1st session led by Craig Nigh, 2nd session TBD

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 28-Oct 2   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3010 100  

Oct 17-Nov 21   (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3010 101    


1st and 3rd  session led by Rick Roemer, 2nd and 4th session led by Paula Russell  at the South Austin Campus

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.

Aug 27-Oct 1   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3034 100

Sep 14-Oct 19   (6 weeks)   Saturdays   10am-1pm   $201   DRAM 3034 101       

Oct 15-Nov 19   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3034 102       

Oct 26-Nov 23   (5 weeks)   Saturdays   10am-1pm   $171   DRAM 3034 103             

General Beginning Acting Syllabus 



Led by Craig Nigh

This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions! Craig Nigh offers a step by step process for examining scripts quickly and thoroughly. Having a clear perception of the writer’s intentions will help inform the choices an actor makes and gives ultimate creative freedom inside the context of the story. The class also focuses on connection (with another actor or reader), and basic camera technique. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique.

Sep 9-Sep 30   (4 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $136   DRAX 3062 100 




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 4-Oct 9   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 4042 100

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

Aug 27-Oct 1   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3003 100

Oct 15-Nov 19   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3003 101                             

Nick’s Syllabus



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.

Oct 9- Nov 13   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 9002 100       




Led by Nick Stevenson

This 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 film acting technique, strengthening actor’s intuition, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through consistent on-camera work, actors learn how to evaluate material and make choices. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique. Maximum of 10 students. Instructor approval required. Email headshot and resume to:

Oct 7-Nov 11   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3059 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. Price includes $15 materials fee.

Sep 5-Oct 24   (8 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $281   DRAM 3019 100  



Led by Cliff Miller

Is your accent limiting 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, you will learn a simple, proven methodology to modify accent usage, reduce unwanted regionalisms, and strengthen overall speech. Limited to 8 students.

Sep 16-Oct 14   (5 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $181   DRAX 3024 100



Led by Cliff Miller

This course introduces two important accents (used) for stage, film, television, and video games. In the fall we’re offering British and Russian. Spring will be German and Brooklynese. The Summer offers Southern and Irish. Through Knight-Thompson Speechwork, a new standard bearing approach to speech, students will acquire the skills to convincingly perform these accents. Areas of focus include developing the oral posture, learning how to create the unique pronunciations, and analyzing the “music” (rhythm, tempo, and intonation) of the accent. Studies include native speakers of these accents, and dialogue from stage and screen scripts will be utilized to apply the work. This course is for actors with and without speech training and for people who simply would enjoying learning two interesting accents.

Oct 28-Dec 9   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $211   DRAX 3017 100      (No class 11/25)


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 5-Aug 10   (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3038 100    



Led by Adam Roberts

This class provides a fun and energetic introduction to techniques of Broadway-style musical theatre performance. Students will gain experience in acting, singing and movement through the use of popular musical theatre songs and scenes from well-known shows, and each student will leave class with an audition song selected especially for them. Those with no previous experience are welcome to enroll, as are those with acting experience who seek to add some entry-level musical theatre skills to their toolkit.

Sep 7-Oct 26   (8 weeks)   Saturdays   10:30am-1:30 pm   $265   DRAX 3066  100



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:

Sep 5-Oct 3   (5 weeks)   Thursdays   3-6 pm   $401   DRAX 3063  100
Sep 6-Oct 4   (5 weeks)   Fridays        2-6 pm   $401   DRAX 3063  101
Sep 7-Oct 5   (5 weeks)  Saturdays    2-6 pm   $401   DRAX 3063  102



Led by Adam Roberts

This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions! Craig Nigh offers a step by step process for examining scripts quickly and thoroughly. Having a clear perception of the writer’s intentions will help inform the choices an actor makes and gives ultimate creative freedom inside the context of the story. The class also focuses on connection (with another actor or reader), and basic camera technique. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique.

Nov 21-Dec 12   (3 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $106   DRAX 3050  100



Led by Adam Roberts

This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous workshop experience for advanced participants. The 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. The focus of the class is 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.

Nov 23-Dec 14   (3 weeks)   Saturdays   10:30am-1:30 pm   $126   DRAX 4040  100




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


Where our classes are held:

Primarily at ACC Highland Campus – Bldg 4000 in our Studio space 

ACC Highland Campus -Bldg 1000 in Classrooms

Highland Business Center – In classrooms

South Austin Campus – In classrooms