:30-9:30pm   $226    DRAM 3034 100   Highland Campus (Cliff)
Limited to 12 students  

Sep 20- Oct 25  (6 weeks)   Tuesday  11:00am-2:00pm   $226   DRAM 3034 101  Highland Campus (Rick)
Limited to 12 students

Sep 17 – Oct 22  (6 weeks)    Saturdays    10:30-1:00pm   $186   DRAM 3034 103 South Austin Campus (Paula)
Limited to 10 students

Sep 29 – Nov 3  (6 weeks)   Thursdays    6:30-9:00pm   $186   DRAM 3034 110    Online  (Brittany)
Limited to 8 students

Rick’s Beginning Acting Syllabus  ~  Paula’s Beginning Acting Syllabus

 

ACTING FOR FILM

led by Tony Sears

This is a beginning-to-intermediate class focusing on acting for the camera. It is required that you have had at least a basic acting class before joining — such as Beginning Acting for Film & Stage or equivalent. The emphasis is on developing a naturalistic acting style through connection, honesty, vulnerability, and following intuitive impulses. The students’ work will be explored through exercises and scene study from film and television scripts.  Some videotaping and playback will be used for critique. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.

Aug 24 – Sep 28, 2022  (6 weeks)  Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm    $166   DRAM  3010 110   Online/Zoom 

Sep 12 – Oct 17, 2022      (6 weeks)    Mondays   6:30-8:30pm    $166   DRAM  3010 111   Online/Zoom

Tony’s Acting for Film Syllabus

 

IMPROVISATION FOR THE ACTOR

led by John Ratliff

Improv is an indispensable asset for the actor, a great tool for development and self-discovery, and — most important — FUN. In this class, we will explore the fundamental improv skills of paying close attention and reacting honestly, the essential ingredients of compelling scene work. It’s not about thinking fast or being funny! This class is open to everyone, from actors who want to upgrade their technical toolkit to people with no performance experience who want to try something a little challenging (but FUN!) in a super-supportive environment. This class will include a weekly 30-minute homework assignment that can be done in any space. Limited to 12 students.

Sep 8 – Oct 13, 2022   (6 weeks)  Thursdays   6:30-9:00pm   $191   DRAX 4042 100   Highland Campus 

John’s Improv Syllabus

 


Intermediate Acting Classes

ACTING II FOR FILM & STAGE 

led by Rick Roemer

This is pre-intermediate course is for students who have taken previous beginning acting classes, including Beginning Acting for Film & Stage, and would like to build upon the foundation they have received. Students will practice using scenes or monologues. The focus will be on strengthening text breakdown and analysis and following one’s inner impulses to create a powerful need to speak. Additionally, students will explore their imaginative responses and emotional accessibility. Limited to 10 students

Oct 5  – Nov 9   (6 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $226    DRAM 9002 100    Highland Campus (no class July 4) 

Rick’s Acting II Syllabus

 

ACTING FOR FILM II

led by Tony Sears This class is for students with previous film acting training.  Tony Sears focuses on achieving an honest and vulnerable performance for the camera.  The emphasis is on energy and making choices that highlight the actor’s power to tell a story.  Students will explore the work through scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for evaluation.  Suggested prerequisite: Two or more beginning acting classes, Acting II For Film & Stage, or other previous acting training/experience. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.

Nov 14 – Dec 19, 2022   (6 weeks)  Monday  6:30-8:30  $166   DRAX 3003 110   Online/Zoom

Tony’s Acting for Film II Syllabus

 

IMPROVISATION II FOR THE ACTOR w/ Performance!

led by John Ratliff

This class expands on the basic principles of improv by going deep into the nuts and bolts of scene work. The class will cover the most common categories of improv scenes and explore the many different approaches to playing them. (There’s never just one right answer!) Other topics include the practical challenge of creating fully realized characters on the fly and the productive tension between absurd circumstances and emotionally grounded performance. Important note: this class is also a lot of fun! This class is for students who have successfully completed Improvisation for the Actor. Students who have taken introductory improv classes elsewhere may be eligible to take this class at the instructor’s discretion. There will be a performance with invited guests the last class.  Limited to 12 students

Oct 20 – Dec 8   (7 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:00pm   $221   DRAX 3081 100   Northridge Campus

Improv II Syllabus

 

TAPING YOUR AUDITION 

led by Tony Sears

(This instructor is friendlier than he looks! This is from his Star Trek days.)
For years, the Film and Television industry has been conducting more and more auditions via “self tape,” and during the current health crisis, 100% of auditions are now being self taped and submitted by actors! …This means actors have far more control over their auditions, but it also means actors shoulder additional responsibilities beyond simple audition prep. 
This course covers the technical how-to’s of self taping – setting up the proper space, framing, lighting and sound, slating, editing, labeling, and uploading. Students will also learn how to make blocking and behavior choices that work within the confines of the camera frame to create auditions that look good and stand out. Students should already have some acting chops and be ready to audition, but they will receive individual coaching specific to each audition. Students will need one device to shoot their scene and a separate device to read with another actor over facetime/skype/zoom, etc. Limited to 8 students. Online Platform:  Zoom  *Materials needed: Internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or tablet.

Limited to 10 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet— one device (camera, phone, or tablet) to shoot the scene and a separate device to read with another actor over Facetime/Zoom; updated (free) Zoom account. 

Sep 6  – Oct 11  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:30-8:30pm   $186   DRAX 3046 110  Online/Zoom

 

ONGOING SCENE STUDY FOR FILM & STAGE 

led by Rick Roemer

This course is available with instructor approval. Students are expected to have had Acting II or other comparable training. Ongoing Scene Study is the best opportunity for actors to flex their acting muscles and refine their craft on a consistent basis — a weekly workout to be ready when the opportunity arises. Students will test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment. Through working on realistic scenes both comedic and dramatic, actors discover their strengths and weaknesses with the help of a trained teacher’s eye. Limited to 10 students.

Sep 12 – Nov 7   (8 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm    $301   DRAX 3084 300   Highland Campus    (No class Oct 31)

Rick’s Ongoing Scene Study Syllabus

 


Voiceover & Speaking Voice

TRAINING THE SPEAKING VOICE  

led by Adam Roberts

This class is intended for anyone desiring to increase the power and impact of his or her speaking voice. Training in healthy vocal production is an essential part of speaking intentionally in any situation, from the stage or screen to the classroom or boardroom. In this course, you’ll learn a variety of techniques for preparing and utilizing your natural voice to speak confidently in a variety of environments. The first few classes will focus on active exercises designed to healthily engage the various aspects of vocal production, while the final sessions will practically apply what you’ve learned to scenes, speeches, interpersonal communication, or presentations.

Limited to 10 students. 

Nov 7 – Dec 12     (6 weeks)    Mondays  6:30-9:30pm   $216    DRAX 3064 100   Eastview Campus

 

INTRO TO VOICEOVER

led by Cliff Miller

This online course provides an introduction to the field of voiceover for actors and curious individuals. We will cover acting for voiceover, home studio setup, mic technique, and recording and editing. Through analyzing, performing, and critiquing voiceover copy, we will explore the many areas of voiceover while focusing on commercial and audiobook narration. Through repeatedly sharing our work and learning from others, we will develop foundational voiceover skills and reinforce the course’s learning objectives. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.

Sep 7 – Oct 12   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:00-8:30pm   $186   DRAX 3068 110  Online/Zoom

Oct 4 – Nov 8  (6 weeks)    Tuesdays         6:00-8:30pm   $186   DRAX 3068  111 Online/Zoom

Cliff’s Intro to Voiceover Syllabus

 

INTRODUCTION TO VOICEOVER II

led by Cliff Miller

Must have taken Cliff’s Intro to VO to be eligible for this class. The class builds on the techniques and industry knowledge established in Intro to Voiceover. This class is designed for the individual who would like to take their interest in VO beyond the classroom and into the industry. We will continue to analyze, perform, and critique commercial and audiobook copy. In addition, we will begin working on the growing field of e-learning narration. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.

Nov 7 – Dec 12, 2022   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:00-8:30pm   $186  DRAX 4053 110   Online/Zoom

Cliff’s Voiceover II Syllabus

 


All Things Music & Singing

FOUNDATIONS OF SINGING 

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.
Limited to 10 students

Oct 11 – Nov 15   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:30-9:30pm   $226   DRAX 3038 100    Highland Campus   

 

PRIVATE COACHING FOR SINGERS

 led by Adam Roberts

Private coaching sessions with Adam Roberts are offered in musical theatre and contemporary vocal styles such as pop, folk, rock, etc. Coaching packages are tailored to each student’s unique goals and may include work toward preparing upcoming auditions, building a rep book, bolstering technique, expanding range, and strengthening a variety of performance skills. Coachings are available for adults from beginning through professional levels, and to advanced high school students.

Call or email for an appointment time. Highland Campus and online offerings

Dates TBA

Contact Brian, booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time.

Adam’s Private Coaching for Singers 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 at theactorsschool@austincc.edu

 

Where our in-person classes are held:

Summer 2022 has both virtual and face-to-face classes. ACC Highland Campus – 6101 Highland Campus Dr, Austin, TX 78752, Bldg 4000 in our Studio space; details are sent upon registration. South Austin Campus – 1820 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745, Room number and details are sent upon registration.